Top 8 Recent Wisconsin Federal Court Decisions
This article looks at eight significant Wisconsin federal court decisions from 2019 interpreting Wisconsin law on a variety of subjects, including tort, health care, employment law, and more.
Recipe for Effective Engagement Agreements
Lawyers generally should consider including certain specific topics in the agreements they use when establishing attorney-client relationships. Here are the most significant provisions, along with sample language.
Reflections: How Do You Identify?
Deanne Koll says there's no wrong answer to the question of which of your life's roles you primarily identify with, as long as the response feels right for you.
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Court of Appeals Digest
In this column, Profs. Daniel D. Blinka and Thomas J. Hammer summarize select published opinions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Full-text decisions are linked below.
The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries for educational purposes.
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When Measles Meets Due Process
During an outbreak of a contagious disease such as measles, public health officials primarily can respond in two ways: with vaccination and treatment and with isolation or quarantine. Individuals' constitutional rights may not be top of mind. Here is how courts may analyze the public health mechanisms available to Wisconsin officials.
The Quest for a Warrantless OWI Blood Draw
Wisconsin's law enforcement and justice systems have struggled to establish parameters for warrantless blood draws that promote effectiveness, consider limited resources, and protect individuals' constitutional rights. Read the status of warrantless blood draws after recent supreme court opinions.
Shifting Ground: Independent Contractors & Joint Employment
Workers' classification as employees or independent contractors affects how they are taxed and the rights they have under federal and state law. Classification and joint employment have evolved as the gig economy has expanded. But, determining who is an "employee" or an "employer" often is hard.