Legislature Races to Finish the 2017-2018 Session
The 2017-18 legislative session is quickly coming to a close. There are currently hundreds of legislative proposals still circulating, and legislative sponsors, lobbyists, and constituents are working diligently to get their bills passed before the session's scheduled conclusion in March.
Mergers & Acquisitions and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act brings significant changes to the structure, financing, and agreements in mergers and acquisitions transactions. James Phillips details the more noteworthy provisions that apply in 2018 and beyond.
The Rules They Are A-changin’
The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently initiated several evidence rule changes, including a new witness bias rule, and the Wisconsin Legislature is pondering significant changes to many procedural rules in civil actions. Sarah Zylstra outlines these new – and possibly future – changes.
Do Not Overreact to the Wosinski Decision
While a recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision may appear to weaken the statute of repose governing construction projects, attorneys should thoroughly analyze all the issues before deciding if a construction claim is timely. Brian Smigelski discusses the effect of the decision in Wosinski v. Advanced Cast Stone Co.
Restoring Forests in Kenya Began with One Woman’s Dream
A Kenyan biologist in the 1970s recognized the connection between environmental damage and poverty – and did something about it. Cynthia Hirsch talks about Wangari Maathai, the 2004 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the impact one woman can have on the wellbeing of her country.
Pro Se Mediation is Hard Work
Former Sheboygan County Circuit Court Judge James Bolgert was attracted to a mediation practice because he believes in using mediation to resolve family disputes. “And mediation with attorneys works well with a schedule in which some days are reserved for higher things (grandparent work),” he writes. “Pro se mediation reminds me of practicing law: You get calls.”
Liability Under HIPAA: It's Not Just for Health Law Attorneys
What are the considerations lawyers should think about regarding HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act? Turns out, it's not just lawyers in a health law practice who need to be aware of their responsibilities regarding protected health information.
We Need Your Talents: Serve on a State Bar Committee
The State Bar is in need of your talents – and it's a great way to meet lawyers from across the state. State Bar President-elect Chris Rogers invites you to serve on a committee in 2018-19. Apply by April 15.