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LEGAL CENTS: Making the case for a firm Facebook page

I’m addicted to Facebook. Considering how many lawyers and judges I’ve friended — who typically have already posted a new status for the day, every day — I don’t think I’m alone in my habit of going to Facebook first, then starting work.

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Reynolds balances corporate work, community betterment

Whether she’s singing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” with a patient she encounters in the elevator or helping create pro bono legal clinics, Shelia Reynolds said she gets a lot of satisfaction out of working for Children’s Hospital and Health System Inc. in Milwaukee.

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LEGAL CENTS: What lawyers need to know about forms

“You got to fill out the form first, and then you wait in the line.” Paul Simon wrote that in a recent song, “The Afterlife,” describing his vision of heaven’s waiting room. But if you’re new to the practice of law in Wisconsin, that sentiment could apply to your new work, too. Since 2000, the Wisconsin Court System has mandated ...

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Judge’s son makes his mark on Rwanda

Fresh out of law school, Milwaukee native Brian Anderson never thought of himself as “an American expert on case law and technology,” until he was introduced as such to a group of high-level government officials in Rwanda.

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LEGAL CENTS: Recent graduates look out-of-the-box

It’s May, and for many aspiring lawyers, that means graduation time; what should be a time of celebration.

But this spring’s graduates, like many of late, face a hard reality once they’ve returned the caps and gowns: the persistently brutal job market.

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Mediation offers farmers a chance to be heard

State program was one of the first of its kind in the country By Jane Pribek When attorneys David Russell and Dennis McGilligan volunteered 25 years ago to take part in a new program for Wisconsin farmers, they didn’t realize the then little-known process called “mediation” would explode in popularity. In the years since, both attorneys have mediated dozens of ...

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Business is booming for estate planners

Recent changes to federal tax law are creating a wave of business for estate planners and could set off another swell when they expire in 2012. “Whenever’s there’s change,” said Kathleen Gray, of Quarles & Brady LLP in Milwaukee, “it creates a situation where people should revisit their plans and take another look at whether they still operate in accordance ...

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Bucyrus clears hurdle in merger lawsuits

Oak Creek-based Bucyrus International Inc. has overcome the first major hurdle in a handful of lawsuits seeking to halt a proposed $8.6 billion merger with Caterpillar Inc. and Badger Merger Sub Inc.

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Bouncing back from the recession

Mergers and acquisitions aren’t going to support a firm’s entire practice anytime soon, but the market for them is coming back from the depths of the recent recession, Wisconsin firms say.

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Entrepreneurs need counsel

Founding a company is tricky business — just ask college buddies Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin, whose struggle for control of their creation, Facebook, was detailed in the popular 2010 film “The Social Network.”

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LEGAL CENTS: E-readers gaining popularity in the legal community

After many years of interviewing attorneys and asking them what they do for fun, I can say with great confidence that just about all like to read and travel. Thus, this week’s article is about tools for legal professionals who enjoy … reading and travel! It is spring break season, after all.

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State Bar redefining e-list guidelines following censorship concerns

In the wake of a subscriber complaint of censorship, the State Bar has decided to revise policies for its popular member list serves. Bar staff members met Monday about policing the e-mail discussion groups, which are a State Bar member benefit and cover section topics such as elder law and practice management. Though the bar on its website states it ...

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