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Jan
2022

Features

    • Lifelines for Survivors: Labor Trafficking in Wisconsin
    • A person is trafficked for labor when they are exploited for another’s financial gain through threat of force, fraud, or coercion. This article provides a current perspective on labor trafficking in Wisconsin, offering views from lawyers, survivor advocates, law enforcement, a survivor, and a policy expert.
    • What You Need to Know as a Woman In-House Lawyer
    • An in-house counsel herself, the author lists 10 things she has observed women lawyers don't know or do as in-house counsel that their male counterparts seem to do quite well, which, she postulates, has resulted in a widening of the gap between men and women.
Feb
2022

Features

    • What's Hot, What's Not: National Practice Trends 2022
    • How quickly – and completely – the COVID-19 pandemic ends seems less relevant to the future of law practice, because shifts related to technology, marketing and business development, hiring and retention, diversity, and other areas that have been sweeping the legal profession seem to be here to stay.
    • Surprise! It’s the No Surprises Act
    • Too often, people who have accidents or other health-related emergencies are then hit by unexpected medical bills. The recently enacted federal No Surprises Act might alleviate some of the financial harm.
Mar
2022

Features

    • COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates: What Now?
    • Individuals who thus far had refused to be vaccinated, citing medical, religious, or philosophical objections, challenged some vaccination mandates in courts. These lawsuits have had varying outcomes. The authors summarize the most significant recent decisions.
    • Library Law: Intellectual Freedom, Privacy, and Governance
    • State and federal statutory and case law govern how public libraries provide space, information, and resources to their communities. The author discusses the underlying Wisconsin and federal statutes and a few of the cases that have defined important legal concepts, such as intellectual freedom, public forums, privacy, and copyright law.
    • As I See It
      Nudges, Algorithms, and Human Choice: What Does the Future Hold?
    • How has technology such as the algorithm affected human choice, especially in areas such as economics, politics, and social policy? The concept of human choice is baked into the social contracts of democracies and more specifically into the U.S. Constitution. The author argues that algorithms should augment human intelligence, not replace it.
Apr
2022

Features

    • Water, Water Everywhere:
      50 Years of the Clean Water Act and Beyond
    • Wisconsin has the third highest number of natural lakes of U.S. states but keeping these and other water resources clean and equitably available for all users is a challenge that increases by the day. This overview presents the basics of Wisconsin's water laws and the issues that are catalysts for disputes about water use, which we will explore in a series of articles in 2022.
    • Mobile Device Forensics for Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • To better represent clients, criminal defense lawyers should learn about the types of digital evidence that may reside on clients' mobile technology devices and how the evidence can be accessed and preserved.
    • Jim Shellow and the Importance of Mentorship
    • Like all new lawyers, Jim Shellow needed guidance and support during the early years of his practice. In the nearly six decades since, he has become a formidable criminal defense attorney, thanks to his mentor.
May
2022

Features

Jun
2022

Features

    • Navigating Wisconsin's New LLC Act
    • The new business entity act, 2021 Wis. Act 258, repeals and recreates Wis. Stat. chapter 183 to adopt the most recent version of the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. Certain Wisconsin-specific provisions are included in what this article calls the New LLC Act. Here is a look at the most significant changes.
    • Creating a More Diverse and Equitable Legal System
    • Attorney leaders are committed to making positive change toward racial justice both within and beyond the State Bar of Wisconsin's organizational structure. The State Bar Racial Justice Task Force is working to achieve racial justice and increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in Wisconsin's legal profession.
    • Plugging the Holes in Wisconsin's Groundwater Policy
    • Separate laws on groundwater and surface water withdrawal and the lack of a fully integrated regulatory scheme for high-capacity wells have more often led to conflict and uncertainty than to clarity. Wisconsin's groundwater management regime is developing but still has gaps.
Jul
2022

Features

    • Hit Points: Regulating Less-than-Lethal Weapons
    • Know the possible legal perils for clients who buy, carry, and use items like pepper spray, bludgeons, and stun guns. This article explains how Wisconsin law defines and classifies less-than-lethal weapons, focusing on self-defense and concealed-carry statutes and regulations.
    • Water Law Perspectives from the West
    • Understanding the backdrop of scarcity, the perceived stability surrounding property rights, and the value of water in a dry land will help Wisconsin lawyers learn from the western United States and their residents.
Sep
2022

Features

    • Arrest and Conviction Record Discrimination Law in Wisconsin
    • Determining which interactions with the criminal justice system can legally be considered in employment and licensing decisions can be a challenge for employers and employees. This article summarizes the status of Wisconsin law regarding arrest and conviction record discrimination. 95 Wis. Law 14 (Sept. 2022)
    • Implications of the Dobbs Decision for Wisconsin Health Care Providers
    • Health care institutions, individual providers, and associated professionals, such as pharmacists, must proceed carefully when considering the effects on their professional duties and responsibilities of the U.S. Supreme Court’s overruling of Roe v. Wade. 95 Wis. Law. 20 (Sept. 2022)
Oct
2022

Features

    • As I See It
      Water Law in Native Nation Territories
    • Indian water rights law is complex, meandering through federal Indian law and several relatively distinct but interrelated legal doctrines. The likelihood of more disputes about water quality and quantity makes it especially important for lawyers in Wisconsin, home to several Indian tribes, to understand the relevant legal doctrines and concepts.
    • Family Drug Treatment Court: A Boost to Families in Children's Court
    • Children are being removed from parents with substance use disorders at an alarming rate. Applying a treatment court model to help these families reunify might make sense for them and their communities. Read about the principles and structure surrounding family drug treatment courts, and some of the successes of and obstacles to implementing such a court in one Wisconsin county.
    • Water Quality Challenges: Nonpoint Sources and Emerging Contaminants
    • Many water quality problems exist because a substance that was unknown or seemed harmless decades ago now is recognized as a pollutant. In the 21st century, state legislators and regulators and nongovernmental entities have devised ways to prevent or minimize pollution that previously was unfettered.
    • Wisconsin Supreme Court Jurisdiction: Original Actions
    • Since early 2020, an unusual number of cases have reached the Wisconsin Supreme Court by original-action jurisdiction. Whether this historically uncommon path will remain more popular depends on whether a majority of the court perceives that emergency situations require quick and decisive action.
Nov
2022

Features

    • Biometrics Outside Borders: Privacy Protection Acts and Wisconsin Lawyers
    • Illinois is among the states attempting to regulate business use and handling of biometric identifiers. Although Illinois has not attempted to regulate out-of-state biometric information, skilled lawyers have extended liability to businesses outside Illinois – including in Wisconsin. 95 Wis. Law. 16 (November 2022)
    • Highlighting a Hidden Legal Issue: Transnational Marriage Abandonment
    • Transnational marriage abandonment (TMA) occurs when an abuser abandons their victim-spouse in that victim-spouse’s country of origin, without means to return to the United States. Wisconsin lawyers should familiarize themselves with TMA and be prepared to use innovative legal strategies outlined here to empower survivors. 95 Wis. Law. 22 (November 2022)
    • Riparian Rights in Wisconsin
    • The special privileges associated with ownership of shoreland real estate are called riparian rights, and they are not absolute. Read about the categories of riparian rights and significant cases and statutes affecting Wisconsin's riparian-rights laws. 95 Wis. Law. 28 (November 2022)
    • Legal Innovation in 2022
    • These forward thinkers are advancing the legal profession and serving the public. This year we honor Lifetime Innovator Michael Rust and other lawyers whose innovations focus on technology and access. 95 Wis. Law. 34 (November 2022)

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