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Federal court interpretations of Wisconsin law are of persuasive value to, but not binding on, Wisconsin courts, yet, they affect how Wisconsin law develops and is argued. Here is a look at eight significant Wisconsin federal court decisions interpreting Wisconsin law in 2010 and 2011, encompassing common law claims and statutory interpretations.
The author highlights 10 significant decisions issued by the Wisconsin Supreme Court during its 2010-11 term.
The U.S. Supreme Court has placed obstacles in the path of plaintiffs' litigators attempting to put together class action lawsuits. Learn about the Court's decision in Wal-Mart Inc. v. Dukes and the similarities and differences between the federal rule the Court relied on and Wisconsin's class-action statute.

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

  • Inside the Bar
  • Mentoring Lawyer to Lawyer
  • When a question arises and you want to talk to a peer in a particular legal-practice area, or find suggestions for software to manage your business, or you just need a sounding board, consider these State Bar resources.
  • President's Message
  • Clarion Call for Civil Gideon
  • The State Bar urges the supreme court to adopt the "Civil Gideon" petition to authorize circuit court appointments of lawyers in civil matters.
  • Ethics
  • Client Contacts with Adverse Parties
  • Wisconsin attorneys should tread carefully when responding to client requests for assistance in communicating with opposing parties who are represented by counsel.
  • Practice Tips
  • 6 Steps to Orienting New Employees
  • Properly orienting a new employee in an effective and efficient manner is critical to any organization's operations. Here's a process you can use to help new employees quickly become productive contributors.

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