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Twitter tools for attorneys

I’ve been talking to lawyers and searching the Web in my quest for the best free Twitter applications for attorneys. Here’s what I learned. The first application you should check out is HootSuite, www.hootsuite.com. Jeffrey C. O’Brien, of Mansfield, Tanick ...

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Commentary: Boohoo! Insurance rates are unfair

Here’s a story I’m sure you’ve heard a thousand times before: A middle-aged, middle-class attorney gets divorced, and moves out of his house in the suburbs. Still saddled with a large mortgage and confiscatory property taxes on a house in ...

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Commentary: Last call for IRS amnesty

There has been a great deal of discussion over the past six months about the Obama Administration’s crackdown on offshore tax havens used by U.S. citizens to avoid paying income tax. U.S. Bancorp (UBS), Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Report of Foreign Bank ...

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Commentary: The eternal question

For all of human existence, the greatest minds of the ages and cultures have wrestled with the question: What are we here for? Contemplating our place in the universe is the stuff of amateur and sophisticated philosophers alike. When lawyers ...

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Commentary: This funeral would be long overdue

On Sept. 11, Milwaukee attorney Alan D. Eisenberg defended himself before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which is considering whether to sanction him for his conduct in filing a frivolous lawsuit. He said that he feared the hearing would be the ...

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Should you switch to Linux?

Are you a candidate for Linux? Take this simple test. When you have computer issues, do you prefer to seek help from the person in the neighboring office rather than an online forum? Do you like your technology as “out ...

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Commentary: A first look at Windows 7

The countdown to the public release of Windows 7 has started — the official release is scheduled for October 22. I have been working with betas and release candidates of Windows 7 for the past several months, and it looks ...

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Have tickets, will travel?

With the recession hurting revenue, cutting expenses is the most feasible way for law firms to preserve profitability. But some expenses are better targets than others. For example, canceling meetings that bring people together for training, sharing of best practices, ...

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Amend, don’t end, the diploma privilege

The question of whether Wisconsin’s diploma privilege violates the dormant Commerce Clause by discriminating against out-of-state law students and law schools is back before the district court. The issue the court must decide, on remand from the Seventh Circuit, is ...

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New column to spotlight BOG

“Every man who says frankly and fully what he thinks is doing a public service.” So says Leslie Stephen, a 19th Century British philosopher. Saying frankly and fully what one believes, while not being public service on all counts, contributes ...

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Theodore J.

Theodore J. “TJ” Perlick-Molinari is an associate with the Birdsall Law Offices S.C. in Milwaukee, where he has committed himself to the defense of people charged with serious criminal and drunk driving offenses. He represents Dist. 2 on the Board ...

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Imagine if every judge did this

Imagine if the federal government indicted someone for a victimless crime that in no way affected interstate commerce or any other legitimate federal interest, but no Article III judge would hear the case. That would be the situation if every ...

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Embracing Web 2.0

So much to your children’s embarrassment, you’re on Facebook for fun and maybe marketing, too. Want to really annoy your kids? Embrace Web. 2.0. You’ll soon be all over the Web, and probably even getting new clients along the way. ...

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When is contempt continuing?

As almost any family law attorney can attest, manipulative payors exist. Unfortunately, due to a recent decision from the Wisconsin Supreme Court, their gamesmanship may continue. Christensen v. Sullivan, 2009 WI 87 (July 21, 2009), concerned a 2006 order of ...

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State Bar is squandering dues again

I’m so excited. The Wisconsin State Bar is updating its logo and slogan. It seems like just yesterday that they came up with the slogan, “Expert Advisers. Serving You.” For whatever reason, what was good enough a few years ago ...

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Congressional overreaching

Congress is exceeding its Commerce Clause powers again. This time, it’s S. 909, the “Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act,” which was recently passed by the Senate. Congress actually invokes two sources of authority for the law: to guarantee citizens ...

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Life is unfair – but layoffs shouldn’t be

Law firms are not exempt from the legal requirements to operate a workplace free from discrimination. That means ensuring that characteristics other than an individual’s skills, experience and knowledge do not become factors in making employment decisions — including layoffs ...

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Of doctors, lawyers and ownership

For insight into the legal profession’s current troubles, compare the career experience of lawyers with that of doctors. In the medical profession, interns work with older practitioners, learning both practice and client/patient communication skills. Eventually, the young physician takes over ...

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Supreme Court opinions are too long

The opinions issued by the Wisconsin Supreme Court are too long. John J. Kircher, a professor at Marquette Law School, recently calculated that, since 1978, the average length of their opinions has quadrupled. The court’s longest opinion in 1978 took ...

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