WisLawNOW is a syndicated legal blogging community for legal bloggers who are State Bar of Wisconsin members. It is intended to feature topics related to the practice of law, including substantive and procedural legal developments, analysis of legislation or regulatory change, practice management and technology issues, lawyer ethics, lawyer wellbeing, and other topics that relate to the work of Wisconsin lawyers.
The State Bar of Wisconsin manages WisLawNOW and encourages posts that are timely, of broad interest, well-written, and provide helpful, neutral, and objective analysis. At the same time, the State Bar of Wisconsin reserves the right to remove posts that are:
- Self-promoting. For instance, blog posts about a lawyer’s promotion within the firm or other organization are not appropriate for WisLawNOW. Press releases about a firm, an award, or other accolade are not appropriate.
- Advertisements. Blogs should not promote continuing legal education (CLE) offerings, products, or services other than those produced, offered, or provided by State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® or other State Bar of Wisconsin groups (See State Bar of Wisconsin advertising opportunities).
- Political. Blog posts in WisLawNOW must not espouse partisan political view, contain political commentary, or constitute an endorsement of a candidate for public office. Blog posts that advocate for a particular position or outcome on legislative/regulatory policy or pending litigation may be removed. However, this provision does not prohibit neutral posts that discuss and analyze legislative or regulatory proposals.
- Offensive. Blog posts containing defamatory, abusive, threatening, or offensive language are not appropriate and will be removed.
- Code of Conduct and Copyright. Blog posts are also subject to review under WisLawNOW’s Code of Conduct and Terms of Service, which include copyright notices. As a general guide, if a blog post quotes material from another publication, it should be quoted exactly. Material taken from another publication must be credited to the original author, whether quoted or abstracted.
The State Bar of Wisconsin reserves the right to remove any post from WisLawNOW if it deems in its sole discretion that it does not meet the above Blog Post Inclusion Criteria, or for whatever reason, does not deem the blog post appropriate for WisLawNOW.