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Manuals Online

Manuals Online is a collection of user manuals, service manuals and instructional guides for a significant number of products. The search option allows the researcher to enter in a brand, model number, or keyword. The site also permits browsing by type of product. Items range from appliances to electronics to fitness equipment to lawn mowers. ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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The confrontation clause and plain error at the Federal Evidence Blog

Since Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36 (2004), testimonial statements are inadmissible under the Confrontation Clause unless the declarant testifies subject to cross examination.Michael O’Hear discusses bankruptcy fraud.Link The confrontation clause and plain error at the Federal Evidence Blog.Link Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Print, digital and mobile1 Year$329 Print, digital and mobile1 Year$329 Digital and ...

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Judge DiMotto discusses the judge-jury relationship

The most important duty of a judge - the judicial gatekeeper - in a jury trial is to establish a relationship of trust with the jury panel from the moment the panel enters the courtroom.Judge DiMotto discusses the judge-jury relationship.Link Rick Esenberg on the Electoral College.Link Judicial notice of stock prices in the Seventh Circuit.Link Subscribe Login Digital and mobile ...

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Commentary: Cutting deals in smoky courtroom chambers

Within the species known as Attornius Wisconsinis, there exists a subspecies referred to derisively by those outside of it as “the courthouse crowd.”You can identify “the courthouse crowd” by their jadedness and cynicism; by their intimate familiarity with the taste of institutional coffee; by their chain-smoking; and by their innate ability to cut a shady ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Commentary: Becoming ‘of counsel’ a win-win situation

The stereotypical of counsel attorney is the former partner who comes into the office to share his wisdom when he’s bored with retirement.Milwaukee attorney Jonathan P. Groth, in his 30s and the prime of his career, is proof that lawyers need not be AARP members to leverage successfully the of counsel relationship to maximize the ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Can we tape?

I love when I find websites that offer a 50 state survey on a particular topic. Can we tape? is a website published by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. The site provides a “practical guide to taping phone calls and in-person conversations.” Summaries regarding the ability to tape conversations are available for ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Alan Borsuk addresses the future of family law

Fastcase now available on iPhones.LinkAlan Borsuk addresses the future of family law.LinkNathan Dosch on the federal estate tax in 2010.Link Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Print, digital and mobile1 Year$329 Print, digital and mobile1 Year$329 Digital and Mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Digital and Mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289----------Print, digital and mobile1 Year$329 Email Address: Password: ...

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Commentary: Printing on one side of the page

Of all the slanders against attorneys and terrible suggestions for improving the profession, the most pernicious is that lawyers are tree killers for all the paper we use. They say we should use both sides of the paper when writing briefs and recycle as much paper as possible.Well, I don’t use both sides of the ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Commentary: The tricky thicket of hostile work environment claims

Imagine that you are a human resources director. An employee comes to you, claiming that she believes she is being subjected to sexual harassment in the form of a hostile work environment.She recounts how several of her fellow co-workers – they all work in a cluster of cubicles – enjoy listening to a certain morning ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Commentary: How to get from plan to action

Not planning is not an option if a firm wants to survive, because a plan is the first responsibility of a business owner. The plan doesn’t have to be complicated — it can be as fundamental as identifying a desired business outcome, defining what is necessary to achieve that outcome and working toward it consistently.Too ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Real March Madness

I wouldn’t expect my college alma mater to feature archived video footage each May of me receiving my diploma.Then again, I attended a Division III school and had no aspirations of making a living playing professional basketball.But a former college hoopster who starred on the 1995 national champion UCLA Bruins team is arguing that the ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Paul Secunda discusses good faith and fair dealing in Wisconsin employment contracts

For those unfamiliar with employment law, it might surprise you to learn that in the United States most states do not recognize an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing (GFFD) in employment contracts, even though such covenants are deemed to exist in commercial contracts under the UCC.Bonnie Shucha reports on new rules in ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Commentary: Lawyers should whine for tax credits too

Reading the local progressive newspaper the other day, I came across a story about some farmers and municipalities who want land designated as “agricultural enterprise areas.”If that were to happen, the farmers would get annual tax credits of $5 to $10 per acre, in exchange for agreeing to keep the land in farm production for ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Commentary: The key to security as a lawyer: Networking

Throughout law school I was very focused on grades and making certain that I ranked as high as possible in my class. But while it is impossible to deny that grades and rankings are important in law school, I was surprised to find that what matters more than anything as you move into your career ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Commentary: Cheap entertainment for the cost conscious

Lawyers are working harder these days. In 1965, associates typically billed 1,400 to 1,600 hours annually, while partners billed 1,200 to 1,400. Forty years later, associates’ hours were up to 2,000 annually, according to an ABA Law Practice Management Section magazine article from 2006.But everyone knows the old adage about all work and no play. ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Legal Research Skills

I recently read an interesting article by Sarah Valentine entitled, “Legal Research as a Fundamental Skill: A Lifeboat for Students and Law Schools.” It reminded me of several things I believe most of us know, but fail to implement when conducting research. Go Beyond Case Law – Why do we immediately start our research in ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Judge DiMotto on judicial substitution

In my last post, I discussed the procedure to remove a judge via recusal. Removal via recusal is dependent on the existence of a statutory impediment (757.19) or a statement by the individual judge that he/she does not believe he/she should be the adjudicator for the case for reasons certain. However, in Wisconsin every party ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Commentary: Half a case may be better than none

For the legal profession, the impact of the current recession has been felt the most by the nation’s one million-plus lawyers who are sole practitioners or members of small firms.These lawyers are not at the top of the compensation scale to begin with. They generally work on what’s called “the consumer side” of law, representing ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Graduate antes up for new law school

Today, Marquette University Law School announced a $2 million donation toward construction of its new law school from 1965 graduate Wylie Aitken and his wife.The California attorney formed Aitken Aitken Cohn in Santa Ana and received the law school’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.In a statement, Dean Joseph D. Kearney, said the $2 million was ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Marquette Law Review from the Beginning

The Marquette Law Review, in full text, is available online from its inception in 1916. The researcher is able to browse by volume or conduct a keyword search. There is a nice summary of the database available on the Marquette Faculty Blog. There is also an RSS option for researchers to ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 ...

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Commentary: Grandparents’ case raises hard questions

There is an old Jewish story about two men who go to a Rabbi to decide a dispute.After the first one told his side, the Rabbi told him: “You’re right.”“Wait a minute, Rabbi,” said the other, “You haven’t heard my side.”After telling his side, the Rabbi scratched his beard and told him: “You’re right.”The Rabbi’s ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Famous FBI Cases

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has an interesting webpage that discusses several famous cases. The cases fall into several categories including terrorism, organized crime, historical ten most wanted, and civil rights. Following a case link provides the researcher with background information, summary of the investigation, photos and, occasionally, links to documents.For example, at ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 ...

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Commentary: Observations from a morning in court

Last week, I spent 3 ½ hours in a courtroom in the Milwaukee County Public Safety Building. I needn’t tell you cats how tedious – I mean thrilling – that was.But I would like to relate a couple of experiences from that morning.At one point, while I was waiting in line to get through security ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Commentary: Internal marketing efforts can improve profitability

Studies conducted across the country repeatedly show the value of internal marketing to professional services firms. A national study of 200 human resources executives conducted by Wisconsin-based Business Development Directives revealed firms with strong internal marketing initiatives experience higher-than-average growth rates and profitability.The explanation is very simple — highly-trained, well-motivated staff members do all the ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Sew what?

Ever checked the label on that green (or purple) Brett Favre jersey you probably own?Odds are it says Reebok inside the collar, but the U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case that challenges the global athletic supply giant’s exclusive licensing rights with the National Football League.LinkGiven the billions of dollars in revenue that come from ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Commentary: No ‘Big Love’ for polygamy laws

My favorite TV show, “Big Love,” is back on the air for a new season.If you’re not familiar with the show, it’s a family drama about a man in Utah, his three wives, and their assorted children. A frequently-used device to drive the plot is their ever-present fear of criminal prosecution for polygamy.My hope is ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Intellectual Property Statistics

The World Intellectual Property Organization is an agency of the United Nations. Per their website, it is “dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.” The website supports a variety of useful resources. ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro ...

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Commentary: A close look at SaaS Highrise

A few months ago I wrote about cloud computing and the emerging field of software-as-a-service (SaaS).Highrise from 37 Signals is a SaaS offering that can help a busy law office coordinate efforts and communication for ongoing matters. It’s a multi-tenant, multi-user tool that allows you and your colleagues to share case information, assign work and ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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2010 rules of evidence

Judge DiMotto on permitting jurors to question witnesses.Link The Federal Evidence Review links to the 2010 rules of evidence.Link Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Print, digital and mobile1 Year$329 Print, digital and mobile1 Year$329 Digital and Mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Digital and Mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289----------Print, digital and mobile1 Year$329 Email Address: Password: Enter ...

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Not quite a Hollywood ending

Having sifted through more than a few disciplinary rulings handed down by the state Supreme Court, many contain tales of fraud, deceit or criminal behavior.But the court’s Jan. 7 decision to deny reinstatement to attorney Jimmie G. Davison reads like something that might be floated around in Hollywood. (Link)The Milwaukee attorney began practicing in 1975, ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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