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BEV BUTULA: Land Use Research Options

The Urban Land Institute is a 501(c)(3) research and education organization dealing with land use issues. Their policy and practice priority areas include: capital markets, housing, infrastructure, sustainability/climate change, place making/public realm, places of commerce, and development at the edge.

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THE DARK SIDE: The Grateful Dead meet the courthouse crowd

When I was young, it was an annual event to go see the Grateful Dead perform at Alpine Valley. You can imagine what that entailed. I never went to the extreme of traveling around the country to follow the band. Some people have always had to work, you know. But when they came to town every summer, it was a ...

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Testimony change depends on lawyers

There has been much attention paid recently, including in these pages, to a recent bill that purportedly heightens the admissibility standards for expert testimony.

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THE DARK SIDE: Somebody moved my bowling alley

The abuse of eminent domain in the United States is at least as old as the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in Berman v. Parker, 348 U.S. 26 (1954), in which the court shamelessly held that confiscating the property of homeowners and business owners, in order to transfer it to politically-connected cronies, was a valid public use, comparable to building a public road.

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Wisconsin Legislature Document Search

I was on the Wisconsin legislature page searching for some older bills when I noticed an announcement on the document search page. It states, "We have a new beta site for searching our documents.

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JOB CITES: Snow days can leave work relations icy

By Matthew Feery Job Cites Snow Day. Is there a more welcoming phrase during the long, cold winter months? (Well, yes. Many. Like “single malt scotch” or “World Champion Chicago Cubs.” Sadly, blizzards of historic proportion remain more likely than the latter, sometimes leading to imbibing of the former. But I digress.) Who doesn’t like an impromptu break from work ...

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THE DARK SIDE: An Aesop’s Fable for the legal eagles

It was January in Wisconsin, and I was sitting in my dining room, watching the cardinals and chickadees at the birdfeeder through the window. I was shoveling fistfuls of fresh blueberries imported from Chile into my gullet, while I pondered how wonderful international trade is.

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A few Android apps

I have written before about smart phone applications both in the Wisconsin Law Journal and for the State Bar of Wisconsin's Inside Track. However, the majority of the apps featured in those articles are for the iPhone. Many lawyers use Android mobile phones and so I thought I'd highlight a few Android apps. Please add any you have found useful.

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Steps to a faster, more reliable PC

The big holiday is next Monday.

Not Valentine's Day. I'm talking about National Clean out Your Computer Day, which is probably of greater interest to you if you're at all like Sheldon on "The Big Bang Theory."

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NLRB policy changes as unions decline

In January, as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the union membership rate among U.S. workers continued to decline in 2010, the new National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") adopted policies designed to facilitate union organizing.

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Crisis planning is an important task

Before the phone rings with news of a crisis, the clock is ticking on the crucial first hour of your ability to successfully navigate that crisis. Your mind races with questions.

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Court has chance to settle big issue

Could it be that our Supreme Court, which has gone over two years without deciding a single significant family law case, could have not one, but two such cases before it in the present term? Am I dreaming?

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