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Attorney Lutz helps DNR stay on target

Nov. 22 is a big day for attorney Michael A. Lutz. For the 45th year, he will celebrate the start of the gun deer hunting season with his father on a slice of land near his native Shawano. But Lutz ...

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Relatives who assist suicide can inherit

Assisting a relative in committing suicide is not a bar to recovering under his will. The relatives in the case deny that they assisted a suicide, and no charges were ever brought alleging that they did. But the Wisconsin Court ...

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SPD budget seeks more staff attorneys, fewer private bar

Since 1995, the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office has been unable to secure an increase in the compensation rate for private bar attorneys. So the agency is taking a slightly different approach with its next budget proposal – reduce the ...

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Court reverses sexual assault conviction

In a prosecution for sexual assault of a child, the state may ask an expert witness about typical signs indicating that a child has been “coached” to make a false allegation, and whether the child exhibits such signs. However, prosecutors ...

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Tribal attorney finds niche advising Menominee Indians

The director of legal services for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin usually keeps an eye on cases involving the tribe he represents, or Seventh Circuit cases involving other Native American groups. However, earlier this summer, he was also paying ...

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Court: LLCs need attorneys to appear in court

Limited liability companies (LLCs) can’t appear in federal court without an attorney. The Seventh Circuit held on Sept. 26 that, as is the case with corporations and partnerships, one of the costs of organizing a business in that fashion is ...

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New chief, old story for proposed county court budget

Even though new Chief Judge Jeffrey A. Kremers is working through the Milwaukee County budget process for the first time, he is all too familiar with the annual reductions to court operations proposed by County Executive Scott Walker. In his ...

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Past U.S. Supreme Court term gives defense opportunities

The recently concluded term of the U.S. Supreme Court provides new opportunities for criminal defense attorneys in defending their clients. In cases ranging from equal protection challenges to Second Amendment rights, Attorney Paul Rashkind, supervisory federal defender for the Southern ...

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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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Wisconsin Supreme Court term moves forward

The Wisconsin Supreme Court term for 2008-09 just began this month, and some important cases have already been heard or are scheduled to be heard soon. Torts A case which the court just granted certiorari in, but has not scheduled ...

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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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Appellate court only allows simple interest

When a defendant rejects a settlement offer, and the jury returns a higher verdict, simple interest is calculated, without compounding it from the time of the offer to the time of payment. On Sept. 16, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ...

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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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State Bar board defers filing of brief in Siefert case

At its September meeting, members of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors verbally expressed support for an independent judiciary and the current code of judicial conduct, but declined a more specific request by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen ...

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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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