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Wisconsin's Uniform Electronic Transactions Act provides that a contract, signature, or record may not be denied legal effect or enforceability solely because it is in electronic form. Read how the Act affects your clients and how they, and you, conduct business.
In Wisconsin, the power to pardon belongs exclusively to the governor, who can exercise it essentially in any manner the governor sees fit. For practical purposes, Wisconsin governors have been restrained in exercising their power. Read how screening panels – established by governors – evaluate applications for pardons, commutations, and reprieves.
While many judicial candidates choose not to fully exercise their First Amendment rights to speak on disputed legal or political issues, they can and should campaign on judicial independence. With spring elections approaching, the author says, candidates for judicial office should speak to the electorate on the importance of protecting fair and impartial courts.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court adopted a new rule, effective Jan. 1, 2005, to guide the campaign activity of judges and candidates for judicial offices. Key parts of the new rule follow.

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

  • Inside the Bar
  • Member input helps shape the development of services and products.
  • President's Message
  • If those who practice law have a "special obligation to society" that merits a $50 mandatory assessment to fund civil legal services, shouldn't the practice of law be well defined?
  • Ethics
  • Ethics 2000: Unbundling Legal Services
  • The controversy over the unbundling of legal services generally focuses on whether a lawyer may properly limit the lawyer's responsibilities of diligence, competence, and zealous representation of a client by an agreement with the client that specifies the lawyer's limited services.

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