Young lawyers are the change agents that will help instill the public's confidence in the legal system, help drive innovative solutions for access to justice, and advocate on important issues that impact the legal profession as a whole.
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.
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.
Companies increasingly face lawsuits, organizational distrust, and reputational loss as women speak out about discrimination in the workplace. Nadelle Grossman discusses some of the latest high-profile discrimination cases, and offers tips for companies to be proactive in creating cultures of inclusion and fairness.
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.
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.
Congratulations Judge James Evenson, recipient of the State Bar of Wisconsin 2019 Lifetime Jurist Award. During his career on the bench, he improved access to justice and the community trust in the judiciary, say those who know him.
Gail Groy, a partner at Axley Brynelson LLP, has leveraged her personal interests and her status as a mother to build a client base of others in similar circles, and she's doing it with much success.
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.
Every lawyer has something to offer, says State Bar of Wisconsin President-elect Jill Kastner. She asks you to consider serving on a State Bar committee in 2019-20. "My goal is to involve as many lawyers as possible from different practice areas, geographic areas, and experience levels," she says. Apply by April 15.
Get to know your malpractice carrier’s claims attorney, suggests Matthew Beier. In addition to expanding your network, a good relationship with your claims attorney can help you avoid common legal malpractice pitfalls, and improve the chances of successful claim prevention and resolution.
Grant Birtch and Kathleen Brost, candidates for State Bar of Wisconsin president-elect post, have a lot in common. Both work in Neenah. Both graduated from U.W. Law School in the 1990s. And both have a lot of solo and/or small-firm experience.