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Lisa Stark

Jan 28, 2019

HOW THE JUDGES FARED: State courts’ affirmance rates hold steady in 2018

In 2018, there was little change from 2017 in the rate at which the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court affirmed trial-court judges.

Aug 6, 2018

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Dallet sworn in (UPDATE)

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Dallet took the oath of office at the state Capitol on Monday in a ceremony attended by four of the other six justices.

Mar 14, 2017

BENCH BLOG: Phoning in a guilty plea

In a carefully reasoned decision, the Court of Appeals required certain safeguards before a defendant may be allowed to plead guilty by phone.

Feb 9, 2017

High court to tackle business courts, conditional bar admission

The Wisconsin Supreme Court will hold public hearings Thursday on proposals to set up business courts and change the rules governing conditional admissions to the State Bar.

Nov 30, 2016

Study committee finalizes recommendations for reducing recidivism

A committee charged with studying how the state can reduce recidivism and obstacles to employment for ex-offenders is winding down.

Sep 14, 2016

BENCH BLOG: Appeals court gets it right in complex case of statutory construction

The Court of Appeals recently tackled the novel question of whether an employee of a health care organization can access a patient’s records without the patient’s consent.

Jan 12, 2016

How judges fared: 2015 year in review

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals reviewed more than 800 cases in 2015 and, in the end, affirmed circuit court judges around the state about 82 percent of the time.

Sep 4, 2015

BENCH BLOG: Dog bite case leads to unusual turn to emergency doctrine

In a case that saw a woman injured while trying to pull her dog from the jaws of a pit bull, a judge’s unrequested jury instruction concerning the emergency doctrine and unrequested restructuring of the verdict form's damages section led to a remand for a new trial.

Feb 6, 2015

Four appeals judges chosen to help select judicial candidates

Four Wisconsin Court of Appeals judges were selected Thursday to serve on the Government Accountability Candidate Committee to help select potential new judges.

Dec 3, 2014

BENCH BLOG: Justices, judges assemble their wish lists

The Bench Blog’s Santa asked Wisconsin Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges what they want in their appellate Christmas stockings.

Nov 7, 2014

BENCH BLOG: Calculating interest in settlements

How long should it take for an insurer’s check to arrive after a settlement has been reached? Does it matter on which continent the insurer is located? The Court of Appeals recently analyzed these questions.

Jan 3, 2014

BENCH BLOG: Appeals decision should obviate further litigation

In December the Court of Appeals decided a novel insurance exclusion case involving a grade-school boy’s gun death.


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