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Court reverses out-state judges more often

During the nine years that the Wisconsin Law Journal has reviewed trial court reversals, one thing has remained constant; the judges in Milwaukee County get reversed less than out-state judges. In 2008, for example, all three judges with double-digit affirmances, ...

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Open Dane County seat draws 3

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen E. Ehlke and private attorneys Julie Genovese and Charles Schutze are competing for the Branch 13 position currently held by Judge Michael N. Nowakowski. The 24-year veteran of the Dane County Circuit Court will retire at ...

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Brash, Konkol affirmed 16 times in 2008

Three Wisconsin circuit court judges — all from Milwaukee County — led the courts in facing review on appeal without being re-versed once in 2008. Judges William W. Brash, III, and Daniel L. Konkol were both reviewed 16 times in ...

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British attorney continues wait to practice

Gail C. Worley is frustrated. She is a graduate of a prominent law school with more than three years of practice experience in commercial litigation at an emerging mid-size firm. But it has been seven years since she appeared in ...

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County goes to market for jail cash

A shaky bond market offers La Crosse County a risky but rewarding shot at $19.5 million to pay for a jail expansion project, according to County Administrator Steve O’Malley. “For the last few months, the (national municipal bond market) has ...

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Year in Review 2008: Important Opinions

WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT CIVIL OPINIONS Antitrust Taverns are immune from Wisconsin antitrust law under the implied repeal doctrine, despite agreeing not to offer drink specials.2005AP1063 Eichenseer v. Madison-Dane County Tavern League, Inc.Issue date: 5/12/2008 Civil Procedure Municipalities do not have ...

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DOT wants to cap legal fees for takings

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation wants to make it more difficult for property owners to contest the price the state agency offers when it acquires their land for public construction projects. WisDOT wants to shut down a tactic used by ...

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Child porn defendant will get new sentence

A defendant convicted of distributing child pornography must be resentenced, possibly without application of the 15-year mandatory minimum. In an opinion by Judge Frank H. Easterbrook, the Seventh Circuit held that, because it was not clear that his prior conviction ...

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2009 Contested Judicial races

While another contested race for a seat on the state Supreme Court highlights the spring judicial election cycle, there are 17 circuit court positions that could be filled by first-time judges. Five incumbents will face challengers, another six judges are ...

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2008 Year in Review – Verdicts & Settlements

Verdicts & settlements Top 5 Verdicts for 2008 The following are the top five verdicts as reported to Wisconsin Law Journal’s Verdict & Settlement Reporter in 2008. Case Award Type/Injuries Plaintiffs’ Attorney(s) 1 Family, et al. v. Waukesha Memorial Hospital ...

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Bar will evaluate investments

Heading into the new year, the State Bar of Wisconsin is looking at its bottom line, especially the investment side, which has fallen well short of budget projections. Finance Committee Chairman William J. Domina said through Oct. 31, returns on ...

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2008 Year in Review

January A three-judge Judicial Conduct Panel recommends that Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Annette K. Ziegler receive a reprimand for sitting on 11 cases involving a bank where her husband was a director when she was a Washington Country Circuit Court ...

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Three easy steps to improve your A/V capabilities

Boston – Interface with clients. Perform a mock trial. View a recorded deposition. An effective small firm can be expected to service clients in multiple cities and states, and that can’t always be done face-to-face. To accommodate these expectations, many ...

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Nine tribes to split grant money

Police Chief Joe Szwarek is enjoying the new year. Thanks to a $142,000 grant from the state, Szwarek is able to sustain his five-person department on the Bad River Chippewa reservation for another year. “We would be out of business ...

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