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The chilling case of the Christmas ham

A December evening in the big city. A light snow was falling, and it was already dark. ome-where outside, a lonely saxophone played “Silent Night.” The notes drifted through the cold air like fast food wrappers blown out of the garbage cans. I was working late, trying to get enough billable hours in to take ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Is there muscle behind your password?

We all understand the importance of choosing strong passwords. However, what we believe to be a good password may have room for improvement. I am amazed by the simplicity of some individual’s passwords. SecurityStats.com has some good tips when formulating a password. They also offer a scoring program to test various passwords. Per the website, ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Blog Blow-up

A new report reveals that throughout the last eight months, 85 new legal blogs have been created and 71 of the 2008 AmLaw 200 law firms now blog, compared to just 39 a little more than a year ago.Kevin O’ Keefe, CEO of LexBlog and former Wisconsin attorney, discusses in detail the report’s findings at ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Handling metered postage without the meter

One of my duties as a clerk during law school was schlepping the postage meter a few blocks to the post office in downtown Milwaukee. It was heavy, and there were always lines once I reached my destination. Postage meters and queues aren’t a part of the lives of attorney Sarah L. Ruffi or her ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Science and Technology Research

Quality websites exist to obtain relevant scholarly science and technology information.Many use Google Scholar. Google Scholar, however, pulls results from a very large index of materials, not all specific to the discipline. Two search engines designed to query just scientific resources are Scitopia.org and Scirus.com. Scitopia is a federated search tool. It looks to the ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Someday, Your Facebook Juror Will Come

I swear they keep this blog in business, those social networking jurors. I didn't set out to cover that particular jury issue so heavily, but from the first week, when I set up searches to find topics to cover here, the juror blogs started showing up in my news feeds, so I wrote about ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile ...

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Take steps to prevent fraud in your law practice

One of the last places you’d expect to find fraud is in a law practice. Like accounting, the practice of law is a profession in which ethics are of utmost importance. Accountants and lawyers are often too trusting of their fellow professionals, and therefore leave themselves open to the risks of fraud.The issue of fraud ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Principle v. Practice: A Judge's Challenge To Improve Voir Dire

What do judges talk about when they talk about voir dire? Judge Gregory Mize is gently challenging his colleagues to make voir dire better, by comparing a new set of inspiring goals to new data documenting a less inspiring reality. If there were a blog devoted entirely to Judge Mize's work to improve the jury ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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eLaw Exchange (Electronic Discovery Information)

Michael Arkfeld, the author of “Electronic Discovery and Evidence,” offers an electronic discovery tool entitled eLaw Exchange. The site supplies information on service providers, state rules, and litigation resources. It encourages contributions and exchanges between professionals. One site feature is “Litigation Intelligence.” This is a searchable database of websites that would be of interest to ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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How Would You Improve Voir Dire?

On Tuesday, I reviewed "Building A Better Voir Dire," the article by Judge Gregory Mize and Paula Hannaford-Agor of the National Center for State Courts. The article challenged judges to work creatively to help the actual practice of jury selection live up to the ideals most of us share.Now it's your turn. What ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 ...

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Collaborative divorce gains momentum in Wisconsin

The year was 1999. We were all worrying about Y2K, eating low-carbohydrate diets and asking, “Is that your final answer?”Those are all distant memories now. But one event dating back to the end of the 20th century has gone in the other direction, gaining tremendous momentum: collaborative family law.Way back when, at my invitation, a ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Law school still in session

While many business and non-profit organizations are holding their collective breaths in the midst of this economic freefall, those involved with the construction of the new Marquette University Law School can breathe a sigh of relief.The project, which broke ground in May on the corner of 11th and Clybourn streets, recently cleared the financial hurdle ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Google can alert you to postings about your firm, clients, blog

Since cold and flu season is upon us, I thought it appropriate to take up viral marketing. Like a sneeze in your face, viral marketing all but forces you to pass on a message. So says Milwaukee lawyer Jon P. Groth, of Kyle, Pitman & Sicula S.C., who gave an entire presentation on the topic ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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ADAAA broadens scope of covered employees

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), signed Sept. 25, 2008, significantly broadens the scope of employees who may be covered under the ADA. The act takes effect Jan. 1, 2009.At present, the ADA defines the term “disability” as, “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Are you a business collaborator with clients?

In a recent coaching session, an attorney spoke to me about his frustration when he and several colleagues paid a visit to a prospective client.The lawyers were prepared to make a full presentation about the services that the two individuals representing the prospect company had said they were interested in. However, the lawyer recounted, the ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Chief justice discusses campaign reform in State of Courts speech

Now that the fight for the White House is done for another four years and various political leaders are finished with their acceptance or concession speeches, maybe discussions of campaign reform will be heard again.Especially since spring elections, which include a number of judicial positions, are less than 6 months away. During her State of ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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New Supreme Court petition for review rules set to take effect

On Jan. 1, 2009, more detailed rules will guide appellate practitioners in filing and opposing petitions for review by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.While the amendments to Wis. Stat. sec. 809.62 do not modify the review criteria or the petition deadlines, they more fully describe when a decision is adverse, and thus when a petition for ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Counsel to Counsel Magazine

Did you know that Martindale’s Counsel to Counsel magazine is available online in full text? Counsel to Counsel “focuses on current issues and practical approaches in corporate legal services, offering cutting-edge benchmarking information and timely insights.” Free registration is required to obtain the articles. The site includes an archive of older editions going back to ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Can You Spot The “Fully Informed” Juror?

It finally happened. After all these months, this blog got its first comment from the Fully Informed Jury Association, or someone claiming to represent that group. You’ll miss it ifI just publish it as a comment to another post, so here it is on its own:Voir dire is unconstitutional jury tampering. Jury ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro ...

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Judgepedia

Judgepedia is a relatively new website, going live earlier in 2008. Judgepedia is a wiki, similar to Wikipedia. A wiki is a collaborative website, allowing individuals to create, edit and delete information on the page. Because of this ability to manipulate information, some have questioned the reliability of wikis. However, operators of wikis have stressed ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Are you engaged in ‘civil’ practice?

In recent years, many state and local bar associations have adopted voluntary professionalism goals and standards that attempt to discourage “unprofessional conduct” and encourage “civility” for lawyers engaged in litigation.Typically, these codes are not mandatory, and non-compliance carries no sanctions.In Canada, where civility is highly valued, the Canadian Bar Association’s Code of Professional Conduct specifically ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Free Fastcase arrives for State Bar members

This past Halloween was probably a particularly scary day for representatives of Westlaw and LexisNexis working with Wisconsin practitioners. That’s because Oct. 31 marked the State Bar of Wisconsin’s roll-out of its newest, and by far most significant, member benefit: It launched free access to Fastcase for bar members — undoubtedly leaving Lexis and ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile ...

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Election Data via Google Maps

Google’s Election ’08 Map Gallery displays a variety of maps dealing with the current and past elections. Two of the several choices include 2008 election results and historical data.The 2008 election results map will be updated in “real time” per Google, so interested parties might want to keep an eye on it throughout the day. ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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National Association of Counties

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is a national organization representing county government. Per their website, membership includes more than 2000 of the 3066 counties in the United States. Some of the information on their website is limited to members only. However, they still offer much to the general researcher. One page available to the ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Computer virus information

McAfee’s virus information page contains two resources that may be of interest. The first is the “virus glossary.” It defines the, often unknown, terms that are associated with virus and security issues. It is a simple interface; the researcher can either browse or select the first letter of a word. ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 ...

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Lawyer Jokes In The Jury Room

The sad thing was they weren't even particularly good lawyer jokes. Stuff like this:From the moment of birth, sharks' skin is tough and rough -- covered with thousands of tiny hard teeth call denticles that abrade any passerby made of softer stuff. Lawyers are also thick-skinned. Easily identified by their humorlessness and abrasive personalities, they ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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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 high turnover, losses in productivity and bad publicity, mishandled employment interviews can result in compensatory ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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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 to certain limitations, to allow the citation of unpublished opinions as persuasive authority. On a number ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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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 given an attorney, defendant or member of the audience what for. But outside of the courtroom, ... Subscribe Login Digital 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 Millen.After reports surfaced that the ex-Packer quarterback offered inside information on play calling and strategy ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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