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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Dec
      18
      2019
      • Have you or a colleague recently written an exceptional appellate brief? Think it could serve as a model for others? Enter the State Bar of Wisconsin Appellate Practice Section's competition to identify and recognize outstanding appellate briefs – entries are due Jan. 30.
    • Dec
      06
      2019
    • 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
      • 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
      2019
      • Commentary from the Wisconsin Supreme Court in a recent case brings attention to pleading standards in Wisconsin. Sarah Zylstra discusses the recent comments that were issued in a per curiam decision in Cattau v. National Insurance Services of Wisconsin, Inc. “The comments indicate that a plaintiff must plead facts that satisfy each element of a cause of action in order to survive a motion to dismiss,” she writes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Sep
      27
      2019
      • In this six-part series, Jacques Condon takes a look at the concept and reality of standards of review in appeals. In this first part, he sets up the situation, based on the dethroning of 2019 Kentucky Derby first-place finisher, Maximum Security. “As the actual rule – and standard of review – will be front and center,” he writes.
    • Sep
      27
      2019
      • In this six-part series, Jacques Condon takes a look at the concept and reality of standards of review in appeals. In this second part, he explores the nuances of a de novo review. “To understand the concept of ‘de novo’ requires some back-tracking,” he writes.
    • Sep
      27
      2019
      • In this six-part series, Jacques Condon takes a look at the concept and reality of standards of review in appeals. In this third part, he discusses additional standards of review and policy considerations involved in appellate issues and cases. “There are multiple standards, policies, and terminologies to consider,” he writes.
    • Sep
      27
      2019
    • Sep
      27
      2019
      • In this six-part series, Jacques Condon takes a look at the concept and reality of standards of review in appeals. In this fifth part, he contemplates how the intersections of different standards of review may come into play in the case involving the horse disqualified from a first-place finish at the 2019 Kentucky Derby. “Can a decision to disqualify truly be unappealable?” he asks.
    • 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
      • 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, 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
      • 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, 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
      25
      2019
      • What’s it like to witness an argument before the U.S. Supreme Court? Shelley Fite takes us to Washington, D.C., where she will watch her husband argue his case before the country’s highest court.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Dec
      13
      2018
    • 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
      • 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
      29
      2018
      • Lawyers filing appellate briefs should be aware that the Wisconsin Court of Appeals computer system is reordering the record, making the record identifications in the clerk of circuit court's certification incorrect. Sarah Zylstra discusses how to find the listing of the record as reordered by the court of appeals.
    • 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
      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.
    • 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.
    • 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
      05
      2018
      • Writing an appellate brief requires attention not only to details of the case, but to very specific formatting requirements. A new web application from the State Bar of Wisconsin Appellate Practice Section allows lawyers and pro se litigants to generate correctly formatted briefs.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • May
      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.
    • 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.
    • Mar
      26
      2018
      • The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently became the first federal appellate court to recognize that discrimination in employment of a transgender employee is sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Katherin Charlton discusses the decision and its possible impact in Wisconsin.
    • Mar
      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.
    • Feb
      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.
    • Jan
      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.
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