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Qualified farmers may participate in the EPA's new two-year study of air pollutant emissions from certain types of farms. The study results will lead to the development of standards for measuring and regulating emissions from live-stock operations. Help your farming clients decide whether they should participate, but do it soon - study enrollment ends July 1, 2005.
In its 2004 decision in Beloit Liquidating Trust v. Grade, the Wisconsin Supreme Court applied an unusual and imprecise choice-of-law analysis to determine which state’s law a corporation must follow and rejected the long-standing internal affairs doctrine.
The author provides practical information to help attorneys who represent entities covered by HIPAA and those who litigate matters involving individuals' health conditions understand the HIPAA Privacy Rules and when the state rules supersede them.
Lawyers share their experiences with implementing technology in their law practices.
More help with your technology questions is on the way. This summer, the State Bar will launch the Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP), which will provide information and support related to diverse areas of law office management - including technology, business planning, personnel, facilities and operations management, and more.
Last summer 1,250 attorneys (731 residents and 519 nonresidents) completed responses to the State Bar's 2004 Technology Survey. Below is a sampling of key findings.

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

  • Inside the Bar
  • State Bar members and staff serve their colleagues and the public in innumerable ways through a variety of professional and community programs. Thank you for giving your time and talents in the service of others.
  • President's Message
  • With the many important issues facing the State Bar, it is imperative that diverse perspectives be represented in committees, sections, and divisions and in governance, now and in the future. In addition to providing a role in decision making, participation in Bar work enhances professional and personal growth.
  • Legal News & Trends
  • Circuit court tests electronic filing of documents; year-long pilot project begins in Washington County
  • Practice Tips
  • Unbridled reproduction of copyright protected works can land your firm in detention. Unless, of course, you've got a "fair use" hall pass.
  • Directory Corrections
  • Please note the following corrections to the 2005 Wisconsin Lawyer Directory. To enter the changes in your directory, skim the list and note the changes for each individual.
  • Author of eyewitness identification article wins Wisconsin Lawyer writing article
  • Winn S. Collins, U.W. 2003, is the 2004 recipient of the Hon. Charles Dunn Author Award, presented annually by the State Bar Communications Committee. His article, "Looks Can Be Deceiving: Safeguards for Eyewitness Identification," appeared in the March 2004 Wisconsin Lawyer. The award will be presented at the Volunteer Lawyers Recognition program, held during the State Bar's annual convention, on May 4, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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