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Given the volume of electronic data that is used as evidence in civil and criminal proceedings, it is only a matter of time before a Wisconsin court confronts the spoliation of electronically stored information. As Wisconsin prepares to implement its new e-discovery rules, it is important that attorneys and courts have a standard to follow in cases involving spoliation of e-evidence.
In 2006, the Wisconsin Legislature made significant changes in Wisconsin law to address abuse against elderly people and younger vulnerable adults.The authors analyze the effectiveness of the new individual-at-risk restraining order, based on the results of a study looking at the first 30 months of the order’s availability.
It is no secret that as the balance of power in state government changes, laws and the public policies they represent change, too, sometimes dramatically. As an example, the author compares the laws affecting Wisconsin automobile insurance law – especially the significant changes in coverage under uninsured and underinsured motorist policies – in 1995 and in 2009.

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  • Inside the Bar
  • A 100-Year Building
  • Marquette’s new law school building – Ray and Kay Eckstein Hall – is sure to earn the veneration like that of similarly hallowed institutions.
  • President's Message
  • Building Local Relationships
  • To better serve State Bar members statewide and to build closer relationships with local bars, the State Bar will help local bars provide locally chosen benefits or services directly to our mutual members.
  • Ethics
  • Obtaining Client’s ‘Informed Consent’ to Disclose Information
  • Keeping client information confidential is the cornerstone of the attorney-client relationship, but there are circumstances in which a lawyer may disclose such information. This article looks at the information a lawyer must explain to a client to receive the client’s informed consent to disclose confidential information.
  • Practice Tips
  • A Belt Alone Won’t Hold Up These Pants: 1031 Tax-deferred Real Estate Exchanges
  • Sometimes what is necessary is not sufficient. That was one lesson learned following the bankruptcy of LandAmerica 1031 Exchange Services. This article discusses the series of LandAmerica bankruptcy decisions, describes the unanticipated hazards of relying on only one means of protection for clients who desire tax-deferred treatment of their real estate transactions, and explains how to provide more certainty and peace of mind for these clients.
  • Marketing
  • Speak Your Way to More Business
  • Public speaking can help build your business and credibility. Here are some tips for preparing and delivering an engaging presentation and some warm-up exercises to help you shake those nerves.

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