April 7, 2021 – You’re heard the saying that not all heroes wear capes – that some heroes go about their daily lives quietly and unnoticed, but when danger threatens, they step up and do their best to save the day. It’s hard to think about the 258 lawyers who qualified for the 2020 Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society as anything other than heroes. When the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission created the Pro Bono…
Bryant Park and his wife Sharon Park are looking forward to nights out again, post-COVID. April 7, 2021 – Wisconsin lawyers practice in every aspect of law – and their backgrounds and skills encompass the great variety of life in Wisconsin. This year, we introduce you to the leaders of Wisconsin law-related organizations that serve diverse communities. Meet Bryant Park, president of the Wisconsin Asian American Bar Association (WAABA). More about Bryant Park Position with…
April 7, 2021 – State survey research encompasses locating, reviewing, and analyzing statutes and regulations on a specific area of law for all 50 states plus U.S. territories, or a selection of specific jurisdictions. While multijurisdictional research may seem a daunting task, knowing the best starting points and research strategies saves time and leads to a more thorough review. This article discusses recommended resources and research strategies for conducting comprehensive state survey research. Secondary Sources…
April 7, 2020 – The legal profession is not known for its rapid adoption of technology. After all, much of the law is based on precedent to guide future decisions. There wasn’t much guidance for the unprecedented times of COVID-19. But much has changed. In the legal sphere, like many other professional service industries, the rapid implementation of new technology has been a common theme in the last year. “As never before, we were forced…
April 7, 2021 – An estimated 80 percent of adult Wisconsin residents have not completed an advance directive documenting their preferences about issues surrounding health care decisions. In the age of coronavirus, advance care planning is as important as ever. Are you one of the 80 percent? You have ideas about what you would like to happen regarding health care decisions for yourself. But do your family members know your wishes? Are your clients prepared?…
March 17, 2021 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court is considering a petition to update and clarify the use of videoconferencing technology in the court system. While judges and law enforcement support the petition, criminal defense lawyers have raised concerns. Director of State Courts Randy Koschnick, a former circuit court judge in Jefferson County, filed petition 20-09 on the recommendation of a Zoom Task Force Koschnick’s office convened last year to explore “potential statutory and administrative…
March 17, 2021 – The federal government shut down in December 2018 after Congress and the White House failed to reach a spending deal to keep the government funded. The 35-day shutdown that followed was the longest in U.S. history. Through 2019 and early 2020, the understaffed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was trying to catch up on processing returns, setting up payment agreements, responding to mail and resolving taxpayer disputes. Then COVID-19 hit and ground…
Shorewood team prosecuting attorney Emma Stenzel (bottom right) delivers her initial closing statement during the state final round via Zoom on March 9. Also pictured: Waukesha South team attorney Shala Pacheco (bottom center) and judges (top row, from left) Kori Ashley, Mario White, and Ellen Berz; and (bottom left) Michael Bloom. March 17, 2021 – The downstairs of Elisabeth Mueller’s home in Waukesha got quite noisy in the days before regional and semifinal competitions for…
March 3, 2021 – Candidates for the State Bar of Wisconsin’s president-elect post are making their cases ahead of the April election. In this Q&A, Margaret Hickey and Odalo Ohiku highlight how they would tackle the challenges, if elected. Get to Know the Candidates Margaret Hickey – Bio and Platform Statement Odalo Ohiku – Bio and Platform Statement Both candidates are Milwaukee lawyers. Ohiku is currently the deputy city attorney for Milwaukee. Hickey is a…
March 3, 2021 – Older adults are an increasingly large and active group. We are just living longer, better lives. Still, we inevitably decline. Our physical decline makes health care laws and income security (often SSI) incredibly important, while our mental decline, which is not actually inevitable for most of us, can leave us susceptible to financial and emotional abuse. Elder law is broader than these decline-related subjects, though, and includes laws that help preserve…