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    • E-banking: Modernizing Trust Account Rules
    • Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys bring the rules governing lawyers’ handling of trust property more in line with modern banking practices. The new rule took effect on July 1, 2016.
    • School Accountability After “No Child Left Behind”
    • Most federal and state lawmakers agree that U.S. schools need to better serve all students, especially ones from disadvantaged backgrounds, but controversy continues over how to meet that goal. Learn what the federal Department of Education and Wisconsin’s elected officials are doing to reform K-12 public schools.
    • Sounding the Depths of Wisconsin’s Mediation Privilege
    • The primary goal of mediation is to reach a settlement; nearly as important is conveying information during mediation in such a way that Wisconsin’s mediation privilege protects the communications. This article discusses the privilege and its three general exceptions.

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

  • Profile
  • Fran Deisinger: Pursuing a ‘Better Life’
  • During his year as State Bar president, Deisinger hopes to bring together members with diverse views and harness their collective action, to improve the profession and the legal system.
  • Your State Bar
  • Go Rural, New Lawyer
  • George Brown invites new lawyers to hop on the Greater Wisconsin Initiative Bus Tour, Oct. 7-8, to experience the opportunities of practicing in rural areas.
  • Managing Risk
  • Bankruptcy Cases: Proceed with Caution
  • Tom Watson warns, lawyers unfamiliar with recent bankruptcy law developments risk committing errors that could harm their clients and endanger their own disciplinary records.
  • Final Thought
  • Counselor, Heal Thyself
  • Bartlett Durand says simple professionalism isn’t difficult, but it can reap rewards for your own practice and our society.