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    • August
      05
      2020
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      Assessing the Impact of Childhood Trauma

      Chronic and persistent adversity impacts development in children as they grow into adults. Melissa Ivens discusses adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and reviews strategies that facilitate healthy development in children.

    • August
      04
      2020
      Business Law Section Blog

      Businesses Brace for Employee Absences as Classrooms Go Virtual

      Businesses face an uncertain labor supply heading into fall 2020, as school districts grapple with how to reopen. Ben Pliskie offers advice for employers planning for employee absences caused by school district attendance policies.

    • August
      03
      2020
      Construction & Public Contract Law Section Blog

      Risk Transfer and Limitation Clauses in Construction Contracts after Lester Bldgs

      A recent Wisconsin Supreme Court decision provides some clarity for Wis. Stat. section 895.447, but raises further questions on the enforceability of other common risk transfer and limitation clauses in construction contracts. Scott J. Thomsen talks aboutlessons to be learned from the decision and its impact on construction contracts.

    • July
      22
      2020
      Family Law Section Blog

      What You Should Know about the New Administrative Paternity

      Administrative paternity, a fourth way to determine paternity in Wisconsin, begins Aug. 1, 2020. Jill Mueller discusses the logistics of administrative paternity and why this new option is important for parents and children.

    • July
      21
      2020
      Agricultural Law and Rural Practice Blog

      The Revitalization of Motions to Dismiss in Wisconsin Business Litigation

      The Wisconsin Supreme Court in recent business-dispute decisions has indicated that judges have the ability to be more demanding of claimant’s counsel when considering motions to dismiss for a failure to state a claim. Alexander (Sandie) Pendleton comments on these developments, and the related developments as to the incorporation-by-reference doctrine, and the economic loss doctrine.

    • July
      15
      2020
      Environmental Law Section Blog

      Environmental Justice in Wisconsin: Law, Policy, or Neither?

      Environmental justice addresses race-based environmental disparities, taking into account the impact of environmental decision-making on minority and low-income communities, and striving to increase access to decision-making processes. Christa Westerbergdiscusses how environmental justice has been implemented in Wisconsin.

    • July
      10
      2020
      Litigation Section Blog

      Is Your Liability Waiver Enforceable? Probably Not

      Are waivers your clients using worth anything more than the paper it is printed on? Erik Monson discusses liability waivers in Wisconsin, and offers advice on drafting an enforceable liability waiver.

    • July
      10
      2020
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      Preparing for Chapter 48’s New Private Minor Guardianships

      A new private minor guardianship law takes effect Aug. 1, 2020. In this second part of a two-part series, Courtney Roelandts provides tips and suggestions on how to prepare for a smooth transition.

    • July
      09
      2020
      Dispute Resolution Section Blog

      Two Mediators’ Perspectives in the Era of Social Distancing

      Mediating by video conference is not as straightforward as in-person sessions. Lisa Derr and retired Judge Charles Kahn share their perspectives on how they have adapted to technology in the era of social distancing including accessibility, neutrality, and confidentiality.

    • July
      08
      2020
      Construction & Public Contract Law Section Blog

      101: Wisconsin’s Construction Lien Law

      With the ongoing economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, construction lien rights have become more vital than ever to businesses in the construction industry. Steven Slawinski provides a refresher course on the basics of construction liens on privately owned construction projects in Wisconsin.

    • July
      07
      2020
      Appellate Practice Section Blog

      A ‘Monumental’ Decision: U.S. Supreme Court and LGBTQ Discrimination

      The U.S. Supreme Court has now weighed in on sexual-orientation and gender-identity discrimination and protections in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Erin Strohbehn and Max T. Stephenson discuss the recent decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia.

    • July
      07
      2020
      Family Law Section Blog

      Countering Evasion: Securing Notice in a Divorce Action

      What happens when the opposing party in a divorce action evades a Summons and Petition or simply cannot be located? Lauren Otte discusses the required steps to secure service and personal jurisdiction in these circumstances.

    • June
      16
      2020
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      Chapter 48: The New Private Minor Guardianship Law

      A new private minor guardianship law takes effect Aug. 1, 2020. In this first of a two-part series on the new Wis. Stat. chapter 48, Beth Lauck provides a background of private minor guardianships and an overview of the changes under the new law.

    • June
      15
      2020
      Business Law Section Blog

      Mandatory Indemnification: Sue Me and You'll Pay My Attorneys' Fees

      Owners of corporations and limited liability companies can have statutory and contractual obligations to indemnify officers, directors, managers, and members for legal fees incurred in defending litigation. Ryan M. Billings discusses equity holders’ exposure to legal fees when a company brings suit against its former officers, directors, managers, or members.


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