Civil Rights

The Democratic Party of Illinois may not intervene in a suit relating to mail-in voting, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The case, Bost v. Illinois State Board of Elections, arose when Congressman Michael Bost and two voters challenged an Illinois law that permits completed mail-in ballots to be counted as long as they are sent on or before election day and are received within two weeks after election day. ___ F.4th ____, 2023
Continue Reading Seventh Circuit Reiterates the Low Bar for Intervention in Voting-rights Litigation

Enacted in 1972, Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational activities that receive federal funds and requires public elementary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities, to effectively accommodate the athletic interests and abilities of students and provide equal opportunity in the benefits, opportunities, and treatment provided for athletic teams.

While Title IX does not directly address gender identity, the Department of Education recently released a notice of proposed rulemaking related to a transgender student’s
Continue Reading All Tied Up: OCR Issues New Resources on Equal Athletic Opportunity Under Title IX

By: Attorney Jorge Fragoso 
On November 8, 2022, Tony Evers was reelected as Governor of the state of Wisconsin. Since he was originally elected in 2019, Governor Evers has made efforts to grant clemency to people who have been convicted of crimes and are deserving of a second chance. He has granted a total of more than 600 pardons during his time in office, and he has stated that he will continue to pardon convicts during his next term.
Continue Reading Governor Evers to Continue Accepting Pardon Requests in Wisconsin

In 1975, The United States Supreme Court held that a criminal defendant has a constitutional right to waive counsel and self-represent in a criminal case. Faretta v. California, 422 U.S. 806 (1975). While the trial court has a responsibility to discourage self-representation, it cannot prohibit it. The result can be (and usually is) the circus occurring in the Waukesha trial of the Christmas parade driver Darrell Brooks.

Dealing with a pro se defendant creates a variety of challenges
Continue Reading The right to self-represent

What Should a Student Do if They Receive a Notice of Investigation for Sexual Assault or Sexual Harassment on a College Campus?
They need to contact experienced counsel.  Title IX is not an easy process for anyone to navigate, particularly when it could affect their academic status.  New regulations issued in the spring of 2020 changed a student’s rights with respect to these investigations, including their right to a hearing and to cross-examine witnesses.  It is imperative that they
Continue Reading Changes to Title IX Take Effect August 14, 2020