Appellate Practice

Join Stafford Rosenbaum in watching the film Bad River, in theatres from March 15-20, 2024. The movie documents the Bad River Band’s ongoing fight for sovereignty against Canadian energy company Enbridge.

The movie will play at AMC Fitchburg 18, Ashland Bay Cinema 6, and at select theatres across the country. 50% of all profits from the film will be donated to the Bad River Band. More information on the Band and the litigation is below. For more information on
Continue Reading In Theatres this March: Bad River Film

The October oral argument calendar lists a measly two cases, both of which will be argued on October 9. That’s eight fewer cases than the court heard last October. In this month’s column, take a look at the sole civil case on the court’s October calendar and take a peek at a case recently granted for review.
Cases Decided
No decisions were issued in the last month.
Up for Review
Andrade v. City of Milwaukee Board of Fire and
Continue Reading Wisconsin Supreme Court Update: October 2023

During the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors meeting in Sheboygan on Friday, Sept. 22, Appellate Section chair Matthew Pinix discusses a rule petition filed with the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Sept. 25, 2023 – Members of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors recently authorized the Appellate Practice Section to oppose, on its own behalf, a rules petition to the Wisconsin Supreme Court that would make it easier for an appellate court to stay a circuit court
Continue Reading State Bar Board Authorizes Appellate Section to Oppose Rule Petition

Last week in Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. v. Hewitt, the Supreme Court affirmed employees must be paid a fixed salary of $684.00 per week to be considered “exempt” under the popular administrative, executive, and professional exemptions. The case involved Michael Hewitt, an oil rig worker who was paid a daily rate. His paycheck, issued every two weeks, amounted to his daily rate times the number of days he had worked in the pay period, which resulted in variable
Continue Reading The Supremes Confirm Weekly Fixed Salary is Critical for FLSA Exempt Status

Nov. 16, 2022 – Corroboration from multiple witnesses that a chief financial officer was aware of misleading entries in his corporation’s financial statements was sufficient to sustain a guilty verdict, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled.In

U.S.. v. Armbruster, No. 21-3370 (Sept. 7, 2022), the Seventh Circuit also reiterated that circumstantial evidence is sufficient to prove the mental state necessary for a fraud conviction.Spate of MergersPeter Armbruster, a certified public accountant, became the controller
Continue Reading Circumstantial Evidence Sufficient to Sustain Securities Fraud Conviction

On Monday, May 2, 2022, the political journalism group Politico published and reported on a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft-opinion.

The draft opinion related to a pending case, addressing Roe v. Wade, which led to a firestorm of responses on everything from abortion, to birth control, to privacy. The authenticity of the “draft” was confirmed by the Court the next day. The Court has now launched an internal investigation into the leak.

Aside from the merit and expected
Continue Reading Who Leaked the US Supreme Court’s Draft Opinion?


The State Bar of Wisconsin Appellate Practice Section is putting on a CLE event. It will be here soon. Is this for you? Of course, at least in the appellate practice world, the “fun” begins when filing your notice of appeal. Sure there are other issues – is the record complete, identifying issues, transcript tracking – but the notice begins the first step. And that step is where the appellate practitioner has a choice. Part of this choice
Continue Reading From Articles to an Upcoming CLE: Appellate Practice Continues a Step Ahead

The Ozaukee County Courthouse in Port Washington sits on a rising hill a few blocks from Lake Michigan. In a city that has more pre-Civil War buildings than any other in the state, the courthouse dates to the turn of the 20th century, where for over 100 years it has quietly remained an everyday fixture in government and the courts.

On the second floor sits its courtroom. The courtroom is largely ceremonial – the court system has since moved
Continue Reading Justice on Wheels: The Wisconsin Supreme Court Visits Ozaukee County

As of July 1, electronic filing is mandatory for attorneys who practice in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.  The Wisconsin Supreme Court will launch an eFiling pilot program on a select set of cases by invitation.

According to the Wisconsin Court System News, the appellate eFiling system has the same look and feel as the eFiling system established for circuit courts.  A copy of the Supreme Court’s April 23 order, establishing a comprehensive appellate eFiling system, can be
Continue Reading Wisconsin Expands eFiling to Appellate Courts

Last Friday, I attended an excellent CLE program on Ethics & Professionalism in Virtual Legal Environments – Judicial Perspectives sponsored by the UW Law School, Continuing Legal Education.  Judge Jason Rossell (Kenosha County Circuit Court) and Judge John Anderson (Bayfield County Circuit Court) discussed how the move to virtual courtrooms has affected courtroom decorum and the need to communicate specifically to the tribunal about new virtual-specific ethical concerns.

Something that Judge Anderson said particularly resonated with me:  “Anything
Continue Reading “Anything that You Can Do to Make the Judge’s Job Easier = Better Outcomes for Your Clients”

In November 2020, Clerk of the Supreme Court Sheila Reiff filed a petition in the Court to seek approval for “the use of an electronic filing system in the appellate courts” and “to amend the rules of appellate procedure as needed to implement the [eFiling] system.”

The petition and rule amendments were developed by the Appellate eFiling Committee, a committee convened by the clerk with representation from the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, practicing attorneys, and court staff.
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Continue Reading Appellate eFiling Petition Filed in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court