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    March 09, 2016

    WL Sneak Peek: Starting a Brewery, Trends in Food and Beverage Law, Litigating in Bankruptcy Court

    What do starting a brewery and food and beverage laws have in common? Two things. Regulations, a lot of them, and the biotechnology industry. Among other content, the March Wisconsin Lawyer explores opportunities for lawyers in these and other areas of the law.

    March 2016 Wisconsin LawyerMarch 9, 2016 – All the cool kids are doing it. Starting breweries, that is. In fact, there are more than 120 just in Wisconsin. In this month’s cover article, “Starting a Brewery: A Web of Regulations,” Jeffrey Glazer outlines the regulatory framework for beer in Wisconsin. And that’s where lawyers come in. Producing beer requires the knowledge and skill of brewers, but it also requires lawyers to ensure that the brewery’s owners can legally mill, mash, boil, ferment, cap, chill, label, and sell the beer.

    For players in the ever-expanding food and beverage market, health-related labels, the rise of craft breweries, and new food-safety laws require the assistance of savvy counsel. In “What’s for Supper? Trends in Food and Beverage Law,” Jennifer Naeger gives lawyers a glimpse into the challenges and opportunities that face this dynamic and growing industry sector.

    And in “101: Biotechnology Basics for Lawyers,” Dr. Natalie Betz notes that law and biotechnology intersect on many levels. Being able to understand the basic science behind biotechnology increases the effectiveness that lawyers can contribute to product and business development in the biotechnology industry.

    Bankruptcy Courts’ Broad Jurisdiction

    Lawyers don’t need to know about every practice area, but they can’t afford to ignore bankruptcy law. In his feature article, “Litigating in Bankruptcy Court: Things Every Lawyer Should Know,” Nicholas Hahn explains that because bankruptcy courts have broad jurisdiction, a wide variety of cases can be implicated, including evictions, foreclosures, consumer protections laws, defamation, domestic support arrears and more.

    Columns and Viewpoints: Insider Threats, Disposing Client Files …

    10 Questions: Explore the nontraditional legal space that is insider threat. In “Kristin Hardy: Mitigating Insider Threat,” learn why insider threat is a major concern for corporations and law firms alike.

    Technology: In “Owning Your Data in the Cloud,” Joe Kelly warns the trade-off for free or low-cost cloud service might be minimal security and loss of control over location and even ownership of data.

    Managing Risk: Whether your client files are in the cloud or in boxes in the basement, in “Keeping Client Information Safe Until Disposal,” Tom Watson says you must know how to preserve files safely and when to dispose of or delete them.

    Final Thought: In “Teaching the Craft of Law, or How to Ride a Horse,” Chad Oldfather says learning to “think like a lawyer” involves developing intuition and feel, much like learning to ride a horse.

    Stay up-to-date on ethics issues, and find out what your colleagues are up to, in the Ethics, Members Only, and Lawyer Discipline columns.

    Check out the full March Wisconsin Lawyer.

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