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Court candidates discuss interests of outside groups

As third-party advertisements become more prevalent in the state Supreme Court race, the two candidates spoke for themselves at an afternoon forum on Feb. 25, sponsored by the Dane County Bar Association.Incumbent Justice Louis B. Butler Jr. firmly expressed his preference that outside interest groups “stand down” from affiliating themselves with him or his opponent, ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Outside influences enter state Supreme Court race (69751)

As outside interest groups have begun launching their own campaigns in support or opposition of the two state Supreme Court candidates, the question again is how big of an impact will they have on the election?Last year, third-party groups invested about $3 million in the race between Madison attorney Linda M. Clifford and current Justice ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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WisTAF remains sole recipient of $50 fee

A recent decision by the state Supreme Court will broaden the list of people required to help fund legal services to the poor, but those fees will continue to be collected by just one organization.On Feb. 22, the court unanimously voted to include members of the judiciary in the assessment of the $50 fee paid ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Fee assessment, other changes likely for visiting attorneys

Attorneys gaining permission to temporarily practice in Wisconsin can soon expect an annual expense attached to their visit.On Feb. 22, the state Supreme Court tentatively agreed to impose a $50 per case assessment on out-of-state lawyers practicing pro hoc vice as part of the proposed changes to SCR 10.03(4) regarding multijurisdictional practice.As discussed, the fee ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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MBA’s lawyer referral service faces growing demand

Increased demand for the Milwaukee Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service has the organization seeking more lawyers.In the past three years, the number of requests has risen 60 percent, director Britt Bellinger said. At the same time, the number of lawyers participating in LRIS has risen 50 percent. The 60-year-old program averages about 150 ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Justices will consider electronic filing of court documents

Attorneys charging clients to have staff travel to the courthouse to file pleadings. Court staff searching for a paper case file to docket a new pleading.Both practices might become obsolete, as electronic filing may be coming to a courthouse near you.That’s assuming the state Supreme Court approves Director of State Courts A. John Voelker’s petition ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Federal courts were first to adopt electronic filing here

The brief is due today!In bygone days, that meant making the final edits, copying and collating, and rushing to the courthouse by sundown. These days, in Wisconsin’s federal district and bankruptcy courts, it means completing and e-mailing it to the clerk by 11:59 p.m.Not only has Case Management/Electronic Case Filing, known as CM/ECF, arrived in ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Group’s integrity called into question following release of messages

State Supreme Court candidate Michael J. Gableman’s campaign is calling for the Wisconsin Judicial Campaign Integrity Committee (WJCIC) to withdraw from any further involvement in the spring election. Gableman’s spokesman, Darrin Schmitz, alleges that e-mail messages between committee members indicate the group has operated in a biased manner.In a letter to WJCIC Chairman Thomas J. ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Gay-rights group hopes to spark interest in election

Students at six university campuses went out to the polls last Tuesday to spark their peers’ interest in the April 1 Supreme Court race. Representatives of Students for a Fair Wisconsin, a gay-rights group, passed out applications for absentee ballots.Bill Conway, deputy executive director of Madison-based Fair Wisconsin, said that the group has not endorsed ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Large primary turnout may not translate to general election

Winners in the four Wisconsin circuit court primaries reveled in their initial success, but remained cautiously optimistic on their chances for victory in the general election.Chippewa, Florence-Forest, Outagamie and St. Croix counties experienced an upswing in the number of ballots cast on Feb. 19, largely due to the presidential primary.Several candidates admitted the relevance of ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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States can apply new rules retroactively

Even though the U.S. Supreme Court holds that a new rule of criminal procedure is not retroactive, state courts remain free to apply the rule retroactively in their own courts.However, the holding is unlikely to directly affect cases here, where the Wisconsin Supreme Court has already concluded that it has that authority, but has declined ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Judges, attorneys and litigants make best of case backlog

Miss a court appointment on a warm summer day and chances are the sitting judge will not have a very sunny disposition. Do the same a day after a foot of snow has fallen and the reaction may be less icy.That was the situation many litigants and attorneys faced on the morning of Feb. 7, ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Three vie for Outagamie County Court seat in primary

Two Outagamie County circuit court judges appointed in 2007 are about to see if their brief tenures will be prolonged.Branch 2 Judge Nancy J. Krueger will be the first to know, as she faces a pair of challengers for the seat. Appleton attorney Daniel J. Hoff and Outagamie Court Commissioner Maureen Roberts Budiac are hoping ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Several local firms shutdown for snowstorm

With limited courthouse access around the area on Feb. 6, a handful of law firms elected to close their doors, but not their practice.Various forms of electronic communication allowed attorneys at two Milwaukee-area firms with national branches to connect with clients, staff and fellow attorneys without having to weather the storm. “We may be working ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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Appointed counsel must explain why rehearing would be frivolous

If a recent spate of orders from the chambers of Judge Kenneth F. Ripple is any indication, too many attorneys appointed to represent defendants in the Seventh Circuit don’t understand their obligations after losing an appeal.Since July, Judge Ripple has issued three orders, all published, addressing the duties of counsel under Section V.3 of the ... Subscribe Login Digital and ...

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