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The 2017 Health, Labor, and Employment Law Institute focuses on “Evolving Issues. Informed Perspectives.” Find out what recent changes mean for you and your clients. Learn more and register here.
Easily find the statutes comprising Wisconsin’s criminal law with the Wisconsin Criminal Code and Selected Traffic Statutes book – updated for 2017 and available now!
The 2017 Wisconsin Family Code and Related Statutes and Rules book reprints Wisconsin’s Family Code, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, and more than 50 related statutes. Available now!
Starting a business in the Badger State? LLCs and LLPs: A Wisconsin Handbook is the definitive resource on these business entities. Plus, it's newly revised for 2017. Order yours today!
Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption (formerly titled Voluntary Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption) now includes information on both involuntary and voluntary termination of parental rights. It has all the tools to help you ease your clients through this emotional process.
Rapport with Reporters
Lawyers who spend a lot of time talking for a living might view media relations as a no-brainer. Seven media-savvy individuals debunk the myth that ‘talking is talking,’ and explain why professional skill is needed in media relations and what works best when relating to news reporters.
2009 Wisconsin Act 20: Changes to Wisconsin’s Fair Employment Law
2009 Wisconsin Act 20, effective July 1, 2009, expands Wisconsin’s Fair Employment Law to make available compensatory and punitive damages for employment discrimination, unfair genetic testing, and unfair honesty testing in an employment setting. These damages are in addition to other remedies available under the Fair Employment Law. Act 20 more closely aligns Wisconsin’s Fair Employment Law with Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.
Recent Significant Wisconsin Federal Court Decisions
Federal court interpretations of Wisconsin law are persuasive, but not binding on Wisconsin courts. Yet they affect how Wisconsin law develops and is argued. Here is a look at some significant Wisconsin federal court decisions interpreting Wisconsin law since 2007, encompassing common law claims, statutory interpretations, and a criminal case considering Wisconsin law under federal habeas corpus jurisdiction.
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The Oct. 29-31 Solo & Small Firm Conference – with its focus on the business side of practicing law in a down economy – offers great value for the price, past attendees say.
The Making of Sausage
Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” – Otto von Bismark. The same may be said of the State Bar’s budget. It ain’t pretty, but you really need to know how it works.
"For the Good" Spotlight: County Bar Associations’ Free Legal Clinics
Recognizing local citizens’ need for basic legal information and help understanding the legal process, members of the Eau Claire and Chippewa county bar associations long ago began what has since become models for other county bars’ free legal clinics.
Talking to the News Media about Civil Legal Matters
This article discusses the Rules of Professional Conduct and what a lawyer can say and cannot say in a civil matter triable to a jury. A future ethics column will discuss what types of statements can be made and cannot be made about a criminal proceeding.
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Afraid to take time off?
A good work-life balance can make you a better lawyer. Whether you are thinking about reduced hours, working from home, taking sabbaticals, or just leaving work at the office on weekends, it may be worth it if it helps you do your job better and serve your clients more effectively.
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