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Firms turning to non-lawyer managers

Attorneys are paid to practice law, but there is more to running a successful firm than racking up billable hours. With firms large and small looking to be more efficient, there is a growing need for leaders who are business ...

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Web sites, bloggers face new guidelines

For the first time in almost 30 years, the Federal Trade Commission has issued guidelines governing testimonials and endorsements — and for the first time, included guidance that cover bloggers and other online social media platforms. The Guides Concerning the ...

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Drug courts may be expanded

Drug courts were founded on the premise that drug offenders are better served with treatment than imprisonment. But a recent report on these courts says they are excluding the type of offenders that need treatment the most. Drug courts in ...

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Sprucing up your criminal client for court

Image matters. And it especially matters when your criminal client is facing trial. Lawyers need to convey the importance of wearing clothes which won’t be distracting or disrespectful, said attorney Paul E. Bucher. “Never assume that your client knows how ...

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Presenting your expert as a teacher

Alexandra Rudolph is a trial consultant at DOAR Litigation Consulting in New York City who specializes in focus groups, shadow juries and witness preparation. Rudolph recently spoke with Lawyers USA’s Aaron Krivitzky about how to increase the effectiveness of your ...

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Foley & Lardner downsizes

Wisconsin’s largest law firm, Foley & Lardner, has laid off 39 attorneys from its 21 offices around the world, including associates in its Milwaukee and Madison offices. Foley, which employs approximately 1,000 attorneys, had largely avoided the cuts endured by ...

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Justices hint seizure case may be moot

Washington — Those waiting for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on whether government seizures of property related to criminal activity without a probable cause hearing is unconstitutional may be disappointed. During oral arguments in Alvarez v. Smith on Wednesday, the ...

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Legal coaching increasingly popular

Tiger Woods, Serena Williams and Lance Armstrong all have one. And so do an increasing number of attorneys in the country. What do they have? A coach. With the economy still in a state of flux, legal coaching appears to ...

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Pro bono work can build your resume

As pro bono opportunities have grown over the last few years, more and more local law firms are encouraging attorneys facing fewer billable hours to take advantage of the work. This is especially true for associates, who can use pro ...

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New Supreme Court Cases

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to grant review in eight cases. The case numbers, issues, and counties of origin are listed below. 2007AP2711-CR State v. McGuire This case, involving allegations of sexual assault by a priest, examines the statute ...

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Contractors take Cape case to Supreme Court

James Cape & Sons Co.’s attempt to sue Vinton Construction Co. and Streu Construction Co. over past bid-rigging schemes may be headed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Jim Maples, president of Manitowoc-based Vinton, said the lawsuit is unrelated to the ...

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Legislation would limit online case access

Proposed legislation could limit the type of content that is freely available on the Consolidated Court Automation Programs (CCAP) Web site. While Assembly Bill 340 would exempt attorneys from a suggested $10 annual fee to use the site, some lawyers ...

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EEOC regulations may spur more ADA suits

According to plaintiffs’ lawyers, proposed new regulations from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission broadening the definition of “disability” mean that more Americans with Disabilities Act cases might get before a jury. This would mark a big change from the status ...

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Contractors: Local company not local

In an attempt to win back two city contracts from MJ Construction Inc., two contractors are arguing the builder does not qualify as a Milwaukee-based company. Underground Pipeline Construction Inc. (PDF), New Berlin, and American Sewer Services Inc. (PDF), Rubicon, ...

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Owner loses race with ordinance

You can’t set up shop in the waning days before a pending zoning ordinance would prohibit that use, and then claim a vested interest in continuing to do so. The Wisconsin Court of Appeals held on Sept. 24 that, “because ...

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11 apply for 7th Circuit

Eleven applications have been received by the Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Wisconsin State Bar announced on Tuesday. The opening results from Judge Terence T. ...

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Petition seeks to alter diploma privilege

It is a sensitive subject, which is why attorney Steven A. Levine is giving the state Supreme Court some options. On September 25, Levine filed a petition asking the court to either extend Wisconsin’s diploma privilege to graduates of all ...

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HIPAA obligations create legal challenges

Nancy Davis, the director of privacy for Ministry Healthcare in Sturgeon Bay, is putting in some long hours these days. She’s bringing her employer into compliance with a new federal patient privacy regulation enacted pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability ...

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