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An ancestor's journal provides insights into Civil War-era Crawford County. Dealton Tichenor practiced law for 10 years before his death in 1864 as a Union prisoner of war in Andersonville Prison, Georgia.
Should Wisconsin reexamine its "blindfold rule" approach to instructing jurors in civil cases and join the majority of "sunshine rule" states by allowing judges to instruct jurors on the meaning of their verdicts? The authors compare the opposing approaches and their rationales and then ask, "since jurors inevitably guess at the results of their findings, does it really serve justice to keep jurors in the dark?"
Now that health care providers are in compliance with the HIPAA privacy rule, attorney attention has shifted to how the federal rule and Wisconsin laws affect them in their own law practices. This article assists attorneys in all practice areas in negotiating the hazards of state and federal medical privacy laws, and includes helpful charts.

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

  • Inside the Bar
  • Societal and professional patterns revealed over time - such as the reason for forming the organized bar in Wisconsin - have continued meaning today, and can influence our future.
  • President's Message
  • In his first column, State Bar President George Burnett sets forth seven principles to guide the Bar's decisions over the next 12 months.
  • Ethics
  • Rescinding Waivers of Conflict
  • Ethics rules provide little guidance when a client wishes to rescind a waiver of a conflict of interest. Avoid that situation by taking extra time during the initial discussion to help clients clearly understand the consequences of consenting to a waiver of a conflict of interest.
  • Managing Risk
  • Electronic Records Plan Aids Recovery
  • Find out how to protect electronic records in this third and final column in a series about managing your firm's most valuable tangible assets - your records - in a disaster.

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