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Social media: The new electronic town square

People often ask me, how does social media technology benefit business? I tell them it’s all about the relationship. Relation to others who use a product or service. Relation to the product or service itself. If used wisely, relation to ...

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Job interview can go bad … for employer

The process of selecting and interviewing job applicants is one of the most critical and contentious stages of the employment relationship. A faulty selection process or a bad interview can lead to significant business and legal problems. In addition to ...

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Sun will shine on some unpublished decisions

Finally, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, to paraphrase Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson, has let the sun shine in! Well, with blinds, if not curtains and drapes. On Oct. 15, after a number of unsuccessful attempts, the high court voted, subject ...

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Sword (or knife) of justice

The terms vigilante and fender bender do not really go together – unless you happen to be a judge in Kenya. No doubt, there have been occasions when judges in Wisconsin wished they could have climbed over their benches and ...

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Above the law?

Scum, traitor and liar are just a few of the words that appeared on various fan blogs in reference to Brett Favre and the alleged content of a recent phone conversation he had with Detroit Lions then General Manager Matt ...

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CISG and International Commercial Law

Pace Law School maintains an amazing database dealing with the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). CISG is the treaty ratified by over 70 countries outlining the uniform international sales law. The database contains ...

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Securities Lawyers Deskbook

The Securities Lawyers Deskbook published by the University of Cincinnati’s College of Law is a searchable database of the major securities laws. It “contains the text of the basic federal securities laws and regulations, as well as links to the ...

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Fraud and the Wall Street financial bailout

The question I have been asked more over the last few weeks than any other question is: “How big of a role has fraud played in this Wall Street bailout?” I wish that was an easy question to answer. It’s ...

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Court’s decision narrows the scope of ‘family’

It doesn’t take a village to raise children. It takes parents. That’s one of the central implications of a recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals case, Lubinski v. Lubinski (O’Rourke), No. 2007AP1701 (Wis. Ct. App. Sept. 25, 2008) (recommended for publication). ...

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Regional Economic Conditions (RECON)

The FDIC maintains a dynamic site that allows an individual to research specific regional economic information. RECON provides data for a variety of geographic areas including the U.S., state level, metropolitan area, and county level. The type of information ranges ...

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Court finds stepmother has no right to boy’s custody

The drought is over. After nearly nine months without a Wisconsin Court of Appeals case arising from a divorce action being recommended for publication, late last month, the District I Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Lubinski v. Lubinski ...

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Supreme Court Term Just Got Less Interesting

As the stock market and the presidential campaign get even more interesting, in an anxious and painful sort of way, at least jury watchers can pay a little less attention to the Supreme Court term. The Court refused today to ...

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Chief Justice Roberts Discusses Online Research

BoleyBlogs has a nice post discussing Justice Roberts’ recent comments on the topic of online research. He recently gave a lecture at Drake University, speaking on several issues including changing technologies and the migration to keyword searching. The post includes ...

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Women Lawyers, Juries, – And Stress?

At a litigation low point many years ago, my frustrated client stammered around for awhile and finally sighed, "I can't help wondering if this would be going better if you were wearing pants." He meant if I were a man; ...

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Food for Thought

As any Brewer fan knows, CC Sabathia is a significant reason why the team is enjoying its first postseason appearance in more than a quarter of a century. But since his arrival in July, he has also proven to be ...

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NAICS AND SIC Codes online

Looking for NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) and SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) codes? A standard stop for SIC codes is OSHA’s search system or manual. The Census maintains a keyword search engine for both 2007 and 2002 NAICS codes. ...

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Sports Fan?

This past weekend was full of Wisconsin sports worth watching … or worrying over. If you are like me and sometimes dream of the olden days, check out SI Vault. This is a collection of Sports Illustrated covers, videos, stories, ...

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Will The Economic Downturn Make Juries Less Diverse?

A new case reminds us that in jury selection, economics and race are often the same thing. As Thaddeus Hoffmeister reported at Juries this morning, the Sixth Circuit yesterday decided Smith v. Berguis, overturning a Michigan state court murder conviction ...

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Doing Business in Other Countries

Earlier this week I was in Washington D.C. attending WebSearch University, a conference for information professionals. I always enjoy attending these types of conferences because I learn about new and useful websites. One session I attended was on international search. ...

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Conquering the quest for malpractice insurance

“Oh how I need Someone to watch over me.” When he penned those words, lyricist Ira Gershwin got it right. As competent, experienced, dedicated and smart as you undoubtedly are, you cannot go it alone when it comes to professional ...

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Some PR firms are beginning to share the risk

While working at a national trade association, I was charged with building visibility for issues in Washington with key members of Congress. After reviewing several DC-based PR firms, our CEO decided to hire a firm he knew, rather than one ...

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What To Read This Week

The Jury Expert, the publication of the American Society of Trial Consultants, just issued its third edition. It is, as they say, bigger and better than ever. There are eleven different articles by leading trial consultants, all offering practical insights ...

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The Siting of Wireless Communications Facilities

Several times over the past few years, I have been asked to research the issue of wireless communication facilities. OpenCRS (see prior post), recently posted a Congressional Research Report entitled, “The Siting of Wireless Communications Facilities: An Overview of Federal, ...

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The fraud blame game: Accusing the auditors

When a company discovers an internal fraud, it’s not uncommon for owners and management to look for a party to blame. After all, someone should have known that a fraud was in-progress, right? Often, the blame is cast in the ...

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BFOQs have to be more than ‘cheap talk’

There is one thing we all know about employment law: employers cannot deliberately exclude an individual from consideration from employment based upon the individual’s gender or other protected class. However, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 carves ...

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Bio

Job Cites is a monthly employment law column submitted by Warren Buliox and Jerilyn Jacobs. They are attorneys practicing employment law at Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP, in the Milwaukee office.

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Jane Pribek is the editor-at-large for the Wisconsin Law Journal. Pribek is a former family law attorney and the former editor of the Wisconsin Law Journal. She lives in Nashville, Tenn. with her husband and two daughters.

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Questionnaire For A Tough Trial

While we're waiting for the judge to release the jury questionnaire in O.J. Simpson's robbery trial,* here's a questionnaire for collectors. Voir dire is under way in the Arizona trial of accused serial killer Dale Hausner, and Phoenix trial consultant ...

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