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    Jun. 09, 2022

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award, and more.

    Jun. 09, 2022

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries.

    Jun. 09, 2022

    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.

    Jun. 09, 2022

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Jun. 09, 2022

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Jun. 09, 2022

    Are you working on an interesting case? Have a practice tip to share? There are several ways to contribute to Wisconsin Lawyer.

    Jun. 09, 2022

    Jun. 09, 2022

    Judge Maxine White sees Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court as vitally important for the nation and the world, personally, symbolically, historically, and politically.

    Jun. 09, 2022

    The State Bar of Wisconsin government relations team highlights the organization's lobbying efforts and successes during the 2021-22 legislative session.

    Jun. 09, 2022

    Clients need not make all decisions regarding their cases. But, Dean Dietrich says, lawyers have an ethical obligation to consult with clients about strategies before taking action, if deadlines permit.

    Jun. 09, 2022

    The updated Wisconsin LLC law will create benefits for businesses and their advisors. Learn from Joe Boucher and Craig Miller why these updates were necessary.

    Jun. 09, 2022

    Becoming an ally requires self-examination and practice. Roya Bahrami, Emily Kelchen, and Ioua Alen Marcyn B. Lagazo provide tips to make a difference.

    Jun. 09, 2022

    Larry Martin says every lawyer can make the legal profession better. Myron LaRowe and Kristen Hardy are two who've done so by volunteering as State Bar of Wisconsin leaders.

    Jun. 09, 2022

    Cheryl Furstace Daniels highlights State Bar of Wisconsin priorities as her term as president reaches a close.

    Jun. 09, 2022

    Separate laws on groundwater and surface water withdrawal and the lack of a fully integrated regulatory scheme for high-capacity wells have more often led to conflict and uncertainty than to clarity. Wisconsin's groundwater management regime is developing but still has gaps.

    Jun. 09, 2022

    Attorney leaders are committed to making positive change toward racial justice both within and beyond the State Bar of Wisconsin's organizational structure. The State Bar Racial Justice Task Force is working to achieve racial justice and increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in Wisconsin's legal profession.

    Jun. 09, 2022

    Recent changes to Wisconsin's business entity statutes will have particular significance for limited partnerships and limited liability companies formed in the state starting Jan. 1, 2023. The authors summarize important changes.

    Jun. 09, 2022

    The new business entity act, 2021 Wis. Act 258, repeals and recreates Wis. Stat. chapter 183 to adopt the most recent version of the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. Certain Wisconsin-specific provisions are included in what this article calls the New LLC Act. Here is a look at the most significant changes.

    May 10, 2022

    The 2021 Charles Dunn Award goes to Kelly Mould and Kate Trudell, who authored the article #FreeBritney: When Protections Turn Toxic. The committee also recognized several authors who went above and beyond.

    May 10, 2022

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award, and more.

    May 10, 2022

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries. The OLR assists the court in supervising the practice of law and protecting the public from misconduct by lawyers.

    May 10, 2022

    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.

    May 10, 2022

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    May 10, 2022

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    May 10, 2022

    Are you working on an interesting case? Have a practice tip to share? There are several ways to contribute to Wisconsin Lawyer.

    May 10, 2022

    Promoting and protecting lawyer well-being is vital not only to individual attorneys and their families, Lindsey Draper says, but also to clients, employers, and the public.

    May 10, 2022

    Most data breaches can be avoided if users ensure that hardware, software, and communication encryption protocols are in place. Michael Eichacker, James Pearson, and Christopher Shattuck provide tips to protect your law firm and clients.

    May 10, 2022

    If you become aware of a client's potential malpractice claim, Matt Beier, Brian Anderson, and Joe McCarthy say to immediately contact your professional liability insurer, regardless of your assessment of the claim's validity.

    May 10, 2022

    The Professional Ethics Committee discusses responsibilities of lawyers who are considering a job change from defense to prosecution or prosecution to defense.

    May 10, 2022

    You can find water law indexed under property law, environmental law, and public health and welfare. Jenny Zook provides tips to help direct your research.

    May 10, 2022

    Ralph Weber explains how anchoring – specifically, the enduring effects of exposure to an initial number on later decisions – can help or hinder your work as a lawyer.

    May 10, 2022

    Larry Martin says lawyers play a vital role in defending democracy in the United States and around the globe.

    May 10, 2022

    Samuelson focuses on outreach to lawyers and the public to educate them about what the OLR does; supports programs to improve lawyers' practice-management skills and well-being.

    May 10, 2022

    To figure out what needs fundamental change, either within the U.S. Constitution or within the statutes, Cheryl Daniels suggests we ask for evidence and think about a law's actual effect on people's daily lives.

    May 10, 2022

    The author delves into and suggests how to harmonize law, technology, and democracy, especially as they relate to personal freedoms enshrined in the U.S. and state constitutions and as balanced with the public welfare.

    May 10, 2022

    Each spring, State Bar of Wisconsin members vote for one representative to the Wisconsin Judicial Council. This is an important position. Read what the Judicial Council is and what it does.

    May 10, 2022

    Every autumn, a new cohort of students begins college. The focus in 2022 on the 50th anniversary of enactment of Title IX might help lawyers refresh themselves on ways to protect college-bound clients in courtrooms and classrooms.

    May 10, 2022

    To effectively manage stormwater quantity and quality, we need to do so in the context of watersheds and hydrologic processes rather than as a series of discrete issues and programs.

    Apr. 13, 2022

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award, and more.

    Apr. 13, 2022

    Want to review a book? Request one from us!

    Apr. 13, 2022

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Apr. 13, 2022

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Apr. 13, 2022

    Become a contributor! Are you working on an interesting case? Have a practice tip to share? There are several ways to contribute to Wisconsin Lawyer.

    Apr. 13, 2022

    We want to hear from you! Post a comment, find us on social media, or send us your thoughts.

    Apr. 13, 2022

    During April's National Volunteer Month, and throughout the year, lawyers have many opportunities to build toward a better future. Megan Lee says we owe it to our communities and ourselves to give back.

    Apr. 13, 2022

    Dean Dietrich says asking a colleague for input will help a lawyer thoroughly analyze the potential of current and future conflicts of interest when considering whether to take on a new client.

    Apr. 13, 2022

    Jeff Glazer looks at some of the ways in which decentralization and automation are putting strains on the legal frameworks that structure property ownership, organization, and securities in this part 2 of a two-part series about digital currency systems.

    Apr. 13, 2022

    Larry Martin invites you to join other legal professionals, in person, at the State Bar's 2022 Annual Meeting & Conference to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis., June 15-17.

    Apr. 13, 2022

    As Cheryl Daniels passes the torch to colleagues at DATCP, she has a few tips for private-practice lawyers whose clients appear before state agencies.

    Apr. 13, 2022

    Like all new lawyers, Jim Shellow needed guidance and support during the early years of his practice. In the nearly six decades since, he has become a formidable criminal defense attorney, thanks to his mentor.

    Apr. 13, 2022

    To better represent clients, criminal defense lawyers should learn about the types of digital evidence that may reside on clients' mobile technology devices and how the evidence can be accessed and preserved.

    Apr. 13, 2022

    Wisconsin has the third highest number of natural lakes of U.S. states but keeping these and other water resources clean and equitably available for all users is a challenge that increases by the day. This overview presents the basics of Wisconsin's water laws and the issues that are catalysts for disputes about water use, which we will explore in a series of articles in 2022.

    Apr. 06, 2022

    Engaging in advance planning for healthcare decision-making can mean the difference between life and death. Mike and Luciana Wiltse share their harrowing experience with writer Jeff M. Brown.

    Mar. 10, 2022

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award, and more.

    Mar. 10, 2022

    Want to review a book? Request one from us!

    Mar. 10, 2022

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries.

    Mar. 10, 2022

    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.

    Mar. 10, 2022

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Mar. 10, 2022

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Mar. 10, 2022

    Become a Contributor! Are you working on an interesting case? Have a practice tip to share? There are several ways to contribute to Wisconsin Lawyer.

    Mar. 10, 2022

    Among the COVID-19 pandemic's lingering effects are delays in criminal-case processing in Wisconsin courts. State Public Defender Kelli Thompson says stakeholders working together can help clear the backlogs and revive faith and trust in the legal system.

    Mar. 10, 2022

    Dean Dietrich says an attorney can meet with a former client who alleges the attorney engaged in malpractice but must proceed cautiously when doing so.

    Mar. 10, 2022

    The practice area of estate, probate, and trust law produced the most malpractice claims reported to WILMIC in 2021. Tom Watson provides tips and data to reduce your malpractice risk in this and other practice areas in 2022.

    Mar. 10, 2022

    Stop thinking that the reason women leave private practice is a lack of grit or of the growth mindset. Instead, Deanne Koll suggests focusing on making law firms into places where all lawyers can thrive.

    Mar. 10, 2022

    We strive to better understand your reading preferences, the information you are interested in, and how we can best deliver it. Larry Martin asks you to respond to the upcoming reader survey to help guide State Bar publications.

    Mar. 10, 2022

    Cheryl Daniels urges you to read the soon-to-be-released report on lawyer well-being in Wisconsin and then apply its lessons when working with clients, colleagues, and the profession as a whole.

    Mar. 10, 2022

    How has technology such as the algorithm affected human choice, especially in areas such as economics, politics, and social policy? The concept of human choice is baked into the social contracts of democracies and more specifically into the U.S. Constitution. The author argues that algorithms should augment human intelligence, not replace it.

    Mar. 10, 2022

    State and federal statutory and case law govern how public libraries provide space, information, and resources to their communities. The author discusses the underlying Wisconsin and federal statutes and a few of the cases that have defined important legal concepts, such as intellectual freedom, public forums, privacy, and copyright law.

    Mar. 10, 2022

    Individuals who thus far had refused to be vaccinated, citing medical, religious, or philosophical objections, challenged some vaccination mandates in courts. These lawsuits have had varying outcomes. The authors summarize the most significant recent decisions.

    Feb. 09, 2022

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award, and more. Share your own!

    Feb. 09, 2022

    Want to review a book? Request one from us!

    Feb. 09, 2022

    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.

    Feb. 09, 2022

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Feb. 09, 2022

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Feb. 09, 2022

    Are you working on an interesting case? Have a practice tip to share? There are several ways to contribute to Wisconsin Lawyer.

    Feb. 09, 2022

    We want to hear from you! Post a comment, find us on social media, or send us your thoughts.

    Feb. 09, 2022

    To truly heal the wounds caused by racism and other types of bias and improve life for everyone, TR Edwards says Americans must understand, not hide from, our nation's past.

    Feb. 09, 2022

    State Bar staff photographer Shannon Green offers tips to help you get a free, professional-quality headshot using only your smartphone – and a friend.

    Feb. 09, 2022

    Will Hornsby looks at marketing trends and regulations over the recent past and into the coming year.

    Feb. 09, 2022

    Dean Dietrich says a report of a lawyer's alleged misconduct engaged in during litigation likely will not be acted on until the litigation is over.

    Feb. 09, 2022

    Rick Niess believes the commercial court pilot project is flawed. He offers ideas on how to reform the current business court.

    Feb. 09, 2022

    In Part 1, Jeff Glazer demystifies and explains cryptocurrency and blockchains: what they are, how they work, and how they're funded. In Part 2, he'll explore the legal issues surrounding these digital currency systems.

    Feb. 09, 2022

    Larry Martin urges lawyers and other Americans, regardless of political affiliation, to work together to resolve the many problems confronting our nation and world.

    Feb. 09, 2022

    Cheryl Daniels wants you to know that, pandemic or not, State Bar leaders and staff welcome interactions with members, especially when engaged in with courtesy, kindness, and empathy.

    Feb. 09, 2022

    Too often, people who have accidents or other health-related emergencies are then hit by unexpected medical bills. The recently enacted federal No Surprises Act might alleviate some of the financial harm.

    Feb. 09, 2022

    Five Wisconsin lawyers representing different geographic areas offer a snapshot of what they are experiencing amid a pandemic and what they anticipate their business to look like in the next few years.

    Feb. 09, 2022

    How quickly – and completely – the COVID-19 pandemic ends seems less relevant to the future of law practice, because shifts related to technology, marketing and business development, hiring and retention, diversity, and other areas that have been sweeping the legal profession seem to be here to stay.

    Jan. 07, 2022

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award, and more.

    Jan. 07, 2022

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries.

    Jan. 07, 2022

    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.

    Jan. 07, 2022

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Jan. 07, 2022

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Jan. 07, 2022

    Are you working on an interesting case? Have a practice tip to share? There are several ways to contribute to Wisconsin Lawyer.

    Jan. 07, 2022

    We want to hear from you! Post a comment, find us on social media, or send us your thoughts.

    Jan. 07, 2022

    Mindy Tempelis says focusing on wellness is important for everyone, especially lawyers and other members of helping professions.

    Jan. 07, 2022

    Client feedback mechanisms are a fast and effective way to boost firm revenue. Heather Gray-Grant explores why law firms are not using this business practice as a standard operating procedure.

    Jan. 07, 2022

    Some lawyers never experience a malpractice claim during their entire career; others are not as fortunate. Tom Watson provides tips to avoid becoming that "unfortunate" lawyer.

    Jan. 07, 2022

    In the market for a new smartphone? James Pearson provides a handy comparison chart of the latest available smartphones to help with your purchase decision.

    Jan. 07, 2022

    Deanne Koll wonders what it is about being a lawyer that drives us crazy in less hectic times.

    Jan. 07, 2022

    That lawyers have a duty of candor to tribunals is clear, but, Dean Dietrich says, the contours of the obligation are not, especially when duties to clients seem more important.

    Jan. 07, 2022

    Studying how the human brain works has helped scientists learn more about decision-making. Ralph Weber presents some findings and related tips that are especially relevant for lawyers.

    Jan. 07, 2022

    The Wisconsin Law Foundation annually grants the Belle Case La Follette Awards to three recent law school graduates who represent underserved populations. Larry Martin says your contributions to the Foundation help make the awards possible.

    Jan. 07, 2022

    Believing we won't experience negative consequences because of our actions – optimism bias – can be a two-edged sword. Cheryl Daniels thinks harnessing it can help us keep moving forward in tricky times.

    Jan. 07, 2022

    With appropriate guidelines and oversight, parent coordinators can help resolve disputes between parents after divorce, quickly and cost effectively.

    Jan. 07, 2022

    An in-house counsel herself, the author lists 10 things she has observed women lawyers don't know or do as in-house counsel that their male counterparts seem to do quite well, which, she postulates, has resulted in a widening of the gap between men and women.

    Jan. 07, 2022

    A person is trafficked for labor when they are exploited for another’s financial gain through threat of force, fraud, or coercion. This article provides a current perspective on labor trafficking in Wisconsin, offering views from lawyers, survivor advocates, law enforcement, a survivor, and a policy expert.

    Dec. 09, 2021

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award, and more.

    Dec. 09, 2021

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries.

    Dec. 09, 2021

    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.

    Dec. 09, 2021

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Dec. 09, 2021

    Are you working on an interesting case? Have a practice tip to share? There are several ways to contribute to Wisconsin Lawyer.

    Dec. 09, 2021

    We want to hear from you! Post a comment, find us on social media, or send us your thoughts.

    Dec. 09, 2021

    Looking to make a New Year's resolution? Kate Knowlton suggests volunteering with the State Bar of Wisconsin.

    Dec. 09, 2021

    The Professional Ethics Committee discusses a lawyer's responsibilities when a client is a fugitive.

    Dec. 09, 2021

    Julie Bonasso reminds that there's nothing wrong, and a lot right, with saying no to other people and yes to our own health and well-being.

    Dec. 09, 2021

    Christopher Shattuck has gift ideas to make life easier while working or relaxing, promote health and wellness, or just to smile about, all without breaking the bank.

    Dec. 09, 2021

    Judge Michael Aprahamian provides an update on the Commercial Docket Pilot Project since its inception in July 2017, including its expansion and current operations.

    Dec. 09, 2021

    Emily Kelchen provides tips for writing in ways that attract the attention of search engines, readers, and new clients.

    Dec. 09, 2021

    Personal attacks on social media might not subject the posting lawyer to professional discipline, but Dean Dietrich warns they can reflect poorly on the lawyer and on the legal community.

    Dec. 09, 2021

    Justin Wallace explains what insurance bad faith is and provides tips to recognize "bad-faith" practices.

    Dec. 09, 2021

    As an entity created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Larry Martin explains, the State Bar exists to serve three important audiences: the public, the court, and you, our members.

    Dec. 09, 2021

    As we enter the gift-giving season, Cheryl Daniels asks you to consider making a gift to the Wisconsin Law Foundation to fund programs promoting greater understanding of the law and the administration of justice in Wisconsin.

    Dec. 09, 2021

    The author reflects on lessons learned during an internship with the governor's legal counsel. People convicted of crimes are not lost causes, she learned, instead they can teach us all invaluable lessons.

    Dec. 09, 2021

    This article reviews eight Wisconsin federal court decisions from 2021 interpreting Wisconsin law. The decisions touch on a variety of subjects, including tort law, advertising law, civil procedure, insurance law, contract law, corporate law, and intellectual property.

    Dec. 09, 2021

    In its 2020-21 term, the Wisconsin Supreme Court's 31 civil law opinions touched on issues including voting, the 2020 elections, COVID-19 regulations, contracts, taxation, torts, eminent domain, and municipal law. The court's 21 criminal law opinions dealt with issues including the Second, Fourth, and Sixth Amendments, use of evidence at trial, guilty pleas, and chapter 980 commitments. Here is a summary of all supreme court decisions from last term.

    Nov. 12, 2021

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award, and more.

    Nov. 12, 2021

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides discipline summaries for educational purposes.

    Nov. 12, 2021

    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.

    Nov. 12, 2021

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Nov. 12, 2021

    Are you working on an interesting case? Have a practice tip to share? There are several ways to contribute to Wisconsin Lawyer.

    Nov. 12, 2021

    Emil Ovbiagele warns that full-time remote work policies might have unintended consequences on the long-term career development and well-being of new lawyers.

    Nov. 12, 2021

    For lawyers, being perceived as an expert enhances their ability to attract clients and referrals. It may also accelerate promotion within a law firm. But expertise and thought leadership are not the same thing. Teddy Snyder breaks it down.

    Nov. 12, 2021

    Feeling the urge to clean up your shelves or your computer? Tom Watson says make sure to keep file-retention guidelines in mind when handling client files.

    Nov. 12, 2021

    James Pearson reviews five apps that will speed up routine business-management tasks, so you can focus your time and effort on clients' cases.

    Nov. 12, 2021

    As technology continues to evolve, Dean Dietrich says lawyers need not be computer experts, but they must understand the fundamentals of that technology, particularly regarding security.

    Nov. 12, 2021

    As public sector labor and employment lawyers Timothy Hawks and Barbara Quindel prepare for retirement, Summer Murshid asks them about their careers, and what they wish they had known "back then."

    Nov. 12, 2021

    "Victory" in a case in which one party is ordered to pay another isn't complete until the money changes hands. Teresa Kobelt provides tips for helping clients collect on money judgments.

    Nov. 12, 2021

    Larry Martin says the State Bar's presence in Kenosha in September highlighted its commitment to combating racial injustice while promoting equal justice, diversity, and inclusion.

    Nov. 12, 2021

    Cheryl Daniels says the State Bar's Advocacy Network connects you with your representatives and allows you to easily communicate your messages to them.

    Nov. 12, 2021

    Lawyers representing job applicants, employees, or employers in workplace-accommodation claims brought under federal or Wisconsin law need to understand the elements plaintiffs must prove to prevail in claims alleging an employer failed to accommodate an applicant's or employee's disability.

    Nov. 12, 2021

    The DTSA has provided trade secret owners with a federal private cause of action and enhanced protections that reach beyond state lines. Still, it has fallen short on its promise of national uniformity. This progress report examines whether the DTSA has lived up to its proponents’ aspirations and how it has affected trade secret litigation nationally and in Wisconsin.

    Nov. 01, 2021

    Meet these risk takers who are advancing the legal profession and serving the public with perseverance, creative thinking, and big ideas in a year of unusual events. This year we honor Lifetime Innovator Keith Findley and other lawyers whose innovations focus on criminal law, health equity, and a legal app.

    Oct. 21, 2021

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award, and more.

    Oct. 21, 2021

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries.

    Oct. 21, 2021

    Want to review a book? Request one from us!

    Oct. 21, 2021

    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.

    Oct. 21, 2021

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Oct. 21, 2021

    Are you working on an interesting case? Have a practice tip to share? There are several ways to contribute to Wisconsin Lawyer.

    Oct. 21, 2021

    Criminal records can cause long-term collateral damage to a person's life. That is why the State Bar is zealously advocating expungement reform as an access to justice priority, and Michael Yang says you can help.

    Oct. 21, 2021

    It's not unusual for potential clients to imply that lawyers who provide free or low-cost legal services are not "real attorneys." Kate Cook offers tips for truthfully allaying the concerns that might underlay such questions and comments.

    Oct. 21, 2021

    Think of a legal administrator as the go-to person in your firm responsible for one or more job functions, and the engineer who ensures all the trains run on time. Christopher Shattuck talks with four legal administrators about their unique roles.

    Oct. 21, 2021

    Keeping client information confidential is a challenging but critical component in representing clients. Dean Dietrich says the secrecy rules apply to all information learned during a representation, with a few exceptions.

    Oct. 21, 2021

    The Hon. Cynthia M. Davis says listening with full attention, forgiving ourselves, and learning when to say "yes" and "no" are valuable qualities for lawyers and judges.

    Oct. 21, 2021

    For the shouting about rights that doesn't fit into the category of real infringement of constitutional rights, we might still be onto something good. Jessica Liebau asks, if we can apply this current interest in constitutional rights in a productive way,

    Oct. 21, 2021

    Larry Martin is on the move; visiting with members throughout the state to listen and learn, to connect on a personal level so the State Bar can truly know and serve your needs.

    Oct. 21, 2021

    Cheryl Daniels reminds lawyers to build healthy practices into your daily routine that help you cope with the stressors in your life.

    Oct. 21, 2021

    I was in deep emotional pain. My thoughts raced, became paranoid, my behavior was erratic. People noticed. Relationships suffered. My despondency grew. I hatched a plan.

    Oct. 21, 2021

    Among the hard hit during the COVID-19 pandemic have been victims and survivors of sex trafficking and the agencies and individuals who aid them. Individuals from law enforcement agencies, courts, and social service agencies answer questions about their experiences during the ongoing pandemic. Details vary but some shared themes emerge.

    Oct. 21, 2021

    As the circumstances of Britney Spears' conservatorship make clear, the topic of substitute decision-making for vulnerable individuals in Wisconsin and elsewhere has relevance for almost all lawyers, not only senior lawyers or those who practice elder law.

    Sep. 21, 2021

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award, and more.

    Sep. 21, 2021

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries.

    Sep. 21, 2021

    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.

    Sep. 21, 2021

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Sep. 21, 2021

    Want to review a book? Request one from us!

    Sep. 21, 2021

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Sep. 21, 2021

    Are you working on an interesting case? Have a practice tip to share? There are several ways to contribute to Wisconsin Lawyer.

    Sep. 21, 2021

    If you're the "first" to be named to a job, you weren't the first person who was qualified, or able, or the best candidate there ever was. Rather, Margaret Raymond says, you came along at a time when being the "first" was possible.

    Sep. 21, 2021

    Julie Bonasso asks, what would be your biggest regret if this were the last day of your life? Are you advancing toward the right goal?

    Sep. 21, 2021

    Tom Watson says WILMIC is seeing increases in both frequency and severity in practice areas that involve clients who are experiencing the most immediate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Sep. 21, 2021

    Dean Dietrich explains that the Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys – SCR chapter 20 – are the primary guidance for behavior of lawyers who practice in Wisconsin.

    Sep. 21, 2021

    As her tenure as this publication's editor ends, Joyce Hastings reflects on the story of the full integration of women in the legal profession.

    Sep. 21, 2021

    Larry Martin announces a generous donation that will match contributions to the Wisconsin Law Foundation for a cumulative dollar total of up to $25,000!

    Sep. 21, 2021

    Cheryl Daniels says consciously adapting to changing circumstances is a uniquely human endeavor that applies to all of us if we want to survive and thrive in today's workforce and workplaces.

    Sep. 21, 2021

    Women have tackled thorny issues that led to the reshaping of Wisconsin laws affecting civil rights, property, marriage, employment, and education. Here is a look at five women who persevered in the face of social and political opposition to improve women's lives in ways that reverberate today.

    Sep. 21, 2021

    Women have made great strides in the legal profession in the almost 150 years since a woman was first admitted to the bar in Wisconsin. But as this overview of Wisconsin's judiciary makes clear, equal involvement of women is yet to be achieved in some parts of the judicial system.

    Sep. 21, 2021

    Women achieved parity in law school classes more than three decades ago, yet the numbers today show that women are underrepresented in positions of power and influence in law firm and corporate legal environments. Why is that?

    Sep. 21, 2021

    For the first time in the State Bar of Wisconsin's 143-year history, women hold all six of its officer positions. Women also now represent the majority on its Board of Governors. This article provides a glimpse of the State Bar's efforts to increase participation of women in bar leadership, with perspectives from many of the women who were involved along the way.

    Jul. 16, 2021

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award, and more.

    Jul. 16, 2021

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries.

    Jul. 16, 2021

    Want to review a book? Request one from us!

    Jul. 16, 2021

    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.

    Jul. 16, 2021

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Jul. 16, 2021

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Jul. 16, 2021

    We want to hear from you! Post a comment, find us on social media, or send us your thoughts.

    Jul. 16, 2021

    Roy Evans suggests we forget about the nostalgia of getting back to normal and embrace the reality that our future rests in a new normal and our abilities to adjust and embrace it.

    Jul. 16, 2021

    In football, often the best defense is a good offense – protect the ball, protect your quarterback. Christopher Shattuck says this axiom is also true when it comes to protecting your sensitive data.

    Jul. 16, 2021

    Bill Thedinga explains changes to Wis. Stat. chapter 185 that clarify how cooperatives can authorize conducting meetings without in-person attendance.

    Jul. 16, 2021

    When personal circumstances overwhelm, things can go sideways quickly for even the best-intentioned lawyers. Tom Watson says seeking help can hasten a return to better functioning, personally and professionally.

    Jul. 16, 2021

    Dean Dietrich says a major consideration when communicating with a client about a mistake is the nature of the mistake and the effect it might have on the success of the representation.

    Jul. 16, 2021

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court's original jurisdiction is broad, allowing it to hear matters without them going through lower courts first. Skylar Reese Croy argues this benefits state residents.

    Jul. 16, 2021

    Larry Martin reminds that, as communications director Joyce Hastings retires, the State Bar is not a faceless institution, but one made up of people with passion for what they do to serve others.

    Jul. 16, 2021

    The Biden administration is pursuing a human rights-focused foreign policy, which will affect Wisconsin businesses engaged in international trade. Read how companies can protect themselves from the increased trade measures ensuing from this policy shift.

    Jul. 16, 2021

    Years of government service have taught Cheryl Daniels the importance of bringing people together to find good solutions. She'll put her experience and skills to good use moving the State Bar forward as the pandemic diminishes.

    Jul. 16, 2021

    Wisconsin's regulation of knives has changed in recent years, especially regarding concealed carry, persons with prior felony convictions, and possessing knives in government buildings like courthouses.

    Jun. 04, 2021

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award, and more.

    Jun. 04, 2021

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries.

    Jun. 04, 2021

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    Jun. 04, 2021

    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.

    Jun. 04, 2021

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Jun. 04, 2021

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Jun. 04, 2021

    During crises, lawyers should take a page from NASA. Instead of being overwhelmed by the negatives, Emily Kelchen urges figuring out what we already have that is good.

    Jun. 04, 2021

    Mason Higgins explains why advocacy training programs, like the U.W. Black Law Students Association participation in mock trial and moot court programs, deserve support.

    Jun. 04, 2021

    Sheila Reiff and Marcia Vandercook explain appellate eFiling, which begins July 1 in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. If you're familiar with circuit court eFiling, you'll find the appellate eFiling system familiar and easy to use.

    Jun. 04, 2021

    Tom Watson gives tips on competently using technology to reduce confidentiality breaches and other risky practice errors.

    Jun. 04, 2021

    Withdrawal from representation is a viable alternative for lawyers who are concerned about their own medical conditions and the potential effects of COVID-19, says Dean Dietrich.

    Jun. 04, 2021

    Anderson Gansner says lawyers who practice primarily in Wisconsin state courts can learn from their counterparts with federal-court practices, and vice versa.

    Jun. 04, 2021

    Nikki Yang grew up in the province of Anhui, in eastern China, and now practices law with a small firm in Madison. She was drawn to Wisconsin by the U.W. Law School's faculty and learning environment.

    Jun. 04, 2021

    Rather than dwell on the difficulties we all faced in this COVID year, Larry Martin focuses on our successes, resilience, and ability to face our challenges together, though physically apart.

    Jun. 04, 2021

    For the first time, all State Bar elected officers will be women. As Kathy Brost explains, this didn't "just happen." It takes an ongoing commitment to bring diverse voices to the table.

    Jun. 04, 2021

    Every professional sports team depends on talented people both on and off the court. Mike Sneathern is one person helping the Milwaukee Bucks succeed and thrive, in his role as Bucks' chief legal officer.

    Jun. 04, 2021

    Claims alleging injury from vaccines must be brought in specialized federal tribunals. Learn about the current legal treatment of vaccine injury claims, including claims related to COVID-19 vaccines, and the statutory processes applicable to them.

    Jun. 04, 2021

    Damage caused by defects that a home's seller knew about but did not disclose can be a nasty surprise. Sellers, buyers, real estate agents, home inspectors, and contractors all have responsibilities to look closely and carefully at any property whose purchase they are involved with.

    May 14, 2021

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award, and more.

    May 14, 2021

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides discipline summaries for educational purposes.

    May 14, 2021

    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.

    May 14, 2021

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    May 14, 2021

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    May 14, 2021

    We want to hear from you! Post a comment, find us on social media, or send us your thoughts.

    May 14, 2021

    Alex Lodge finds hope and inspiration in the collective work and responsibility we all witnessed in the wake of George Floyd's murder.

    May 14, 2021

    James Pearson explains that if your law firm uses an on-premises Microsoft Exchange Server, the firms' data, including that of clients, might be accessible to hackers.

    May 14, 2021

    Are you unhappy about your current career path but nervous about going into a "great unknown"? Barbara Zabawa made the switch to solo practice; she offers tips to ease the journey.

    May 14, 2021

    Dean Dietrich says calls to and from the State Bar of Wisconsin's ethics, practice management, and lawyers assistance programs are private and confidential.

    May 14, 2021

    Julie Bonasso says there is not one source of feeling good, but there is a common path to finding well-being: looking within ourselves.

    May 14, 2021

    The Annual Meeting & Conference is back in a virtual format, says Larry Martin, and it's packed with high-quality CLE and opportunities to connect.

    May 14, 2021

    Kathy Brost says the first step to countering negative biases is understanding that you and everyone else has them.

    May 14, 2021

    Pretrial programming reduces reliance on cash bail to ensure conditions of release. The author discusses results from pilot projects in Wisconsin that demonstrate the benefits to communities statewide.

    May 14, 2021

    The U.S. Census is conducted every 10 years and, like clockwork, redistricting battles follow. Here is a brief history of redistricting in Wisconsin and what to expect once the 2020 census data is in.

    May 14, 2021

    Joint accounts at financial institutions might be used to transfer assets at death in ways that account creators did not intend. Learn how to determine whether a joint account holder interfered with a decedent's estate planning goals by inappropriate use of the joint account.

    May 14, 2021

    Wisconsin lawyers share their tips for finding joy in the midst of a pandemic – and offer advice on building a strong foundation of self-care.

    Apr. 12, 2021

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award, and more.

    Apr. 12, 2021

    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.

    Apr. 12, 2021

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Apr. 12, 2021

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Apr. 12, 2021

    We want to hear from you! Post a comment, find us on social media, or send us your thoughts.

    Apr. 12, 2021

    While some of Ashley Smith's coping mechanisms during this pandemic weren't as productive as others, many were therapeutic and fostered resiliency.

    Apr. 12, 2021

    One activity not slowing down during the pandemic is online scamming and hacking. Tom Watson says law firms often are targets, but there are ways to reduce the risks.

    Apr. 12, 2021

    Having served as a poll worker during the 2020 and February 2021 elections, James Santelle saw firsthand the power of the pen and of the ballot.

    Apr. 12, 2021

    Dean Dietrich says clients can waive conflicts of interest before they occur, but for the waiver to be effective, the client must understand the specific risks involved.

    Apr. 12, 2021

    For cyber insurance, different businesses face different risks based on how they use technology. Lora LoCoco and David Princeton provide ways lawyers can guide clients toward appropriate policies.

    Apr. 12, 2021

    Get the full value of your State Bar membership. Larry Martin urges you to use the programs, products, services, and discounts created with your professional and personal needs in mind.

    Apr. 12, 2021

    Kathy Brost encourages you to contact your legislators in support of the State Bar's efforts to improve our justice system.

    Apr. 12, 2021

    Lawyers and judges have an obligation to speak truth and combat disinformation that targets the justice system. The author provides suggestions for how to do so.

    Apr. 12, 2021

    Read how Abraham Lincoln prevailed in a major property dispute against one of Wisconsin's greatest lawyers and eventually gained an important ally to his presidential administration.

    Apr. 12, 2021

    In 2020, issues of how elections are conducted riveted public attention. The author summarizes the litigated issues that occurred in Wisconsin in 2020 and early 2021 and identifies key targets of challenges to voting laws and elections going forward.

    Apr. 12, 2021

    Although lawyers' work locations may have changed as a result of the pandemic, their professional responsibilities have not. Read new State Bar ethics opinion EF-21-02, which addresses the practical and ethical considerations of working remotely.

    Mar. 10, 2021

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award, and more.

    Mar. 10, 2021

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries.

    Mar. 10, 2021

    Want to review a book? Request one from us!

    Mar. 10, 2021

    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.

    Mar. 10, 2021

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Mar. 10, 2021

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Mar. 10, 2021

    We want to hear from you! Post a comment, find us on social media, or send us your thoughts.

    Mar. 10, 2021

    Women now represent 35 percent of the State Bar's membership. But Susan Steingass says this growth doesn't ensure gender equity or productive inclusion in the legal profession.

    Mar. 10, 2021

    Marisol González Castillo gives tips for ensuring clear, adequate communication with clients who are not fluent in English or any other languages spoken by their attorney.

    Mar. 10, 2021

    Paulina Fernandez says learning how to be an attorney is a process – and that includes making mistakes. She shares additional lessons learned in her first year of practice.

    Mar. 10, 2021

    The Professional Ethics Committee discusses a lawyer's responsibilities if considering threatening criminal prosecution or professional discipline.

    Mar. 10, 2021

    Dean Dietrich says lawyers must comply with professional ethics rules when deciding which information, such as client testimonials, to put on their websites.

    Mar. 10, 2021

    Diem Nguyen says it's never too early to engage in estate planning. But it can be too late if some or all of the five types of details discussed here fall through the cracks.

    Mar. 10, 2021

    Larry Martin encourages you to join the State Bar and the Wisconsin Law Foundation to support the siting of a statue of Vel Phillips on the State Capitol grounds.

    Mar. 10, 2021

    Kathy Brost spotlights a program that gives corporate and business law attorneys a way to deliver pro bono legal assistance to qualifying small businesses in Wisconsin.

    Mar. 10, 2021

    The author lists his top 20 developments in technology and innovation that, especially in legal practice, in our courts, and in our justice system generally, will see us into the future.

    Mar. 10, 2021

    Although Wisconsin ratified the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972, the ERA has never been officially ratified, and many younger Americans might not even know of its existence. The author explores the ERA's history and looks at other efforts to achieve fuller gender equality under the law.

    Mar. 10, 2021

    This article addresses donation-based crowdfunding campaigns, which may provide financial resources for individuals who might otherwise be unable to afford legal services. The ethics rules do not disallow lawyers to crowdfund, but lawyers must proceed cautiously.

    Feb. 09, 2021

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award, and more.

    Feb. 09, 2021

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries for educational purposes.

    Feb. 09, 2021

    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.

    Feb. 09, 2021

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Feb. 09, 2021

    Want to review a book? Request one from us!

    Feb. 09, 2021

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Feb. 09, 2021

    We want to hear from you! Post a comment, find us on social media, or send us your thoughts.

    Feb. 09, 2021

    Jerry Sternberg says providing pro bono representation is way to give to our communities and give back to the legal profession.

    Feb. 09, 2021

    Tom Watson says the practice area of estate, probate, and trust law drew the most malpractice claims in 2020. Use these data to reduce your malpractice risk in this and other practice areas in 2021.

    Feb. 09, 2021

    Anyone's computer data can disappear, accidentally or intentionally. Chad Post urges you to prepare for when (not if) this happens to you, by putting in place a backup system.

    Feb. 09, 2021

    Larry Martin cautions that the words and rhetoric people choose, particularly those in positions of authority, indeed do matter. To think otherwise is naive.

    Feb. 09, 2021

    The State Bar continues to be a good steward of organizational resources, says Kathy Brost. She highlights what the State Bar is doing to help members and the public during the pandemic.

    Feb. 09, 2021

    The addition to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code of new small business reorganization provisions presents opportunities for some businesses to get out from under debt more quickly and cost effectively.

    Feb. 09, 2021

    The authors discuss public health officials' authority regarding mass vaccination programs for COVID-19 and the circumstances under which individuals can object to vaccination requirements.

    Feb. 09, 2021

    Five Wisconsin lawyers representing different geographic areas offer a snapshot of what they are experiencing amid a pandemic and what they anticipate their business to look like in the next few years.

    Feb. 09, 2021

    Legal industry experts discuss national trends and COVID-19 impacts on law firm profitability, billing structures, remote work, recruiting and retaining legal talent, and more.

    Jan. 11, 2021

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award, and more.

    Jan. 11, 2021

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries for educational purposes.

    Jan. 11, 2021

    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.

    Jan. 11, 2021

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Jan. 11, 2021

    Want to review a book? Request one from us!

    Jan. 11, 2021

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Jan. 11, 2021

    We want to hear from you! Post a comment, find us on social media, or send us your thoughts.

    Jan. 11, 2021

    A colleague cannot recall another time in recent history when so many negative forces were working against us. And yet, our friend has reasons to hope.

    Jan. 11, 2021

    A recent survey shows nearly one-third of employees would sue their employer if they contracted COVID-19 at work as a result of a coworker being sick. Erica Reib looks at COVID-related employment claims to date.

    Jan. 11, 2021

    In the market for a new smartphone? James Pearson provides a handy comparison chart of the latest available smartphones to help with your purchase decision.

    Jan. 11, 2021

    John Kucinski asks, "Where does responsibility to address the problem of excessive use of force by law enforcement lie?"

    Jan. 11, 2021

    Dean Dietrich cautions that using email to attack others reflects poorly on you and the legal profession.

    Jan. 11, 2021

    Now that you've voted, you can turn your attention elsewhere. Right? Larry Martin says, "Not so fast."

    Jan. 11, 2021

    Kathy Brost reports that in 2019 her company tested its readiness for an unlikely pandemic. Little did they know. And that's the value of planning.

    Jan. 11, 2021

    One way for jurist to strike a chord with readers is to refer to resources that are familiar to the public, not only to legal professionals. Here are examples of citations to popular music in Wisconsin state and federal opinions.

    Jan. 11, 2021

    Attorney fee requests might seem to rest solely on each case's facts, but some unsettled legal considerations remain. Learn both the basics and possibilities for creative arguments here.

    Jan. 11, 2021

    Many children are raised by someone other than a parent either temporarily or permanently. A new law clarifies and improves the minor-guardianship process.

    Dec. 08, 2020

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award, and more.

    Dec. 08, 2020

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries for educational purposes

    Dec. 08, 2020

    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.

    Dec. 08, 2020

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Dec. 08, 2020

    Mark Goldstein believes some COVID-19-era innovations and realizations will serve us for years to come. With them come some interesting new questions.

    Dec. 08, 2020

    Dean Dietrich says at least one state – but not Wisconsin – is considering proposals to allow for alternative structures for law firms, in part to increase access to justice.

    Dec. 08, 2020

    During this pandemic, Christopher Shattuck hopes lawyers' gift-giving will support local businesses and nonprofits that are dealing with the financial effects of COVID-19.

    Dec. 08, 2020

    Tom Watson warns that a large number of malpractice claims arise from lawyers taking on matters for which they lack experience or knowledge.

    Dec. 08, 2020

    Christopher Shattuck and Spencer Smith provide tips for building and maintaining traffic to your firm's website, which is more important than ever during the pandemic.

    Dec. 08, 2020

    Jessica Liebau says challenges to caregiving – in all its variations – are made worse by, but are not new to, COVID-19. And they won't be fixed simply by returning to normal.

    Dec. 08, 2020

    Larry Martin wishes the season to be a time to recharge and reflect as we look to put the past in its proper place.

    Dec. 08, 2020

    Kathy Brost says finding passion about work and other activities can help lawyers feel better overall, especially during the first winter holiday season of the pandemic.

    Dec. 08, 2020

    The amount of solar energy being constructed in Wisconsin is increasing, thanks primarily to two factors: the rapidly declining costs of manufacturing solar panels and the availability of federal tax incentives.

    Dec. 08, 2020

    The authors review eight Wisconsin federal court decisions from 2020 interpreting Wisconsin law. The decisions touch on a variety of subjects, including civil procedure, contract law, tort law, consumer law, and trade secrets law.

    Dec. 08, 2020

    In its 2019-20 term, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued decisions in 25 civil cases and 20 criminal cases. Although all those decisions are important to Wisconsin law, here is a sampling of 10 notable decisions from last term, some of which were decided pre-COVID-19 and some during the pandemic.

    Dec. 08, 2020

    State Senator Fred Risser retires next month after 64 years of legislative service, making him the longest serving state legislator in state and national history. Here are some highlights of his remarkable career.

    Nov. 10, 2020

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Nov. 10, 2020

    State Bar of Wisconsin, July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020

    Nov. 10, 2020

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award & more.

    Nov. 10, 2020

    Want to review a book? Request one from us!

    Nov. 10, 2020

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides discipline summaries for educational purposes.

    Nov. 10, 2020

    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.

    Nov. 10, 2020

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Nov. 10, 2020

    Taijae Evans busts the idea that he will have limited opportunities to use his legal skills while serving as an attorney officer with the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corp.

    Nov. 10, 2020

    Chris Shattuck provides useful marketing methods to help you attract new clients and retain existing ones without breaking the bank.

    Nov. 10, 2020

    Ben Wright provides tips and resources for staying current in elder law once you’re out of law school and practicing in the field.

    Nov. 10, 2020

    Larry Martin says the State Bar needs your help in supporting legislative efforts to reduce the cost of legal education and to provide repayment assistance programs.

    Nov. 10, 2020

    For the first time ever, Kathy Brost contemplated actually being able to work in Greater Wisconsin with the use of technology. The legal work is there, but there are too few attorneys to do it.

    Nov. 10, 2020

    Settlements allow creativity in developing a case-specific plan, but not all settlement negotiations are equivalent. The authors recently conducted a survey to learn more about factors that promote successful settlements. One key finding is that negotiators' skills matter.

    Nov. 10, 2020

    International commercial arbitration is increasingly important for U.S. lawyers and their clients, including those in Wisconsin. A particular sticking point is discovery, procedures for which differ within and outside the United States.

    Nov. 03, 2020

    Meet this year's Wisconsin Legal Innovators – forward thinkers all. Amid this year's challenges, they put in place creative solutions to address a range of issues affecting the public's access to justice.

    Oct. 07, 2020

    Who's become a partner, changed firms, received an award & more.

    Oct. 07, 2020

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries for educational purposes.

    Oct. 07, 2020

    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.

    Oct. 07, 2020

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Oct. 07, 2020

    We want to hear from you! Post a comment, find us on social media, or send us your thoughts.

    Oct. 07, 2020

    Poll workers are essential to the exercise of our most important right and freedom – voting. Andrew Chevrez invites you to join him in becoming a poll worker.

    Oct. 07, 2020

    The Professional Ethics Committee discusses the duties owed when a lawyer examines a current or former client as an adverse witness.

    Oct. 07, 2020

    Owen Byrd says using legal analytics to access data-driven insights about trends in litigation and the behaviors of particular judges, parties, and opposing counsel gives smaller firms a competitive edge.

    Oct. 07, 2020

    Kenosha lawyer and U.S. Army veteran Aileen Henry runs a small criminal defense law firm. Born in Jamaica, she learned the value of hard work and giving back to the community from her grandparents.

    Oct. 07, 2020

    Remote hearings offer survivors of violence a new tool for accessing the justice system. The authors provide tips to help clients prepare for their hearings.

    Oct. 07, 2020

    Members and colleagues are giving their time, talent, and treasure to help those in greater need despite the challenges they themselves face. If you are able to help others, Larry Martin says, please do so.

    Oct. 07, 2020

    Kathy Brost has previewed the new virtual format and offerings for this year's Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference, and she's impressed!

    Oct. 07, 2020

    The preservation of electronically stored information can be expensive, time-consuming, and amenable to spoliation claims and accusations of unethical conduct. Here is a refresher of lawyer's obligations under Wisconsin's proportionality standard, and tips for efficient preservation practices that are proportional to the needs of a given case.

    Oct. 07, 2020

    You can improve your chances of persuasion by making your briefs typographically superior. It won’t make your arguments better, but it will ensure that judges grasp and retain your points. Here are best practices and recommendations to help you get ahead.

    Oct. 07, 2020

    Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia ensures protection to employees nationwide and gives Wisconsin employees an alternative measure for enforcing the right to not be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation. Learn the differences between state and federal employment law to choose the appropriate forum in which to bring discrimination claims.

    Sep. 08, 2020

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know!

    Sep. 08, 2020

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries for educational purposes.

    Sep. 08, 2020

    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.

    Sep. 08, 2020

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Sep. 08, 2020

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Sep. 08, 2020

    We want to hear from you! Post a comment, find us on social media, or send us your thoughts.

    Sep. 08, 2020

    Anza D'Antonio says each of us has the ability to make a difference in the lives of others. All we have to do is take it one bite at a time.

    Sep. 08, 2020

    You don't need a major life event or wake-up call to seize the life you want. Julie Bonasso asks some evocative questions to help you get unstuck.

    Sep. 08, 2020

    As the need for civil legal services rises due to COVID-19 issues, Deanne Koll urges lawyers to increase efforts to support civil legal services.

    Sep. 08, 2020

    Emily Kelchen says systematically collecting and tracking where your clients come from will allow you to make smart practice decisions to grow your book of business.

    Sep. 08, 2020

    Tom Watson says now is a good time to reassess your firm's working remotely practices to ensure the malpractice-related risks are low.

    Sep. 08, 2020

    Gretchen Viney answers the question: Am I eligible to accept a court appointment as a GAL? This article incorporates the changes to SCR 35, effective for family court orders entered after Jan. 1, 2021.

    Sep. 08, 2020

    Larry Martin says Lane Ware’s generous nature and commitment to lawyers are evident in the efforts he championed through the Wisconsin Law Foundation.

    Sep. 08, 2020

    Kathy Brost says learning to use new technology is easier and there's more tolerance for errors when everyone is learning together.

    Sep. 08, 2020

    Being terminated because of discrimination might be considered wrongful and provide the basis for suit against the former employer. An economist explains the methods judges and lawyers use to compute damages in wrongful-termination cases.

    Sep. 08, 2020

    Since relocating from Puerto Rico to the United States, the author has worked at national, regional, and local firms of all sizes. Based on his own experiences, he shares insights and practical tips to increase diversity in law firms.

    Sep. 08, 2020

    Ratification of the Marsy's Law amendment of the Wisconsin Constitution might have made fewer changes to increase crime victims' rights and left more unresolved issues than the amendment's proponents promised and its opponents feared. This article discusses what Marsy's Law means for crime victims in Wisconsin.

    Jul. 27, 2020

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Jul. 27, 2020

    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.

    Jul. 27, 2020

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Jul. 27, 2020

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, and bytes in the news.

    Jul. 27, 2020

    We want to hear from you! Wisconsin Lawyer provides a forum for members to express ideas, concerns, and opinions on law-related subjects. Share your thoughts!

    Jul. 27, 2020

    Christa Wittenberg writes, with self-awareness and training, we can overcome the implicit biases that influence our assumptions about the people we meet.

    Jul. 27, 2020

    Enduring adversity can result in greater resilience. Paula Davis-Laack explains five ways that past struggles contribute to growth.

    Jul. 27, 2020

    Never in a million years did Crystal Banse think she would be participating in the criminal justice system as a victim and experiencing PTSD firsthand.

    Jul. 27, 2020

    Beth Schneider Naylor provides tips to help business clients reduce the costs and liability exposure associated with fake products.

    Jul. 27, 2020

    Dean Dietrich says the risk of spreading COVID-19 might be one appropriate situation for making limited revelations to people with whom the client had contact.

    Jul. 27, 2020

    The State Bar is acting to ensure equal justice, but Larry Martin says we need your help. Please take a moment to reflect on what you can do, as an individual and as a lawyer.

    Jul. 27, 2020

    Advocates familiar with different interpretation approaches – and which jurists favor them – can gain a distinct advantage when crafting their positions.

    Jul. 27, 2020

    Several Wisconsin lawyers talk about what their firms are doing in terms of business viability during the pandemic. They say they are focused on retaining staff, improving client relations, and maintaining positive cash flow.

    Jul. 27, 2020

    Kathy Brost's strategic and collaborative leadership style – as well as her years' experience as a solo practitioner and as in-house counsel – well suit her for helping guide the State Bar through unprecedented times.

    Jul. 27, 2020

    Recently, millions of people across our communities have come together in an historic movement that calls for fundamental change addressing systemic racism. We asked lawyers to tell us what this moment in American racial, social, and legal justice reform means to them.

    Jun. 03, 2020

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Jun. 03, 2020

    These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    Jun. 03, 2020

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Jun. 03, 2020

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    Jun. 03, 2020

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, and bytes in the news.

    Jun. 03, 2020

    We want to hear from you! Post a comment, find us on social media, or send us your thoughts.

    Jun. 03, 2020

    Clyde Tinnen suggests a few things to keep in mind when facing an uncertain future.

    Jun. 03, 2020

    Deanne Koll says we might not achieve actual “balance,” but if we shift our expectations, we might be happier about our choices.

    Jun. 03, 2020

    Chad Post explains how end-to-end service providers use mathematically linked keys to provide an extra level of security to protect users' data.

    Jun. 03, 2020

    Tempers might be short because of the pandemic, but Dean Dietrich says lawyers still are expected to behave professionally.

    Jun. 03, 2020

    In this article, Melodie Wiseman provides tips on how law firm supervisors can manage a remote workforce.

    Jun. 03, 2020

    Carol Wessels and Michelle Putz discuss how more vulnerable people needing care and fewer people to provide it will affect the future of assisted living.

    Jun. 03, 2020

    John Finerty Jr. says Wis. Stat. section 803.07 should allow for the mandatory discharge of third-party holders of funds from litigation over disputed fund ownership and distribution.

    Jun. 03, 2020

    Appleton lawyer Cody Splitt, at nearly 101, was born in the midst of a previous pandemic. She reflects on a century of adventures.

    Jun. 03, 2020

    Larry Martin believes it is a good time to pause and reflect on the vital role played by the legal profession in ensuring essential liberties for our communities.

    Jun. 03, 2020

    Jill Kastner says recognizing lawyers who attain milestones helps everyone seeking to overcome obstacles personally and in society as a whole.

    Jun. 03, 2020

    Whether and how to respond to elder abuse is not always obvious. Learn more about the role of Wisconsin’s APS agencies in providing expert, compassionate services when elder abuse allegedly has taken place.

    Jun. 03, 2020

    Wisconsin has a reputation for being in the top five states for human sex trafficking. The court system, with its presence in every Wisconsin county, is well placed to become more involved in combatting this problem.

    Jun. 03, 2020

    The authors identify practice areas in which cases related to the COVID-19 outbreak have been or are likely to be brought, including employment, consumer, personal injury, and insurance law.

    May 01, 2020

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    May 01, 2020

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides discipline summaries for educational purposes.

    May 01, 2020

    In this column, Prof. Daniel D. Blinka and Prof. Thomas J. Hammer summarize select published opinions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

    May 01, 2020

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    May 01, 2020

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    May 01, 2020

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, and bytes in the news.

    May 01, 2020

    Here are the Communications Committee's annual top 2019 articles, recognizing writing excellence in Wisconsin Lawyer articles. The top article receives the Hon. Charles Dunn Author Award.

    May 01, 2020

    Kim Lechner says the legal profession is not immune from workplace violence. She urges colleagues and future lawyers to talk about the issue.

    May 01, 2020

    Sharon Nelson and John Simek say Zoom is a good video conferencing solution for lawyers as long as they learn how to use it properly. Read how.

    May 01, 2020

    Ben Wright interviews elder law practitioners about their work, the challenges and rewards of their chosen focus area, and their tips for getting started in the field.

    May 01, 2020

    The Professional Ethics Committee discusses a lawyer's responsibilities when a grievance is filed against the lawyer.

    May 01, 2020

    Dean Dietrich says lawyers probably have an ethical obligation, at a minimum, to use AI tools such as public databases for research.

    May 01, 2020

    While your legal advice is important in times of crisis, Kevin Palmersheim reminds that isn't the whole story. The intangible benefits you provide to clients also is essential, as is taking care of yourself.

    May 01, 2020

    Compared to a random approach in assigning opinion writing, Ryan Owens says data show that requiring the senior most justice in the majority to assign an opinion can enhance the clarity of the law.

    May 01, 2020

    Larry Martin says the State Bar is here to support lawyers and state residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    May 01, 2020

    If it's true that "We're all in this together," then let's make certain we're doing what we can to help each other. Jill Kastner offers some ideas to do just that.

    May 01, 2020

    Whether or not mistreatment of an employee is unlawful, such conduct can have negative effects in the workplace. Taking action to prevent bullying and harassment promotes a positive work environment that benefits employers, staff, customers, and clients.

    May 01, 2020

    The SECURE Act, enacted in late 2019, made significant changes to treatment of certain retirement accounts. Lawyers should become familiar with the Act now so as to advise clients to make appropriate changes to retirement and estate plans.

    May 01, 2020

    Businesses negatively affected by COVID-19 might attempt to avoid contractual obligations, but not every contract can or should be negated. Clients should consider both the relevant contract-law issues and the potential harm to future business relationships.

    Apr. 07, 2020

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Apr. 07, 2020

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries for educational purposes.

    Apr. 07, 2020

    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.

    Apr. 07, 2020

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Apr. 07, 2020

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    Apr. 07, 2020

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news. Send us your ideas for interesting facts, trends, tips, or other bits and bytes.

    Apr. 07, 2020

    We want to hear from you! Post a comment, find us on social media, or send us your thoughts.

    Apr. 07, 2020

    Cynthia Herber shares a lesson from a client: Everyone, including lawyers, should learn to be kind to themselves.

    Apr. 07, 2020

    Deanne Koll asks if lawyers are products of law school and the lawyering process. Or, are lawyers drawn to this profession because of their inherent characteristics?

    Apr. 07, 2020

    Every lawyer makes mistakes occasionally, but hindsight can help reduce the likelihood of malpractice-level errors. Tom Watson says bankruptcy/collections, estate/probate/trust, plaintiff's personal injury, real estate, and family law drew the most malpractice claims in 2019.

    Apr. 07, 2020

    Gretchen Viney looks at a Dane County program that has a solution that other communities could replicate. The NewBridge Volunteer Guardianship Program provides trained guardians free to Dane County residents. Here's how it works.

    Apr. 07, 2020

    Testimonials and reviews can be a powerful way to attract and retain clients, but Aviva Kaiser reminds lawyers to exercise caution to comply with the ethics rules.

    Apr. 07, 2020

    Aaron Loudenslager says lawyers should be prepared for the court to independently determine whether there is no genuine issue of material fact with regard to each party's separate motion for summary judgment.

    Apr. 07, 2020

    Larry Martin says "The History of Wisconsin's Black Lawyers," a new publication from the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers, captures the struggles and successes of 11 black lawyers who came before us.

    Apr. 07, 2020

    We can't always predict where or when emergencies will occur, but Jill Kastner says a new law-practice self-assessment tool can help lawyers prepare for the unknown.

    Apr. 07, 2020

    Despite constitutional, statutory, and case law civil-rights protections, sex discrimination and sexual harassment continue to occur regularly in workplaces. This article discusses the causes of action, remedies, and defenses available for sex discrimination claims in Wisconsin.

    Apr. 07, 2020

    Lawyers can help older individuals and their families by advising on selection of a long-term care facility and encouraging residents and family members to monitor the quality of care received in facilities.

    Apr. 07, 2020

    A day does not go by without new, often menacing, developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. State and federal governments have strong tools to attempt to counter the pandemic, but individuals retain some due-process protections against potential overreach by elected and appointed officials.

    Mar. 09, 2020

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know!

    Mar. 09, 2020

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation assists the court in supervising the practice of law and protecting the public from misconduct by lawyers.

    Mar. 09, 2020

    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.

    Mar. 09, 2020

    In this column, Prof. Daniel D. Blinka and Prof. Thomas J. Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Mar. 09, 2020

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news. Send us your ideas for interesting facts, trends, tips, or other bits and bytes.

    Mar. 09, 2020

    T.R. Williams explains that her job changes center on her desire, her drive, and her pursuit of knowledge, challenge, and experience.

    Mar. 09, 2020

    Only 49 percent of law firms say their business development is successful. Larry Bodine identifies the problem and offers eight proven strategies and tactics that work.

    Mar. 09, 2020

    Tim Pierce, Keith Sellen, and Christopher Shattuck introduce a new, free, self-assessment tool that gives Wisconsin lawyers, especially those in smaller firms, a new way to measure and improve their operations, manage risk, and increase client satisfaction.

    Mar. 09, 2020

    Veterinarian/lawyer Marty Greer manages both an active veterinary practice and an active law practice. We're not sure how she does it, but we know there's a corgi involved.

    Mar. 09, 2020

    Larry Martin invites you to attend a celebration honoring the civic leadership of Justice Jon Wilcox and Justice Louis Butler in supporting the Wisconsin Law Foundation.

    Mar. 09, 2020

    The new Lawyer Well-Being Task Force is concerned about what's ailing the legal profession. If you are, too, Jill Kastner invites you to consider volunteering for WisLAP.

    Mar. 09, 2020

    In Wisconsin, two sets of courts potentially have jurisdiction over children and families. In cases involving child abuse allegations against a parent, consider the advantages and disadvantages to filing for a child abuse injunction first versus raising the allegations as part of an active family law matter. The authors discuss jurisdictional differences and areas of authority.

    Mar. 09, 2020

    Representing older clients in financial abuse cases requires the readiness to act quickly but also the recognition that traditional law enforcement and judicial system responses might not be appropriate. Here are considerations and steps to take when investigating and remedying financial abuse of an elder.

    Mar. 09, 2020

    In Wisconsin, financial exploitation is the largest category of elder abuse after self-neglect. This article looks at certain vulnerabilities among older clients, along with options and resources to address them, especially through drafting and statutory provisions for financial powers of attorney.

    Mar. 09, 2020

    Social media has had profound effects on journalism. To prevent and control potential damage to a client, monitoring social media for reputational threats is vital. Here is a page from the author's "damage control playbook" and its five simple rules.

    Feb. 11, 2020

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know!

    Feb. 11, 2020

    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.

    Feb. 11, 2020

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Feb. 11, 2020

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Feb. 11, 2020

    We want to hear from you! Post a comment, find us on social media, or send us your thoughts.

    Feb. 11, 2020

    Bryant Park explains the impact mentors had on him as a law student and as a lawyer new to practice and law firm culture.

    Feb. 11, 2020

    Lori Kannenberg Dorn provides tips for using statistics, such as case filing and resolution data, to make decisions about law firm business development.

    Feb. 11, 2020

    Jordan Furlong predicts the rise of a new legal economy will require lawyers to review assumptions about what legal work consists of and what purpose it serves.

    Feb. 11, 2020

    A close personal relationship with opposing counsel might not require a client’s consent to the representation, but Dean Dietrich says disclosing that information could be a best practice.

    Feb. 11, 2020

    Chad Post gives tips on the remedies available in civil court to a victim of nonconsensual pornography.

    Feb. 11, 2020

    Larry Martin says lawyers have a unique perspective on the effect potential legislation can have in shaping and influencing society.

    Feb. 11, 2020

    Jill Kastner prioritizes diversity and inclusion because implicit bias is a very real problem that adversely affects our entire system of justice.

    Feb. 11, 2020

    When considering the value of power of attorney documents as protections against elder abuse, it is important to keep in mind that for both health-care and financial POAs, the principal typically retains considerable autonomy.

    Feb. 11, 2020

    Health-care and financial powers of attorney protect the people for whom they are created, not deprive them of autonomy and decision-making authority. Learn how to help older clients by crafting and using POA documents appropriately. These articles on POAs continue the series on protecting older clients.

    Feb. 11, 2020

    In legal technology, it was a decade of tumult and upheaval, bringing changes that will forever transform the practice of law. Here are the most significant developments.

    Feb. 11, 2020

    Wisconsin lawyers talk about how the economy is affecting their practices and how they're meeting those challenges, whether by taking on new roles or practice areas, streamlining practice management procedures, or better communicating their value to clients.

    Feb. 11, 2020

    Legal industry experts highlight national trends, including business development, meeting client needs, recruiting talent, and technology. Wisconsin lawyers can use this information to build momentum in 2020.

    Jan. 09, 2020

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know!

    Jan. 09, 2020

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries for educational purposes.

    Jan. 09, 2020

    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.

    Jan. 09, 2020

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Jan. 09, 2020

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    Jan. 09, 2020

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Jan. 09, 2020

    We want to hear from you! Post a comment, find us on social media, or send us your thoughts.

    Jan. 09, 2020

    Roy Evans says be kind, every day. People will remember how you made them feel when you spoke to them.

    Jan. 09, 2020

    The top reason lawyers leave the profession is the lack of mentoring from more experienced colleagues. Stacy Alexejun says using these seven guidelines can help stop the brain and talent drain.

    Jan. 09, 2020

    Aly Lynch compares the most well-known smartphone models and some lesser-known rivals competing for consumers' attention.

    Jan. 09, 2020

    Dean Dietrich says if you are aware of a colleague's possible impairment that interferes with that lawyer's ability to work and serve clients, you have resulting ethical duties.

    Jan. 09, 2020

    Larry Martin says the State Bar has managed to the bottom line in each of the last two budgets without making draconian mid-year cuts to services and has added modest amounts to reserves.

    Jan. 09, 2020

    Gretchen Viney introduces a series of articles that focus on the many ways lawyers can help older clients avoid or end elder abuse.

    Jan. 09, 2020

    This New Year, Jill Kastner suggests making a resolution that will help your personal well-being so that you will be healthier and happier.

    Jan. 09, 2020

    Two U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal recently upheld a literal interpretation of the federal removal statute, allowing home-state defendants to remove cases from state to federal court because they did so before they were served.

    Jan. 09, 2020

    The electronic device used to access social media might not physically resemble a city park or an auditorium, but if you're a government official, your social media site may be a public forum. Learn the First Amendment implications of social media use.

    Jan. 09, 2020

    A lawyer's powers of observation and note-taking, record-keeping, and organizational skills can go far to identify and help older clients who are vulnerable to abuse. Learn appropriate techniques to screen older clients for fraud and abuse.

    Jan. 09, 2020

    This overview kicks off a series of articles that focus on how lawyers can help older clients avoid or end elder abuse. Learn how to recognize potential abuse and develop a holistic understanding of the legal needs and perspective of older clients.

    Dec. 06, 2019

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know!

    Dec. 06, 2019

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries for educational purposes.

    Dec. 06, 2019

    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.

    Dec. 06, 2019

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    Dec. 06, 2019

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Dec. 06, 2019

    Karen McKenzie thinks diversity should be approached as a mindset through which one can appreciate the socioeconomic, cultural, and physical barriers that other attorneys have overcome.

    Dec. 06, 2019

    Dean Dietrich says Supreme Court Rules do not require lawyers to report disciplinary investigations to their employers, but fiduciary duty might.

    Dec. 06, 2019

    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.

    Dec. 06, 2019

    Tom Watson lists the top things you can do in your everyday practice to help minimize the risk of a malpractice claim.

    Dec. 06, 2019

    This new form, with mandatory use starting Jan. 1, 2020, more closely tracks the flow of buying and selling a residence. Debbi Conrad summarizes the most significant changes.

    Dec. 06, 2019

    Chris Shattuck provides gift ideas that can make life easier, better, or tastier for the recipient – or you.

    Dec. 06, 2019

    Danny Garcia is an "influencer," able to have a positive impact on issues he's passionate about. Read why he was recently recognized as one of the 34 most powerful Latinos in Wisconsin for 2019.

    Dec. 06, 2019

    Larry Martin says contributions of time, talent, or money to the State Bar's Mock Trial Program can help Wisconsin teenagers become tomorrow's leaders.

    Dec. 06, 2019

    Jill Kastner encourages lawyers to help fill the justice gap by donating time, skill, or money to one of Wisconsin's legal services organizations.

    Dec. 06, 2019

    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.

    Dec. 06, 2019

    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.

    Dec. 06, 2019

    This article highlights 10 significant Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions from the 2018-19 term, during which the court issued 56 substantive decisions covering a wide range of subjects.

    Nov. 08, 2019

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know!

    Nov. 08, 2019

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries for educational purposes.

    Nov. 08, 2019

    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.

    Nov. 08, 2019

    Fiscal 2019 Audited Financial Results At A Glance ... State Bar of Wisconsin, July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

    Nov. 08, 2019

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Nov. 08, 2019

    We want to hear from you! Post a comment, find us on social media, or send us your thoughts.

    Nov. 08, 2019

    Powerlifting has made Catarina Colόn a more effective advocate and helped her find her voice as a woman of color. Physical activities can help lawyers find previously unknown skills, she says.

    Nov. 08, 2019

    Paula Davis-Laack discusses five skills lawyers need for a new way of leading focused on how firms are governed, innovation, economics, service delivery, legal operations, and people management.

    Nov. 08, 2019

    Roy Greenberg describes ways to make the process of switching to a new computer smoother and relatively quick while reducing downtime and the risks of losing data.

    Nov. 08, 2019

    Larry Bodine offers six proven best practices of blogging to get new business.

    Nov. 08, 2019

    Dean Dietrich says information provided by and given to callers to WisLAP is confidential. Don't let privacy concerns interfere with seeking help.

    Nov. 08, 2019

    Chad Post discusses the need for accredited attorneys to represent veterans before the Board of Veterans Appeals and explains the accreditation process. It's easy and inexpensive, too.

    Nov. 08, 2019

    Larry Martin reflects on another successful year and is thankful for the opportunity to serve this profession.

    Nov. 08, 2019

    If you are feeling depressed or overwhelmed, Jill Kastner says don't let pride or fear keep you from seeking treatment.

    Nov. 08, 2019

    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.

    Nov. 08, 2019

    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.

    Nov. 08, 2019

    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.

    Nov. 06, 2019

    Who are Wisconsin's innovators? The "That's a Fine Idea: Legal Innovation Wisconsin" initiative spotlights these risk takers who advance the legal profession with perseverance, creative thinking, and big ideas.

    Oct. 08, 2019

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know!

    Oct. 08, 2019

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    Oct. 08, 2019

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries for educational purposes.

    Oct. 08, 2019

    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.

    Oct. 08, 2019

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Oct. 08, 2019

    Oct. 08, 2019

    Allison Ritter went from being a hard worker with a drinking problem to a hard drinker with problems working. Then friends brought in WisLAP, and recovery.

    Oct. 08, 2019

    Chris Shattuck provides ways to reduce the likelihood of an attack and to be ready to respond quickly if an incursion is successful.

    Oct. 08, 2019

    Lawyers clearly have a duty to supervise nonlawyer employees. Dean Dietrich says the harder question is how much supervision is required.

    Oct. 08, 2019

    Few lawyers have not experienced or witnessed a party behaving badly. When the behavior escalates to include cyberbullying, David Blumberg says the potential resulting harm cannot safely be ignored.

    Oct. 08, 2019

    Tom Watson says answering questions in eight practice management and job satisfaction categories will help head off problems and reduce the anxiety that comes with being a lawyer.

    Oct. 08, 2019

    Joseph Boucher, John Rather, Ron Bote, and Andrew Seifert discuss the mechanics and legal structure involved in starting a limited liability law firm as well as the tax treatment of such entities.

    Oct. 08, 2019

    Larry Martin encourages the sharing of lawyering knowledge by participating in a mentoring relationship.

    Oct. 08, 2019

    Jill Kastner says lawyers can help combat domestic violence by volunteering to assist survivors.

    Oct. 08, 2019

    In Michels v. Lyons, the court held that a grandparent who wishes to have visitation rights to a grandchild in opposition to the parents' wishes must establish by a clear and convincing standard that the parents' decision is not in the child's best interests. Although more difficult, the higher evidentiary threshold can be overcome.

    Oct. 08, 2019

    When helping clients navigate the complexities of selling or refinancing an existing home or purchasing a new home during a divorce, it's important to understand the ever-changing real property landscape and the client's circumstances. Here's how to guide clients through this emotional and potentially discouraging transaction.

    Oct. 08, 2019

    No matter how lawyers refer to them – engagement agreements, fee agreements, legal services agreements, or retainer agreements – fee agreements can trip up even the most well-intentioned lawyers. Here's what you need to know to ensure your agreements don’t run afoul of Wisconsin's ethics rules.

    Sep. 09, 2019

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know!

    Sep. 09, 2019

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries for educational purposes.

    Sep. 09, 2019

    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.

    Sep. 09, 2019

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Sep. 09, 2019

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Sep. 09, 2019

    We want to hear from you! Post a comment, find us on social media, or send us your thoughts.

    Sep. 09, 2019

    Through leadership training, Cynthia Herber learned how she sees herself is very different from the way others perceive her. That might be true for you, too.

    Sep. 09, 2019

    This State Bar ethics opinion discusses the conflict of interest issues that may arise during job negotiations with an opposing firm or party.

    Sep. 09, 2019

    Derek Hawkins believes thinking "the client is always right" is one of the most dangerous philosophies a lawyer can adopt. Identifying problem clients early can help maintain profitability and satisfaction in the practice of law.

    Sep. 09, 2019

    Ngosong Fonkem, Bethany Wilson, Kristen Hardy, and Jeff Perzan show how legal design thinking, a problem-solving methodology, can improve the range of solutions that lawyers offer their clients.

    Sep. 09, 2019

    On the 20th anniversary of the "new" State Bar Center, Larry Martin says it's not the building we celebrate, but the experiences that our members and staff have shared.

    Sep. 09, 2019

    Jill Kastner explains, "It depends." Do you know what member services the State Bar provides? Do you use them?

    Sep. 09, 2019

    Cases involving domestic violence, custody, or child abuse may force couples to run around a maze to locate legal counsel in a place where family law attorneys are scarce. The first one to find the attorney wins. Like a game of musical chairs, the second one to the chair is out of luck.

    Sep. 09, 2019

    For many years, Wisconsin's pleading standard for litigation appeared to differ from the federal-court standard, but in 2019 the Wisconsin Supreme Court announced the standards are essentially the same. In Cattau, the court clarified this decades-long misunderstanding.

    Sep. 09, 2019

    Advances in neuroscientific research have improved understanding of how humans communicate, including within the framework of the law. Here’s how to improve interactions with clients and reduce the risk of miscommunication and misunderstanding that might lead to poor legal outcomes.

    Jul. 26, 2019

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know!

    Jul. 26, 2019

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    Jul. 26, 2019

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries for educational purposes.

    Jul. 26, 2019

    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.

    Jul. 26, 2019

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Jul. 26, 2019

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Jul. 26, 2019

    We want to hear from you! Post a comment, find us on social media, or send us your thoughts.

    Jul. 26, 2019

    Deanne Koll insists it's up to the individual to decide how to deal with "dress codes" and appearance expectations.

    Jul. 26, 2019

    One type of insurance will not cover your law firm for all occurrences. Chris Shattuck says you may need to supplement your current coverage.

    Jul. 26, 2019

    When probing the legal profession's diversity and inclusion crisis, race and gender are almost always discussed as if they are mutually exclusive. Kristen Hardy says this is a mistake. Women lawyers of color experience bias on two fronts – gender and race.

    Jul. 26, 2019

    Dean Dietrich advises lawyers, clients, and judges to take care in how they engage on social media platforms given the narrow lines between acceptable and unacceptable use.

    Jul. 26, 2019

    Larry Bodine believes lawyers can generate more business for their law firms by adopting these eight habits of effective online marketers.

    Jul. 26, 2019

    Wood Foster discusses rapid changes in the legal profession that are affecting every practicing (and would-be) lawyer in the United States, and what legal professionals collectively might think about as they move into the future.

    Jul. 26, 2019

    This Milwaukee lawyer is an award-winning organist who performs throughout the world, while running his solo law firm.

    Jul. 26, 2019

    Gretchen Viney gives suggestions for taking better, more effective notes, and what methods to avoid.

    Jul. 26, 2019

    If you have an ethical quandary, Larry Martin suggests turning to the State Bar's Ethics Hotline.

    Jul. 26, 2019

    Access to justice, leadership development, and inclusion in all forms are top priorities of the State Bar of Wisconsin and new President Jill Kastner. None of these themes will surprise those who know her – they've been touchstones throughout her career as a public-interest attorney.

    Jul. 26, 2019

    In 2018 the Legislative Council established a study committee to address potential changes to child support and the notion of presumed equal placement. Twelve measures are moving forward. Here is a summary of each measure, and the case for or against the action.

    Jul. 26, 2019

    In the 21st century, figuring out "who done it" often necessitates determining the identity of the person who most often used a particular electronic device. Learn the basics here.

    Jun. 12, 2019

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Jun. 12, 2019

    These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The OLR assists the court in supervising the practice of law and protecting the public from misconduct by lawyers.

    Jun. 12, 2019

    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.

    Jun. 12, 2019

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    Jun. 12, 2019

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    Jun. 12, 2019

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    Jun. 12, 2019

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    Jun. 12, 2019

    If you find yourself consumed with thoughts of not being good enough, Jennifer Johnson encourages you to face the fear head on.

    Jun. 12, 2019

    Sharon Nelson and John Simek answer 13 most commonly asked questions to help lawyers be proactive with legal technology.

    Jun. 12, 2019

    Katherine Carpenter says Wisconsin now has a "blended system" that uses monitored digital audio reporting to produce the verbatim records of court proceedings.

    Jun. 12, 2019

    Paula Davis-Laack provides tips for surviving in an unpleasant environment and promoting civility.

    Jun. 12, 2019

    Dorothy Rausa provides seven simple concepts to take your law firm’s social media performance to the next level.

    Jun. 12, 2019

    Tom Watson says technology and practice management systems can help you avoid administrative errors – if you know how to use them.

    Jun. 12, 2019

    Dean Dietrich explains that, in specific circumstances, the duty to protect client information can be outweighed by the duty to warn of future harm.

    Jun. 12, 2019

    Saveon Grenell is using skills honed through the State Bar of Wisconsin Leadership Academy to help youths.

    Jun. 12, 2019

    Susan Schaubel provides the steps needed to obtain a civil harassment order.

    Jun. 12, 2019

    Larry Martin says a donation to the Wisconsin Law Foundation is an ideal way to celebrate individuals past and present.

    Jun. 12, 2019

    As president, Chris Rogers has had a front-row seat, witnessing the unbelievable work you do for clients and other people you serve.

    Jun. 12, 2019

    Wisconsin Statutes chapter 128 provides for an assignment for benefit of creditors as a solution for businesses facing financial trouble, but the chapter is badly out of date. It is time to look critically at the statute, modernize it, and provide real guidance to parties and state court judges.

    Jun. 12, 2019

    The 2018 Farm Bill's reforms, technology investments, and rural-to-urban diversification provisions will stir up new business for strapped farmers and emerging entrepreneurs. The bill also presents opportunity for Wisconsin lawyers who represent such clients.

    Jun. 12, 2019

    A recent survey regarding threats and violence against Wisconsin lawyers and judges reveals that 49.1 percent of respondents said they had been threatened or physically assaulted at least once. This places Wisconsin second for percentage of respondents reporting threats and violence of the 29 statewide surveys conducted by the author.

    May 17, 2019

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know!

    May 17, 2019

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries for educational purposes.

    May 17, 2019

    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.

    May 17, 2019

    In this column, Prof. Daniel D. Blinka and Prof. Thomas J. Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    May 17, 2019

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    May 17, 2019

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    May 17, 2019

    Derek Hawkins says "phooey" to the notion that solo practice is only for lawyers who can't make it somewhere else. He ought to know.

    May 17, 2019

    Paula Davis-Laack says autonomy, mastery, and connection to others correlate more strongly with lawyers’ long-term well-being than do money, prestige, and status.

    May 17, 2019

    When crafting an approach to third-party visitation, Mark Fremgen and Gregg Herman say, appellate courts should keep in mind the harm to children's interests created by litigation itself.

    May 17, 2019

    Celia Jackson reflects on Black lawyers who left lasting impressions.

    May 17, 2019

    Wanting to help people with troublesome legal matters is good, Tom Watson says, but allowing potential clients' distress to become your stress is not.

    May 17, 2019

    Morgan Stippel provides a step-by-step guide for obtaining injunctions to help protect domestic abuse survivors, and their pets, from abuse and harassment.

    May 17, 2019

    Executive Director Larry Martin says all State Bar presidents leave a mark and move the organization forward to help support members, the legal system, and the public.

    May 17, 2019

    By helping to develop tomorrow's leaders, Chris Rogers says the State Bar is ensuring the continued strength and relevance of the legal profession in Wisconsin.

    May 17, 2019

    When she leaves the bench in July, Justice Shirley Abrahamson will have served 43 years on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, capping a career as the first woman on the court and the longest-serving justice in state history. Here's a brief look at her legacy.

    May 17, 2019

    The Wisconsin Legislature's 2018 extraordinary session marked the final weeks of Scott Walker's gubernatorial service. The resulting legislation made many changes to Wisconsin law and almost immediately drew challenges in the form of lawsuits. This article summarizes some of the acts' most noteworthy provisions and discusses pending lawsuits.

    May 17, 2019

    Four lawyers talk about the challenges of recruiting and retaining diverse lawyers. Challenges include getting leadership buy-in and the necessary resources, addressing implicit bias when setting salaries and assigning work, and knowing where and how to recruit the lawyers you want. Read what these lawyers advise.

    Apr. 19, 2019

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Apr. 19, 2019

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries for educational purposes.

    Apr. 19, 2019

    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.

    Apr. 19, 2019

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    Apr. 19, 2019

    Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    Apr. 19, 2019

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    Apr. 19, 2019

    Deanne Koll suggests we all pinky-swear to give each other permission to enjoy time away without stressing about the work awaiting our return.

    Apr. 19, 2019

    Aaron Gary says a soon-to-be-decided U.S. Supreme Court case may significantly affect Wisconsin’s alcohol distribution system.

    Apr. 19, 2019

    Gretchen Viney provides the basics for finding a realistic time management system you can stick to while complying with the ethics rules and building your business.

    Apr. 19, 2019

    Ditch the bells and whistles. Instead, Larry Bodine says craft a website that gives potential clients information, relief, and hope.

    Apr. 19, 2019

    Dean Dietrich says lawyers may not communicate about the subject of their representation with a person known to be represented by another lawyer in the same legal matter.

    Apr. 19, 2019

    Bethany Nelson explains any time a client has controlled items, technology, or data, proper measures must be taken to ensure that any foreign persons' access is authorized by law. More clients may be subject to regulation than you might expect.

    Apr. 19, 2019

    Being on Twitter has given executive director Larry Martin a pulse on the communities where he lives and work.

    Apr. 19, 2019

    Chris Rogers says service on a legislative study committee is an important and influential way for lawyers to contribute to the lawmaking process.

    Apr. 19, 2019

    Reports from counties in which all courthouse visitors are screened prove that dangerous implements are coming to the doors of Wisconsin’s courthouses, and screening inside is interdicting many of those implements. The author urges screening at all courthouse entrances.

    Apr. 19, 2019

    Despite its proximity and long history of complicated interactions with the United States, Cuba still is a stranger to many U.S. citizens. A State Bar-sponsored trip in February helps dispel some of the mystery for a group of Wisconsin lawyers.

    Apr. 19, 2019

    In January 2017, the U.S. DOT designated U.W.-Madison as one of 10 proving grounds for testing AVs and test projects are underway. The authors review the federal regulations and recommendations, and analyze areas for opportunities for Wisconsin lawyers resulting from the emergence of AVs on Wisconsin’s roadways.

    Mar. 12, 2019

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Mar. 12, 2019

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries.

    Mar. 12, 2019

    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.

    Mar. 12, 2019

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Mar. 12, 2019

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    Mar. 12, 2019

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    Mar. 12, 2019

    Jasmyne Baynard says that the legal profession will be truly diverse and inclusive when women are at the table as participants, not just observers.

    Mar. 12, 2019

    Rebecca Rapp says the legal system needs champions and sponsors like Veronica to close the justice gap and to get any clients at all.

    Mar. 12, 2019

    Lawyers may put client testimonials on web pages if the clients consent, they are not paid to provide the testimonials, and no false or misleading information is included, says Dean Dietrich.

    Mar. 12, 2019

    Aviva Kaiser and Christopher Shattuck advise litigators how to proceed in light of recent warnings from federal courts about use of third-party software services.

    Mar. 12, 2019

    We all know someone who is affected by the opioid crisis. Judge Ellen Brostrom discusses how treatment courts help some offenders kick their substance abuse and return as productive members of society.

    Mar. 12, 2019

    Tom Watson has practical tips for dealing with closed-case files while complying with the Rules of Professional Conduct.

    Mar. 12, 2019

    When Tatiana Shirasaki moved to Wisconsin from Brazil, she struggled to find work. Through her journey back to law school, she uncovered a passion for immigration law and protecting children from trafficking and sexual abuse.

    Mar. 12, 2019

    Larry Martin suggests engaging directly in the legislative process as the State Bar fights to make justice-reform issues a high priority.

    Mar. 12, 2019

    State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® is your organization at work. Join Chris Rogers at the Annual Meeting & Conference in June to find out more.

    Mar. 12, 2019

    Lawyers who work with low-income clients can make a meaningful difference by being aware of opportunities to challenge or reduce Medicaid birth cost judgments.

    Mar. 12, 2019

    Learn what "blockchain" and "cryptocurrency" mean, where they began, how transactions work, and how this currency is valued in divorces, bankruptcies, and other legal matters.

    Mar. 12, 2019

    Lawyers should prepare for the possible legalization of marijuana in Wisconsin, including advising clients considering a marijuana-based business about potential sources of liability and the scope in which they can operate their business legally.

    Feb. 12, 2019

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Feb. 12, 2019

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries for educational purposes.

    Feb. 12, 2019

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Feb. 12, 2019

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    Feb. 12, 2019

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    Feb. 12, 2019

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    Feb. 12, 2019

    T.R. Williams says she found the confidence to reimagine her future when she took the bold step of proceeding not according to plan.

    Feb. 12, 2019

    Tom Watson reminds lawyers to protect against the inevitable risks posed by hacking, phishing, ransomware, and other dangers to computer security.

    Feb. 12, 2019

    Keeping clients informed is vital, but automatically and routinely copying them in on such communications with other parties' lawyers is not a good idea, says Dean Dietrich.

    Feb. 12, 2019

    Whether to accept online payments is no longer a question. Amy Mann gives the whys and hows for reducing friction in billing and payments processes.

    Feb. 12, 2019

    Paula Davis-Laack spotlights the rise to the forefront of lawyer well-being, building on many years of research and training by experts and volunteers, both nationwide and in Wisconsin.

    Feb. 12, 2019

    Larry Martin says our young lawyers are not just tomorrow's leaders. They are shaping and defining us today.

    Feb. 12, 2019

    Chris Rogers urges lawyers to take the lead in using technology innovations to create opportunities and growth.

    Feb. 12, 2019

    The Wisconsin Legislature repealed the voluntary intoxication defense in 2014. This author believes it should be restored, given that the defense struck a workable balance between criminal due process rights and the public's interest in holding defendants responsible for their actions.

    Feb. 12, 2019

    A national legal tech expert highlights the most important developments in 2018, from analytics and artificial intelligence to legal research, the ethics of using technology, and access to justice issues. These developments create the momentum for an interesting year ahead.

    Feb. 12, 2019

    Wisconsin lawyers and an IT professional bring it home, talking about hot areas of practice and technology and practice management issues that keep them awake at night and offer their insights for the year ahead.

    Feb. 12, 2019

    Legal industry experts highlight national trends, including business development, meeting client needs, talent recruitment, succession planning, and technology. Wisconsin lawyers can seize on opportunities and determine where to put their time and energy to build momentum in 2019.

    Jan. 09, 2019

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Jan. 09, 2019

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries for educational purposes.

    Jan. 09, 2019

    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.

    Jan. 09, 2018

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Jan. 09, 2019

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    Jan. 09, 2019

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    Jan. 09, 2019

    Shabnam Lotfi says American immigrants and their lawyers are experiencing seismic shifts in their daily lives because of the ever-changing state of immigration law.

    Jan. 09, 2019

    Aviva Meridian Kaiser examines a recent ABA opinion guiding lawyers' ethical duties and responses in case of emergencies.

    Jan. 09, 2019

    Aly Lynch compares the most well-known smartphone models and some lesser-known rivals competing for consumers' attention.

    Jan. 09, 2019

    Cynthia Herber says it's easy to get so caught up in being a lawyer that we forget why we chose to be one in the first place.

    Jan. 09, 2019

    Lawyers serving on company boards must be careful to distinguish between providing business advice and legal advice, says Dean Dietrich.

    Jan. 09, 2019

    Executive Director Larry Martin says Practice411 is ready to help every State Bar member, especially those who practice in solo or small firms.

    Jan. 09, 2019

    Christopher Rogers says resolving to engage in better self-care will pay off personally and professionally.

    Jan. 09, 2019

    State court threshold issues can lead to victory or defeat in litigation without the parties going through extensive discovery or the court or jury resolving the merits of a case. This article helps civil litigation lawyers understand how threshold requirements can end an opposing party’s lawsuit and protect clients from costly litigation.

    Jan. 09, 2019

    Lessons learned from implementing the Army's Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program can guide the legal profession as it navigates change and prioritizes its own well-being efforts.

    Jan. 09, 2019

    Wisconsin could lessen the disparate impact and high costs of its incarceration laws by addressing prison sentences for inmates who committed crimes when they were under age 18. Here is data about individuals serving life-without-parole sentences for homicides committed when they were under age 18, and thoughts for reform.

    Dec. 13, 2018

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Dec. 13, 2018

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation assists the court in supervising the practice of law and protecting the public from misconduct by lawyers.

    Dec. 13, 2018

    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.

    Dec. 13, 2018

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Dec. 13, 2018

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    Dec. 13, 2018

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    Dec. 13, 2018

    Odalo Ohiku confesses his glaring daily struggle. On one hand, fighting blood, sweat, and tears for strangers. On the other, living with his one and only older brother locked in prison.

    Dec. 13, 2018

    Dean Dietrich says the State Bar's Succession Planning Registry is a straightforward means to protect clients and avoid violating the ethical duties of competence and diligence.

    Dec. 13, 2018

    Whether you're new to law practice or a seasoned veteran, Stephanie Ziebell says you will benefit from being mentored, as long as you participate whole-heartedly.

    Dec. 13, 2018

    Paula Davis-Laack says a survey of young adults shows 46 percent would rather break a bone than their phone – and many of the other 54 percent agonized about their preference to break a phone. Ouch!

    Dec. 13, 2018

    Christopher Shattuck lists some high- and low-tech gift items that can make life easier or better.

    Dec. 13, 2018

    If you care about succession and the long-term sustainability of your firm, John Remsen says you've got to invest in your young people. Here's how.

    Dec. 13, 2018

    This holiday season, Executive Director Larry Martin urges you to take time off to reconnect with loved ones and recharge your strength and spirit.

    Dec. 13, 2018

    Christopher Rogers thanks you for the unbelievable work you do for clients and the people of this state. He hopes you enjoy your work and the wonders in your life.

    Dec. 13, 2018

    This article looks at nine significant Wisconsin federal court decisions interpreting Wisconsin law in late 2017 and 2018 on a variety of subjects, including tort, contract, corporate, fair dealership, and insurance law and more.

    Dec. 13, 2018

    This article highlights 10 significant Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions from the 2017-2018 term, during which the court issued 59 substantive decisions covering a wide range of subjects.

    Dec. 13, 2018

    ​2003 Wis. Act 130 created a rebuttable presumption that when one party engaged in domestic abuse, joint or sole custody to the abusive parent is contrary to the child's best interest. Rather, the safety and well-being of the abused parent and child become paramount concerns when determining custody and placement. Research shows that this has not countered the trend toward joint legal custody and more equalized physical placement.

    Nov. 13, 2018

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    Nov. 13, 2018

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries for educational purposes.

    Nov. 13, 2018

    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.

    Nov. 13, 2018

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    Nov. 13, 2018

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    Nov. 13, 2018

    Michael Anspach knows that if he ever again decides to buy his favorite vodka, the price he would pay is far greater than the price of the bottle.

    Nov. 13, 2018

    If you meet resistance to your proposed innovation initiative, Jordan Furlong says take a deep breath and don't make it personal. Be calm, measured, reasonable, and brief.

    Nov. 13, 2018

    Deanne Koll asks, what are you doing to enhance the prospects for women to reach the highest levels of practice and remain in the profession?

    Nov. 13, 2018

    Sharon Nelson and John Simek advise you turn off your phone for a while. If you do, you may lower your stress level.

    Nov. 13, 2018

    Bankruptcy and collections work has overtaken other practice areas as the top source of malpractice claims at WILMIC, says Tom Watson.

    Nov. 13, 2018

    Howard Myers says pre-mediation conferences can enhance the parties' opportunities to reach a compromise by removing traditional mediation's impediments from the process.

    Nov. 13, 2018

    The duty to be truthful to the court, Dean Dietrich says, requires lawyers to check information when they doubt a client's word.

    Nov. 13, 2018

    Martin McLaughlin says the duty to protect personal data and client information arises from legal, contractual, and ethical obligations. He offers tips to meet those duties.

    Nov. 13, 2018

    As our membership changes, Executive Director Larry Martin says, so has the face of State Bar leadership and volunteers.

    Nov. 13, 2018

    Christopher Rogers says the State Bar is eager to help you where you work and live. The recent Greater Wisconsin Initiative bus tour connects newer lawyers with rural communities.

    Nov. 13, 2018

    Changes to the Medicaid Secondary Payer Act are driving the need for parties of injury claims to adopt practices mindful of Medicaid recovery rights and processes. Lawyers must implement best practices to meet competing needs of aggressive collection efforts and client interests.

    Nov. 13, 2018

    During the 2017-18 term, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overruled its own precedent three times. That's more than in any other recent term, and it raises questions: Is the uptick an anomaly or part of a trend? And what does it say about stare decisis in Wisconsin? Clues to the answers may lie in the recent past.

    Nov. 07, 2018

    What have past innovators been up to since being recognized as movers and shakers? We asked some of them to tell us what they’re trying to fix or to make better now.

    Nov. 07, 2018

    Who are Wisconsin's innovators? The "That's a Fine Idea: Legal Innovation Wisconsin" initiative spotlights these movers and shakers who infuse the legal profession with a dose of creative thinking.

    Oct. 12, 2018

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Oct. 12, 2018

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries.

    Oct. 12, 2018

    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.

    Oct. 12, 2018

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Oct. 12, 2018

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    Oct. 12, 2018

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    Oct. 12, 2018

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    Oct. 12, 2018

    Roy Evans says reunions reinforce our common bonds, regenerate our friendships, and reinvigorate our spirits.

    Oct. 12, 2018

    New apps might make finding a lawyer almost as easy as hailing a cab. But, Aviva Kaiser says, lawyers still must comply with the ethics rules when providing their services.

    Oct. 12, 2018

    Before taking on a corporate partner – especially one you hardly know – Clyde Tinnen advises doing the due diligence you would perform in any M&A transaction, or even in a personal relationship before contemplating marriage.

    Oct. 12, 2018

    Lawyers' professional success depends largely on what they know. Paula Davis-Laack says who they know is vital to their health and well-being.

    Oct. 12, 2018

    Lawyers can answer questions posed on law firm websites, but Dean Dietrich warns the website must clearly indicate that neither questions nor answers create an attorney/client relationship.

    Oct. 12, 2018

    If your law practice relies on computer technology, you need cyber insurance. Sharon Nelson and John Simek provide tips for shopping for the right kind.

    Oct. 12, 2018

    Voting is a basic right. Executive Director Larry Martin reminds you to exercise it in November.

    Oct. 12, 2018

    Christopher Rogers introduces a new partnership tailored to meet your cybersecurity needs no matter the size of your firm.

    Oct. 12, 2018

    The U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis concluded that the Federal Arbitration Act governs the enforceability of waivers to participate in collective actions. As a result, these employees’ efforts to litigate federal wage claims through collective actions in federal court are barred.

    Oct. 12, 2018

    In its 2017-18 session, the Wisconsin Legislature continued efforts to reduce the rulemaking authority of state administrative agencies. In the short term, the legislation imposes additional obligations on the agencies and on the legislature itself.

    Oct. 12, 2018

    In Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that an employee needing an extended leave of two or more months for treatment of a disability is not protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The author summarizes the parties' arguments and the three-judge panel's decision.

    Sep. 12, 2018

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    Sep. 12, 2018

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries.

    Sep. 11, 2018

    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.

    Sep. 12, 2018

    In this column, Prof. Daniel D. Blinka and Prof. Thomas J. Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Sep. 12, 2018

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    Sep. 12, 2018

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    Sep. 12, 2018

    Students, by their questions and perspectives, have as much to teach as do instructors. Kene Okocha offers a case in point.

    Sep. 12, 2018

    Qualified interpreters are vital for clients who need help understanding and communicating in English. Cynthia Herber provides tips for working with clients with limited English proficiency.

    Sep. 11, 2018

    Tom Watson says opportunities abound for lawyers who invest in technology and adjust to consumers' expectations of when, where, and how they receive legal advice.

    Sep. 12, 2018

    If you accept payment by credit card, Sharon Nelson and John Simek say you must ensure your computer system is compliant with new security requirements.

    Sep. 12, 2018

    Deanne Koll says the question, "What do lawyers do all day, Mom (or Dad)?" can sometimes best be answered by their off-the-clock activities.

    Sep. 12, 2018

    Harassment and discrimination occur in all types of workplaces. Julia Arnold gives tips lawyers should share with their employer-clients and consider when assessing their own legal environments.

    Sep. 12, 2018

    Dean Dietrich says the Rules of Professional Conduct include provisions specifically regarding billing for the joint representation of clients.

    Sep. 12, 2018

    Chris Shattuck says law practices in rural communities are shaped to serve the needs of the smaller community. Lawyers in Monroe and Park Falls share their challenges and successes.

    Sep. 12, 2018

    Kori Ashley strives to improve the lives of young Milwaukeeans entangled in the criminal justice system by guiding them to a second chance for themselves and their families.

    Sep. 12, 2018

    Executive Director Larry Martin invites you to provide support to first responders by volunteering for the Wills for Heroes program.

    Sep. 12, 2018

    President Chris Rogers is focused on having an ongoing two-way dialog with members to ensure the State Bar provides the services and benefits that support your practice.

    Sep. 11, 2018

    When Wisconsin fought over the Fugitive Slave Act, its early U.S. Attorney put himself firmly on the side of slave owners. That type of stance changed with the creation of the U.S. Department of Justice, which, under the direction of President Ulysses Grant and U.S. Attorney General Amos. T. Ackerman, engaged in a battle to take down the Ku Klux Klan.

    Sep. 12, 2018

    Just as a not-guilty verdict does not necessarily indicate a defendant did nothing wrong, a finding of unsubstantiated child abuse might not mean the child suffered no harm. To competently assist children and their families when abuse is alleged to have occurred, lawyers must understand the terms "substantiated" and "unsubstantiated," including the differences between them and the statute defining "child abuse."

    Sep. 12, 2018

    2017 Wis. Act 317 is the latest in a series of legislation to substantially modify landlord-tenant laws. The act's most significant changes include clarifying laws regarding assistance animals in rental housing, responsibility for repair costs, rent abatement, limits on removal of CCAP information, credit and background checks, and contested evictions.

    Jul. 20, 2018

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Jul. 20, 2018

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries.

    Jul. 20, 2018

    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.

    Jul. 20, 2018

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Jul. 20, 2018

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    Jul. 20, 2018

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    Jul. 20, 2018

    Kristen Hardy says there are only a handful of acceptable excuses for failing to respond, in some way, to an email or text message.

    Jul. 20, 2018

    Rebecca Rapp does pro bono work for people like Molly who can't afford legal help, because she cares about what might happen if they don't get that help.

    Jul. 20, 2018

    Evolving family trees and increased life spans are contributing to estate planning's position as a risky practice area, writes Tom Watson.

    Jul. 20, 2018

    Dean Dietrich says lawyers need not disclose a medical condition to clients unless it affects their ability to provide legal services and representation.

    Jul. 20, 2018

    Larry Bodine explains how retargeting allows for nearly automatic placement of ads on the computers of visitors to certain websites. State Bar ethics counsel Aviva Kaiser says retargeting ads, like other ads, must comply with the ethics rules.

    Jul. 20, 2018

    Hon. Eugene Gasiorkiewicz and William Gleisner say the legislature's significant, substantial changes to Wisconsin's civil procedure rules are without precedent in process and speed and unnecessarily hamper litigation in the state's courts.

    Jul. 20, 2018

    Marcia Vandercook and Jean Bousquet say the new format for orders and other documents filed with the circuit court that require a judge's or other court official's signature lessens confusion for filers and introduces uniformity for courts.

    Jul. 20, 2018

    Larry Martin has had a busy first year as State Bar executive director. Here are some lessons learned.

    Jul. 20, 2018

    Supporting members' practices, encouraging more judge and lawyer engagement, shining the light on disparate incarceration – these and other issues will drive Rogers' year as State Bar president.

    Jul. 20, 2018

    One of Wisconsin's biggest trading partners is the European Union. Make sure your clients are complying with the General Data Protection Regulation, which will affect businesses and their customers far beyond Europe's shores.

    Jul. 20, 2018

    Signs, social media, elections, and wedding cakes: all can convey facts or opinions and all have played a role in seminal U.S. Supreme Court First Amendment pronouncements in the 21st century.

    Jul. 20, 2018

    Divorced parents sometimes desire to move with their children to locations farther from the home of the former spouse. Learn which proposed relocations are subject to a recently revised Wisconsin statute and how to comply with the law's procedural provisions.

    Jul. 20, 2018

    She is the only foreign lawyer to have a practice in Afghanistan. Drawn to the country for what was to be a short stint, she has stayed because of her passion for contributing to the country's justice system and individuals' human rights.

    Jun. 01, 2018

    Here are the Communications Committee's annual top 2017 articles, recognizing writing excellence in Wisconsin Lawyer articles.

    Jun. 01, 2018

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    Jun. 01, 2018

    These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    Jun. 01, 2018

    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.

    Jun. 01, 2018

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    Jun. 01, 2018

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    Jun. 01, 2018

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    Jun. 01, 2018

    Cynthia Herber believes one of the best ways to be a better lawyer is to step into your clients' shoes and view the world through their eyes.

    Jun. 01, 2018

    Paula Davis-Laack provides tips to help develop self-efficacy – the type of confidence that helps you achieve.

    Jun. 01, 2018

    Megan Heneke says lawyers from the millennial generation are less "different" than their older colleagues might think, but the changes they do bring to the profession are positive.

    Jun. 01, 2018

    Tom Watson lists 10 ways to avoid spending your legal malpractice insurance deductible.

    Jun. 01, 2018

    In addition to preserving physical messages and notes, Christopher Shattuck says lawyers should consider storing the metadata contained in electronic documents.

    Jun. 01, 2018

    Lawyers often avoid difficult conversations when the topic is their own or a colleague's career. Ida Abbott offers tips for having the talk about retirement.

    Jun. 01, 2018

    Yes, says Dean Dietrich. Taking an existing client's deposition for another client's matter should be conducted by the lawyer with great caution, if at all.

    Jun. 01, 2018

    Executive Director Larry Martin says while many things divide Americans, there is much to celebrate in the United States.

    Jun. 01, 2018

    The difference between a civilized society and chaos is a good legal system, says President Paul Swanson, and lawyers play a crucial role.

    Jun. 01, 2018

    Compensation for private-bar lawyers appointed to represent indigent criminal defendants is woefully inadequate – whether appointed by the SPD's Office or by the circuit courts. The author analyzes the problems with the publicly appointed attorney system and offers possible solutions.

    Jun. 01, 2018

    In Part 2 of the "Owning the Problem" series, the author summarizes the financial costs of mass incarceration and compares Wisconsin's prison costs and incarceration rates to those of nearby states. He then explains the social costs: to the imprisoned individuals, to their families, and to their communities.

    Jun. 01, 2018

    The Wisconsin Legislature recently enacted 2017 Wis. Act 235. The act, prepared without the input usually provided by the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Judicial Council for laws affecting civil pro-cedure, makes substantial changes about which all civil litigators must be aware. The authors expect litigants and courts will face uncertainties and chal-lenges as they litigate under the new rules.

    May 01, 2018

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    May 01, 2018

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    May 01, 2018

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    May 01, 2018

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    May 01, 2018

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    May 01, 2018

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    May 01, 2018

    Steven DeVougas remembers Vel Phillips as inspiring lawyers to boldly lead and serve, to do more and become more.

    May 01, 2018

    Distinguishing between clients and former clients is vital to avoid conflicts of interest and confidentiality. But, Dean Dietrich writes, there is no magic formula.

    May 01, 2018

    To practice law in an underserved location, Deanne Koll says be prepared to be a one-person team and, more important, a problem-solver.

    May 01, 2018

    Tom Watson explains tail coverage is an endorsement on the policy already in place. He covers this and other basics of malpractice insurance.

    May 01, 2018

    Australian lawyer Chris Hargreaves says lawyers worldwide experience challenging clients. Here's how he addresses them.

    May 01, 2018

    Aviva Kaiser and Christopher Shattuck say data available on Facebook and Google make clear that lawyers must take great care to safeguard client information.

    May 01, 2018

    This Puerto Rico native champions diversity in the legal profession to find solutions to societal issues, particularly in the justice system.

    May 01, 2018

    Executive Director Larry Martin urges section membership. You'll gain valuable skills, peer recognition, and expertise while influencing the direction of the legal profession.

    May 01, 2018

    President Paul Swanson holds up the Wisconsin Judicial Council as a great example of individuals' contributions that better the legal profession.

    May 01, 2018

    Many forms of relief for noncitizens convicted of deportable criminal offenses have been eliminated while the number of offenses that trigger an immigration consequence has expanded. Despite these changes, defense lawyers can still provide vigorous, effective counsel to noncitizen clients.

    May 01, 2018

    People who disagree with their real estate assessment can petition local boards of review for relief. The author explains how to do so and discusses recent statutory changes and case law having to do with timing and access.

    May 01, 2018

    "But we've always done it this way!" could be the slogan of many law firms. Here are 12 examples of status quo thinking and suggestions to counter these comfortable but ultimately risky patterns.

    Apr. 01, 2018

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    Apr. 01, 2018

    In this column, Prof. Daniel D. Blinka and Prof. Thomas J. Hammer summarize select published opinions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

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    Apr. 01, 2018

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    Apr. 01, 2018

    Roy Evans says sharing your life experiences with children can give them the hope and inspiration they need to survive challenging circumstances.

    Apr. 01, 2018

    Larry Bodine says savvy lawyers can capitalize on consumers' fondness for voice searches, by tailoring their firms' online content to the special characteristics of spoken requests for information.

    Apr. 01, 2018

    Bill Thedinga says it’s never too early to follow this lesson from a retired lawyer and his grandson: stop, look both ways, then skip through the parking lot.

    Apr. 01, 2018

    The evolving law-practice arena requires new abilities of lawyers who hope to successfully lead their firms or businesses. Paula Davis-Laack presents six of them.

    Apr. 01, 2018

    Dean Dietrich explains the main distinction between of-counsel lawyers and partners or shareholders is internal: the latter typically have billable-hour and revenue-goal expectations that the former do not.

    Apr. 01, 2018

    As a tribal attorney, Toni Caldwell uses her legal skills in a variety of areas in tribal, state, and federal courts. Preserving Menominee culture and values is her driving force.

    Apr. 01, 2018

    Executive Director Larry Martin says the AMC offers attendees an opportunity to build closer ties with lawyer colleagues.

    Apr. 01, 2018

    President Paul Swanson says holding public office is another way lawyers can use their specialized education and experience for the public good.

    Apr. 01, 2018

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently amended Wisconsin's class action statute to align it with its federal counterpart. This article highlights the revised statute's key requirements and concepts.

    Apr. 01, 2018

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court's split decision in Manitowoc Co. v. Lanning makes it more difficult for employers to enforce restrictive covenants in employment contracts that limit the signer's postemployment hiring away of former coworkers.

    Apr. 01, 2018

    Wisconsin incarcerates non-white persons at far higher rates than whites and at rates of disparity far above the national average. This article looks at how Wisconsin moved to this point and what our current circumstances are.

    Mar. 01, 2018

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    Mar. 01, 2018

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    Mar. 01, 2018

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    Mar. 01, 2018

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    Mar. 01, 2018

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    Mar. 01, 2018

    You develop a sort of edge, Deanne Koll says, when you don't get the benefit of the doubt that you're the lawyer in charge.

    Mar. 01, 2018

    Poor communication often leads to bad case outcomes and malpractice complaints. Tom Watson says lawyers need to know how and when to talk and listen so that clients understand.

    Mar. 01, 2018

    From school desegregation and civil rights cases to Indian treaty rights to environmental protection matters, two authors and 25 other admirers say Irv Charne epitomized high ethical standards and integrity.

    Mar. 01, 2018

    Use care in choosing a translator, Dean Dietrich says, and oversee the services provided by the third party as part of the representation.

    Mar. 01, 2018

    Trials rarely happen anymore. Wood Foster says the long-term consequences of this trend is damaging for the public and the legal profession.

    Mar. 01, 2018

    Katelynn Williams demystifies the application process for short- and long-term disability insurance.

    Mar. 01, 2018

    Executive Director Larry Martin says State Bar leadership and staff take seriously the responsibility of being good stewards of your money.

    Mar. 01, 2018

    President Paul Swanson says lawyers should promote freedom of expression by advocating that ideas should be debated and developed through rational discourse rather than what appears to be happening around us today.

    Mar. 01, 2018

    Developing a written succession plan is a crucial aspect of the business and ethics of operating a law practice. Use the State Bar's voluntary succession planning registry to ensure clients' matters will not be neglected – and your next of kin will not be burdened – if you die or become incapacitated while practicing.

    Mar. 01, 2018

    The transgender community and the societal challenges it faces have become increasingly visible. Nearly 60,000 transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals live in Wisconsin alone. This article surveys the current and evolving state of constitutional, statutory, and case law, at the federal, state, and local levels, on various issues that uniquely affect transgender individuals.

    Mar. 01, 2018

    Whistleblowers play a vital role in calling attention to bad behavior and trying to prevent its recurrence. The author, himself a whistleblower, explains their motivations and risks and costs of their behavior and beliefs, and provides tips for how best to represent whistleblowers.

    Feb. 01, 2018

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    Feb. 01, 2018

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    Feb. 01, 2018

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    Feb. 01, 2018

    Law is becoming a more diverse profession, but Amesia Ngialah Xiong says Asian American lawyers face barriers that remain in law firms.

    Feb. 01, 2018

    Paula Davis-Laack says it's possible to increase your capacity to withstand change-related stresses and preserve or increase your well-being. Here's how.

    Feb. 01, 2018

    So you can determine where to improve your practice, Tom Watson reviews 2017 malpractice claims.

    Feb. 01, 2018

    Lawyers can link to businesses on their websites but, Dean Dietrich says, to protect lawyer-client relationships, make clear who owns those businesses.

    Feb. 01, 2018

    In this tribute, Hon. Joan F. Kessler writes Margo let women law students see, in real life, the possibilities that were opening to women.

    Feb. 01, 2018

    Aviva Meridian Kaiser discusses proposed changes to the ABA Model Rules on lawyer advertising, which are meant to improve how lawyers communicate to legal service consumers.

    Feb. 01, 2018

    Executive Director Larry Martin says lawyers can serve the common good by participating in their local bars and the State Bar.

    Feb. 01, 2018

    President Paul Swanson says there are opportunities for lawyers who minimize debt, live cheaply, and find their passions.

    Feb. 01, 2018

    Rick Esenberg believes the Wisconsin Supreme Court has acted properly in not adopting a broad, mandatory recusal rule for judges who receive contributions from litigants.

    Feb. 01, 2018

    Nicholas Harken and Brendan Fischer believe Wisconsin's new campaign finance law might undermine the 14th Amendment's due process guarantee that litigants have their cases heard by a neutral and objective decision maker.

    Feb. 01, 2018

    How are Wisconsin law firms faring? Here’s a look at some of the key findings in the State Bar’s 2017 Economics of Practice Survey with insight from lawyers and law firm consultants.

    Feb. 01, 2018

    Wisconsin and regional attorneys and practice management experts weigh in on law practice and marketing trends in the Dairy State.

    Feb. 01, 2018

    Are you positioned to turn pressures on the legal profession into opportunities for growth? Learn which practice areas are trending hot, hotter, and red hot, and which are cooling down on the national and global fronts.

    Jan. 01, 2018

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    Jan. 01, 2018

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    Jan. 01, 2018

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    Jan. 01, 2018

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    Jan. 01, 2018

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    Jan. 01, 2018

    Kathy Chung lauds the State Bar’s Diversity Counsel Program and encourages law firm participation in the Diversity Clerkship Program.

    Jan. 01, 2018

    Aly Lynch compares the most well-known smartphone models and some lesser-known rivals competing for consumers' attention.

    Jan. 01, 2018

    A commercial court pilot project in Waukesha County and several Green Bay-area counties speeds up litigation, says Judge Michael Aprahamian, and judges are gaining increased expertise in business law.

    Jan. 01, 2018

    Let's make it okay to be a happy lawyer, says Deanne Koll. Let's celebrate our profession.

    Jan. 01, 2018

    Telling a client to take an action that would violate the professional conduct rules if engaged in by the lawyer is itself a violation of the rules, Dean Dietrich reminds.

    Jan. 01, 2018

    Kelly Twigger shares her best pieces of advice for lawyering, building your reputation, and generally surviving. These are the things she wishes she knew when starting to practice.

    Jan. 01, 2018

    Executive Director Larry Martin asks, "Need assistance in your professional or personal life?" Chances are help is just a phone call away, at the State Bar.

    Jan. 01, 2018

    State Bar President Paul Swanson says lawyers know what proper conduct in the workplace is, what we can say to colleagues without offense, and when not to demand what is not right.

    Jan. 01, 2018

    Increased enforcement regarding set-aside arrangements is a given, so if you represent plaintiffs with personal injury claims, evaluate each case for Medicare Secondary Payer considerations. Failure to do so could leave clients with large financial obligations to the government and you with potential malpractice exposure.

    Jan. 01, 2018

    A State Bar committee is working with the legislature to revise chapter 183 to define the duties of LLC members and managers. In the interim, lawyers should advise clients intending to form an LLC that the best practice is to use an operating agreement to clearly define member's duties.

    Jan. 01, 2018

    Domestic abuse and violence survivors may seek representation in many types of cases in which the abusive power and control dynamic has a direct effect. These clients might have special needs during legal representation, whether or not the case involves the alleged abuser.

    Jan. 01, 2018

    A personal injury hypothetical highlights the civil law issues that criminal defense lawyers should consider and how those issues can affect the criminal case. It also addresses the considerations for civil lawyers when confronting a matter with an ongoing, parallel criminal case that arises from the facts of the civil dispute.

    Dec. 01, 2017

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    Dec. 01, 2017

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    Dec. 01, 2017

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    Dec. 01, 2017

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    Dec. 01, 2017

    Amber Raffeet August is using skills she developed at the G. Lane Ware Leadership Academy to listen actively to clients of the community organizations for which she volunteers.

    Dec. 01, 2017

    Before the new year, Daniel Decker suggests you check in with current and past clients, and commit to regularly posting blogs and e-newsletters.

    Dec. 01, 2017

    Tom Watson says lawyers should proceed carefully as they look to close the books on unpaid legal fees at year end.

    Dec. 01, 2017

    Paula Davis-Laack explains how "design thinking" can help you get unstuck and problem solve challenges.

    Dec. 01, 2017

    Dean Dietrich provides final thoughts on the ABA's formal opinion outlining ethics considerations for guarding clients' confidential information.

    Dec. 01, 2017

    Larry Martin says holiday gifts to the Wisconsin Law Foundation will help state residents now and in the future.

    Dec. 01, 2017

    Paul Swanson says December is the ideal time to acknowledge colleagues, family, and friends who help ease lawyers' busy lives.

    Dec. 01, 2017

    The Seventh Circuit's decision to re-interpret Title VII challenges traditional approaches to statutory interpretation that should put Seventh Circuit litigants on notice of future uncertainty.

    Dec. 01, 2017

    This article looks at 10 significant Wisconsin federal court decisions interpreting Wisconsin law in 2017 on a variety of subjects including tort, corporate, fair dealership, insurance law, and more.

    Dec. 01, 2017

    This article highlights 10 significant Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions from the 2016-2017 term, during which the court issued 50 decisions covering a wide range of subjects.

    Dec. 01, 2017

    Are you looking to hire or be hired or even still in law school? Here are the traits and skills hiring lawyers say job candidates need to stand out in the very competitive legal marketplace.

    Nov. 01, 2017

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    Nov. 01, 2017

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    Nov. 01, 2017

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    Nov. 01, 2017

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    Nov. 01, 2017

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    Nov. 01, 2017

    For police officer Jared Prado, a law degree underscores the importance of preparedness and appreciation of the role of police in the legal system.

    Nov. 01, 2017

    Dustin Cole says it’s critical that you fully understand the landscape you may be walking into – and that you codify it all in a partner agreement that works for you, them – and the future.

    Nov. 01, 2017

    Avery Mayne’s tips for talking to clients whose previously obtained legal advice has not gone as desired will help lawyers in client conversations in a variety of difficult situations.

    Nov. 01, 2017

    Sally Schmidt says the speed and tone of your response in dealing with a problem makes a difference in how clients perceive your dedication to them.

    Nov. 01, 2017

    Paula Davis-Laack says the time is now to promote psychological wellness in the profession and at your workplace.

    Nov. 01, 2017

    The types of errors that most often result in claims or grievances are easy to commit but also relatively simple to avert, says Tom Watson.

    Nov. 01, 2017

    If you communicate with or about clients via cell phone, Dean Dietrich says you have an ethical duty to keep the data confidential.

    Nov. 01, 2017

    Jim Rogers argues the results of many judicial decisions have encroached on the right of injured plaintiffs to obtain remedies when they are harmed by negligent acts.

    Nov. 01, 2017

    The public needs thoughtful members of the legal profession to step up and serve our communities, particularly by running for public office, says Larry Martin.

    Nov. 01, 2017

    Paul Swanson says no matter the structure of the State Bar, the organization and lawyers must support the legitimacy of the state’s legal and judicial systems.

    Nov. 01, 2017

    When a client is confronted with an onerous agency rule, the best recourse may be found in challenging the rule’s legal validity. Learn the substantive grounds and declaratory judgment procedure for challenging the legality of state agency rules in Wisconsin courts.

    Nov. 01, 2017

    Clear rules and consistent enforcement are as important for lawyers who prosecute and defend operating while intoxicated cases as they are for motor vehicle operators. But right now, the law regarding blood draws of drunk-driving suspects is muddled at best.

    Nov. 01, 2017

    Who are Wisconsin's innovators? Meet these movers and shakers – and learn what drove them to put new ideas to work to solve problems and improve service to their clients and communities.

    Oct. 01, 2017

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    Oct. 01, 2017

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    Oct. 01, 2017

    Fiscal 2017 Audited Financial Results At A Glance ... State Bar of Wisconsin, July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

    Oct. 01, 2017

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    Oct. 01, 2017

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    Wisconsin Lawyer provides a forum for members to express ideas, concerns, and opinions on law-related subjects.

    Oct. 01, 2017

    Bill Thedinga says the choices that were most important to him weren’t his choices; they were choices by others.

    Oct. 01, 2017

    Some of the most powerful skills for practicing law come from outside the profession. Clyde Tinnen credits his grandparents for lessons and wisdom he uses every day in his practice.

    Oct. 01, 2017

    Security wasn’t usually a major factor in a corporation’s decision whether to hire a law firm, and law firms used to fly under the radar when it came to questions about keeping client data secure. Joe Kelly says that has all changed.

    Oct. 01, 2017

    The ABA recently issued a formal opinion outlining ethics considerations for guarding clients’ confidential information. Dean Dietrich discusses the first three.

    Oct. 01, 2017

    John Sesini and Ben Crouse argue ending protection from deportation for certain undocumented immigrants would pose heavy burdens on individual employers and businesses and harm the U.S. economy.

    Oct. 01, 2017

    The State Bar is opening doors of opportunity for new attorneys and attorneys of diverse backgrounds. Larry Martin invites you to take part in that effort.

    Oct. 01, 2017

    Paul Swanson says Wisconsin’s high and disparate incarceration rate has negative effects far beyond prison walls.

    Oct. 01, 2017

    New rules effective after Dec. 31, 2017, not only will affect clients, but also potentially the entity in which the law firm itself conducts business. Existing partnership instruments likely will need to be modified. Here’s what you need to know.

    Oct. 01, 2017

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in Roberts v. T.H.E. Ins. Co. shows that the justices disagree on the limits of the recreational liability statute, but overall their standards still favor injured parties, especially in situations in which waivers are deficient, in substance or process. The author discusses challenges practitioners face following Roberts and offers practice tips.

    Oct. 01, 2017

    Wisconsin is home to the first anti-trafficking campaign in United States history. This campaign, against what was then called “white slavery,” arose in response to the thriving sex trade that developed around the prosperous logging and mining industries of Northern Wisconsin in the 1880s.

    Oct. 01, 2017

    Many people, including lawyers, do not realize the extent of human trafficking, in Wisconsin and nationwide. The authors shed light on this industry, explain the challenges victims face in the legal system, and describe how lawyers can help victims rebuild their lives.

    Sep. 01, 2017

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    Sep. 01, 2017

    The most effective consumer protection, says Frank Sullivan, consists of preventing people from being fleeced in the first place.

    Sep. 01, 2017

    Tison Rhine looks at software you might not have considered for use in your law practice.

    Sep. 01, 2017

    To determine if communications with debtors comply with the law, Brandon Bowlin says lawyers should understand the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the least sophisticated consumer standard.

    Sep. 01, 2017

    Dean Dietrich answers the question, “Am I responsible for clients’ information if my computer is hacked?”

    Sep. 01, 2017

    Tom Watson says lawyers preparing to practice in consumer protection should steep themselves in the law of the particular focus area, such as auto fraud, home improvement, debt collection, and more.

    Sep. 01, 2017

    Having a niche practice makes it easy for lawyers to spell out their unique selling proposition, an element Larry Bodine says is essential in successful marketing.

    Sep. 01, 2017

    Mary Fons provides an introduction to timeshares, describes a typical hard-sell sales presentation, and reviews effective statutory remedies lawyers can use to obtain relief for those defrauded.

    Sep. 01, 2017

    For Larry Martin, every encounter is an opportunity to recognize what’s really important in life and to tolerate our own and other people’s imperfections.

    Sep. 01, 2017

    Paul Swanson urges lawyers to use their unique training and skills to promote good government by political leaders and better understanding by the public.

    Sep. 01, 2017

    This issue centers on consumer protection, says Erik Guenther, and looks into unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices and how lawyers can help address them.

    Sep. 01, 2017

    Our justice system needs competent lawyers willing to pursue consumer law claims for individuals who have been victimized by predatory economic practices. Here is a look at a consumer law practice, federal and state consumer protection laws, and how lawyers can obtain an award of attorney fees based on the fee-shifting provisions in consumer protection statutes.

    Sep. 01, 2017

    The sheer scope and complexity of consumer law is daunting for consumers and practitioners. Consumer protection provisions are scattered among many different statutes and administrative code chapters, but the responsibility for enforcing them rests among several administrative agencies, often with overlapping jurisdiction. Here is an overview of Wisconsin consumer protection laws, and the regulatory agencies responsible for them.

    Sep. 01, 2017

    Every year, many Wisconsin residents contact the state with complaints about negative consumer experiences. This article sketches out the state’s consumer protection apparatus, identifies the most common types of complaints, and suggests best practices for consumers to work out disagreements with businesses.

    Jul. 24, 2017

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    Jul. 24, 2017

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    Jul. 24, 2017

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    Jul. 24, 2017

    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.

    Jul. 24, 2017

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Jul. 24, 2017

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    Jul. 24, 2017

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    Jul. 24, 2017

    Brandon Evans says even phone-phobic lawyers can save time and hassle just by having a conversation instead of exchanging emails.

    Jul. 24, 2017

    Tison Rhine identifies two products that aren’t marketed specifically to lawyers but could be great for legal productivity.

    Jul. 24, 2017

    If work is causing you a lot of stress, Paula Davis-Laack suggests remaking your job to make it a better match.

    Jul. 24, 2017

    If you believe clients think “Gee, what a nice lawyer,” when you no-charge for invoiced items, you might want to think again.

    Jul. 24, 2017

    Tom Watson says how to resolve a potential error might not be obvious, but one thing is 100 percent clear: covering up the mistake is wrong.

    Jul. 24, 2017

    Lawyers need not have computer science or engineering expertise, says Dean Dietrich. But the ethics rules do expect an understanding of technology and its benefits and risks.

    Jul. 24, 2017

    Michael McCready believes more injured federal employees would be represented by lawyers if the federal worker’s comp system did not contain barriers to retaining and paying counsel.

    Jul. 24, 2017

    New executive director Larry Martin says you can’t fill someone else’s shoes, so he’s bringing his own vision and enthusiasm to help State Bar members thrive in an ever-changing world.

    Jul. 24, 2017

    A willingness and ability to take a new path when it appears has served new State Bar President Paul Swanson well, in his education and career and with his family and personal pursuits.

    Jul. 24, 2017

    The four-year-long John Doe II investigation into campaign finance activities associated with Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election captured statewide and national attention. This constitutional-law analysis of the John Doe II decision offers an overview of John Doe II, focusing particularly on the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to terminate the investigation on the basis that it violated constitutional free speech protections.

    Jul. 24, 2017

    Effective succession planning includes preserving and transmitting knowledge, maintaining existing client relationships and creating new sources of revenue, developing future leaders, valuing the law practice, acknowledging generational differences, and adhering to ethics rules throughout the planning process. Read why serving clients well now includes planning for what will happen when you’re no longer around.

    Jul. 24, 2017

    Effective estate planning for many rural Wisconsin residents is a matter not only of the typical goal of treating all heirs fairly but also the goal of ensuring that the family’s assets can continue for agricultural purposes by future generations within the family. The author lays out the types of farm-specific information a lawyer should gather from the client and offers a farm-client case study.

    Jun. 01, 2017

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    Jun. 01, 2017

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    Jun. 01, 2017

    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.

    Jun. 01, 2017

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    Jun. 01, 2017

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    Jun. 01, 2017

    Wisconsin Lawyer provides a forum for members to express ideas, concerns, and opinions on law-related subjects.

    Jun. 01, 2017

    Not all law practices are glamorous, but Deanne Koll says all hold the potential to be satisfying and meet clients’ and lawyers’ needs.

    Jun. 01, 2017

    Dean Dietrich says cognitive issues do not always result in professional misconduct, but colleagues of a forgetful lawyer have a duty to explore the matter.

    Jun. 01, 2017

    Protect yourself from unwelcome contacts while not losing the benefits of online marketing and communication. Tison Rhine tells you how.

    Jun. 01, 2017

    Paula Davis-Laack has tips to develop resilience for life’s every day hassles.

    Jun. 01, 2017

    Larry Bodine provides tips to help you get quality contacts in person and online.

    Jun. 01, 2017

    Tom Watson says use great care with collections cases, or you’ll risk collecting a malpractice claim from a debtor whose rights you’ve violated.

    Jun. 01, 2017

    James Santelle shares his experiences working with U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno.

    Jun. 01, 2017

    After 30 years in various State Bar roles, 17 as executive director, George Brown reflects on his career, the challenges and accomplishments, and the role the State Bar must play as new generations of lawyers enter the profession.

    Jun. 01, 2017

    George Brown bids adieu to the State Bar of Wisconsin but not to its achievements and core values.

    Jun. 01, 2017

    Fran Deisinger thanks members for the privilege of leading the organization through challenging times.

    Jun. 01, 2017

    The author discusses evidence-based pretrial release systems, including the one adopted in Milwaukee County, that rather than set bail based on the seriousness of the charge, focuses on the specific risk a defendant presents to not return to court.

    Jun. 01, 2017

    In many U.S. jurisdictions, only one factor determines whether a charged individual stays in jail before trial. That factor is not guilt or innocence, the nature of the crime, nor the defendant’s character. The factor is how much money the defendant has or can borrow. This article looks at trends in money bail systems nationwide, with a focus on Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

    Jun. 01, 2017

    Violence and aggression against the legal profession can take many different forms, including physical attacks, assaults, threats, vandalism, and sabotage. Based on survey results, the author provides a glimpse into work-related threats and violence against legal professionals and provides practical tips to actively prevent and thwart potentially violent situations.

    May 01, 2017

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    May 01, 2017

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    May 01, 2017

    These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    May 01, 2017

    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.

    May 01, 2017

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    May 01, 2017

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    May 01, 2017

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    May 01, 2017

    Kristy Yang, a lawyer who came to America as a child refugee, was elected to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court in April, becoming only the second Hmong-American judge in the nation.

    May 01, 2017

    Tison Rhine says differences between the two mobile operating systems are fewer than their similarities, but if the distinctions matter to you, read about them here.

    May 01, 2017

    Stephanie Ziebell says staying afloat in life’s roiling waters sometimes requires setting aside unnecessary cargo instead of merely shifting the load.

    May 01, 2017

    Engagement letters are vital to good representation, says Tom Watson, because clients well informed from the start are more likely to be satisfied at the end.

    May 01, 2017

    Dean Dietrich warns lawyers might be responsible for endorsements on their LinkedIn pages, even ones they haven’t approved or from people they don’t know.

    May 01, 2017

    The recipient of the first Young Lawyers Division Outstanding Mentor Award urges others to also help develop new lawyers.

    May 01, 2017

    Stephanie Melnick has tips to help you compose, transmit, and preserve email.

    May 01, 2017

    More important even than protecting client confidentiality is protecting human beings, including those who work in and visit law offices and courthouses, says George Brown.

    May 01, 2017

    Fran Deisinger says insufficient pay imperils continued good functioning of the state’s criminal justice system.

    May 01, 2017

    Don’t avoid representing clients with claims against brokers or firms because of negative stories about compulsory alternative-dispute resolution. The securities industry’s arbitration process under the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) levels the playing field between large brokerage firms and individual investors.

    May 01, 2017

    On the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in In re Gault, which granted certain rights to juveniles accused of committing crimes, the author reviews today’s juvenile courts, considers how juvenile courts protect minors’ due process rights, and outlines defense lawyers’ obligations to juvenile clients.

    May 01, 2017

    Advances in assistive reproductive technology are giving new options for parentage to individuals who are in same-sex marriages, are dealing with infertility, or both. But Wisconsin law is not keeping pace. To resolve disputes when a surrogacy agreement falls apart and grant parent status, the author proposes that Wisconsin courts use an “intended-parent” test.

    Apr. 01, 2017

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    Apr. 01, 2017

    These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    Apr. 01, 2017

    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.

    Apr. 01, 2017

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    Apr. 01, 2017

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    Apr. 01, 2017

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    Apr. 01, 2017

    Public defenders are often criticized and rarely thanked, says Nick Chiarkas, but the work they do to represent accused individuals helps everyone by protecting constitutional rights.

    Apr. 01, 2017

    Dean Dietrich says a lawyer may reveal a client’s name to determine if a conflict of interest exists, but the parameters for disclosure are narrow.

    Apr. 01, 2017

    Tison Rhine presents the easiest ways to bring e-signing to your law practice.

    Apr. 01, 2017

    Paula Davis-Laack provides six organizational-directed approaches law firm leaders should focus on to reduce burnout and build well-being.

    Apr. 01, 2017

    Larry Bodine says web marketing experts see no real benefit for law firms in getting a .law domain.

    Apr. 01, 2017

    Christopher Krimmer says a pet custody statute would provide courts and parties to a divorce with a clear legal standard – such as Alaska’s “well being of the pet” standard – of how to best recognize the special relationship that pets play in our families.

    Apr. 01, 2017

    George Brown says technological and social developments might take today’s lawyers on previously unanticipated professional paths.

    Apr. 01, 2017

    Lawyers working for legal services organizations are doing the hard work needed to achieve equal justice. But now, Fran Deisinger says, they face the prospect of lost federal funding.

    Apr. 01, 2017

    Tomorrow’s law firm “engine room” is not comprised of collected lawyers, but of collected legal expertise, applied to client needs through the innovative use of systems, processes, technology, and expert professionals.

    Apr. 01, 2017

    SCR 20:4.4 governs lawyers’ behaviors and obligations when they receive a document or electronically stored information that was inadvertently sent. Read about the types of behavior the rule proscribes, examples of cases in which lawyers have been sanctioned, and a new provision that directs lawyers how to respond if they receive privileged information or work product.

    Apr. 01, 2017

    Thousands of disputes are resolved in administrative hearings, and relaxed rules generally apply to them. But some of the rules are not so much relaxed as merely different, and they might trip up parties and lawyers who appear at hearings with an anything-goes mindset. One potentially confusing procedure concerns the admissibility of hearsay evidence in unemployment insurance hearings.

    Apr. 01, 2017

    Several states have legalized the recreational or medical use of marijuana and their treasuries are seeing the benefits. Wisconsin is not one of them, yet. Federal law still criminalizes use of marijuana. Lawyers representing marijuana-related businesses must navigate conflicting state and federal laws to help their clients operate legally and reach full commercial potential.

    Mar. 01, 2017

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    Mar. 01, 2017

    SCR 10.12 allows the State Bar to provide these notices to members through print or electronic media, including the Wisconsin Lawyer magazine, WisBar InsideTrack, or WisBar.org.

    Mar. 01, 2017

    These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    Mar. 01, 2017

    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.

    Mar. 01, 2017

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    Mar. 01, 2017

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    Mar. 01, 2017

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    Mar. 01, 2017

    To resolve the issue of mass incarceration, Judge Joe Donald says we have to become aware of our own implicit biases and confront their influence on arrest, bail, and sentencing decisions.

    Mar. 01, 2017

    Tom Watson says anything you don’t write down can be used against you if an unhappy client challenges the results of litigation, a transaction, or some other aspect of a representation.

    Mar. 01, 2017

    Sending a client a blind copy of correspondence sent to the other party’s lawyer does not violate the ethics rules, but Dean Dietrich says there’s a better way to do it.

    Mar. 01, 2017

    Karl Robe says persuading mission-critical audiences of the merits of a client’s case can be nearly as important as convincing a judge or jury. Aviva Kaiser warns don’t run afoul of ethics rules.

    Mar. 01, 2017

    Lara Czajkowski Higgins talks to three circuit court judges about handling pro se litigants in the courtroom and relays their advice to lawyers when facing pro se opposition.

    Mar. 01, 2017

    Frustrated that his generic keyboard didn’t support his “legal” writing needs, Brian Potts invented the LegalBoard just for lawyers.

    Mar. 01, 2017

    George Brown says “alternative” billing arrangements aren’t so unconventional. They’ve been around in various forms for many years.

    Mar. 01, 2017

    Reducing the disparities in Wisconsin’s incarceration rates will be difficult, says Fran Deisinger, but early signs indicate that we are eager and ready to work on this justice-system issue.

    Mar. 01, 2017

    While Wisconsin’s adoption of the Daubert standard for admission of expert testimony has not led to a sea change in the law, lawyers should prepare to make a detailed record in the trial court showing why the expert opinions they hope to offer into evidence are reliable and comply with Daubert.

    Mar. 01, 2017

    Wisconsin has made progress in providing legal services for the state’s low-income residents, but the need still outpaces the available resources. Here is a look at some of the great things happening, the individuals and groups that work to increase access to legal assistance for low-income residents, and remaining significant access to justice gaps.

    Mar. 01, 2017

    Lawyers choose to practice in the public interest for many reasons. They’re passionate about providing access to justice for unrepresented or underrepresented people or groups. They like the variety of legal work. Their work is meaningful and gives them personal satisfaction. They get to work in the “trenches” and effect change. Here 10 lawyers talk about why they pursue a public interest career.

    Feb. 01, 2017

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Feb. 01, 2017

    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.

    Feb. 01, 2017

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Feb. 01, 2017

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    Feb. 01, 2017

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    Feb. 01, 2017

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    Feb. 01, 2017

    Tim Vocke urges lawyers to do fun stuff now; don’t wait until “retirement” (whatever that is).

    Feb. 01, 2017

    This State Bar Professional Ethics Committee opinion discusses lawyers’ ethical obligation to surrender the file to the former client or successor counsel.

    Feb. 01, 2017

    Paula Davis-Laack says some qualities that lawyers credit with their achievement in school and on the job might actually be hindering their ability to move higher in the law.

    Feb. 01, 2017

    Tom Watson says the top four practice areas producing the most claims were estate, probate, and trust; bankruptcy and collections; real estate; and family law.

    Feb. 01, 2017

    Dean Dietrich demystifies the duties lawyers owe when providing copies of a client’s file to a current client.

    Feb. 01, 2017

    You have to e-file anyway, says Jennifer Collins, but there are plenty of reasons to embrace doing so.

    Feb. 01, 2017

    What happens if your law license is administratively suspended? A lot, says George Brown, none of it good.

    Feb. 01, 2017

    Our state has some of the worst incarceration rates for racial and ethnic minorities in the nation. Fran Deisinger announces a new justice initiative to examine and find ways to address this equal justice issue.

    Feb. 01, 2017

    A number of Wisconsin lawyers have received letters from virtual marketplaces inviting them to participate in their legal services. Contracting for legal work through a virtual marketplace doesn’t require merely making sure your office is fully equipped and your insurance is up to date. State Bar ethics counsel Aviva Kaiser explores the difficult issues that persist concerning a lawyer’s ability to comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct.

    Feb. 01, 2017

    Borrowing a page from Robert Denney’s global look at trends in the legal profession, Wisconsin and regional attorneys and practice management experts weigh in on practice and marketing trends in the Dairy State.

    Feb. 01, 2017

    This annual report looks at what’s going on in the legal profession in the United States and in other parts of the world. The legal profession will survive, says the author, if the profession recognizes the change that is occurring and turns it to an advantage.

    Jan. 01, 2017

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    Jan. 01, 2017

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    Jan. 01, 2017

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    Jan. 01, 2017

    Notice of Wisconsin Supreme Court Orders.

    Jan. 01, 2017

    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.

    Jan. 01, 2017

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    Jan. 01, 2017

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    Jan. 01, 2017

    David Zubke is hoping for another holiday-season-ending match or a Christmas Eve Lambeau win over the Vikings.

    Jan. 01, 2017

    Marcia Vandercook provides an update on the implementation of mandatory e-filing for civil, small claims, family, and paternity cases.

    Jan. 01, 2017

    Tison Rhine describes the most well-known smartphone models and some lesser-known rivals competing for consumers’ attention.

    Jan. 01, 2017

    Joe Kelly says by demonstrating their firms’ savvy, security, responsiveness, and proven compliance with outside counsel guidelines, lawyers can increase their chances at winning corporate business. Here’s how.

    Jan. 01, 2017

    Dean Dietrich says lawyers should think about the Rules of Professional Conduct and their requirements when posting things to their LinkedIn pages to avoid running afoul of the lawyer-advertising requirements.

    Jan. 01, 2017

    George Brown says as a result of recent law school enrollment and practice trends, the State Bar’s net membership in FY18 will decline for the first time in almost 60 years.

    Jan. 01, 2017

    Whether you like the new season or not, Fran Deisinger advises leaning into the wind to defend the rule of law.

    Jan. 01, 2017

    Soldier, politician, lawyer, and cabinet member Alexander Hamilton was also a writer, and today’s lawyers can learn much from his approach to wordsmithing. The author riffs on the Broadway musical biography “Hamilton” to illustrate Hamilton’s legal writing prowess.

    Jan. 01, 2017

    Lawyers have an ethical obligation to understand core principles surrounding the preservation and production of electronically stored information, including steps that can be taken to preserve confidential and privileged data. The author outlines some of the most relevant rules of professional conduct and ethics opinions for litigators dealing with 21st-century technology.

    Jan. 01, 2017

    Wisconsin has attempted to balance public and private interests in the thousands of miles of land abutting lakes and other waterways through the legislative mandate of shoreland zoning. Understanding shoreland zoning today requires reading statutory changes from the three most recent legislative sessions in context with existing DNR rules and local zoning ordinances. Here is a summary of many of the current standards and rules.

    Dec. 01, 2016

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know!

    Dec. 01, 2016

    Visit the Official Notices page on WisBar.org for a quick reference in locating recent official notices of Wisconsin Supreme Court orders setting public hearings and adopting, amending, or repealing rules, statutes, or policies related to Supreme Court Rules and State Bar of Wisconsin rules and bylaws.

    Dec. 01, 2016

    These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    Dec. 01, 2016

    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.

    Dec. 01, 2016

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    Dec. 01, 2016

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    Dec. 01, 2016

    Wisconsin Lawyer provides a forum for members to express ideas, concerns, and opinions on law-related subjects.

    Dec. 01, 2016

    Michael Zaleski says don’t believe everything you read about lawyers and the legal system: they play a vital role in protecting rights and maintaining order and civility.

    Dec. 01, 2016

    Larry Bodine says the better you can tune into the needs of today’s generation, the more your law firm will prosper.

    Dec. 01, 2016

    Tom Watson says family law has become a more hazardous practice area. Learn about the dangers to increase the likelihood of having satisfied clients who understand their cases and willingly pay your fees.

    Dec. 01, 2016

    Paula Davis-Laack offers tips for identifying change, lessening its negative effects, and trying new approaches.

    Dec. 01, 2016

    George Brown asks if the powers that be are simply unaware of the harm they are causing by underfunding our court system and the consequences that are likely to occur because of it.

    Dec. 01, 2016

    The first Greater Wisconsin Initiative bus tour is over, Fran Deisinger says, but the State Bar’s efforts to bring together lawyers in need of work and clients in need of legal assistance will continue.

    Dec. 01, 2016

    To make the most of business development opportunities and drive long-term growth in a changing legal marketplace, law firms need to differentiate themselves and re-envision how their business is constructed – from the services they offer to the clients they serve.

    Dec. 01, 2016

    This article looks at nine significant Wisconsin federal court decisions interpreting Wisconsin law in 2015-2016, encompassing common-law claims and statutory interpretations.

    Dec. 01, 2016

    The article highlights nine significant Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions from the 2015-2016 term, during which the court issued more than 40 decisions covering a wide range of subjects.

    Dec. 01, 2016

    At this time of year, many lawyers think about buying gifts for others … and themselves. This guide to the coolest gifts lists high- and low-tech things you need – or ones you just really, really want.

    Nov. 01, 2016

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    Nov. 01, 2016

    Nov. 01, 2016

    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.

    Nov. 01, 2016

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    Nov. 01, 2016

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    Nov. 01, 2016

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    Nov. 01, 2016

    As current political and judicial developments illustrate, says Jeff Mandell, lawyers need an innovative mindset for the business and substance of law.

    Nov. 01, 2016

    Technology innovations may help lawyers reduce administrative errors, but Tom Watson says if lawyers’ record-keeping is sloppy, a malpractice claim might be near.

    Nov. 01, 2016

    Roy Ginsburg says succession planning works best when retiring senior lawyers receive the proper monetary incentives to transition their clients to other lawyers in the firm.

    Nov. 01, 2016

    Larry Bodine says LinkedIn is most useful to lawyers when used to connect with other local professionals who might refer new business.

    Nov. 01, 2016

    Poor behavior in the courtroom, including making disrespectful or sarcastic comments, might subject a lawyer to discipline by the presiding judge, says Dean Dietrich.

    Nov. 01, 2016

    Michael May looks at two supreme court rulings that rejected Milwaukee’s exercise of its authority under the constitutional home rule amendment for municipalities.

    Nov. 01, 2016

    Reading on a computer screen differs from paper reading. Laura Lavey and Chad Baruch present ideas for creating more effective motions and briefs in the e-filing environment.

    Nov. 01, 2016

    George Brown says that as former State Bar President Gary Bakke urged, Wisconsin legal innovators are developing solutions to challenges facing the profession.

    Nov. 01, 2016

    Fran Deisinger says change might be daunting, but as this year’s legal innovators demonstrate, it’s also rewarding to lawyers and clients alike.

    Nov. 01, 2016

    Individuals who contemplate misappropriating or stealing intellectual property, take heed: the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 significantly increases the potential costs and penalties of stealing trade secrets. Read how Wisconsin lawyers can use the Act to protect clients who own or use trade secrets.

    Nov. 01, 2016

    Lawyers who fail to recognize legal malpractice might, even with the best of intentions, end up committing it. Learn more here about identifying and adhering to the applicable standard of care for your legal work.

    Nov. 01, 2016

    Who are Wisconsin’s innovators? Meet these movers and shakers – and learn what drove them to put new ideas to work to solve problems and improve the delivery of legal services..

    Oct. 01, 2016

    Bill Brousseau provides this adaptable framework as a simple-to-follow approach to security practices for law firms.

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    We all understand the need to secure data, but Kevin Palmersheim laments a poor memory when it comes to passwords.

    Oct. 01, 2016

    Paula Davis-Laack says don’t wait until your batteries die to try some of these healthy ways to restore your mental and physical energy.

    Oct. 01, 2016

    Tom Watson says planning what you’ll do if cyber criminals attack your firm will also reduce the likelihood of being hacked in the first place.

    Oct. 01, 2016

    Email communication is convenient, Dean Dietrich says, but it carries ethical risks for lawyers who send messages too casually.

    Oct. 01, 2016

    Jen Rathburn’s practice in health care law now focuses on data management, data breach and privacy, and security issues to help business clients.

    Oct. 01, 2016

    Jeff Krause discusses why encryption matters to lawyers and provides info on email encryption tools that are readily available, affordable, and easy to use.

    Oct. 01, 2016

    George Brown invites you to use State Bar resources to protect your client and law firm information.

    Oct. 01, 2016

    Fran Deisinger urges lawyers to remind citizens of the critical difference between electing partisan politicians and selecting impartial judges.

    Oct. 01, 2016

    Editorial board member Douglas Frazer says this special focus issue gives you the information and tools to prevent, detect, and respond to a data breach.

    Oct. 01, 2016

    Here’s a checklist of reasonable ways lawyers can increase their cybersecurity and reduce their vulnerability to both external and internal threats.

    Oct. 01, 2016

    Several Rules of Professional Responsibility are implicated by a lawyer’s use of technology. The authors summarize the rules and discuss lawyers’ requirement to provide “reasonable” efforts to protect client information from unauthorized or inadvertent disclosure.

    Oct. 01, 2016

    Cyberattacks are inevitable. Setting up effective preventive measures need not be either prohibitively expensive or time consuming, even for lawyers practicing on their own or in small firms, if you know the basics concerning ethical responsibilities and the most common types of attacks.

    Sep. 01, 2016

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Sep. 01, 2016

    Visit the Official Notices page for a quick reference for locating recent official notices of Wisconsin Supreme Court orders adopting, amending, or repealing rules, statutes, or policies related to Supreme Court rules and State Bar of Wisconsin rules and bylaws.

    Sep. 01, 2016

    These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    Sep. 01, 2016

    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.

    Sep. 01, 2016

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    Sep. 01, 2016

    Paying more attention to the road ahead and less to the rearview mirror, says Michelle Behnke, will aid lawyers in navigating change in the profession and in society.

    Sep. 01, 2016

    Larry Bodine urges finding the sweet spot in legal marketing by writing timely, substantive content that satisfies search engines and human readers at the same time.

    Sep. 01, 2016

    Tom Watson says the best advice for many lawyers contemplating adding new clients or cases is to think globally but practice locally.

    Sep. 01, 2016

    If you don’t own Microsoft Word but need to comply with the Wisconsin court system’s new e-filing requirements, Tison Rhine lists free software options to consider.

    Sep. 01, 2016

    Lawyers must carefully examine each situation to determine which conflicts of interest cannot be waived by current clients, says Dean Dietrich.

    Sep. 01, 2016

    State Bar of Wisconsin legal writer Joe Forward draws parallels between football and the legal profession with U.W. Athletic Director Barry Alvarez.

    Sep. 01, 2016

    A law office in a Wal-Mart sounds like a sensible client-focused business practice, says George Brown.

    Sep. 01, 2016

    Fran Deisinger says members active in the State Bar are the “secret sauce” that fuels all the organization’s moving parts.

    Sep. 01, 2016

    Ensure the validity of real estate conveyances when you and clients electronically dot your i’s and cross your t’s. This article highlights major sources of law concerning e-transactions, Wisconsin Realtors Association forms, and federal laws. It also identifies inconsistencies and potential hazards that could cause a transaction to be found invalid.

    Sep. 01, 2016

    Often, old age is accompanied by declines in cognition that can negatively affect an older person’s ability to engage in estate planning. But even when they don’t, beneficiaries might use a testator’s age and normal age-related behavior as reasons to challenge a will or other testamentary document. The growing number of older people with cognitive challenges will bring with it an increase in estate litigation.

    Sep. 01, 2016

    As privately operated drones are increasingly hovering over our country’s cities and farms, governments are responding by passing laws to regulate their operation in the interests of public safety and privacy. This article addresses the patchwork of laws that have arisen at various levels to govern the private use of drones.

    Jul. 28, 2016

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Jul. 28, 2016

    These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The OLR assists the court in supervising the practice of law and protecting the public from misconduct by lawyers.

    Jul. 28, 2016

    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.

    Jul. 28, 2016

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Jul. 28, 2016

    Want to Review a Book? Please request a book and writing guidelines from the Wisconsin Lawyer managing editor.

    Jul. 28, 2016

    Got a nugget to share? Send us your ideas for interesting facts, trends, tips, or other bits and bytes.

    Jul. 28, 2016

    Wisconsin Lawyer provides a forum for members to express ideas, concerns, and opinions on law-related subjects. Send us your comments.

    Jul. 28, 2016

    Bartlett Durand says simple professionalism isn’t difficult, but it can reap rewards for your own practice and our society.

    Jul. 28, 2016

    Tom Watson warns, lawyers unfamiliar with recent bankruptcy law developments risk committing errors that could harm their clients and endanger their own disciplinary records.

    Jul. 28, 2016

    Paula Davis-Laack says these tips will help you become a better lawyer and leader.

    Jul. 28, 2016

    Tison Rhine gives you the steps to remove potentially embarrassing, or worse, metadata from your Word files.

    Jul. 28, 2016

    In certain circumstances, says Dean Dietrich, a firm can represent an entity despite a firm member’s personal conflict of interest with the client.

    Jul. 28, 2016

    Megan Stelljes shows lawyers other ways to use the supplemental examination so as to help creditor clients maximize their ability to collect from debtors, now that the supreme court has done away with the creditor’s lien.

    Jul. 28, 2016

    George Brown invites new lawyers to hop on the Greater Wisconsin Initiative Bus Tour, Oct. 7-8, to experience the opportunities of practicing in rural areas.

    Jul. 28, 2016

    During his year as State Bar president, Deisinger hopes to bring together members with diverse views and harness their collective action, to improve the profession and the legal system.

    Jul. 28, 2016

    After 18 years on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Justice David Prosser is retiring on July 31, 2016. Here, he talks about his career, opinion writing, judicial independence, recusal, and collegiality.

    Jul. 28, 2016

    The primary goal of mediation is to reach a settlement; nearly as important is conveying information during mediation in such a way that Wisconsin’s mediation privilege protects the communications. This article discusses the privilege and its three general exceptions.

    Jul. 28, 2016

    Most federal and state lawmakers agree that U.S. schools need to better serve all students, especially ones from disadvantaged backgrounds, but controversy continues over how to meet that goal. Learn what the federal Department of Education and Wisconsin’s elected officials are doing to reform K-12 public schools.

    Jul. 28, 2016

    Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys bring the rules governing lawyers’ handling of trust property more in line with modern banking practices. The new rule took effect on July 1, 2016.

    Jun. 01, 2016

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    Jun. 01, 2016

    Become a contributor! Are you working on an interesting case? Have a practice tip to share? There are several ways to contribute to Wisconsin Lawyer.

    Jun. 01, 2016

    Send us your thoughts! Wisconsin Lawyer provides a forum for members to express ideas, concerns, and opinions on law-related subjects.

    Jun. 01, 2016

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Jun. 01, 2016

    Recent official notices of Wisconsin Supreme Court orders adopting, amending, or repealing rules, statutes, or policies related to Supreme Court rules and State Bar of Wisconsin rules and bylaws.

    Jun. 01, 2016

    These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The OLR assists the court in supervising the practice of law and protecting the public from misconduct by lawyers.

    Jun. 01, 2016

    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.

    Jun. 01, 2016

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Jun. 01, 2016

    As a woman lawyer, Deanne Koll lists a few stereotypes that make her skin crawl.

    Jun. 01, 2016

    Dean Dietrich says lawyers should develop billing practices that recognize the interruptions that occur in daily practice.

    Jun. 01, 2016

    Paula Davis-Laack says being a flexible, accurate, and thorough thinker under stress and pressure is a foundational skill set for stress resilience.

    Jun. 01, 2016

    Cyber criminals are here to stay, says Tom Watson, so lawyers and law firms must learn how to protect their firms and electronic assets from scammers and hackers.

    Jun. 01, 2016

    Tison Rhine says investing in the best document assembly program for your practice will pay off down the road in increased profits and more satisfied clients.

    Jun. 01, 2016

    After adapting to differences in how law is practiced in Puerto Rico compared to Wisconsin, bilingual litigator and diversity champion Carlos Pastrana is adjusting to professional life in the Midwest.

    Jun. 01, 2016

    David Nispel and Department of Employee Trust Funds colleagues discuss the steps to divide Wisconsin Retirement System accounts via domestic relations orders.

    Jun. 01, 2016

    George Brown urges lawyers to contribute to the legislative process, by educating legislators about the effects of statutes and by working with candidates running for office.

    Jun. 01, 2016

    Ralph Cagle encourages the State Bar and its members to continue as beacons for each other and the legal profession.

    Jun. 01, 2016

    Mandatory e-filing in Wisconsin circuit courts begins July 1 in some counties and in all counties by the end of 2017. This article discusses when mandatory e-filing will affect lawyers in the various legal practice areas, how much it will cost, and what lawyers must do now to prepare for e-filing.

    Jun. 01, 2016

    Businesses that use automated telephone dialing must examine their dialing systems and customer-intake processes to ensure they comport with federal regulations and to shield themselves from potentially major liability.

    Jun. 01, 2016

    The ubiquity of computers, tablets, and smartphones in workplaces can make it easy for individuals changing employment to take an employer’s electronic assets with them. The federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act provides criminal and civil remedies for these security breaches.

    May 01, 2016

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    May 01, 2016

    These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    May 01, 2016

    Notice of Wisconsin Supreme Court Orders.

    May 01, 2016

    Want to Review a Book? Please request a book and writing guidelines from Wisconsin Lawyer managing editor.

    May 01, 2016

    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.

    May 01, 2016

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    May 01, 2016

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    May 01, 2016

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    May 01, 2016

    Send your thoughts to wisbarmag@wisbar.org.

    May 01, 2016

    Michael Bowen says storylines can help us understand baffling situations, such as changes in how law is practiced, and figure out how to maintain one’s continuum between professional and personal satisfaction.

    May 01, 2016

    Tom Watson identifies some of the challenges and rewards when going solo, and lists State Bar resources for starting a solo practice.

    May 01, 2016

    Lawyers need not play an instrument or paint landscapes to benefit from adopting the habits of artists and other highly creative individuals, says Paula Davis-Laack.

    May 01, 2016

    Dean Dietrich says lawyers risk violating ethics and evidence rules when they accidentally see an opposing party’s communications with counsel.

    May 01, 2016

    The Hon. Gerald P. Ptacek and Marcia Vandercook explain the supreme court’s new rules, effective July 1, 2016, to protect sensitive information in court records.

    May 01, 2016

    It’s time again to recognize those lawyers who are responding creatively to change. George Brown invites your nomination for the 2016 Legal Innovators Awards.

    May 01, 2016

    Ralph Cagle says the State Bar is mentoring young lawyers as they step up to take leadership roles.

    May 01, 2016

    This special focus issue, says editorial board member Douglas Frazer, is a reminder of the many ways lawyers add to, complement, and support the arts – making the fabric of our communities and society so much better for it.

    May 01, 2016

    Intellectual property can be a significant element of a person’s estate, and for artists, that intellectual property likely will be copyright. For lawyers advising clients, identifying, and cataloging property consisting of copyright is particularly important – and challenging.

    May 01, 2016

    Imitation can be the trigger for a copyright-infringement lawsuit. This article discusses the copyright fair use doctrine – and several recent notable decisions in which courts applied the doctrine to artists’ and entrepreneurs’ creation of works using cutting-edge electronic techniques.

    May 01, 2016

    Lawyers who practice “arts law” represent individuals and entertainment-industry businesses but also any business that uses visual images – and other types of creative works – on its products or as part of its marketing or advertising. This article identifies the key considerations for individuals who create art and businesses that buy, commission, or use visual images.

    May 01, 2016

    Wisconsin lawyers are a creative bunch. Meet the artists – or lawyers who represent them – whether they are painters, actors, writers, filmmakers, musicians, or involved in some other creative endeavor. We hope you enjoy the mix of creativity showcased here.

    Apr. 01, 2016

    The impact of your membership can’t be quantified – but we tried! Here are just a few of the things State Bar of Wisconsin members helped accomplish in 2015, along with some of the resources offered by the State Bar to help you succeed.

    Apr. 01, 2016

    Pack your bags and come explore the many advantages of your State Bar membership. The offerings in this guide are just a few of the hundreds of helpful resources available.

    Apr. 01, 2016

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Apr. 01, 2016

    Want to review a book? Please request a book and writing guidelines from the Wisconsin Lawyer managing editor.

    Apr. 01, 2016

    These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The OLR assists the court in supervising the practice of law and protecting the public from misconduct by lawyers.

    Apr. 01, 2016

    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.

    Apr. 01, 2016

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Apr. 01, 2016

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    Apr. 01, 2016

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    Apr. 01, 2016

    Joe Forward says learning to overcome fear when facing new situations or circumstances is one of the best life skills you’ll ever develop.

    Apr. 01, 2016

    Jay Miller explains for purposes of tax returns, not all dependents are children nor are all children dependents. The devil – and pitfalls – is in the definitions.

    Apr. 01, 2016

    Tison Rhine says Microsoft’s mobile version of Outlook is probably the best email app for most lawyers, and it’s free.

    Apr. 01, 2016

    Dean Dietrich provides advice on which client text messages to save and how to save them.

    Apr. 01, 2016

    Roadways might be ready for self-propelled cars, but Larry Bodine says effective legal marketing still requires a human operator at the wheel.

    Apr. 01, 2016

    Andrew Oettinger and Christopher Flowers provide tips to help clients through the process of buying and selling zombie properties.

    Apr. 01, 2016

    George Brown highlights some of the features that come with your membership.

    Apr. 01, 2016

    Join Ralph Cagle and Packer greats Le Roy Butler and Gilbert Brown at the State Bar Annual Meeting & Conference in Green Bay.

    Apr. 01, 2016

    When changes are necessary to better serve their clients, improve access to justice, or simply make their work easier, lawyers can be pretty progressive. These 100 technological, intellectual, and practical innovations have fundamentally changed the way law is practiced.

    Apr. 01, 2016

    First Amendment free-speech protections accompany teachers into the classroom, but both in and outside school, teachers’ publicly expressed views often draw sharp scrutiny and sometimes official response.

    Apr. 01, 2016

    Nursing-home residents and their families may, by signing on the dotted line, lose their ability to take care and treatment disputes to court. The authors discuss characteristics of the typical nursing-home admission process and the enforceability of arbitration provisions in nursing-home admission agreements.

    Apr. 01, 2016

    The Wisconsin Statutes now prohibit local governments from imposing or enforcing time-of-sale requirements on the sale of real estate and other local ordinances affecting real estate transactions. Because the old requirements remain on the books, and appear on the mandated offer to purchase form, lawyers must ensure buyers and sellers are on the same page.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    Jeffrey Glazer outlines the regulatory framework for beer in Wisconsin; the rules brewers and brewery owners must navigate to get their products from the drawing board to shelves and taps.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The OLR assists the court in supervising the practice of law and protecting the public from misconduct by lawyers.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    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.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Mar. 01, 2016

    Want to Review a Book? Please request a book and writing guidelines from Wisconsin Lawyer managing editor.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    Got a nugget to share? Send your ideas for interesting facts, trends, tips, or other bits and bytes.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    Become a contributor! Are you working on an interesting case? Have a practice tip to share? There are several ways to contribute to Wisconsin Lawyer.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    Wisconsin Lawyer provides a forum for members to express ideas, concerns, and opinions on law-related subjects.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    Chad Oldfather says learning to “think like a lawyer” involves developing intuition and feel, much like learning to ride a horse.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    Paula Davis-Laack says the first step to combatting the negative effects of perfectionism is to learn to recognize its characteristics.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    Whether client files are in boxes in the basement or in electronic folders in the cloud, Tom Watson says lawyers must know how to preserve them safely and when to dispose of or delete them.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    Joe Kelly says the trade-off for free or low-cost cloud service might be minimal security and loss of control over location and even ownership of data.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    Unless a lawyer’s blog deals with nonlaw-related topics, Dean Dietrich says the ethics rules’ advertising requirements apply to the blog.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    Kristin Hardy thrives in the nontraditional legal space that is insider threat, an area that is a major concern for corporations and law firms alike.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    Natalie Betz helps lawyers understand the basic science behind modern biotechnology to better serve their biotechnology clients.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    With diverse topics and social activities, George Brown says the 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference has something of interest and fun for every member.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    Ralph Cagle lays out four things working together we can do to help our struggling colleagues.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    One practice area lawyers cannot afford to ignore is bankruptcy. Because of bankruptcy courts’ broad jurisdiction, a wide variety of cases can be implicated, including evictions, foreclosures, the validity of and right to payment from trusts, consumer protection laws, defamation, and domestic support arrears.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    For players in the ever-expanding food and beverage market, health-related labels, the rise of craft breweries, and new food-safety laws require the assistance of savvy counsel. This article looks at food and beverage laws, giving a glimpse into the challenges and opportunities that face this dynamic industry.

    Mar. 01, 2016

    Our state hosts more than 120 breweries. In this highly regulated industry, lawyers ensure that the brewery’s owners can legally mill, mash, boil, ferment, cap, chill, label, and sell the beer. This article looks at the web of laws regulating breweries and and untangles major legal issues confronting startup breweries in Wisconsin.

    Feb. 01, 2016

    These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The OLR assists the court in supervising the practice of law and protecting the public from misconduct by lawyers.

    Feb. 01, 2016

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Feb. 01, 2016

    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.

    Feb. 01, 2016

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Feb. 01, 2016

    Got a nugget to share? Send your ideas for interesting facts, trends, tips, or other bits and bytes to wislawmag@wisbar.org.

    Feb. 01, 2016

    It’s time to attack the old problem of unhappy lawyers, says Gary Bakke, starting with promoting continuing legal education about practice and personal management.

    Feb. 01, 2016

    Become a contributor! Are you working on an interesting case? Have a practice tip to share? There are several ways to contribute to Wisconsin Lawyer.

    Feb. 01, 2016

    Send your thoughts to wisbarmag@wisbar.org

    Feb. 01, 2016

    Tom Watson urges lawyers to put strategies in place to better serve clients, reduce the risk of making mistakes, and improve your peace of mind.

    Feb. 01, 2016

    Tison Rhine’s checklist will help you plan for the day you no longer practice law.

    Feb. 01, 2016

    Paula Davis-Laack says the answers to these questions will help promote goal-setting and resilience.

    Feb. 01, 2016

    Use Larry Bodine’s tips to locate fresh content that will attract people to your website and turn prospects into actual clients.

    Feb. 01, 2016

    George Brown says change is inevitable. When you recognize the change that’s occurring, it’s what you do with it that counts.

    Feb. 01, 2016

    Ralph Cagle says Abraham Lincoln’s legal and political accomplishments are reminders that lawyers’ inner qualities are significant contributors to their success.

    Feb. 01, 2016

    Aaron Loudenslager says questions asked of bar applicants’ mental health history are likely overbroad and might not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    Feb. 01, 2016

    Borrowing a page from Robert Denney’s global look at trends in the legal professions, Wisconsin and regional attorneys and practice management experts weigh in on practice and marketing trends in the Dairy State.

    Feb. 01, 2016

    This annual report looks at what’s going on in the legal profession in the United States and in other parts of the world. The legal profession will survive, says the author, if the profession recognizes the change that is occurring and turns it to an advantage.

    Feb. 03, 2016

    This landmark study of 13,000 lawyers nationwide confirms lawyers experience significant substance use and mental health issues, more so than the general population. Who is most at risk? Younger lawyers with fewer years of practice experience. This finding turns an old understanding on its head.

    Jan. 01, 2016

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Jan. 01, 2016

    These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    Jan. 01, 2016

    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.

    Jan. 01, 2016

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Jan. 01, 2016

    Jan. 01, 2016

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    Jan. 01, 2016

    Jan. 01, 2016

    Taking a civil dispute to trial rarely happens anymore. William T. Curran asks how today’s lawyers, some of whom will be judges in the future, will gain courtroom experience.

    Jan. 01, 2016

    Tison Rhine compares the features of the most well-known smartphone models and some lesser-known rivals competing for your attention.

    Jan. 01, 2016

    Dean Dietrich says lawyers who advertise must provide an address for their law practice, but the office need not be at a commercial site.

    Jan. 01, 2016

    Sam Wayne says claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act are not fact-intensive, can be prosecuted very efficiently, and can make good additions to your practice.

    Jan. 01, 2016

    George Brown asks lawyers to discuss with colleagues and elected representatives the results of a recent study on the effects of court underfunding.

    Jan. 01, 2016

    After 25 fulfilling years, Ralph Cagle recently taught his last class at the U.W. Law School.

    Jan. 01, 2016

    Wisconsin’s treatment courts struggle with a new epidemic, the explosive growth in the number of heroin addicts and overdoses. Despite the challenges, treatment courts are better equipped to assist heroin-addict offenders than are standard criminal courts.

    Jan. 01, 2016

    Complex jurisdictional issues arise when a tribal and local government exercise various levels of regulatory jurisdiction within an Indian reservation. Because this area of law is unsettled, it can be difficult for governments to agree on their respective jurisdictional limitations.

    Jan. 01, 2016

    Angry litigants are not a new phenomenon in the legal system. But decreasing court funding – and the increasing incidents of violence erupting across the country – pose serious challenges to the system’s ability to keep safe those who work in and use courthouses.

    Dec. 01, 2015

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Dec. 01, 2015

    These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The OLR assists the court in supervising the practice of law and protecting the public from misconduct by lawyers.

    Dec. 01, 2015

    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.

    Dec. 01, 2015

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    Dec. 01, 2015

    Become a contributor! Are you working on an interesting case? Have a practice tip to share? There are several ways to contribute to Wisconsin Lawyer.

    Dec. 01, 2015

    Brandon Evans says the willingness to question authorities makes lawyers a dynamic and powerful profession and force.

    Dec. 01, 2015

    To find the true meaning of work, Paula Davis-Laack suggests looking within yourself. Try these five strategies to make your work more meaningful.

    Dec. 01, 2015

    Paul Wokwicz says experienced lawyers know how to invoke statutory provisions to protect the estate process and the personal representative when selling real property from an estate.

    Dec. 01, 2015

    The ease and efficiency of social media communications make them good business tools but also potential hazards when used inappropriately by employees and employers. To help employers reduce risks associated with social media use, the author provides a sample bring-your-own-device policy.

    Dec. 01, 2015

    Whether advising government officials or members of the public, Peter Block says lawyers should know which governmental meetings must be open and the rules for publicizing and conducting open meetings.

    Dec. 01, 2015

    George Brown urges lawyers to use the challenges and changes they face to improve their practices and help clients.

    Dec. 01, 2015

    Ralph Cagle says the State Bar is preparing the next generation’s lawyers to lead the way.

    Dec. 01, 2015

    The article looks at eight significant Wisconsin federal court decisions interpreting Wisconsin law in 2014-2015, encompassing common-law claims and statutory interpretations.

    Dec. 01, 2015

    The article highlights nine significant Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions from the 2014-2015 term, during which the court issued 53 decisions covering a wide range of subjects.

    Dec. 01, 2015

    At this time of year, many lawyers think about buying gifts for others … and themselves. Tech gadgets make great gifts, and those listed in this guide are some of the very best available this holiday season that you need – or some that you just really, really want.

    Nov. 01, 2015

    If you don’t offer a paid sick-leave policy, people will come into work sick and make other people sick. It’s that simple, says Tison Rhine.

    Nov. 01, 2015

    "Understanding Police Use of Deadly Force," by U.W. Law School's Black Law Students Association and Latino Law Students Association, produced by WHA Public Television, winner of a State Bar of Wisconsin 2015 Legal Innovator Award.

    Nov. 01, 2015

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Nov. 01, 2015

    Want to review a book? Please request a book and writing guidelines from Wisconsin Lawyer managing editor.

    Nov. 01, 2015

    These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The OLR assists the court in supervising the practice of law and protecting the public from misconduct by lawyers.

    Nov. 01, 2015

    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.

    Nov. 01, 2015

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    We Want to Hear from You! Submit a Letter to the Editor.

    Nov. 01, 2015

    If you only spend time on the things you do well, you can’t get any better. Deanne Koll says doing the things you dislike doing will eventually make you a better lawyer and your firm more functional.

    Nov. 01, 2015

    Larry Bodine says lawyers who take five crucial steps online to meet potential clients will break through the marketing clutter.

    Nov. 01, 2015

    A 2015 ABA survey revealed only 11 percent of responding lawyers said their firms had cyber liability insurance, Tom Watson reports, though significant numbers said their firms had fallen victim to computer viruses or hacking.

    Nov. 01, 2015

    Confidentiality rules make it hazardous for lawyers to respond to a client’s negative comments, warns Dean Dietrich.

    Nov. 01, 2015

    Peter Block’s tips will help individuals structure a public record request and governmental entities to provide timely and compliant responses to them.

    Nov. 01, 2015

    George Brown says the Biotech and the Law Global Conference and Expo will bring three key communities together – science, business, law – to understand their connections, learn their challenges and opportunities, and build relationships.

    Nov. 01, 2015

    Ralph Cagle says a legal education can pave the way for a variety of careers that benefit from lawyers’ knowledge, talent, and commitment to service.

    Nov. 01, 2015

    The problem of shaky or flawed forensic science evidence is about much more than wrongful conviction of the innocent. It also means that the system fails to identify the truly guilty. Criminal cases are increasingly science-dependent, and the traditional forensic sciences have played a critical role in the way we dispense justice. To make forensic science evidence more reliable, a wide range of reforms must take place.

    Nov. 01, 2015

    Wisconsin’s bioscience industry is booming, creating opportunity, not just for the scientists that conduct bench research, but for lawyers, too. Read how lawyers serving the biotech arena are making an impact, what they’re doing, and how they got to where they are. There are many entry points to the field, and you don’t have to be a scientist to participate.

    Nov. 01, 2015

    Who are Wisconsin’s innovators? Meet these movers and shakers – and learn what drove them to put new ideas to work to solve problems and improve the delivery of legal services to their clients and communities.

    Oct. 01, 2015

    If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know.

    Oct. 01, 2015

    Oct. 01, 2015

    Fiscal 2015 Audited Financial Results At A Glance

    Oct. 01, 2015

    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.

    Oct. 01, 2015

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    Oct. 01, 2015

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    Oct. 01, 2015

    Send your thoughts to wisbarmag@wisbar.org.

    Oct. 01, 2015

    Diane Diel urges lawyers to hear the message and start leading client-centered professional and practice changes.

    Oct. 01, 2015

    Tom Watson asks, can you pass this quiz on the duties of Wisconsin notary publics?

    Oct. 01, 2015

    A sincere "I'm sorry" can't undo an error, but Alan Tuerkheimer says it can keep an honest mistake from becoming a lawsuit.

    Oct. 01, 2015

    Want to feel better and be more productive? Paul Davis-Laack urges dropping the “busyness” and getting more zzzzs instead.

    Oct. 01, 2015

    Scammers are not legitimate potential clients, says Dean Dietrich. You don’t owe them confidentiality. Instead, consider reporting scams to the police.

    Oct. 01, 2015

    Michael J. Cerjak, Jesse B. Blocher, and Andrew S. Wier say new litigators need to plan ahead, figure out what’s important, make your points, and be efficient. Here’s how.

    Oct. 01, 2015

    George Brown relays advice on closing the law profession’s gender gap from countries around the globe.

    Oct. 01, 2015

    Despite controversy about Go Set a Watchman, Ralph Cagle says To Kill a Mockingbird still inspires readers to service.

    Oct. 01, 2015

    The Internet marketplaces has changed the retail landscape, and many believe the time has come to update the sales tax treatment of e-commerce transactions crossing state lines. This article presents an overview of sales and use taxation, the current tax treatment of e-commerce transactions across state lines, and potential legislation and judicial action related to e-commerce retailers.

    Oct. 01, 2015

    Laws protecting and rewarding employees or other individuals who report companies’ internal problems present risks of legal, financial, and business reputational costs and damage too large for all entities, even the smallest, to ignore. This article offers suggestions for managing risk based on the hard lessons learned by companies exposed to enforcement action.

    Oct. 01, 2015

    Real-life vacant houses don’t shelter ghosts or poltergeists, but the problems they cause can be as daunting to vanquish as any fictional apparition. A recent supreme court case illuminates the effect of zombie properties on homeowners, lenders, and surrounding communities. Although the decision offers some resolutions, many questions remain.

    Sep. 01, 2015

    Fewer cases are going to trial and that means young lawyers are no longer getting the experience they need for future litigation. Young lawyers should proactively seek mentoring opportunities and do some self-learning to help build that experience, says Jesse Blocher.

    Sep. 01, 2015

    A lawyer's first trial can be a nerve-racking experience. Once you get the opportunity to represent a client at trial, what should you do to prepare? Start with finding a good mentor who does trial work, then really get to know your evidence, says Andrew Wier.

    Sep. 01, 2015

    Sep. 01, 2015

    Reference for locating recent official notices of Wisconsin Supreme Court orders adopting, amending, or repealing rules, statutes, or policies related to Supreme Court rules and State Bar of Wisconsin rules and bylaws.

    Sep. 01, 2015

    These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    Sep. 01, 2015

    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.

    Sep. 01, 2015

    In this column, Prof. Daniel Blinka and Prof. Thomas Hammer summarize all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline).

    Sep. 01, 2015

    Become a contributor! Are you working on an interesting case? Have a practice tip to share? There are several ways to contribute to Wisconsin Lawyer.

    Sep. 01, 2015

    Got a nugget to share? Send your ideas for interesting facts, trends, tips, or other bits and bytes to wislawmag@wisbar.org, or comment below.

    Sep. 01, 2015

    John Skilton has no problem reconciling the “old” and “new” Atticus Finches. People evolve. But both believed “the law” is our tool.

    Sep. 01, 2015

    Lawyers spend nearly 40 percent of their waking lives at work. Tison Rhine offers ideas to make your workspace comfortable.

    Sep. 01, 2015

    Fresh from his favorite law firm marketing conference, Larry Bodine shares cutting-edge, must-implement, and tried-and-true ideas.

    Sep. 01, 2015

    Dean Dietrich discusses placing advanced fees into a business account for immediate use of funds paid by a client for future legal services.

    Sep. 01, 2015

    The way Wisconsin pays lawyers appointed for criminal defendants causes the indigent accused to receive conflicted representation, says John Birdsall.

    Sep. 01, 2015

    Jesse Blocher, Michael Cerjak, and Andrew Wier tell how lawyers can gain civil trial experience, even as fewer civil cases are brought to trial.

    Sep. 01, 2015

    As fall approaches, George Brown says volunteers and staff are turning up the heat on State Bar activities.

    Sep. 01, 2015

    New State Bar president Ralph Cagle plans to help members attain their fullest realization of each facet of their multi-dimensional lives.

    Sep. 01, 2015

    Defending a corporation and its board in shareholder litigation can be the equivalent of playing one football game on two (or more) different fields. Exclusive-venue provisions help corporations reduce the costs of lawsuits by restricting the number of forums. While such provisions have largely been a Delaware phenomenon, they also may benefit companies incorporated in Wisconsin.

    Sep. 01, 2015

    No matter the number of beneficiaries or the size of the estate, family feuds about inheritances can result in permanent estrangement. Mediation is a cost-effective, efficient mechanism to resolve such disputes and mend and even strengthen formerly broken ties.

    Sep. 01, 2015

    Whether your goal is to keep a conditional use permit standing or knock it down, learn more about the legal underpinnings of these permits and how to maximize clients’ chances to successfully obtain or defeat the granting of such permits. The author provides legal and political strategies to achieve the desired outcome.

    Jul. 01, 2015

    Good fences make good neighbors; bad ones might lead neighbors into court to battle over mismarked boundaries and “true” ownership of property. Jessica Shrestha overviews adverse possession, and what lawyers should consider.

    Jul. 01, 2015

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    Jul. 01, 2015

    These summaries are provided by the Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    Jul. 01, 2015

    Visit the Official Notices page for a quick reference for locating recent official notices of Wisconsin Supreme Court orders adopting, amending, or repealing rules, statutes, or policies related to Supreme Court rules and State