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    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

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    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

    Want to review a book? Request one from us!

    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.

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