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Man in jail can still jump bail

Attorneys, don’t let your clients sign signature bonds unless they are actually going to be released. Not only could it complicate getting credit for time served; it can also expose them to potential bail jumping charges if they violate the ...

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Diel: Action needed on SPD, ADA issues

State Bar of Wisconsin President Diane S. Diel is hoping that a few more voices will be enough to get the message across to Gov. Jim Doyle that the current justice system is in need of repair. Diel recently authored ...

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A tale of two counties

Attorneys who are not familiar with practicing in Shawano and Menominee counties need to keep a few things in mind when it comes to filing cases and determining jurisdiction. There are some landmines that can cause trouble for the unwary ...

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Legal assistant talent could become scarce

Good help is hard to find. But any help could be getting even harder to find for law firms looking for legal secretaries. As the number of Baby Boomers nearing retirement grows, the amount of talent to fill those positions ...

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The Interns of Summer

Hard work and perks fill summer associates' days Summertime, and the livin’ is … easy? Not for a handful of busy summer associates at the Milwaukee headquarters of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, who characterize their intensive work and learning ...

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Federal court misconstrues state insurance law

If you represent an insurance company in a duty-to-defend dispute with an insured, federal court is the place to be. In a July 17 Seventh Circuit opinion, the court adopted a standard that differs radically from state court precedent regarding ...

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Evans denies reports of his retirement

Reports of Terence T. Evans’ retirement are premature. Contrary to a story last week in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the U.S. Court of Appeals judge, who sits in the 7th Circuit, will assume senior status in the coming months, ...

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Local rules conflict with state rules

In a landmark civil procedure case issued July 15, the Wisconsin Supreme Court voided all local rules that conflict with state statutes. However, it tempered the rule somewhat by also holding that a circuit court need not state, on the ...

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Kobelt will help DCBA celebrate 150 years

For the past 12 years, Teresa Kobelt has served in various capacities within the Dane County Bar Association (DCBA), including six years on the board of directors and five on the organization’s program committee. Now as the organization enters its ...

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Floodwaters dampened court activities

Like most people who regularly work at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Clerk of Court Carla Robinson typically enjoys a short morning commute. But torrential rains and rampant flooding in mid-June turned the popular Main Street thoroughfare into a miniature lake. ...

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