Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Marquette Lawyer Magazine - Spring 2015

Published at the Law School.

Legal experts disagree on merits of chief justice lawsuit

Dee J. Hall reported at the Wisconsin State Journal.
"Some cite the long-standing principle from 1884 that elected officials do not have an automatic right to stay in office, and that voters can change the terms of service, including 'abolish an office or shorten the term, or reduce or take away entirely the salary attached to it.'

"But courts also have frowned on measures passed by lawmakers or voters that apply retroactively."

(via The Wheeler Report)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Supreme Court Oral Argument: 'Office of Lawyer Regulation v. Strouse'

Video at WisconsinEye

Hamilton Political Tidbits - April 17, 2015

Prepared by Hamilton Consulting Group, Madison.

Wisconsin Legislative Spotlight, The Week of April 20, 2015

Prepared by the Legislative Reference Bureau

Wisconsin appellate court week April 20th-24th 2015

Here are the lists of the Wisconsin Court System's links to any
as they are posted.

Supreme Court pending cases include those scheduled for oral argument April 21st and 22nd [see Calendar and Synopses] (a link to live streaming audio of oral arguments is available; Wisconsin Eye has tentatively scheduled video coverage).

The next conference on pending petitions for review is May 11th.

Here are links to final Orders on Supreme Court Rules petitions.

Pending rules petitions include those scheduled for hearing or conference April 28th.

The Court of Appeals has oral argument scheduled for April 21st.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WDC Journal - Spring 2015

Posted at Wisconsin Defense Counsel

Abrahamson Lawsuit Unlikely To Succeed, Says UW-Madison Professor

Scottie Lee Meyers reported at Wisconsin Public Radio
"... [University of Wisconsin-Madison political science and legal studies professor Howard] Schweber said he doesn't find any of the arguments compelling.

"'I think it would be very difficult to show that the bulk of voters in Wisconsin who voted for the referendum had really talked about the question of prospective or retrospective application. And the fact that when one votes for a member of Congress hoping he will be a chair of a committee does not mean he has a right to be the chair of that committee, as Congress has proved many times over,' he said."

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Expert: Abrahamson Lawsuit Has 50 Percent Chance of Prevailing

Marti Mikkelson reported at WUWM
"'I think we’re in for at least two rounds: a trial court decision and an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. For all we know it’s possible it could go beyond that to the nation’s highest court. If so, I think we may be talking a good three or four years,' [Marquette University Law Professor Peter] Rofes says."

Monday, April 13, 2015

Wisconsin Judicial Council meeting April 17th 2015

Here's the Agenda along with notice of Appellate Procedure Committee and Evidence & Civil Procedure Committee meetings that date, and Criminal Procedure Committee meeting May 12th.

Rewind - for 4/6-4/10

Video at WisconsinEye
"...senior producer Steve Walters and Wispolitics.com editor JR Ross discussed the week in politics..."

Wisconsin appellate court week April 13th-17th 2015

Here are the lists of the Wisconsin Court System's links to any
as they are posted.

Supreme Court pending cases include those scheduled for oral argument April 16th, 21st and 22nd.

The next conference on pending petitions for review is April 16th.

Here are links to final Orders on Supreme Court Rules petitions.

Pending rules petitions include those scheduled for hearing or conference April 28th.

The Court of Appeals has oral argument scheduled for April 15th and April 21st.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Motion for TRO and Prelim Inj w brief, 'Abrahamson v. Dept of Admin'

Posted at The Wheeler Report.

Case digests, S. Ct. orders - April 2015

In this month's issue of Wisconsin Lawyer:

Was Pogo Right?

Your State Bar by George C. Brown, executive director
"Lawyers who fail to acknowledge and respond to the widespread issues confronting the traditional practice of law will not be able to evolve and keep the legal profession alive, and so they may be their own worst enemy."
See Wikipedia.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Abrahamson sues to keep her job for four more years

Patrick Marley reports in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
"A day after voters approved changing the state constitution to allow members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court to elect their leader, Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson on Wednesday sued the six other members of the court to hold onto her job.
[...]
"Her lawsuit said she would not have sought re-election in 2009 if there had been a question about whether she could remain chief justice."
Update: Complaint in Shirley Abrahamson v. Department of Administration (W.D. Wis., 15CV211) at the Wisconsin State Journal

Let Your Voice Be Heard: Vote by April 24 in State Bar Elections

At Inside Track
"Voting in the State Bar of Wisconsin elections gives you a chance to have a say in setting the direction and policies of the State Bar. Here’s what you need to know to cast your vote."

Law School Representation Rates: Oral Arguments, 2008-9 through 2013-14

Alan Ball at SCOWstats
"we match its allure by studying the court performance (or presence, at any rate) of universities in a different setting. Exploiting data churned up by earlier posts, we will compare the number of oral arguments presented by graduates of law schools that qualified for the competition."

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Make Friends While the Sun Shines

President's Message by Robert Richard Gagan in the latest issue of Wisconsin Lawyer
"It’s both refreshing and helpful to interact with our sometimes adversaries in the relaxed confines of the Grand Geneva Resort. This facet of the Annual Meeting and Conference, more than any other, keeps me coming back. Please join me at this year’s conference in June."

Is the Federal Government Really a State, if the IRS Says It Is?

Ronald D. Rotunda at Verdict (Justia) on King v. Burwell

Monday, April 6, 2015

Amendment would change Supreme Court

WISN-TV's UpFront with Mike Gousha video
"the Tuesday ballot question that, if passed, would change the way Wisconsin selects its Supreme Court chief justice. Attorney Rick Esenberg, of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, and former Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske offer differing views on the constitutional amendment, and answer the question -- is this really an attempt to strip Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson of her title?"

Hamilton Political Tidbits - April 3, 2015

Prepared by Hamilton Consulting Group, Madison

Rewind - Spring Election

Video at WisconsinEye
"On April 2, 2015 senior producer Steve Walters and Wispolitics.com editor JR Ross summarized the week in politics."

Rewind - week of March 23rd-27th 2015

Video at WisconsinEye
"Steve Walters and JR Ross discussed the week that was in politics on March 27, 2015 at the WisconsinEye studio in Madison."

Wisconsin appellate court week April 6th-10th 2015

Here are the lists of the Wisconsin Court System's links to any
as they are posted.

Supreme Court pending cases include those scheduled for oral argument April 16th, 21st and 22nd.

The next conference on pending petitions for review is April 16th.

Here are links to final Orders on Supreme Court Rules petitions.

Pending rules petitions include those scheduled for hearing or conference April 28th.

The Court of Appeals has oral argument scheduled for April 15th and April 21st.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Campaign 2015 Interview: Justice Ann Walsh Bradley

Video at WisconsinEye
"senior producer Steve Walters talked with Justice Ann Walsh Bradley about her campaign to be re-elected to the State Supreme Court."

Yes, Change The Way We Choose Chief Justices

C. J. Szafir and Matthew Fernholz at Right Wisconsin (subscribers only) [link fixed -ed.]

Update: and at The Cap Times

Law Firm Success Rates

Alan Ball at SCOWstats,
"Inspired by the NCAA basketball tournament, this post stages a competition among law firms whose members have argued cases before the Supreme Court over the past six terms (2008-09 through 2013-14). The selection committee ruled that eligibility for the competition required a firm’s participation in at least five oral arguments..."

Monday, March 30, 2015

Bradley, Daley face off in live televised debate

Along with video, Josh Spreiter reported at WEAU.

WCJC Newsletter - March 27, 2015

Posted by the Wisconsin Civil Justice Council, Madison,

Capitol Roundtable: On the Presidential Trail

Video at WisconsinEye
"senior producer Steve Walters, Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Matt DeFour of the Wisconsin State Journal discussed Governor Walker's presidential campaign."

Rewind with Steve Walters and JR Ross - March 23rd-27th

Video at WisconsinEye
"Steve Walters and JR Ross discussed the week that was in politics"

Wisconsin appellate court week March 30th-April 3rd

Here are the lists of the Wisconsin Court System's links to any
as they are posted.

Supreme Court pending cases include those scheduled for oral argument April 16th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd. (Supreme Court will not hear oral arguments on John Doe -WisPolitics)

The next conference on pending petitions for review is April 16th.

Here are links to final Orders on Supreme Court Rules petitions.

Pending rules petitions include those scheduled for hearing or conference April 28th.

The Court of Appeals has oral argument scheduled for April 15th and April 21st.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

WI Magazine - Spring 2015

Posted at Wisconsin Policy Research Institute

Candidates for Board of Governors

At Inside Track,
"The following names were submitted by nomination petition for election to the Board of Governors."

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Milwaukee Bar Association: Supreme Court Candidate Debate

Video at WisconsinEye
"On March 19, 2015, Senior Producer Steve Walters moderated a judicial forum at the Milwaukee Bar Association with Supreme Court Justice candidates Ann Walsh Bradley and her challenger, Judge James Daley."

One Lawyer’s Perspective: A Guide to the State Bar of Wisconsin

Douglas H. Frazer at Inside Track

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Wisconsin Supreme Court Open Rules Hearing - March 17, 2015

Two part video at WisconsinEye
"the Wisconsin Supreme Court held an open rules hearing and conference in the matter of the petition to create Wisconsin Statute s. 801.18."

Wisconsin SC to decide if oral arguments in ‘John Doe’ proceedings will be open to public

Jessica M. Karmasek posted at Legal NewsLine.

Proposed Conflict Defender Office to Reduce SPD Appointments to Private Bar

Joe Forward posted at Inside Track.
"A budget proposal aims to reduce the number of indigent defense cases appointed to private bar attorneys by keeping more 'conflict' cases in house. In this article, Waukesha criminal defense lawyer Anthony Cotton raises some concerns."

Woman's Online Mortgage Payment Valid on Day Authorized: 7th Cir.

Casey C. Sullivan posted at FindLaw 7th Circuit News and Information Blog.