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Several states have legalized the recreational or medical use of marijuana and their treasuries are seeing the benefits. Wisconsin is not one of them, yet. Federal law still criminalizes use of marijuana. Lawyers representing marijuana-related businesses must navigate conflicting state and federal laws to help their clients operate legally and reach full commercial potential.
By Danielle Scott Grant-Keane
Thousands of disputes are resolved in administrative hearings, and relaxed rules generally apply to them. But some of the rules are not so much relaxed as merely different, and they might trip up parties and lawyers who appear at hearings with an anything-goes mindset. One potentially confusing procedure concerns the admissibility of hearsay evidence in unemployment insurance hearings.
By Charles Schaefer
SCR 20:4.4 governs lawyers’ behaviors and obligations when they receive a document or electronically stored information that was inadvertently sent. Read about the types of behavior the rule proscribes, examples of cases in which lawyers have been sanctioned, and a new provision that directs lawyers how to respond if they receive privileged information or work product.
By Aviva Meridian Kaiser
Tomorrow’s law firm “engine room” is not comprised of collected lawyers, but of collected legal expertise, applied to client needs through the innovative use of systems, processes, technology, and expert professionals.
By Jordan Furlong

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

  • President's Message
  • Devoted to Equal Justice
  • Lawyers working for legal services organizations are doing the hard work needed to achieve equal justice. But now, Fran Deisinger says, they face the prospect of lost federal funding.
  • Your State Bar
  • Unintended Consequences
  • George Brown says technological and social developments might take today’s lawyers on previously unanticipated professional paths.
  • As I See It
  • Following Alaska's Lead: A Wisconsin Pet Custody Statute
  • Christopher Krimmer says a pet custody statute would provide courts and parties to a divorce with a clear legal standard – such as Alaska’s “well being of the pet” standard – of how to best recognize the special relationship that pets play in our families.
  • On Balance
  • Six Ways to Reduce Employee Burnout
  • Paula Davis-Laack provides six organizational-directed approaches law firm leaders should focus on to reduce burnout and build well-being.
  • Final Thought
  • Honoring Those Who Defend
  • Public defenders are often criticized and rarely thanked, says Nick Chiarkas, but the work they do to represent accused individuals helps everyone by protecting constitutional rights.

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