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May 7, 2020

Lawsuits test limits of political speech

President Trump, through his campaign, is suing television station WJFW-TV in Rhinelander for airing a political ad that allegedly defamed him.

May 1, 2020

COLUMN: COVID-19 and our water supply

Without a doubt, times are tough. The seemingly inexorable spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has left many of us desperate for good news. And make no mistake, there is some out there.

Apr 27, 2020

KEEPING IT CONFIDENTIAL: Protecting privilege while you’re working remotely

The attorney-client privilege protects confidential communications between clients and their attorneys that are made for the purpose of rendering legal advice and are kept confidential.

Apr 24, 2020

How support has changed in the age of COVID-19

Although I’m normally not one to bemoan the “good old days” gone by, there are instances in which I do. And given the unprecedented and unusual circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak as it affects the legal system, one such instance comes to mind.

Apr 17, 2020

Mediation during the COVID-19 outbreak

In the first few weeks of the outbreak, we were able to convert the vast majority of the mediations that were scheduled to either telephone or video mediations, both in Wisconsin and across the United States

Apr 2, 2020

IN WRITING: Remote online notarization becomes law

Governor Evers signed Assembly Bill 293 earlier this month, permitting parties in Wisconsin to allow the performance of notarial acts using audio-visual technology for remotely located individuals.

Apr 1, 2020

AVOID THE ‘F’ WORD: What’s ‘fair’ got to do with it?

Recently, a default divorce hearing fell through because the judge in the case had the temerity to ask a party whether she thought the proposed settlement was fair.

Mar 17, 2020

Let’s have this bring out the best in us

The world has been moving pretty fast lately; events are unfolding rapidly, and that can be unsettling.

Mar 6, 2020

A MARRIAGE STORY: Does recent film offer Hollywood view of divorce, or is it close to real life?

Although I consider myself a movie buff, I typically dislike movies about lawyers and the legal system. For example, although Paul Newman (a great actor) was nominated for the Academy Award for playing a lawyer in “The Verdict”, I found the movie irritating (at best). Apparently, the rules against ex parte contact with the court were unknown to the script writers.

Feb 6, 2020


After a year of writing this column for the Wisconsin Law Journal, it is time to take a look back at the main issues for the year. This affords me the opportunity of taking another kick at such cats as seem to warrant another kick.

Jan 30, 2020

NEW ABA RULES: Adopting them essential in Wisconsin

There is an urgent need for consistency throughout the country in how legal services are marketed and delivered.

Jan 23, 2020

BUILDING TRENDS: ESOPs gain popularity with construction firms

An increasing number of construction owners are putting their trust in their employees as they plan for the future of their businesses, a trend evidenced by the exploding interest seen in the past five years in employee stock ownership plans.


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