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A variety of approaches, from using cloud-based customer relationship management software and generative AI programs to setting up global service centers outside the U.S., can help in-house counsel better serve clients and customers.
By Kirk Harris Samson
Service to clients, through valued advice and guidance in various substantive areas of law, will still rule the day. In this article, we look at trends in 17 different practice areas, with insights from Wisconsin lawyers – many of them members and leaders of State Bar of Wisconsin sections.
By Joe Forward
The cy pres rule earmarks unspent funds from class action settlements for legal aid organizations, including half to the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation. But these residual funds can go unawarded if lawyers and judges don’t know about the rule.
By Ed Finkel

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

  • Your State Bar
  • Guardians of the Rule of Law
  • An overseas visit brought home to Larry Martin the significance of our own democratic rights and how important and fragile democracy is.
  • Ethical Dilemma
  • Charging Electronic Payment Fees
  • Recent changes in the trust account rules allow lawyers to expand client payment options and pass along the fees to clients. Tim Pierce explains what you need to know before charging clients fees for electronic payments.
  • Nuts & Bolts
  • Building an In-House Legal Department
  • Successful leadership by an in-house legal team requires effective planning, execution, and maintenance. Christopher Ashley describes how one in-house department built a great team.
  • Final Thought
  • Sponsorship: The Art of Advancing Others
  • Deanne Koll explains that sponsorship, unlike mentorship, is when someone who has influence uses that influence to advance someone else, not only themselves.

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