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Justice Crooks: A year without dissent

For the first time since the Wisconsin Law Journal began tracking how often our Supreme Court justices fall in the majority and dissent (and probably for much, much longer than that), a justice has gone an entire term without dissenting ...

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Board awaits member response to election survey

When the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors initially reviewed a federal suit filed by Judge John Siefert to allow judicial members to be politically active and personally solicit campaign donations, members were split on whether or not to ...

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Forced labor sentences vacated as too low

Two Brookfield doctors convicted of forced labor had their convictions affirmed by the Seventh Circuit on Aug. 15. However, the court vacated their sentences, concluding that the guideline range calculated by U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa was too low ...

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Associations reach out to women litigators

According to a 2007 study from the National Association of Women Lawyers, women constitute just 16 percent of equity partners in U.S. law firms. Women are also sorely underrepresented among the ranks of litigators, says Wausau attorney Christine Bremer Muggli, ...

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Proctor named ‘chief of chiefs’

With four new judges starting in the northern part of the state this month, Eau Claire County Circuit Court Judge Benjamin D. Proctor is ready to be a mentor. As the new “chief of chiefs” Proctor, 63, plans to enhance ...

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Close vote puts member services first

Member service: That’s the first goal of the American Bar Association, the world’s largest bar association. So decided the ABA’s policy-making body, the House of Delegates, which met Aug. 11-12 at the association’s Annual Meeting in New York. A spirited ...

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Online options for researching attorneys

There are occasions when researching another attorney makes sense. Evaluating potential co-counsel is a common situation. However, it may also be necessary when conducting a lateral hire search or educating yourself on opposing counsel. This article outlines a few online ...

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New Supreme Court Cases

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to accept six new cases. The Court also acted to deny review in a number of cases. The case numbers, issues, and counties of origin are listed below. 2007AP1289-CR State v. Baron The petition ...

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Lawyer transitions from athlete to attorney

Joseph R. Thomas has spent the majority of his professional life either on the court, or in it. After graduating from Marquette University in 1970, Thomas spent two years playing professional basketball with the Phoenix Suns. But he came to ...

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Retired Justice Day dies at age 89

When Shirley S. Abrahamson became chief justice of the Supreme Court in 1996, her predecessor expected it would be a long-term engagement. After a dozen years, Abrahamson has not disappointed former Justice Roland B. Day, who died on July 26. ...

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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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