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Commentary: Limited liability? Not so fast

Most attorneys will recommend that when starting a business, a client should form some sort of entity to limit the personal liability that the business owner may face. Usually, this involves a conversation on the limits of a corporation’s or LLC’s liability protection, including a respect for the entity’s separate legal existence to avoid the “piercing of the corporate veil.” ...

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Commentary: Modernizing your office within your means

I can’t tune into HGTV for any length of time because I get too bored, nor can I watch “Extreme Home Makeover” because it makes me cry. I just didn’t get the decorating gene. But I can and do appreciate appealing surroundings. At the recent Solo & Small Firm Conference, more than one speaker emphasized the need for an eye-catching, ...

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Commentary: Great gifts for the tech-loving lawyer

It’s gift-giving season again, so I’ve been reviewing potential gifts for tech-loving lawyers. Here are three of my favorites that are priced right, will be used often and will make someone’s life in the office a bit better. eOffice 4.7 Software eOffice 4.7 is a software package that lets you view and edit documents and presentations right on your Blackberry. ...

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Commentary: Impartial justice or partial justices?

When I sat down to read the “Impartial Justice Bill” (signed into law by Governor Jim Doyle on Dec. 1), which provides government financing for Supreme Court campaigns, my intent was to look at it from a legal perspective. I just assumed that any legislation supported by the so-called “good-governance” groups will offend me on First Amendment grounds. For better ...

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Knock on Woods

Well, any illusions that Tiger Woods wasn’t human have been destroyed. The world’s most famous golfer has been at the center of the media universe since the early morning after Thanksgiving for what the athlete, husband and father described as “personal failings,” presumably not on the links. Link By now, anyone with ears has probably heard the infamous voicemail, allegedly ...

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Antitrust Information

The Resource page of American Antitrust Institute’s website provides researchers antitrust information. Some is quite basic, while other material is written for the seasoned researcher. The American Antitrust Institute “is an independent Washington-based non-profit education, research, and advocacy organization. Our mission is to increase the role of competition, assure that competition works in the interests of consumers, and challenge abuses ...

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Commentary: Avoiding stereotypes about Generation Y

Just in case you’ve been reading this paper for the last fifteen years and haven’t noticed yet, I’m a total civil procedure dork. As such, I’m invited, from time to time, to talk about civ pro at CLE programs. A couple weeks ago, having a couple hours to kill after a presentation before the next train left Chicago for Milwaukee, ...

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Searching case law for free; Habush and Cannon lawsuit

Michael O’Hear discusses the Skoien case at the Marquette Faculty Blog. Link More about searching case law for free on Google by Joshua Pollack. Link Extensive discussion of the lawsuit between the Habush and Cannon firms at Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorneys Blog. Link

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Commentary: Pro bono internships done right

Having written critically about the implications of major law firms offering newly hired associates to fill vacant judiciary clerkships, it seems only fair to cite a more positive trend. In October 2009, the Associated Press reported that a number of major law firms had postponed the start dates of new hires they recruited before the economic meltdown and were paying ...

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Commentary: FDA should have no power to ban caffeine in alcohol

On Nov. 13, the Food & Drug Administration sent notices to 30 alcohol manufacturers that they may be in violation of the law for adding caffeine to various alcoholic beverages. Since caffeine and alcohol comprise two of my four basic food groups (nicotine and lard being the other two), I am deeply concerned by this. As things stand now, I ...

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Commentary: How to find cheap office space (74921)

I was shocked when I learned from attorney Bradden C. Backer that office space in downtown Milwaukee has a vacancy rate of about 20 percent. Yes, the economy’s that bad. The good news is that it’s a renter’s market when it comes to finding affordable, appealing office space. Milwaukee attorney Joseph Seifert recently took advantage of that fact to find ...

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Case Law Available via Google Scholar

Google has put out a formal announcement regarding their new feature — the ability to use Google Scholar to locate Federal and State case law (and patents too). This is another option for researching cases online. There are several good blog posts today on the topic. For additional information, check out any (or all) of the following: Legal Info Now ...

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Commentary: Crisis management is opportunity for attorneys

Few organizational crises are unexpected. More than likely, advance warning signs existed, were acknowledged somewhere along the chain of command, but were ignored or not reported to leadership. Take for example the recent shooting at Ft. Hood, where an Army psychiatrist opened fire on the Texas base. As the story unfolded, the media uncovered a speech warning of “adverse events” ...

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Commentary: Honor, solemnity must be protected

Last Thursday, a young woman I know, Sgt. Amy Krueger, was murdered, along with a dozen others, at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas. This woman was a friend of my roommates, and she would stay at our house when she was in town. She joined the military after the attacks on Sept. 11, to defend this country and ...

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E-books on your PC?

We have all heard about the various portable e-readers available. A few examples include the Sony Reader, the Barnes & Noble Nook, and the Amazon Kindle. (I personally own a Kindle). There are also electronic reader apps that can be downloaded to an iPhone, iTouch, or Blackberry. However, did you know that there are also e-readers for your PC? This ...

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Unforgettable Juror Art

Deliberations collects juror art, as you may know — drawings and photographs made by real people on jury duty, gathered in what we cheerfully call the "American Gallery of Juror Art." The collection is meant to show both the light side of jury duty and also the often-missed depth and talent of many jurors. Much of the work is extraordinary. ...

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Commentary: Government promises subsidized health care to attorneys

Yesterday, I discovered that I am no longer young. Yes, I know, those of you in the Milwaukee Young Lawyers’ Association or the Milwaukee Conservative Young Professionals, or other organizations like that, could have informed me of this fact long ago. But I didn’t realize it until yesterday. Two things triggered the discovery. First, I was talking to a young ...

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Commentary: Shift happens: Cloud computing (and why you should care)

While most technologies advance the state of best practices incrementally, there are some advances that are genuine game changers. These changes create a paradigm shift that rattles the accepted norms of how computing systems are created and deployed. Smart phones, 3G and cheap laptops have all changed the way we work each day. Now cloud computing seems poised to have ...

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Commentary: Choosing sponsorships with care

You see the signs — your executive director is darting around the firm attending countless committee meetings and finance committee members are spending more time together in boardrooms than families do during the holiday season. It’s budget time. In today’s uncertain economy, you need to review your firm’s marketing budget and reallocate marketing dollars from categories that show little return ...

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Michelle Friedman Bio

Michelle Friedman is the Director of Marketing and Business Development at Davis & Kuelthau. She is responsible for the marketing, communication, public relations and business development efforts of the firm. She is also a veteran of the United States Army Military Intelligence Corps where she served as an Arabic Linguist.

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Commentary: Law blogs yield big ideas, savings

In my last column, I reviewed ten top practice management blogs. In this installment, I’m going to take a look at some low cost law practice management ideas I picked up from these blogs. Firefox ‘add-ons’ for attorneys The 2009 American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Survey found that about one-quarter of attorneys use Firefox for Web browsing. One reason Firefox ...

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Off to a good start

With the Wisconsin Law Journal set to host our Unsung Heroes event next Friday, it is a nice acknowledgement to non-attorneys in the legal profession, especially at a time when many firms are doing more with less. In talking with lawyers during the recession, it’s no secret that clients are asking, and in some cases demanding, a higher level of ...

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Property Soil Data

Need to know soil information on a particular piece of property? The Wisconsin Soils Program from the National Resources Conservation Service can offer several options. Following the link entitled “Soil Survey Information and Products” presents the researcher with several interactive tools. The Soil Data Mart is a very dynamic database and can be a bit intimidating. However, if you are ...

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