In November 2018, Sarah Zylstra warned lawyers filing appellate briefs that the Wisconsin Court of Appeals computer system was reordering the record, making the record identifications in the clerk of circuit court's certification incorrect. The issue has been fixed for records transmitted on or after Dec. 21, 2018, says Zylstra.
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.
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin petitioned the court to amend SCR 10.03(4) to exempt from the requirements of the pro hac vice admission rule those counsel who appear in matters involving the Indian Child Welfare Act, 25 U.S.C. 1911, codified in Wisconsin as the Wisconsin Indian Child Welfare Act.
Amid parties and presents, how is our profession faring at the end of this year? Kate Knowlton takes a Dickensian visit upon some 2018 cases that remind lawyers their work is vital to the justice system, culture, and society. “These ghosts of our legal past and present point to a less frightening future,” she writes.
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.
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.
In early 2018, the Wisconsin Supreme Court expanded the scope of the Building Permit Rule to encompass all land included in a building permit application, not just the buildings themselves. Adam Voskuil discusses what led to that decision and its potential effects moving forward.
Feb. 1, 2011, marked a change in Wisconsin products liability law, including for the liability of a seller or distributor in a products liability case. Michael Gill and Craig Steger discuss the tactics and considerations for both plaintiffs and defendants when handling products liability claims against sellers and distributors in Wisconsin.