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Butler plans to teach at UW Law School

Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis B. Butler Jr. is going back to his alma mater – the University of Wisconsin Law School. The law school has announced that Butler has accepted a two-year appointment to its faculty. He originally ...

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Van Hollen suit allowed to proceed

The state’s code of professional conduct for attorneys permits current Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to sue one of his current clients, the Government Accountability Board (GAB). But whether it’s a proper use of his power is yet to be ...

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Man must repay forfeited bail to his mother

A defendant who jumped bail can be forced to pay back the money his mother posted for him and forfeited. A Sept. 23 opinion from the Wisconsin Court of Appeals holds that the requirement can be made either as restitution, ...

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Attorney fees should not be limited

Attorney fees in civil rights cases should not be limited to the amount recovered by the plaintiff. At least, a Sept. 19 opinion by the Seventh Circuit, which doesn’t decide the fee issue definitively, says that doing so is “likely ...

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Attorneys are getting LinkedIn to clients online

Just a few months ago, Michelle M. Friedman recommended all attorneys at her Milwaukee firm, Davis & Kuelthau s.c., join LinkedIn, a popular online social networking Web site for professionals from various disciplines. To date, about 70 percent of them ...

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Branding helps make your firm’s mark

Gerald O’Brien, senior partner and managing partner at Anderson, O’Brien, Skrenes & Golla in Stevens Point, says the firm is considering branding. He’s not sure what it’ll entail for the 15-lawyer firm, but his marketing firm says it’s something they ...

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Plaintiffs only win 15% of job discrimination claims

The odds of winning a job discrimination suit in federal court are against plaintiffs’ attorneys. According to statistical analysis conducted by two Cornell University Law School professors of federal records from 1979 to 2006, plaintiffs who brought job discrimination cases ...

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What the Filip Memo means to corporate counsel

On Aug. 28, 2008, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) revised the Principles of Federal Prosecutions of Business Organizations, its guidelines for investigating and prosecuting businesses. This marks the continued evolution of the DOJ’s policies towards internal investigations conducted by ...

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Attorneys must advise clients of treaty

Attorneys representing non-citizens charged with criminal offenses need to inform their clients that they have the right to consular notification of their arrests under Article 36 of the Vienna Convention. A Sept. 9 opinion of the Seventh Circuit held that ...

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Chief Storck pleased with addition of judge

For more than 45 years, the Dodge County Circuit Court has gotten by with three judges, but a state courts review of the county’s 2007 caseload indicates it needs a little more than five judges. Last month, the circuit court ...

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