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Pro se

right to self-represent
Nov 15, 2022

Pro se representation comes at a cost

Few recent trials have attracted as much attention in the non-legal world than the Brooks trial in Waukesha. 

Sep 28, 2022

ABA issues guidance on lawyers who represent themselves

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility has released a formal opinion that seeks to clarify the interpretation of the ABA model rule related to a lawyer’s communication with represented persons when the lawyer is self-representing or pursuing the case pro se.

Jan 18, 2018

Man accused in fatal police standoff will represent himself

A defendant accused of initiating a fatal police standoff at a Neenah motorcycle shop will be allowed to represent himself at his upcoming trial after a judge allowed the ninth and 10th lawyers assigned to the case to withdraw.

Jul 5, 2016

BENCH BLOG: Supreme Court has wrong say on pro se

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently rebuked the Wisconsin Supreme Court for a 2010 opinion upholding a Waukesha County judge’s cursory denial of a defendant’s right to self-representation.

Apr 13, 2016

Despite rule change, few family lawyers offer limited-scope representation

Although a recent rule change lets family-law attorneys provide legal services in a piecemeal fashion to clients who might otherwise go without representation, some say lawyers aren’t taking advantage of the new opportunity as much as they should be.

Nov 23, 2015

ADR finds a home in family law

For some law students who plan to build a family law practice after passing the bar exam, learning to become a skilled litigator who zealously advocates for clients in custody battles and contested divorces is just the beginning.

Oct 16, 2014

BRIEFS FOR THE BRIEF WRITER: Ghostwriting a scary, gray area

When an opposing party is pro se, I gird myself for his briefs. They’re typically long, disorganized, wandering and overwrought.

Oct 8, 2014

Once more, with teeth

A scene that regularly plays out in my kitchen recently took center stage in a Dane County courtroom.

Jul 7, 2014

Justices’ final thoughts on pro se rule reveal concerns

At least two state Supreme Court justices continue to show concern about the application of a newly-passed rule designed to give judges a roadmap on how to deal with pro se litigants in court.

May 27, 2014

Justices approve new rule on pro se litigants

Following several hours of debate, the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted Tuesday to add to its rules to clarify the role judges can take when dealing with pro se litigants.

Feb 24, 2014

Justices question scope of proposed pro se rule change (UPDATE)

At least one justice expressed skepticism Monday about a proposed state Supreme Court rule change that seeks to give judges guidance on how to handle pro se litigants.

Sep 18, 2013

Commission seeks to codify how judges handle pro se litigants

A proposed state Supreme Court rule change aims to give judges guidance on how to handle the increasing number of people who enter the civil court system without a lawyer.


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