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    • Jun
      16
      2020
      • A new private minor guardianship law takes effect Aug. 1, 2020. In this first of a two-part series on the new Wis. Stat. chapter 48, Beth Lauck provides a background of private minor guardianships and an overview of the changes under the new law.
    • Mar
      09
      2020
      • In Wisconsin, two sets of courts potentially have jurisdiction over children and families. In cases involving child abuse allegations against a parent, consider the advantages and disadvantages to filing for a child abuse injunction first versus raising the allegations as part of an active family law matter. The authors discuss jurisdictional differences and areas of authority.
    • Jan
      09
      2020
      • This overview kicks off a series of articles that focus on how lawyers can help older clients avoid or end elder abuse. Learn how to recognize potential abuse and develop a holistic understanding of the legal needs and perspective of older clients.
    • Jan
      09
      2020
      • A lawyer's powers of observation and note-taking, record-keeping, and organizational skills can go far to identify and help older clients who are vulnerable to abuse. Learn appropriate techniques to screen older clients for fraud and abuse.
    • Dec
      04
      2019
      • Family lawyers trained to identify the effects of childhood trauma and compassion fatigue can better serve their clients. Lauren Otte discusses identifying and addressing the trauma experience of children and parents to mitigate the potential damage during custody and placement disputes.
    • Oct
      15
      2019
      • Exposure to domestic violence can have serious health effects for children, according to recent scientific studies. Tiffany Highstrom gives a broad overview of these studies on the link between early childhood exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) and children’s physical and health risks. “While exposure to IPV leaves no actual bruises, it has real effects on the health of the child. Research suggests that intervention can be effective in mitigating those effects,” she writes.
    • Sep
      16
      2019
      • Adversarial, collaborative, cooperative, or mediation? Choosing the method in family law matters depends on your client’s situation. Margaret Hickey discusses what to consider when selecting an approach to resolving family law cases.
    • Jul
      16
      2019
      • Knowledge of a child's underlying trauma is the first step toward making the most appropriate recommendation regarding the best interest of the child. Kelsey Stefka discusses trauma-informed care and how it can be used by guardians ad litem to better understand their young clients.
    • Jun
      25
      2019
      • Your views needed: The Wisconsin Legislature is exploring reform of Wisconsin’s termination of parental rights (TPR) and adoption systems. Emily Dudak Leiter discusses the details of these potential changes, and urges section members to take the poll, linked at the end of the article, to inform the section board of your views on these critical issues.
    • Jun
      19
      2019
      • The unique role of guardians ad litem (GAL) pose challenges in applying the Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys, such as determining whether GAL work may conflict with your other cases. Tim Pierce, State Bar of Wisconsin ethics counsel, provides insight into one particular case that may help.
    • May
      07
      2019
      • It is the task of guardians ad litem to get to know the issues their clients are struggling with. Christie A. Linskens Christie discusses the lessons that can be learned from the examination of mass incarceration's impact in one Wisconsin community, as shown in the award-winning film, Milwaukee 53206.
    • Aug
      27
      2018
      • Called the "fastest-growing foster care initiative," kinship placement and adoption is on the rise. Kaitlyn Dvorak discusses what guardians ad litem should keep in mind about the benefits and challenges of recommending placement with family members.
    • Jun
      27
      2018
      • Juveniles have a fundamental right to be tried only if competent. What happens when juveniles don’t become competent until they become an adult? Devon Lee discusses issues involved in a case taken up by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
    • Apr
      11
      2014
      • The State Bar of Wisconsin National Mock Trial planning team is calling on attorneys, judges and experienced teachers and coaches from around the state to step up to the bench and volunteer to serve on a judging panel during the 2014 National High School Mock Trial Championship on May 9 and 10 in Madison.
    • May
      01
      2013
      • May 1, 2013 – The Wisconsin Records Management Committee recently updated five juvenile, guardianship, and general forms.
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