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Shirley Abrahamson

Dec 26, 2014

Lawmaker wants change to judges’ terms

Wisconsin lawmakers will likely weigh legislation next year that would require judges to leave the bench when they turn 75.

Dec 10, 2014

State’s high court rules against compensation for moved road (UPDATE)

Even though a state project eliminated a Kenosha shopping center’s connection to a city street and forced customers to use a private drive, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled, the owners are entitled to no compensation under the state’s eminent-domain law.

Nov 19, 2014

Chief justice goes on lobbying campaign

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson is asking judges and attorneys to lobby for the money the courts are requesting for the 2015-17 biennial budget.

Oct 20, 2014

Representation for indigent clients on slow path

For the first time in recent memory, advocates for expanding civil legal services for indigent clients in Wisconsin want the Legislature to study the effects it would have on the state.

Sep 26, 2014

Review of OLR finds several areas for improvement

Consultants tapped to examine the Office of Lawyer Regulation's investigatory and disciplinary process recommend that the office reorganize its staff and change the way it investigates cases in order to move them through the system more quickly.

Sep 10, 2014

BENCH BLOG: Court’s divided decision inspires call to action

The Wisconsin Supreme Court subscribes to a new interpretation of “surviving spouse” under the wrongful death statute.

Sep 8, 2014

Supreme splits deepen: Analysis of latest term reveals new lows for concurrence

Despite an absence of turnover on the Wisconsin Supreme Court in recent years, Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley are becoming increasingly marginalized.

Aug 8, 2014

BENCH BLOG: State justices divide on determining consent

What can an ordinary passenger do to stop police from searching the passenger’s property when it’s in a vehicle being searched with the driver’s consent?

Jul 25, 2014

Emergency responder ruling could open floodgates

A ruling from Wisconsin’s highest court has opened up the door for more potential litigation against emergency responders who are involved in a crash while on the job, attorneys for both sides say.

Jul 24, 2014

Divided justices uphold cellphone tracking cases

The Wisconsin Supreme Court – while not always agreeing on the basis for its decisions – upheld two homicide cases Thursday where police found suspects by tracking their cellphones without a warrant.

Jul 11, 2014

OWI ruling splits state Supreme Court

A judge’s decision to allow a doctor to testify to the intoxication of a drunken-driving defendant can be considered a “harmless error,” the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Friday, because it was not the evidence that led the jury to find him guilty.

Jul 10, 2014

Ruling raises questions about mortgage market

A Wisconsin Supreme Court decision issued Thursday avoided a reinterpretation of law that would have left many mortgage lenders wondering if they could retain their right to foreclose on delinquent loans.

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