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Author Archives: APRIL ROCKSTEAD BARKER

Should constitution define marriage?

The proposed amendment to the state constitution that will be on the Nov. 7 ballot has attorneys from many areas of practice considering its purposes and potential effects. The amendment would create a section of article XIII of the state ...

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Should constitution define marriage?

The proposed amendment to the state constitution that will be on the Nov. 7 ballot has attorneys from many areas of practice considering its purposes and potential effects. The amendment would create a section of article XIII of the state ...

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Law schools help public interest graduates

Many lawyers seeking employment in the types of law traditionally considered public interest work soon discover that the market for those positions is tight. But even those who find jobs may wonder whether they can afford to take them. Wisconsin’s ...

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OLR seeks increase in citizen participation

More members of the general public may serve in the lawyer discipline process if the Wisconsin Supreme Court approves rule changes proposed in a petition the director of the Office of Lawyer Regulation filed in early November. Among other revisions, ...

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Revelations about fire evidence

Imagine it is two years after a fire. The original theory that the toaster caused it is now toast, following a thorough examination by a new fire investigator. Can the real cause still be identified? That could be impossible if ...

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Dog-bite case challenges

“They’re not the easiest cases to try, just about everybody on a jury owns a dog and likes dogs and sees themselves in the position of the defendant.” Lynn R. Laufenberg, Laufenberg & Hoefle, Milwaukee Dog-bite cases dominated the discussion ...

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In the shadow of Alt

“[T]here effectively is going to be no separate award for pain and suffering damages between the time that the injury occurred and the time of the death, regardless of how prolonged that period might be” Lynn Laufenberg Laufenberg & Hoefle ...

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GAL fees bill stalls in Legislature

Milwaukee County officials’ attempt to avoid a budget crisis in the courts through an increase in state funding of guardian ad litem and interpreter costs stalled in the Legislature this month. The county hoped to receive about $2 million from ...

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Sex predator laws face changes

Fewer of those deemed sexually violent persons may win supervised release from commitment if the provisions in a bill before the state Assembly become law — and that’s as it should be, according to one of the bill’s authors. State ...

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Funding issues rock Legal Action

A little more than a year after the merger of three of the firms providing civil legal assistance to the poor in Wisconsin, the merged entity is suffering the effects of staff cuts in 2003, the consolidation of two of ...

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Sapp passes baton to Canter at MBF

“I see very little that goes on within this law firm that should not be openly discussed and communicated with associates. They are very much the future of the law firm, and the sooner we get them thinking like they’re ...

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Court, county join in budget effort

A budget row between Milwaukee County and the court system there evolved this month into a broader campaign that is headed for the State Capitol. Court and county officials resolved, at least for now, court leaders’ objections to County Executive ...

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