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    • Act 317: More Changes to Landlord-Tenant Law
    • 2017 Wis. Act 317 is the latest in a series of legislation to substantially modify landlord-tenant laws. The act's most significant changes include clarifying laws regarding assistance animals in rental housing, responsibility for repair costs, rent abatement, limits on removal of CCAP information, credit and background checks, and contested evictions.
    • Child Abuse: Beware the 'Unsubstantiated' Finding
    • Just as a not-guilty verdict does not necessarily indicate a defendant did nothing wrong, a finding of unsubstantiated child abuse might not mean the child suffered no harm. To competently assist children and their families when abuse is alleged to have occurred, lawyers must understand the terms "substantiated" and "unsubstantiated," including the differences between them and the statute defining "child abuse."
    • Federal Attorneys Protecting Civil Rights: The Road Since the Civil War
    • When Wisconsin fought over the Fugitive Slave Act, its early U.S. Attorney put himself firmly on the side of slave owners. That type of stance changed with the creation of the U.S. Department of Justice, which, under the direction of President Ulysses Grant and U.S. Attorney General Amos. T. Ackerman, engaged in a battle to take down the Ku Klux Klan.

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

  • President's Message
  • Fostering a Two-way Dialog
  • President Chris Rogers is focused on having an ongoing two-way dialog with members to ensure the State Bar provides the services and benefits that support your practice.
  • Your State Bar
  • Everyday Heroes
  • Executive Director Larry Martin invites you to provide support to first responders by volunteering for the Wills for Heroes program.
  • Solutions
  • Going Rural: Insights from Park Falls to Monroe
  • Chris Shattuck says law practices in rural communities are shaped to serve the needs of the smaller community. Lawyers in Monroe and Park Falls share their challenges and successes.
  • Solutions
  • #MeToo Marks a Changing Tide for Employers
  • Harassment and discrimination occur in all types of workplaces. Julia Arnold gives tips lawyers should share with their employer-clients and consider when assessing their own legal environments.
  • Technology
  • Thriving Amid Constant Change
  • Tom Watson says opportunities abound for lawyers who invest in technology and adjust to consumers' expectations of when, where, and how they receive legal advice.
  • Solutions
  • Comprende? Tips for Using Interpreters
  • Qualified interpreters are vital for clients who need help understanding and communicating in English. Cynthia Herber provides tips for working with clients with limited English proficiency.
  • Final Thought
  • Learning While Teaching
  • Students, by their questions and perspectives, have as much to teach as do instructors. Kene Okocha offers a case in point.
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