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    Expand Your Practice with CLE Sessions at Annual Conference, June 15-16

    Earn up to 13 CLE and 4 EPR credits from the pre-conference ethics session, the opening plenary session, and dozens of CLE sessions covering top trends, hot topics, and enduring advice for Wisconsin lawyers.
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    April 5, 2017 – There’s lots to learn at the 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference, June 15-16 in Wisconsin Dells.

    With more than two dozen CLE seminars developed by State Bar sections and divisions, you’ll find plenty of sessions to help you expand and develop your practice.

    Earn up to 13 CLE and 4 EPR credits from the pre-conference ethics session, the opening plenary session, and dozens of CLE sessions covering top trends, hot topics, and enduring advice for Wisconsin lawyers.

    Here are some of the CLE sessions at this year’s Annual Conference:

    Dos & Don'ts from the Circuit Court Bench

    If you've ever wished you could know what judges are thinking in the courtroom, this is your chance to find out, in this session by the Litigation Section. Learn practical tips and hear honest insights from a panel of three circuit court judges as they discuss pet peeves, evidentiary pitfalls, decorum in the courtroom, and how lawyers can be more persuasive and effective advocates.

    2017 Annual Conference Highlights

    • Up to 13 CLE and 4 EPR credits (including pre-conference session and opening plenary)
    • Presidential Swearing-In Ceremony
    • Member Recognition Celebration
    • All-Conference Western BBQ featuring music by Madison County

    E-Motional Intelligence 2017: The New E-Discovery Rules and Proportionality

    Big or small, every case is an e-discovery case. More than 90 percent of business documents will never be printed. And when litigation comes, the amount of data stored will not vary in proportion to the size of the case. Learn more in this CLE session from the Nonresident Lawyers Division.

    Where you Stand Depends on Where You Sit

    Mediators, attorneys, and clients all bring their own unique perspectives to mediation. If you've ever wondered what your fellow lawyers and mediators think about mediation, this is the session for you, presented by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

    Cultural Competence and the Law Practice

    As attorneys living and practicing in an ever more diverse society, it's essential to understand how to communicate with and serve those from diverse backgrounds. In this session from the Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Committee, learn why cultural competence matters in the legal profession, ethical requirements for attorneys regarding cultural competence, and cultural competence in the office as an employer, with clients, and in court.

    A sampling of other sessions include:

    • Top Estate Planning Lessons from Recently Deceased Celebrities

    • The Future of Race and Policing in the Trump Era

    • Get the Lead Out: Legal & Regulatory Issues Associated with Lead in Water Service Lines

    • Writing a Winning Brief

    • Employment Law – The Year in Review

    • Understanding the Divorce Process from A to Z

    · The “Risky Business” of Healthcare Law: What Every Business Lawyer Needs to Know

    Find the full CLE schedule, along with special networking events, on the Conference website.

    Family Fun at the Wilderness – Register by May 15 for Best Room Rate

    Glacier Canyon Lodge, headquarters for the Conference, is home to a three-acre outdoor water park, outdoor mini-golf, go-karts, and other nearby attractions. An enclosed walkway connects directly to the Wilderness Hotel, and access to waterparks is included with your stay.

    A limited number of rooms are reserved for Conference attendees. Be sure to reserve your rooms early to ensure you receive the best rates.

    To reserve your room, call the reservation desk at (800) 867-WILD and mention you are with the State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting & Conference at Glacier Canyon Lodge, Block #526959.

    Exciting Plenary Speakers

    Opening Plenary: Ken Goldstein on ‘Public Opinion, the Press, and Political Persuasion in the Age of Trump’

    Ken Goldstein, professor of politics at University of San Francisco, and one of the country's premier experts on the use and impact of political advertising, opens the Annual Conference with his talk, ‘Public Opinion, the Press, and Political Persuasion in the Age of Trump.’

    Goldstein's reputation for non-partisan analysis has made him a favorite source for politicians and the news media alike. He has appeared numerous times on Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, and CNN, and is a frequent contributor on National Public Radio.

    Closing Plenary: Wes Moore, Best-selling author and founder, BridgeEDU

    Acclaimed author Wes Moore is a veteran, Rhodes Scholar, and the founder of BridgeEDU – an organization addressing the college completion and job placement crisis. He has served as a White House Fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and as a political/economic analyst for NBC news.

    Moore is also the host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and the executive producer and host of PBS’s Coming Back with Wes Moore, which focuses on the re-integration of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their return home.

    Register Today for the 2017 Annual Conference – Early-bird Discount Ends May 15

    Save on your registration fee when you register by the early-bird deadline of May 15. Plus, first-time member attendees save an additional $100 off the registration fee.

    To register:

    • Online at's Marketplace
    • By phone: (800) 728-7788
    • By mail or fax using the downloadable registration form
    • Fax to (608) 250-6020
    • Mail to: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE Registrations, P.O. Box 7158, Madison, WI 53707-7158

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