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The Milwaukee-based Foley & Lardner said it's aware of and "concerned by" a Washington, D.C. partner's participation in ...
01/05/2021
Foley ‘concerned by’ DC partner’s participation in Trump vote call

The Milwaukee-based Foley & Lardner said it's aware of and "concerned by" a Washington, D.C. partner's participation in a phone call President Donald Trump made to pressure Georgia's elections chief into finding more votes for him.

The Milwaukee-based Foley & Lardner said it's aware of and "concerned by" a Washington, D.C. partner's participation in a phone call President Donald Trump made to pressure Georgia's elections chief into finding more votes for him. During a phone call on Saturday, Trump asked Brad Raffensperger, the...

In a lawsuit involving a Walworth County zoning ordinance, the Wisconsin Supreme Court considered what sorts of events c...
12/31/2020
State Supreme Court considers certiorari-triggering event in zoning lawsuit

In a lawsuit involving a Walworth County zoning ordinance, the Wisconsin Supreme Court considered what sorts of events can lead to a certiorari-review action.

In a lawsuit involving a Walworth County zoning ordinance, the Wisconsin Supreme Court considered what sorts of events can lead to a certiorari-review action. Although five of the six participating justices reached the same decision in the case, the majority disagreed over the interpretation of a st...

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, judges throughout the U.S. were stressed. Recent survey results from the American Bar...
12/30/2020
UNDER PRESSURE: One-third of US judges stressed (INFOGRAPHIC)

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, judges throughout the U.S. were stressed. Recent survey results from the American Bar Association found one-third of judges were experiencing the physical or mental effects of stress.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, judges throughout the U.S. were stressed. Recent survey results from the American Bar Association found one-third of judges were experiencing the physical or mental effects of stress. The 2020 Journal of the Professional Lawyer includes a report about stress and re...

Plaintiffs’ attorneys have seen a 56% decline in case intake since the COVID-19 pandemic’s beginnings, according to a re...
12/28/2020
Survey reports 56% drop in case intake for plaintiffs’ attorneys (INFOGRAPHIC)

Plaintiffs’ attorneys have seen a 56% decline in case intake since the COVID-19 pandemic’s beginnings, according to a recent report from a law-firm lender.

Plaintiffs' attorneys have seen a 56% decline in case intake since the COVID-19 pandemic's beginnings, according to a recent report from a law-firm lender. Counsel Financial, which provides financing and other resources to plaintiffs' firms, conducted an independent survey among plaintiffs' attorney...

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge of Dane County’s ban on indoor gatherings in an effort to...
12/24/2020
State Supreme Court rejects COVID-19 restrictions challenge

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge of Dane County’s ban on indoor gatherings in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge of Dane County's ban on indoor gatherings in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In a 4-3 vote, the high court rejected the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty's request that it bypass lower courts an...

After news of the death of former Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, many who knew Abrahamson per...
12/22/2020
Remembering Shirley Abrahamson: Justices, lawmakers offer condolences

After news of the death of former Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, many who knew Abrahamson personally and professionally are offering their condolences.

After news of the death of former Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, many who knew Abrahamson personally and professionally are offering their condolences. Abrahamson died on Saturday, just two days after her 87th birthday. Her son, Dan Abrahamson, told the Milwaukee Journal S...

Shirley Abrahamson, the longest-serving Wisconsin Supreme Court justice in state history and the first woman to serve on...
12/21/2020
Longtime Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Abrahamson dies

Shirley Abrahamson, the longest-serving Wisconsin Supreme Court justice in state history and the first woman to serve on the high court, has died. She was 87.

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Shirley Abrahamson, the longest-serving Wisconsin Supreme Court justice in state history and the first woman to serve on the high court, has died. She was 87. Abrahamson, who also served as chief justice for a record 19 years, died Saturday afte...

Longtime Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Abrahamson dies
12/20/2020
Longtime Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Abrahamson dies

Longtime Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Abrahamson dies

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Shirley Abrahamson, the longest-serving Wisconsin Supreme Court justice in state history and the first woman to serve on the high court, has died. She was 87. Abrahamson, who also served as chief justice for a record 19 years, died Saturday afte...

Wisconsin Supreme Court justices on Thursday questioned the legality of an order issued by the state’s top health offici...
12/18/2020
Wisconsin Supreme Court questions capacity limits order (UPDATE)

Wisconsin Supreme Court justices on Thursday questioned the legality of an order issued by the state’s top health official limiting how many people can gather in bars and restaurants following the court’s decision earlier this year that a similar order couldn’t remain in effect without legislative approval.

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court justices on Thursday questioned the legality of an order issued by the state's top health official limiting how many people can gather in bars and restaurants following the court's decision earlier this year that a simila...

A Dec. 8 ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin could change the Wisconsin Department...
12/17/2020
Judge: DOC wrong to deny transgender inmate’s request for confirmation surgery

A Dec. 8 ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin could change the Wisconsin Department of Corrections' approach to providing medical care to transgender inmates.

Chief Judge James Peterson works in his chambers in Madison recently. Peterson ruled on Dec. 8 the DOC was wrong to deny a transgender woman's request for gender-confirmation surgery and, in doing so, violated her Eighth Amendment rights. (File photo by Kevin Harnack) A Dec. 8 ruling from the U.S. D...

A federal court next week is expected to consider whether to invalidate a program that shields from deportation immigran...
12/16/2020
Obama-era program for immigrants faced with new court challenge

A federal court next week is expected to consider whether to invalidate a program that shields from deportation immigrants brought to the United States as children, potentially creating complications for the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden.

By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — A federal court next week is expected to consider whether to invalidate a program that shields from deportation immigrants brought to the United States as children, potentially creating complications for the incoming administration of President-el...

The Wisconsin Supreme Court said Monday that it is up to each individual voter to determine for themselves whether they ...
12/15/2020
Wisconsin court says voters decide if they are confined (INFOGRAPHIC)

The Wisconsin Supreme Court said Monday that it is up to each individual voter to determine for themselves whether they are "indefinitely confined" and therefore able to request and submit an absentee ballot without showing photo identification.

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court said Monday that it is up to each individual voter to determine for themselves whether they are "indefinitely confined" and therefore able to request and submit an absentee ballot without showing photo identification....

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Trempealeau County District Attorney’s Office did not violate the rights...
12/14/2020
7th Circuit: County didn’t violate rights of paralegal fired for refusing to attend funeral

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Trempealeau County District Attorney’s Office did not violate the rights of a paralegal who was fired for refusing to attend a funeral.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Trempealeau County District Attorney's Office did not violate the rights of a paralegal who was fired for refusing to attend a funeral. On Wednesday, Judges Kenneth F. Ripple, Michael S. Kanne and David F. Hamilton affirmed a decision from the Western....

Congratulations to our 2020 Unsung Heroes! Thank you for the work that you do to keep the legal industry moving. We reco...
12/10/2020

Congratulations to our 2020 Unsung Heroes! Thank you for the work that you do to keep the legal industry moving. We recognize the long days, nights and weekends of work that goes in behind the scenes and the balancing act required to manage work and family. The Law Journal applauds you!

Trisha Ives, Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs Lawyers
Jason Masterson, KCP Law Group/Cottle, Pasquale, Laborde, s.c.
Laura Jones, Jones Law Firm LLC
Phillip Bartelme, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Olivia Ruckstuhl, Arellano & Phebus, S.C.
Kim Bernards, Boardman & Clark LLP
Michele Walker, Boardman & Clark LLP
Kelly Newman, Godfrey & Kahn
Nicole Hoadley, Hupy and Abraham, S.C.
Katy Jager, Hupy and Abraham, S.C.
Karryn Dawood, Godfrey & Kahn
Jenna Schreiber, Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs Lawyers
Davis Matos, Husch Blackwell
Crystal Airriess, Godfrey & Kahn
Carolyn Doyle, University of Wisconsin Law Library
Bob Isacson, Quarles & Brady LLP
Beatrice Thorson, Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP
Andrea Dietzel-Luedtke, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
Amy Westrup, Association of Corporate Counsel-Wisconsin
Amanda Klein, Reinhart, Boerner Van Deuren, S.C.
Alma Inger, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Branch 21

Apple has reached a $113 million settlement agreement with the Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and a coalition of o...
12/09/2020
Apple agrees to pay states $113M for iPhone throttling

Apple has reached a $113 million settlement agreement with the Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and a coalition of other state in a case involving allegations that the tech giant was throttling iPhone speeds.

Apple has reached a $113 million settlement agreement with the Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and a coalition of other state in a case involving allegations that the tech giant was throttling iPhone speeds. The attorneys general accused Apple of using a software update to slow down iPhones tha...

The Wisconsin Association for Justice has named Timothy Trecek as its 2020 Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year.
12/07/2020
Trecek named WAJ Trial Lawyer of the Year; MacGillis, Kunda honored

The Wisconsin Association for Justice has named Timothy Trecek as its 2020 Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year.

Tim Trecek The Wisconsin Association for Justice has named Timothy Trecek as its 2020 Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year. Trecek, shareholder at Habush Habush & Rottier, accepted the award at WAJ's virtual Presidents' Reception on Thursday night. Trecek handles all types of personal-injury ca...

There is enough evidence to warrant a trial for an Illinois 17-year-old accused of killing two men and wounding a third ...
12/04/2020
Court: Rittenhouse bound over for trial in protest shootings

There is enough evidence to warrant a trial for an Illinois 17-year-old accused of killing two men and wounding a third during a night of unrest in Wisconsin, a court commissioner ruled Thursday after a contentious hearing in which the defendant’s lawyer tried to show he had acted in self-defense.

In this screen grab from live stream video, Kyle Rittenhouse appears with his attorney, Mark Richards, during a hearing at Kenosha County Court in Kenosha on Thursday. A court commissioner has ruled that there is sufficient evidence to warrant a trial for the Illinois teenager accused of killing two...

National lawmakers are expected on Wednesday to introduce a joint resolution aimed at striking language from the U.S. Co...
12/03/2020
US lawmakers put forward anti-slavery constitutional amendment

National lawmakers are expected on Wednesday to introduce a joint resolution aimed at striking language from the U.S. Constitution that enshrines a form of slavery in America's foundational documents.

By AARON MORRISON Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — National lawmakers are expected on Wednesday to introduce a joint resolution aimed at striking language from the U.S. Constitution that enshrines a form of slavery in America's foundational documents. The resolution, spearheaded and supported by D...

In the past few months, two very strong, but very different, opinions of how Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne...
12/01/2020
Ozanne responds to criticisms, highlights fairness efforts as Dane County DA

In the past few months, two very strong, but very different, opinions of how Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne is doing his job have emerged.

Ismael Ozanne In the past few months, two very strong, but very different, opinions of how Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne is doing his job have emerged. Ozanne, who was first appointed as Dane County district attorney in 2010, ran unopposed in the November election. He easily won, recei...

Survey: More training needed for negotiations rather than litigation
11/30/2020
Survey: More training needed for negotiations rather than litigation

Survey: More training needed for negotiations rather than litigation

Gregg Herman is a family law attorney with Loeb & Herman in Milwaukee. He is board certified in Family Law Trial Advocacy by the NBTA, a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is a former chairman of the Wisconsin Bar Association and ABA Family Law Sections. In addition to writing...

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has reinstated the law license of a Madison lawyer suspended for mishandling nearly $377,000...
11/25/2020
Supreme Court reinstates Madison lawyer suspended for mishandling client funds

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has reinstated the law license of a Madison lawyer suspended for mishandling nearly $377,000 in client funds.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has reinstated the law license of a Madison lawyer suspended for mishandling nearly $377,000 in client funds. The reinstatement of Michael Bauer, an eminent-domain lawyer, is effective on Tuesday, with the condition that he provide quarterly trust-account and business-acc...

A conservative law firm asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to immediately block Dane County's ban on indoor gatheri...
11/24/2020
Conservative attorneys attack Dane County ban on gatherings

A conservative law firm asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to immediately block Dane County's ban on indoor gatherings and indoor sports, arguing the order will ruin Thanksgiving and subject young athletes to mental trauma.

The Dairyland Brew Pub opens to patrons in Appleton on May 13. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty has filed a petition with the state's high court asking the justices to take Dane County's ban on indoor gatherings directly without waiting for it to wind through lower courts and issue an imm...

During a Pennsylvania court hearing this week on one of the many election lawsuits brought by President Donald Trump, a ...
11/13/2020
Few legal wins so far as Trump team hunts for proof of fraud

During a Pennsylvania court hearing this week on one of the many election lawsuits brought by President Donald Trump, a judge asked a campaign lawyer whether he had found any signs of fraud from among the 592 ballots challenged.

By MARYCLAIRE DALE and ALANNA DURKIN RICHER Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — During a Pennsylvania court hearing this week on one of the many election lawsuits brought by President Donald Trump, a judge asked a campaign lawyer whether he had found any signs of fraud from among the 592 ballots ...

Missing records in a ninth-offense OWI case have the Wisconsin Supreme Court considering what constitutes enough proof t...
11/12/2020
Missing records raise questions in 9th-offense OWI case

Missing records in a ninth-offense OWI case have the Wisconsin Supreme Court considering what constitutes enough proof to support a conviction.

Missing records in a ninth-offense OWI case have the Wisconsin Supreme Court considering what constitutes enough proof to support a conviction. Alfonso Loayza was charged with one count of operating while intoxicated as a ninth offense and one count of operating with a prohibited alcohol concentrati...

The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty has hired Kyle Koenen as its policy director.
11/11/2020
Kyle Koenen hired as WILL policy director

The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty has hired Kyle Koenen as its policy director.

Kyle Koenen The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty has hired Kyle Koenen as its policy director. Koenen will manage WILL's policy research and help develop a statewide agenda. He brings years of legislative experience, most recently as chief of staff for Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield. In his se...

Husch Blackwell is moving into its new, state-of-the-art office space in downtown Milwaukee.
11/10/2020
Husch Blackwell moving into new downtown Milwaukee office (PHOTOS)

Husch Blackwell is moving into its new, state-of-the-art office space in downtown Milwaukee.

The 11th-floor lobby of Husch Blackwell's new office in downtown Milwaukee offers views of Lake Michigan and a rooftop terrace. (Photo courtesy of Husch Blackwell) Husch Blackwell is moving into its new, state-of-the-art office space in downtown Milwaukee. The firm is the main tenant of the Huron Bu...

Like many businesses, the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Wisconsin chapter has had to adapt to the turmoil of 2020.
11/09/2020
ACC-WI adapts, leads in time of COVID-19

Like many businesses, the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Wisconsin chapter has had to adapt to the turmoil of 2020.

Danielle White Like many businesses, the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Wisconsin chapter has had to adapt to the turmoil of 2020. Above all, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the ACC-WI to go virtual. The organization went online to hold its annual conference and other events that usually happ...

Since April, employers have been carefully tracking their obligations for providing emergency paid leave under the Famil...
11/06/2020
Takeaways from the Department of Labor’s revised FFCRA regulations

Since April, employers have been carefully tracking their obligations for providing emergency paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, or FFCRA, as well as the changing regulations and guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor of Labor. On Aug. 3, a federal court in New York invalidated four parts of the Department of Labor of Labor’s regulations, leaving employers nationwide with unanswered questions about how and whether to apply this ruling.

By Heather Fossity BridgeTower Media Newswires Heather Fossity is an attorney at Barran Liebman LLP. She represents employers in a variety of employment matters. Call her at 503-276-2151 or write to her at [email protected]. Since April, employers have been carefully tracking their obligations for...

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Does Wisconsin Ex Post Facto Law effect election law, I say yes, watch and see?