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Shabaz finalists also apply for Crabb’s seat

The four finalists for U.S. District Court Judge John C. Shabaz’s seat have also put in their names for the new opening Judge Barbara Crabb has created by announcing her plans to seek senior status. The Federal Nominating Commission has ...

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A Sticky Question

The state is considering a little change that could save an estimated half million dollars in its budget during the next two years. How little a change? About 1 ¾ inches to be exact. That’s how big the vehicle registration ...

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U.S. Supreme Court hears judicial recusal case

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case today looking at when elected judges should step aside in cases involving high-level campaign contributors. It’s an important issue as individuals, companies and organizations pour millions of dollars worth of support into ...

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Court finds cheerleading is a team sport

The Wisconsin Supreme Court today determined that cheerleading is a team sport. As a result, a state statute granting recreational immunity to participants for injuries resulting from participation in team sports applies. The case, Brittany L. Noffke v. Kevin Bakke, ...

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Watch the first Supreme Court debate online

The two candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court – Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson and Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Randy Koschnick – will face off in their first debate tomorrow. The Wisconsin Newspaper Association will host a debate between Abrahamson ...

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Who’s liable for cheerleading accident?

The state Supreme Court will release a decision tomorrow in a case that has raised questions about who is liable for an injury that occurred during cheerleading practice. The Supreme Court is expected to decide whether the recreational immunity law, ...

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We’re looking for the best!

For the first time ever, Wisconsin Law Journal is turning to readers for their opinions on the best that Wisconsin has to offer. For our upcoming Best Of section, we’re looking for the best judges, the best law professors, even ...

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Slander and libel case goes to high court

The state Supreme Court will take up Vince Biskupic’s libel and slander case against eight defendants, including a northern Wisconsin newspaper, for an article that ran 2004. Biskupic, who ran for state attorney general in 2002, filed a lawsuit in ...

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What do you think?

The Wisconsin Court System is seeking feedback on its Web site. They are asking visitors what they think of the site. A quick six-question survey posted on the Wisconsin Court’s Web site attempts to get feedback on how satisfied visitors ...

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Weird Wisconsin Laws

When it comes to Wisconsin statutes and local ordinances, there are many things they didn’t teach you in law school. Fortunately, Mark Toth, chief legal counsel of Manpower North America, has pulled together a number of the quirkier laws on ...

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Lifting the artificial veil

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has taken an important step in lifting the artificial veil that has existed since the state Court of Appeals was created 30 years ago. With a 6-1 vote, the justices have decided to allow lawyers to ...

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Expanded Judges Directory available here

For the past seven years, Wisconsin Law Journal has surveyed judges in specific locations around the state, such as Milwaukee, Waukesha, and Dane counties, as part of our annual Judges Directory. This year, with the help of the Director of ...

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Is there a solution?

Fourteen years ago, I received the unimaginable phone call in the middle of the night. A voice I did not recognize was telling me that my family had been in an accident with a drunken driver. He said my 37-year-old ...

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U.S. Supreme Court ideological review

Although Wisconsin’s Supreme Court will continue releasing decisions into July, the U.S. Supreme Court has wrapped up its 2007-08 term. Many of the significant decisions released in the last few weeks were the result of 5-4 decisions along strong ideological ...

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Ziegler reprimand – too little or too much?

On May 28, the Wisconsin Supreme Court disciplined one of its own. The justices determined that Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler should be publicly reprimanded for presiding over 11 cases involving a bank where her husband sat on the board of ...

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A Step Forward

During her inaugural address, Diane Diel made the surprising revelation that one of her goals involved promoting discussion about the mandatory nature of the State Bar of Wisconsin. That’s a wise move on her part. The best thing that could ...

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