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    Wisconsin Lawyer
    March 01, 2002

    Letters to the Editor

    Patricia BallmanLarry Jones

    Wisconsin Lawyer
    Vol. 75, No. 3, March 2002


    Letters to the editor: The Wisconsin Lawyer publishes as many letters in each issue as space permits. Please limit letters to 500 words; letters may be edited for length and clarity. Letters should address the issues, and not be a personal attack on others. Letters endorsing political candidates cannot be accepted. Please mail letters to "Letters to the Editor," Wisconsin Lawyer, P.O. Box 7158, Madison, WI 53707-7158, fax them to (608) 257-4343, or email them to

    Bar Responds to Newspaper Coverage of UPL Issues

    Several Wisconsin newspapers recently covered unauthorized practice of law (UPL) issues raised by Ed Marion and others, specifically in the context of appearances before the State Public Service Commission. State Bar President-elect Pat Ballman sent a letter to the editor to those newspapers, which was published by the Wisconsin State Journal, among others. The text of President-elect Ballman's letter follows:

    "On behalf of the State Bar of Wisconsin, I'd like to reiterate that agencies such as the Public Service Commission need the participation of nonlawyers, through factual and expert testimony. And, of course, nonlawyer parties may represent their own interests before the PSC or a court. But it remains the law of this state (and the law of most, if not all, states in this country) that only lawyers may represent the legal interests of another. State ex rel. State Bar of Wisconsin v. Keller, 21 Wis. 2d 100 (1963).

    "That is the law, and it is good policy, because lawyers have the legal expertise necessary to allow them, in fact to license them, to competently represent another's legal interests. In addition to having an obligation to serve their clients, lawyers have an attendant duty to serve the justice system. These rules were enacted, and remain the law, because they protect the public."

    Patricia K. Ballman
    President-elect, State Bar of Wisconsin

    Looking for Lawyer Ancestor

    I am a lawyer in Washington state. My only lawyer ancestor, E. Dealton Tichenor, died in Andersonville Prison in 1864, after "practicing in the justice courts of Crawford County (Wisconsin)."

    I would appreciate suggestions about how I can fill out descriptions of his legal career in the 1850s, when he was in his 30s. Any suggestions would be appreciated, but one particular question is, what were the "justice courts" in the new state of Wisconsin and what was their jurisdiction? I have a copy of one 1861 letter to Tichenor as a lawyer about real estate transactions from the Wisconsin State Historical Society archives, but that's all I know.

    Larry Jones

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