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Jan
2021

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Feb
2021

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Mar
2021

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    • A Primer: Crowdfunding for Legal Fees
    • This article addresses donation-based crowdfunding campaigns, which may provide financial resources for individuals who might otherwise be unable to afford legal services. The ethics rules do not disallow lawyers to crowdfund, but lawyers must proceed cautiously.
    • The ERA: Where Are We Now?
    • Although Wisconsin ratified the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972, the ERA has never been officially ratified, and many younger Americans might not even know of its existence. The author explores the ERA's history and looks at other efforts to achieve fuller gender equality under the law.
    • 20/20 Hindsight: 20 Legal Tech Trends
    • The author lists his top 20 developments in technology and innovation that, especially in legal practice, in our courts, and in our justice system generally, will see us into the future.
Apr
2021

Features

    • Working Remotely: What Are Your Ethical Obligations?
    • Although lawyers' work locations may have changed as a result of the pandemic, their professional responsibilities have not. Read new State Bar ethics opinion EF-21-02, which addresses the practical and ethical considerations of working remotely.
    • Battle for the Ballot Box
    • In 2020, issues of how elections are conducted riveted public attention. The author summarizes the litigated issues that occurred in Wisconsin in 2020 and early 2021 and identifies key targets of challenges to voting laws and elections going forward.
May
2021

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Jun
2021

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    • The Legal Treatment of Vaccine Injury Claims
    • Claims alleging injury from vaccines must be brought in specialized federal tribunals. Learn about the current legal treatment of vaccine injury claims, including claims related to COVID-19 vaccines, and the statutory processes applicable to them.
    • Tipping Off with Bucks Lawyer Mike Sneathern
    • Every professional sports team depends on talented people both on and off the court. Mike Sneathern is one person helping the Milwaukee Bucks succeed and thrive, in his role as Bucks' chief legal officer.
Jul
2021

Features

    • Knives Out: Regulating Blades in Wisconsin
    • Wisconsin's regulation of knives has changed in recent years, especially regarding concealed carry, persons with prior felony convictions, and possessing knives in government buildings like courthouses.
    • Cheryl Daniels: Government Lawyer, Moving Forward
    • Years of government service have taught Cheryl Daniels the importance of bringing people together to find good solutions. She'll put her experience and skills to good use moving the State Bar forward as the pandemic diminishes.
Sep
2021

Features

    • The Rise of Women as State Bar Leaders
    • For the first time in the State Bar of Wisconsin's 143-year history, women hold all six of its officer positions. Women also now represent the majority on its Board of Governors. This article provides a glimpse of the State Bar's efforts to increase participation of women in bar leadership, with perspectives from many of the women who were involved along the way.
    • Glacial Change: Women in Law Firm & Corporate Leadership
    • Women achieved parity in law school classes more than three decades ago, yet the numbers today show that women are underrepresented in positions of power and influence in law firm and corporate legal environments. Why is that?
    • Lady Justice: 85 Years of Women in the Wisconsin Judiciary
    • Women have made great strides in the legal profession in the almost 150 years since a woman was first admitted to the bar in Wisconsin. But as this overview of Wisconsin's judiciary makes clear, equal involvement of women is yet to be achieved in some parts of the judicial system.
    • Five Women Who Shaped Wisconsin Law
    • Women have tackled thorny issues that led to the reshaping of Wisconsin laws affecting civil rights, property, marriage, employment, and education. Here is a look at five women who persevered in the face of social and political opposition to improve women's lives in ways that reverberate today.
Oct
2021

Features

    • #FreeBritney: When Protections Turn Toxic
    • As the circumstances of Britney Spears' conservatorship make clear, the topic of substitute decision-making for vulnerable individuals in Wisconsin and elsewhere has relevance for almost all lawyers, not only senior lawyers or those who practice elder law.
    • Human Trafficking in Wisconsin: Lifelines for Survivors
    • Among the hard hit during the COVID-19 pandemic have been victims and survivors of sex trafficking and the agencies and individuals who aid them. Individuals from law enforcement agencies, courts, and social service agencies answer questions about their experiences during the ongoing pandemic. Details vary but some shared themes emerge.
    • My Experience with Depression: Brainstorm
    • I was in deep emotional pain. My thoughts raced, became paranoid, my behavior was erratic. People noticed. Relationships suffered. My despondency grew. I hatched a plan.
Nov
2021

Features

    • Legal Innovation in 2021: Meet this Year's Award Winners
    • Meet these risk takers who are advancing the legal profession and serving the public with perseverance, creative thinking, and big ideas in a year of unusual events. This year we honor Lifetime Innovator Keith Findley and other lawyers whose innovations focus on criminal law, health equity, and a legal app.
    • Five Years Later: Defend Trade Secrets Act
    • The DTSA has provided trade secret owners with a federal private cause of action and enhanced protections that reach beyond state lines. Still, it has fallen short on its promise of national uniformity. This progress report examines whether the DTSA has lived up to its proponents’ aspirations and how it has affected trade secret litigation nationally and in Wisconsin.
    • Disability Accommodations at Work: No Nationwide Consensus
    • Lawyers representing job applicants, employees, or employers in workplace-accommodation claims brought under federal or Wisconsin law need to understand the elements plaintiffs must prove to prevail in claims alleging an employer failed to accommodate an applicant's or employee's disability.

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