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    Earn up to 14.5 CLE and 5.5 EPR credits at the State Bar PINNACLE Litigation, Dispute Resolution, and Appellate Practice Institute, May 5 - 6 in Milwaukee. This institute offers more than 30 different breakout sessions and plenary programs.
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    Feb. 16, 2011 – The State Bar PINNACLE Litigation, Dispute Resolution, and Appellate Practice Institute: From Claims Through Appeals is the place to go for the latest on legislative changes, the art of influence and decision-making, adapting trials to changing times, and state-of-the-art technology. The two-day institute also includes a special presentation featuring Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack on how the courts exercise their discretionary jurisdiction. Plenary sessions


    Steve Hughes

    Steve Hughes




    How would you like to snap your fingers and have clients instantly agree with your position? You can dramatically improve your odds by understanding how people make decisions and what causes them to act. Learn how you can influence clients, prospects, and colleagues and effect real changes at the Says You! The Art and Science of Changing Minds, from 9 to 10:15 a.m.

    Presenter Steve Hughes, MBA, Hit Our Stride, LLC, has had his seminars  featured on NPR, BBC Radio, and CBS (KMOV-TV).

    Egil Krogh

    Egil “Bud” Krogh




    What do you do when your practice group leader, or your most lucrative client, asks you to do something you are just not sure of? Hear concrete examples of the threats to professional integrity in the practice of law, in business, and in government service at Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices and Life Lessons from the White House, from 12:20 to 1:35 p.m. This luncheon program offers a durable framework for making integrity-based decisions in your practice in the face of vexing, complex questions and hidden ethical snares. Learn from the experience of Bud Krogh, co-director of the "White House Plumber," whose covert activities led to  Watergate Scandal. This program will be submitted for EPR credits.

    Egil “Bud” Krogh is a Senior Fellow on Ethics, Leadership, and Integrity at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington, D.C. He was White House deputy counsel during the Nixon presidency and was co-director of the special investigations unit known as the “White House Plumbers.” He is a national speaker on decision-making, legal ethics, and personal and professional integrity.


    Maxine White

    Hon. Maxine A. White

    Kevin Lonergan

    Kevin Lonergan

    Robert L. McCracken

    Robert L. McCracken



    Hear from judges and experienced lawyers how modern technology and new “social networking jurors” impact trial presentations in Wisconsin courtrooms at How Litigation Is Really Done: Adapting Trials to Changing Times, from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Learn how to “modernize” your trial and gain tips on understanding and communicating with today’s jurors. Speakers at this session are Hon. Maxine Aldridge White, Milwaukee County Circuit Court; Kevin Lonergan, Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd; Robert L. McCracken, Nash, Spindler, Grimstad & McCracken LLP; and Thomas J. Halloran, Petrie & Stocking S.C. The moderator is Kelly L. Centofanti, Centofanti Law S.C.

    Robert L. Habush

    Robert L. Habush

    Dan Flaherty

    Daniel Flaherty

    Lynn R. Laufenberg

    Lynn R. Laufenberg



    Learn about key changes and pending legislation at New Legislators, New Legislation: How the 2011 Changes to Civil Litigation Will Affect Your Practice, from 1:15 to 2:05 p.m. Speakers are Robert L. Habush, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.; Dan Flaherty, Godfrey & Kahn S.C.; and Lynn R. Laufenberg, Laufenberg, Stombaugh & Jassak S.C.

    Featured program: How to Kill a Good Petition for Review or for Leave to Appeal a Non-Final Order

    Patience D. Roggensack

    Justice Patience D. Roggensack

    Joan F. Kessler

    Hon. Joan F. Kessler



    Discover how the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals exercise their discretionary jurisdiction at How to Kill a Good Petition for Review or for Leave to Appeal a Non-Final Order, on Friday, from 11:10 a.m. to 12 p.m. In addition to describing courts’ procedures in ruling on petitions for review and petitions for leave to appeal non-final orders, guest panelists will provide practical guidance on what tends to bring petitions to the courts’ attention, as well as so-called “vehicle” problems that might lead either court to conclude that exercising its discretionary jurisdiction is unwise or unwarranted. Panelists include Justice Patience D. Roggensack, Wisconsin Supreme Court; Hon. Joan F. Kessler, Wisconsin Court of Appeals District I; Hon. Nancy A. Kopp, Wisconsin Supreme Court Commissioners Office; and Margaret A. Carlson, chief staff attorney, Court of Appeals. Michael Halfenger, Foley & Lardner LLP, will moderate the discussion.

    Registration information

    Register by March 31 for the Litigation, Dispute Resolution, and Appellate Practice Institute to receive a reduced early-bird rate of $295; after March 31, $345. Members can earn up to 14.5 CLE credits and 5.5 EPR credits. PINNACLE will record selected presentations and offer them via webcast at a later date at no additional cost to registrants. All three institutes are included in the cost of the State Bar Ultimate Pass.

    PINNACLE, formerly known as State Bar CLE, is producing this institute, with special cooperation from the State Bar’s Litigation, Appellate Practice, and Dispute Resolution sections.

    Be sure to check out other institutes

    Plan now for the upcoming Real Estate and Business Law Institute, June 9 - 10, and the Solo Small Firm Conference, Oct. 27 - 29. Both events will be at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The State Bar’s annual meeting, including the swearing in of Jim Brennan as the 56th State Bar president and recognition of members for their State Bar and public service, will take place during the Real Estate and Business Law Institute. Annual meeting events will begin on the evening of June 8.