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7th Circuit hears arguments in gun rights case

Douglas Berman at Sentencing Law and Policy links to oral argument in U.S. v. Skoien, a Wisconsin case addressing whether those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses can be barred from possessing firearms. Link Professor McChrystal at the Marquette Faculty ...

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National Tribal Justice Resource Center

The National Tribal Justice Resource Center is a very comprehensive website dedicated to Native American and Alaska Native tribal court information. The site is maintained by the National American Indian Court Judges Association. The main page highlights news and other ...

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Legal blog archive and more

A discussion at Federal Evidence Review on voice identification and due process Bonnie Shucha reports on the Library of Congress creating an archive of legal blogs Professor O’Hear’s Seventh Circuit week in review. Thoms Nitschke at Divorce and Family Law ...

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Codes of Ethics

The Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, which is part of the Illinois Institute of Technology, maintains a wide collection of “codes of ethics.” The Codes of Ethics Online consists of professional societies, corporations, government, and academic ...

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Stepping Stone

On the heels of recent events which have again heated up the debate about when and why judges should step away from hearing cases, a new state Supreme Court ruling could further fuel the fire. The high court voted 5-2 ...

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FRED – Federal Reserve Economic Data

FRED® is an excellent resource for all things economic. It is maintained by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. They describe the site as one that “offers a wealth of economic data and information to promote economic education and ...

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Bracket busters

With all of the other legislation that gets chewed up and spit out in Madison on an annual basis, it’s shocking that there hasn’t been a law passed that legalizes office sports pools. But one could be on the way, ...

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Recap of Stimulus Websites

There is quite a buzz around the availability of online Stimulus bill information. I have done two prior posts on websites dedicated to this topic (Recovery.gov and Mayor’s Wish List for Stimulus Money). As things are progressing, I have been ...

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In-court ID by witness with vision problem

That’s one of several blog topics that state lawyers have posted on recently. That and other blog links from around the state are listed below: A lengthy post discussing a recent Seventh Circuit case that addresses an in-court identification by ...

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Is Batson Wrong?

Just my luck. I leave town for two days, away from the Internet for once in my life, and the blogosphere decides to spend the whole time talking about peremptory challenges to potential jurors. Peremptory strikes, the cons and pros ...

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The Price Of A Poker Face

It may be the single most frustrating piece of jury advice for young lawyers: “Watch the jury.” Watch them what?, I used to think. They’re just sitting there! I felt like I could watch the jury for hours and never ...

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The One Simple Rule When Jurors Go Online

It happened again. A juror accessed Twitter from court, and everybody's twitting out about it. In a financial fraud case in Arkansas, a juror named Johnathan tweeted a little before and after — but not during — the trial. In ...

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Sports Authority

Anyone who has ever tuned in to a professional sports broadcast had heard the line “any rebroadcast, reproduction or other use of this game without the express written consent of [insert league here] is prohibited.” But who has the authority ...

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Wisconsin TechSearch

A young associate at my firm needed a non-legal journal article from the 1980s. He seemed mystified that it was not available online, or easily accessible. I attribute this to two things. The first is that he is from the ...

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International Law in U.S. Courts

If you are ever looking for discussion of international law within U.S. Courts, the American Society of International Law may have the site for you. i.Lex is an online database “of select U.S. court cases and related materials is designed ...

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Recovery.gov is up and running

Recovery.gov, the government website established to track the stimulus bill money, is up and running. One of the first things you notice about the site is the timeline. The entries start in February of 2009 and, currently, continue through July ...

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Juror Love

Every facet of life makes its way into the courtroom eventually. So it shouldn’t be surprising that jurors fall in love: Sometimes they fall for each other. It happened last week in Denver, when two jurors were sent home from ...

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How To Work With Jargon

Jury consultants don’t get many questions that have easy answers, but here’s one, and lawyers ask it all the time. How do you handle difficult vocabulary – industry, technical, or legal jargon – with the jury? Remarkably often, the lawyer ...

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Neighborhood Data Center

The Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee maintains a collection of maps and data they call the Neighborhood Data Center. Take a look around. The website describes the resources as “data, maps, reports, and analyzes to allow organizations to better plan and ...

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Count 'Em

Sometimes it's the most basic things that matter. In college I was a lifeguard at a Girl Scout camp, and it turned out the most important skill wasn't saving swimmers; it was counting them. If you started with eleven red ...

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Ringing Hollow

We’ve all been there. You are in your car heading home during rush hour and your cell phone rings. What do you do? If you answer it, at minimum you may endure a dirty look from a fellow motorist. Chatting ...

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Cash and Burn

It was quite a week for everyone invested in the new Marquette University Law School.Fundraising for the project crept closer to its $85 million goal with the announcement that the Northwestern Mutual Foundation (NMF) pledged $1 million on Feb. 6. ...

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Federal Pattern Jury Instructions and Others

Ask BILL!, a compilation of great resources gathered by the 7th Circuit library, offers links to several Pattern Jury Instructions. Categories include Federal Pattern Jury Instructions, District Court Pattern Jury Instructions, and Patent Jury Instructions. Users of the site will ...

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