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Good briefs critical to successful appeal

Most disputes resolve without litigation. Of the few that make it to court, most settle before trial. Of those few that reach judgment, only a small number are appealed. For many attorneys, then, preparing an appellate brief is a rare, if not alien, event.

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No merit doesn’t mean no problem

The no-merit report procedure laid out in WIS. STAT. (RULE) 809.32 applies only to appointed counsel on direct appeal. The process can be confusing, but when to start it should not be.

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Utah State Climate Center

One place I stop when looking for current and historical climate data is the Utah State Climate Center. This website contains an extensive amount of data. Some options for the researcher include building climate data sets, viewing radar loops, and dynamic climate reports.

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They don’t know what ‘frivolous’ is

This week, The Dark Side is going to do something it has never done before - write something that everyone, even progressives, will agree with - with one small caveat: I don't expect the judges on the 7th Circuit to agree.

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Arizona-like immigration law would be wrong for Wisconsin

Rep. Don Pridemore of Hartford recently announced he plans to introduce an "Arizona-like" immigration bill in the Wisconsin Legislature when the new session begins this January. To put it bluntly, this legislation is wasteful, unconstitutional and has the potential for unintended racist consequences.

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How to get ahead of the new legal trends

Trends exist for nearly every profession. Capitalizing on those trends requires differentiation from competitors - regardless of whether trends indicate market movement up, down or sideways. Every market shift drives the need for continuous honing of how your firm is different and more valuable than competitors.

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On cheesecakes and Constitutions

Thanksgiving is this week, which means I'm being heavily badgered by folks who want me to make them pumpkin cheesecakes for the holiday, or at least give them my recipe.

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Government Attic

If you aren't familiar with Government Attic, it is a newly re-designed website that "provides electronic copies of hundreds of interesting Federal Government documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act."

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Benefits of good health outweigh costs

Attorney Tony O'Malley didn't quite know what to think his wife, Sandie, gave him a gift certificate for massage therapy, meditation and yoga classes a couple of years ago. He put it away after the holidays and nearly forgot about it - he was way too busy practicing law to actually think about his own mental and physical health, after all.

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Racial preference a challenging issue

One of the basic tenets of employment law - or at least one of the points most often raised by counsel when defending against charges of discrimination - is that employers are given great latitude when making business decisions.

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Vegan meals just aren’t kosher

I recently read about an Orthodox Jew in prison in Indiana who successfully sued the Indiana Department of Corrections for violating his First Amendment by giving him vegan meals instead of kosher meals.

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British and Irish Legal Information Institute

The British and Irish Legal Information Institute "provides access to the most comprehensive set of British and Irish primary legal materials that are available for free and in one place on the internet."

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