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Are you current on Wisconsin's PROM laws? The Wisconsin Public Records and Open Meetings Handbook is newly updated as a 5th edition with the latest case law and court opinions. Get yours today!
Think of it as an encyclopedia for lawyers. The WI Attorney's Desk Reference contains recent case law and legislation impacting 11 practice areas and 35 topics. Treat yourself to a copy this holiday season.
Streamline your family law cases with the forms, checklists, and other helpful tools you'll find in Family Law in Wisconsin: A Forms and Procedures Handbook. Plus, it's updated for 2016 to keep you current. Order yours today!
Fail to follow civil procedure and your case could be lost before it even gets to trial. Wisconsin Civil Procedure Before Trial is your guide to successfully navigating the complex rules governing litigation. It's updated for 2016 so you'll have the latest case law to reference. Get yours now!
Work wonders in your next worker's comp case with the newly updated Worker's Compensation Handbook. It thoroughly explains the fundamentals of worker's comp law and practice. Plus, get insights into common and not-so-common scenarios. Order yours today!
Repair or Replace? The Economic-Waste Doctrine in Construction Defect Cases
Damages in construction defect cases are generally measured by the cost to repair the defect. But in cases posing economic waste – in which a repair requires significant reconstruction or, despite a high cost, would not improve the property’s value – the measure is the decrease in property value caused by the defect. The inherent vagueness of the economic-waste doctrine often complicates determining which measure should be used in a given case.
Changing the Rules on Rulemaking
2011 Wisconsin Act 21 significantly changes how administrative rules are promulgated. Among other things, it narrows state agencies’ rule-making authority, gives the governor new powers to approve or prevent the adoption of rules, expands the economic-impact-analysis requirement to all agencies, and expands venue in declaratory judgment actions to all counties.
'Catch 22' Ethical Dilemma for Defense Counsel in TPR Litigation
Losing one's parental rights is a serious matter, which is why representation by counsel and appearance and participation by parents is required in termination of parental rights litigation. But defense counsel face an ethical dilemma when a court denies a motion to withdraw because a parent’s conduct makes it impossible for counsel to provide adequate representation. To continue representation violates professional conduct rules. To not continue representation violates statutory law. It's a "Catch 22."
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Mining in Wisconsin
Current mining proposals present opportunities for lawyers in a variety of practice areas. To help members gain the knowledge they need to maximize these opportunities, the State Bar is presenting a mining law symposium on Aug. 25
ADAs Barred from Working on Private Firm Criminal Cases
The State Bar Professional Ethics Committee issued formal Opinion EF-11-02, discussing conflicts in criminal practice arising from working as a part-time assistant district attorney while also working as a private practitioner.
Representing Clients Outside of Wisconsin
A Wisconsin-licensed attorney may provide legal services on an occasional basis in a state in which the lawyer is not licensed and not thereby violate the rules prohibiting the unauthorized practice of law.
Women Lawyers Walking the Tightrope
In part two of this two-part article on women lawyers balancing work and life, the author discusses the advantages to law firms of embracing the move to greater diversity of employees and clients.
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