They are exemplary on the bench, and make a real difference in the lives of those who appear before them. Now is the time to recognize their achievements – nominate them for Lifetime Jurist or Judge of the Year awards. Nominations are due Jan. 31, 2018.
The Wisconsin Judicial Council petitioned the court to amend Wis. Stats. §§ 901.07, 906.08(2), and 906.09, and to create Wis. Stat. § 906.16 (a new “bias rule” that reflects established common law but is not expressly mentioned in the rules of evidence).
The Stockbridge-Munsee Community petitioned the court to amend SCR 40.05 to allow any legal services with any federally recognized Indian tribe to be “counted” for purposes of SCR 40.05, the rule governing admission to practice law in Wisconsin based on an applicant’s admission to practice law and active practice of law in a qualifying jurisdiction.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently wrapped up its 2016-17 term, publishing 50 decisions. This article provides some insight on where the chips fell, with analysis from Michael B. Brennan, a trial and appellate lawyer and a former circuit court judge.
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.
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.
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.
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.