State Bar of Wisconsin

Feb. 1, 2023 – I think it is important for lawyers to contribute back in any way possible to support the present and the future of the profession. Volunteering for service with the State Bar of Wisconsin has always been an important part of my contributions to the legal profession. My involvement started with the State Bar Young Lawyers Division – which is an excellent starting point for many lawyers to learn about the State…
Feb. 1, 2021 – State Treasurer John Leiber’s childhood vision of attending law school didn’t involve online classes and pandemic lockdowns. “I always wanted to get my law degree when I was younger,” Leiber said. “I started in 2019 and Covid hit one semester later. It was a very unusual law school experience.” Leiber, a Republican from Racine, graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2021. “There wasn’t really much else to do…
Small businesses play such a crucial role in our communities and the economy that their importance cannot be overstated. According to a report issued by the Small Business Administration (SBA) in 2019, small businesses – those with less than 500 employees – accounted for about 44% of U.S. economic activity.​ In addition, small businesses accounted for roughly two out of every three jobs added in the U.S. over the past 25 years. And despite challenges…
Wisconsin farms, like others around the nation, increasingly rely on the strenuous labor of immigrants and temporary guestworkers. The economic, historical, and social factors that led to this dependence are complex. The U.S. has a history of encouraging employers to invite temporary workers from Mexico and other countries during periods of labor shortages. Throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, Wisconsin employers participated in the Emergency Labor Farm Program of 1943, known as the Bracero…
Zoe Styler, an attorney for the 2019 Whitefish Bay High School mock trial team, examines a witness during the final round at the State Capitol in Madison on March 10, 2019 – the last final round that was held in person prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament returns in person next month for the first time since 2019, and volunteers are needed as judges. Want to volunteer? Visit the High School Mock Trial page
Jan. 18, 2023 – When Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg departed the office last week, he knew he would not be returning. After 12 years as Dodge County’s top prosecutor, Klomberg stepped down effective at 5:01 p.m. on Jan. 13. “Regrettably, the current conditions in the office are untenable due to a projected loss of all working prosecution staff before the end of January 2023,” Klomberg noted in his resignation letter to Gov. Tony…
Jan. 18, 2023 – Lawyers who were admitted in an even-numbered year: Be sure to complete your continuing legal education (CLE) obligations by Jan. 31. “Active” lawyers admitted to practice law in Wisconsin must obtain at least 30 continuing legal education (CLE) credits every two years. Do you have questions on reporting? Here are a few answers, plus where to go for further information. Report your CLE credits to the Board of Bar Examiners (BBE)…
Jan. 4, 2023 – Itching to make a New Year’s resolution for 2023? Resolve to become a mentor to a young lawyer. Mentorship comes in many different forms, and addresses a number of issues that are important for the legal professional as a whole. In this article, four Wisconsin attorneys discuss how mentoring has benefitted their practices, from making them better judges or litigators, to transactional practice. As one notes, mentoring has benefits to all…
Jan. 4, 2022 – Solo practitioners and small-firm attorneys should pay attention to blogging and practice-management technology, according to LawSites’ Bob Ambrogi. Ambrogi, a lawyer, journalist and award-winning blogger, said legal blogs are more popular than ever. “I’ve just hit my 20th anniversary of blogging and I’ve never seen the level of readership that I have,” Ambrogi said. Ambrogi blogs about legal technology and admits that blogging about legal technology is different than blogging about…
Dec. 21, 2022 – These are uncertain social and economic times. Civic understanding of the role of our courts and the rule of law are in decline, a generation of leaders in the legal profession and in our communities are retiring, and large portions of Wisconsin citizens struggle to access justice. This is where your Wisconsin Law Foundation is stepping in. How is the Law Foundation making an impact? We are: expanding grants to new…