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    • A Long Cup of Coffee with SPD Nick Chiarkas
    • Nick Chiarkas, State Public Defender for the past 20 years, reflects with Randy Kraft on current issues, challenges and controversies facing our justice system, and the State Public Defender’s office.
    • Law Blogs: The Great Equalizer
    • A “new” tool advances an "old" marketing method. More lawyers now are using law blogs to enhance their reputations, showcase their expertise, and bring in business the old-fashioned way – by fostering discussion within a network of potential clients.
    • Free State Bar CLE seminar for public defender appointments
    • State Bar CLE offers a free seminar to attorneys who sign up for public defender appointments and take five cases. The effort assists the State Public Defender's Office in meeting the ever-increasing need for additional private appointment attorneys.
    • On your mark, get set, Blog!
    • Blogs are a hot topic these days: Campaigns have them, prospective clients read them, and professors teach using them so why don't more lawyers have them? The fact is, many lawyers already have blogs and are reaping the rewards of doing so. A blog is an online, reverse chronological record of thoughts.

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

  • Inside the Bar
  • Unlimited CLE Opportunities
  • When it comes to attending continuing legal education, lawyers want practical courses presented by knowledgeable instructors delivered in multiple formats and at convenient locations and times. And all for a good price.
  • President's Message
  • Why don't they hire lawyers?
  • If it isn't only a problem of access to justice, why are more litigants choosing to represent themselves instead of hiring a lawyer?
  • Former Supreme Court Justice Roland B. Day remembered for humor and foresight
  • Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Roland B. Day died on July 26. He was 89. He is remembered by supreme court colleagues for fostering collegiality and working toward more prompt release of opinions. "He used his sense of humor, foresight, and administrative skills to move the court forward," said Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson.
  • Ethics
  • Self-reporting Lawyer Misconduct
  • The Rules of Professional Conduct require lawyers to self-report rule violations and conviction of a crime or a finding of guilt by a court no matter where the crime occurred.
  • New and revised mandatory court forms available on WisBar
  • The Wisconsin Records Management Committee recently updated or introduced more than 130 civil, conservatorship, criminal, family, general, guardianship, juvenile, mental, probate, small claims, and traffic mandatory court forms.
  • Technology
  • Appellate Court E-Filing on the Horizon
  • On Oct. 28, 2008, the Wisconsin Supreme Court will hold a public hearing on rule amendments introducing electronic filing in the state appellate courts. If, as anticipated, the rules are adopted, they will be effective July 1, 2009, although the appellate e-filing system will be available for attorneys' voluntary use in early 2009.
  • Managing Risk
  • Avoiding Common Mistakes
  • Some of the most frequently made mistakes leading to malpractice claims are also the most preventable.