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    • Effectively mediating client disputes
    • Lawyers' thoughtful participation in the mediation process can significantly advance a client's interests in achieving a beneficial settlement. Thinking like a negotiator when preparing for mediation, including thoroughly understanding the client's interests and motivations, is key. Read what lawyers can do to enhance their effectiveness in the mediation process.
    • Chief Justice Edward T. Fairchild
    • Fairchild tempered his early belief in the free labor doctrine right of individuals to act for themselves free of governmental help and hindrance with the later belief in the imperative of serving the public and persons less fortunate. He believed these persons, these "soldiers in the great war of commerce," should be helped if, despite their best efforts, they came out as losers in that war.
    • State Bar Annual Report
    • Fiscal Year 2003 (FY03) marked the 125th anniversary of the State Bar of Wisconsin, as well as other legal history milestones. It was a time to reflect on the rich history of Wisconsin's legal community while preparing for the profession's future. The founding principles laid down in 1878 when the association was formed created a solid foundation on which the Bar continues to build today.
    • From the Archives
    • To celebrate its 75th anniversary, throughout 2003 the Wisconsin Lawyer will include "From the Archives," a monthly column devoted to lively snippets from past issues.

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

  • Inside the Bar
  • Need help coping with stress, depression, or alcoholism? Call wislap at (800) 543-2625.
  • President's Perspective
  • Law schools do a good job of teaching the fundamentals of the law, but it takes the personal touch of caring colleagues to instruct in the art and folkways of practice.
  • State Bar Annual Report
  • Adapting to Change
  • History tells a story and often points to the future. The State Bar has a story with 125 years of accomplishments.
  • Viewpoint
  • In countering arguments made in support of a sunshine in litigation act that appeared in the October Viewpoint column, these authors say that a bright line rule prohibiting confidentiality removes judicial discretion and is not in anyone's best interest.
  • Practice Tips
  • This guide provides an overview of online forms useful to Wisconsin practitioners, focusing on those forms produced by a readily verifiable, reliable source, and available for free or at low cost.
  • Recently Passed Legislation
  • The McCormick Plan for Justice, AB 616, ensures that the indigent accused receive counsel by increasing a statewide eligibility standard.
  • Managing Risk
  • Post-war Production Methods for Law Firms
  • Standardized operations are just as practical in the law office as in the factory, according to a speaker at the 1950 Mid-Winter Meeting of the Wisconsin Bar Association.