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Legal experts offer lessons in mediation

Want to know what not to do in mediation? Check out Affordable Erecting Inc. v. Neosho Trompeler, 2006 WI 67. In that case, the parties reached an agreement at mediation. Affordable’s attorney was present, but not one of its principals ...

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Recording on school bus is admissible

The surreptitious recordings of a bus driver threatening a disabled child were properly held admissible at his trial for child abuse. Concluding that the driver did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the statements, the court wrote, “By ...

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Court imposes $5,000 sanction for late brief

The price for filing a late brief in the Seventh Circuit is steep — $5,000 for the former chairman of the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners in Cicero, Illinois. The chairman, Clarence Gross, filed suit against the town, contending ...

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Supreme Court allows suppression of evidence

In a landmark ruling June 4, the Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed decades of precedent, and held that suppression of evidence may be a remedy for a statutory violation, even in the absence of a constitutional violation, or express statutory authority. ...

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Summerfest counsel gears up for the Big Gig

From reviewing almost 1,000 contracts to negotiating the number of cases of whiskey a country music superstar wants, attorney Frank Nicotera has his hands full this time of year. Nicotera, a Racine native, serves as the chief administrative officer (CAO) ...

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Error may be in the eye of the beholder

What’s the most famous quote from “Star Trek?” If you were thinking, “Beam me up, Scotty,” you’re like most people. The problem is, that line was never uttered by Captain Kirk, or any other cast member. But, perhaps due to ...

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Leaders in the Law 2008

Leaders in the Law – The Wisconsin Law Journal honored 22 attorneys, judges and law professors as Leaders during its May 16 lunch event at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. The 2008 Leaders in the Law are (back l ...

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It still beats taking the bar exam

It took a little longer than expected, but 103 Marquette Law School graduates eventually became Wisconsin attorneys on Monday, May 19. A fire alarm interrupted the first of four swearing-in ceremonies and forced the State Capitol to be evacuated. The ...

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