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Book of Odds

I had to start out the year with a website that can be insightful and entertaining. The Book of Odds is a website that presents the probability things.

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Spousal maintenance an ongoing concern

There's an old joke about a husband not wanting to pay his wife any maintenance. The judge, after hearing the evidence, finds she is entitled to support and says, "I'm going to give her $1,000 per month." The husband responds, "Damn nice of you, judge. I'll kick in a couple hundred bucks of my own."

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Discourage clients from no-merit option

Last month I discussed when appointed counsel should give the required no-merit advice. But what should attorneys do when clients ask the inevitable question: "What do you think I should do?" On the whole, attorneys should discourage clients from choosing the no-merit report option. Six months ago, Justice Prosser authored the decision in State v. Allen, 2010 ... Subscribe Login ...

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Just a bit of direction

Did you know that both the University of Wisconsin's law library and Marquette's law library offer great legal research guides? While they are obviously written with their students in mind, these guides can be of great assistance when starting research in a new or unfamiliar area of law. Both websites offer tips and resources for a ... Subscribe Login Digital ...

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What tax compromise will actually mean

Roughly two weeks ago, President Obama announced that he had reached a compromise with the Republicans in Congress to extend the "Bush tax cuts" passed in 2001 and 2003.

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Federal Government Apps

I love smartphones and the possibilities for the legal field. There are so many fun and useful apps out there. There are plenty of articles about apps for lawyers, including my State bar article.

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EEOC investigations can have broad scope

Imagine that one of your former employees, Bill, filed a Charge of Discrimination against your company with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC" or the "Commission"), alleging sex discrimination in violation of Title VII.

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High-tech gifts not always just for geeks

It's the holiday gift-giving season again, and time for my annual run-down on favorite goodies for the tech-savvy lawyer on your list. It's also perfectly acceptable to leave this column in a prominent place if someone needs a little help picking out something for you.

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New Reading Level in Google

The buzz on the blogosphere Friday was that Google has released yet another new feature. This new feature is the ability to select the "reading level" of your Google results.

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Free GG, the Geto Boys and speech

You would think that litigation over free speech would go away. Is it really so much to ask of people that they refrain from outlawing others from saying what they want?

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What it takes to be a national law firm

In 1960, fewer than 40 law firms in this country had 50 or more lawyers. In the latest listing of the 250 largest U.S. firms, even after two years of declines in total employment, number 250 on the list still employed 160 attorneys. Many of these firms began practice in a single city or small region before their growth took them to a national level. Often such law firms followed their corporate clients, which for decades have lived by the philosophy that bigger was better.

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