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Data from the State Bar’s 2008 Economics of Practice Survey can guide you in making independent decisions about the business side of your law practice.
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 prohibits health insurance and employment discrimination based on a person’s genetic information. Although the Act allows use of genetic testing and information for specific, limited purposes, questions remain whether government and research institutions can safely regulate genetic tests and safeguard large databases of genetic information. The Act’s health insurance provisions become effective in May 2009 and the employment provisions in November 20
The author provides seven principles to help determine tribal court jurisdiction over non-tribe members following the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Plains Commerce Bank applying the “Montana exceptions” to the general rule against a tribe’s lack of jurisdiction over nonmembers.
The State Bar of Wisconsin’s overriding goal remains the same: to keep getting better. Although the work is never finished, this report details some of the Bar’s efforts in four key areas in FY 2008: building relevance of the Bar to members, getting more members engaged in the Bar, and improving public access to and understanding of the justice system.
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Opinions, Voices & Ideas

  • Inside the Bar
  • Fastcase Unleashes Members’ Potential
  • In offering one of the most exciting member benefits to date – free legal research powered by Fastcase – the State Bar helps members lower their overhead costs, increase their ability to compete, offer better service to clients, and improve access two justice.
  • President's Message
  • Looking Through the Glass Ceiling
  • Women have made many advances into the legal profession, but one big measure of gender equity still looms – shattering the glass ceiling in large law firms. At the current rate, women won’t reach partnership parity with men in these firms until 2088.
  • Practice Tips
  • WisconsinEye: A New Eye on Legislative Intent
  • Among the multimedia coverage that WisconsinEye provides on Wisconsin public affairs is gavel-to-gavel coverage of all sessions of the state Assembly and Senate. All of its program content is permanently archived, giving researchers a new tool to discern legislative intent.
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  • Private Reprimand Summaries
  • The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and component of the lawyer regulation system, assists the court in carrying out its constitutional responsibility to supervise the practice of law and protect the public from misconduct by lawyers. The Office of Lawyer Regulation has offices located at 110 E. Main St., Suite 315, Madison, WI 53703; toll-free (877) 315-6941. The full text of items summarized in this column can be viewed at www.wicourts.gov/olr.
  • Legal Research
  • New State Bar Member Benefit: Free Access to Fastcase Premium Legal Research Plan
  • Starting Nov. 1, the State Bar of Wisconsin partnered with Fastcase to provide free legal research as a member benefit. Access to Fastcase’s top-of-the-line national premium plan is easy and by using it, most State Bar members may realize a savings in their legal research budgets. Here’s what you need to know to put this benefit to work for you.
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  • Google Search Now Powers WisBar
  • The most trusted Web search tool – GoogleTM – now powers through all WisBar content to deliver the most relevant results.
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  • State Bar welcomes 122 new lawyers
  • One hundred tweenty-two lawyers who passed the bar exam were admitted to practice in Wisconsin on Monday. The swearing in ceremonies were held at the State Capitol in the Supreme Court Hearing room. One hundred ninety-four lawyers passed the exam representing a 90 percent pass rate. This brings State Bar membership to 23,225.

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