Thursday, June 21, 2018

7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (45 min)


8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Opening Plenary: Game of Life

9:30 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.


9:55 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

The Future of Mining in Wisconsin and the Protection of Tribal Air and Water

Examine the intersection of mining law, environmental law, and Indian law in this engaging session.

  • Receive an up-to-date analysis of current mining laws
  • Explore mining's potential impact on Wisconsin tribes' air and water resources
  • Learn strategies tribes can use to protect their resources
  • Find out how federal administration changes may affect mining and tribal rights

Presented By:


Sponsored By:

Environmental Law Section
Indian Law Section

Acts of God: Legal Issues and Disaster Preparation

Hurricanes, raging wildfires, flooding, tornadoes - disasters can hit no matter where you practice. Are you prepared for when they do? Find guidance for creating or enhancing your law office's disaster plan.

Learn what planning and management you should do prior to a calamity. Understand the legal complications that arise after a disaster. Plus, discover tools, services, resources, and steps for rapid recovery in the aftermath.

Topics include:

  • FEMA's role and authority in disasters
  • Insurance claims and challenges
  • Applying for and securing public benefits
  • Securing and accessing key records needed for legal claims
  • Disaster preparation: how to access and secure the necessities
  • Self-care: dealing with the emotional aftermath of disaster

Presented By:


Sponsored By:

Non Resident Lawyers Division

You CAN Eliminate That Debt in Bankruptcy: Debts You Didn't Know Are Dischargeable

Student loans, income taxes, parking tickets, debts from divorce - these debts can't be discharged in bankruptcy, right? Not so fast.

Discover the benefits of bankruptcy, including options for discharging debts. Learn which debts aren't dischargeable in Chapter 7 but that CAN be discharged in Chapter 13. Plus, find out how to satisfy a judgment due to the discharge of the underlying debt in bankruptcy.

Presented By:

Karen M. Bauer
Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee Inc.

Catherine J. Furay
US Bankruptcy Court

Steven R. McDonald
Law Office of Steven R. McDonald LLC

Ryan A. Blay
Krekeler Strother SC

Sponsored By:

Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors' Rights (BICR)
Solo and Small Firm
General Practice

10:45 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.


11:10 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.

Update on Wisconsin Criminal Law and Procedure

Stay ahead of the curve in criminal law, evidence, and procedure with this overview of recent developments in critical areas of criminal practice, including:

  • New case law from the state, federal, and U.S. Supreme Court levels
  • New statutes and rules governing criminal procedure

Presented By:

Susan V. Happ
Jefferson County District Attorneys Office

Rebecca M. Coffee
Mastantuono & Coffee SC

Roy R. Korte
Wisconsin Department of Justice

Phillip A. Koss
Walworth County Circuit Court

Sponsored By:

Criminal Law Section

The Secret to Successful Petitions for the Supreme Court

Fearful of drafting your first U.S. Supreme Court petition for review? Looking for tips on making your next petition for review even more persuasive? Don't miss this insightful panel discussion moderated by an experienced appellate attorney.

The newest Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, Daniel Kelly, will share the view from the court. He'll compare and contrast his experience on the receiving end of petitions for review with his prior experience drafting and filing them.

Supreme Court Commissioner Mark A. Neuser will share the internal process of handling and screening petitions for review.

Attorney R. Andrew Hinkel has had more petitions for review granted in the past 24 months than any other attorney in Wisconsin. Discover his secrets to success.

Presented By:

Daniel Kelly
Wisconsin Supreme Court

Mark A. Neuser
Wisconsin Supreme Court

Andrew R. Hinkel
State Public Defenders Office

Hannah S. Jurss
State Public Defenders Office Appellate Division

Sponsored By:

Appellate Practice Section

A Conversation about Courageous Collaboration and Implicit Bias

Attorney Dana Tippin Cutler, 2016-2017 Missouri Bar president, will introduce you to the Courageous Collaborations program she helped create. Courageous Collaborations facilitates conversations to help overcome implicit bias and drive change in issues of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Learn how you can:

  • Implement ideas from Courageous Collaborations into your own firm as well as the judicial system as a whole
  • Become more knowledgeable about and culturally sensitive to the people you deal with every day
  • Encourage productive conversations about how implicit bias affects us all
  • Improve the legal system through awareness of and open discussion about inherent biases

Presented By:

Starlyn R. Tourtillott
Stockbridge-Munsee Community Legal Department

Dana T. Cutler
James W. Tippin & Associates

Eric L. Andrews
McCoy Leavitt Laskey LLC

Sponsored By:

Diversity Inclusion & Oversight Committee

12:25 p.m. - 1:35 p.m..

Lunch with Speaker Plenary

1:35 p.m. - 1:45 p.m..


1:45 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.

Revisions to Wisconsin's Business Entity Statutes: What's New and What's Changed

Explore what's changed as well as the underlying goals in revising Wisconsin's business entity statutes governing:

  • General partnerships (Chapter 178)
  • Limited partnerships (Chapter 179)
  • Business corporations (Chapter 180)
  • Nonstock corporations (Chapter 181)
  • Limited liability companies (Chapter 183)

Find out how these statutory revisions facilitate greater uniformity and integration in procedures and actions such as filing requirements, forms, administrative revocations, reservations of name, annual reports, and more.

Presented By:

Joseph D. Masterson
Quarles & Brady LLP

Thomas J. Nichols
Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C.

Randal J. Brotherhood
Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C.

Adam J. Tutaj
Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C.

James N. Phillips
Godfrey & Kahn S.C.

Sponsored By:

Business Law Section

ADR as a Mechanism for Construction Dispute Resolution: A Worthwhile Alternative

The cost of arbitrating construction disputes is skyrocketing. What if there were more timely and cost effective ways to resolve these disagreements?

Explore the many benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution approaches such as:

  • Mediation
  • Binding mediation
  • Collaborative claims process
  • Mediation/arbitration combination
  • Early neutral evaluation

Learn how you can incorporate these valuable tools into your practice. Plus, walk away with helpful resources to further your ADR skills.

Presented By:

Jaya Sharma

Sponsored By:

Dispute Resolution Section
Construction & Public Contract Law Section

Dig Deep and Extract the Truth: How to Use the Latest Digital Forensic Technology to Win Your Cases

Digital forensic investigation tools aren't just something you see on "CSI" - you can use them in your real-life cases. Discover how to incorporate digital investigation techniques into your case preparation.

Be inspired to consider new ways to build your cases using digital data and tools as you learn about:

  • Available digital forensic investigation hardware and software tools
  • How to use them in independent investigation and discovery
  • Extracting relevant (even "deleted") data from computers, tablets, and smartphones

Presented By:

Amy Ferguson
O'Melia, Schiek & McEldowney S.C.

Sponsored By:

Young Lawyers Division

2:35 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.


3:05 p.m - 4:20 p.m.

Essential Trademark Concepts for Business Lawyers

Even if you don't specialize in trademark law, there's still a lot you can do to help your business clients when trademark problems arise. Attend this session to learn about:

  • General principles of trademark law
  • Intent to Use and its applications
  • Establishing priority in trademark disputes using pre-trademark activities
  • State and federal tools for dealing with trademark issues
  • When to call in experienced copyright counsel

Hear about trademark registration from presenters with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Presented By:

Lawrence S. Pope
Lawrence S Pope Attorney at Law

Kathleen A. Brost
Brost Law Offices LLC

Randal J. Brotherhood
Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C.

Sponsored By:

Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors' Rights (BICR)
Solo and Small Firm
General Practice

Lawyers as Political Leaders: Engaging with Campaigns and Holding Office

Lawyers in public office are becoming scarce just when it's most critical for them to hold elected positions at all levels of government. If you're considering running for office or helping a colleague do so, don't miss this insightful panel discussion.

Hear from attorneys who serve or have served in public office. They'll share guidance on:

  • The basics of running for office as a practicing attorney
  • Ethical considerations for fundraising
  • Attorney-client conflicts of interest
  • What you can expect if elected
  • The transition to elected official
  • The commitment it takes to campaign and serve
  • How to balance a practice while campaigning or holding office

Presented By:

Cale Battles

Sponsored By:

State Bar of Wisconsin

Maneuvering through Child Support: A View from the Bench and Attorneys in the Courtroom

When a family law case involves children, it often also involves child support. Explore how you can use the DCF 150-Child Support Guidelines and Chapter 767.511 (Child Support) to your advantage.

You'll learn:

  • How to present income information to the bench
  • How to present a child support deviation case
  • How to use child support mathematical equations
  • What judges expect to receive in evidence
  • How judges make their decisions

Presented By:

Lynn M. Galbraith-Wilson
Brennan Steil S.C.

Thomas John Walsh
Brown County Circuit Court

Thomas A. Kolpien
Rock County Family Court

Korey C. Lundin
Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc

Mark A. Schroeder
Consigny Law Firm S.C.

Sponsored By:

Family Law Section

4:20 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


4:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.

What Business Lawyers Should Know About Bankruptcy

A financially troubled business is like a plane that's lost power. The odds of a happy ending aren't great, but not all planes that lose power crash in a ball of flames. Sometimes the pilots find a way to safely land, while other times everyone relies on their parachute.

Explore the bankruptcy tools available to financially distressed businesses, and learn how to use them to minimize the financial fallout to the business owners.

Find out more about common financial problems companies face, such as:

  • Withholding and payroll taxes
  • Sales taxes
  • Unemployment & worker's compensation
  • Contractor theft claims
  • Personal guaranties

In addition, understand the risks of acquiring the assets of a financially troubled company. Know how a shareholder's individual bankruptcy filing can affect the interests of the other shareholders.

Presented By:

David Krekeler
Krekeler Strother, S.C

Benjamin P. Payne
Hanson & Payne LLC

Sponsored By:

Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors' Rights (BICR)
Business Law Section
Solo and Small Firm
General Practice


The convenience of modern technology comes with the challenges of security for remote access, electronic client communications, and e-banking transactions. Cybersecurity for your law firm starts with you.

This session will discuss:

  • Basic compliance issues you should know about
  • How to address basic security needs in a law firm
  • Risk management tools and best practices to protect yourself from a data breach
  • How to respond to a breach and get back to business

Presented By:

Todd Wayne Martin
Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Sponsored By:

Insurance & Member Benefits Committee

Public Benefit Preservation in Insurance Settlements

Medicare Secondary Payer compliance has been a widely debated topic in insurance settlements lately. But what about all public benefit programs? Learn how to preserve asset-based and entitlement-based benefit programs on behalf of your clients.

Presented By:


Sponsored By:


Friday, June 22, 2018

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (45 min)


8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. (75 min)


9:15 a.m. - 9.35 a.m. (20 min)

Break and Hotel Checkout

9:35 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

Current Trends in Ligitation

Please check back later to see a description for this session.

Presented By:


Sponsored By:

Litigation Section

Estate Planning - Beyond the Basics

Dig deeper into three advanced estate planning topics.

  • Dynasty trusts: Learn the pros and cons of dynasty trusts as well as key provisions that should be included.
  • Powers of appointment: Explore the language and consequences of limited vs. general powers of appointment. Receive an update on the new Power of Appointment Act.
  • Agricultural enterprises: Look at topics unique to Wisconsin families with ag businesses, including tax, estate, and business succession planning.

Presented By:

Jennifer M. Olk
Godfrey & Kahn SC

Phillip R. Maples
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Melissa C. Selinger
Selinger & Brunette LLC

Benjamin P. Brunette
Selinger & Brunette LLC

Sponsored By:

Real Property
Probate and Trust Law Section

Prioritizing Lawyer Well-Being: A Plan of Action for Wisconsin

Two national studies released in 2016 show that lawyers have an elevated risk for mental health and substance abuse disorders. Discover how the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being is helping lawyers just like you. Learn how you can make your practice a healthier place by:

  • Identifying steps to increase personal and professional wellness
  • Increasing your awareness of how untreated mental health issues, substance abuse problems, and chronic stress can lead to impairment in legal practice and career dissatisfaction
  • Prioritizing wellness amidst the current widespread disregard for lawyer well-being

Presented By:

Mary Spranger
State Bar of Wisconsin

Sponsored By:

WisLAP Committee

10:35 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.

Succession Planning For Law Firms

Succession planning is extremely important for solo and small-firm attorneys - and now there's a new tool from the State Bar to help you.

What's one of the most essential aspects of a law firm succession plan? Designating someone to take over your clients and cases when you're no longer able to. Learn how to use a new State Bar database to identify an attorney who can step in to assist in the event of a disability or untimely death.

In addition, find advice for transferring or selling your practice to another lawyer, including:

  • Structuring the transaction
  • Reasonable expectations for a sale or transfer
  • Ethical considerations

Presented By:

Kathleen A. Brost
Brost Law Offices LLC

Sponsored By:

Solo and Small Firm
General Practice Section
Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Creditors' Rights (BICR) Section

Practical Marketing and Advertising for Attorneys

Email, websites, radio and TV ads, social media, yellow pages, client referral services - with so many options for promoting your firm, how do you know which ones are worthwhile?

Listen in as our panelists share what's worked and what hasn't when it comes to marketing and advertising their practices. Discover which options are most:

  • Cost-effective
  • Ethical
  • Able to attract clients

Plus, receive an overview of the ethical rules governing law firm advertising.

Presented By:

Kathleen A. Brost
Brost Law Offices LLC

Sponsored By:

Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors' Rights (BICR)
Solo and Small Firm
General Practice

Call Me...Maybe: Carpenter v. United States - Smartphones, Privacy and the Fourth Amendment

Does the government have the right to search and seize cellphone records (without a warrant) that track your location and movements? Is the phone company an eyewitness? Is sharing your location through your cell phone voluntary?

Don't miss this hearty discussion of Carpenter v. United States as we explore the implications of this case from the defense and prosecution perspectives. Plus, walk away with guidance for your clients regarding cellphone privacy rights under the Fourth Amendment.

Presented By:


Sponsored By:

Civil Rights & Liberties Section
Government Lawyers Division

11:25 p.m. - 12:10 p.m. (45 min)

Break and Section Showcase

12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (50 min)

Closing Ethics Plenary (No Lunch)

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