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Date: May 13, 2021 Time: 8:00 am Location: Zoom Presenters: Mary Ellen Schill, Sara J. Ackermann, Nicole L. Stangl <!–Nicole L. Stangl–> Central Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management 2021 Spring Conference All presentations via Zoom Agenda: Opening Keynote Presentation:Culture of Engagement:  Why/How to Build Passionate and Engaged Teams – Joshua Evans, Better Workplaces, Better World™ Each of us began our careers from a passionate place. On our first day of work every one of us was excited, intrigued, and joyful. However, with such demanding roles, it easy for us to lose sight of our initial…
“Mr. Sloan read my argument. Judge Ryan mad as a bull.” Lavinia Goodell, December 14, 1875 When Lavinia Goodell applied for admission to the Wisconsin Supreme Court bar in 1875, she was not allowed to present the motion to the court herself. Instead, her argument was read by Assistant Attorney General I.C. Sloan. Along with J.B. Cassoday, Sloan, a former Janesville attorney, was one of the people who made Lavinia’s admission to the Supreme Court bar possible. I. C. Sloan Ithamar Conkey Sloan was born in Morrisonville, New York in 1822. He began practicing law in New York state and…
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently handed a win to employers in EEOC v. Walmart. It held that Walmart did not violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) when it withdrew an offer of employment from a candidate who, after receiving the offer, advised Walmart that he was unable to work between sundown on Friday and sundown Saturday for religious observation. The Court held that Walmart’s offer to have the candidate apply for other hourly positions was a reasonable accommodation, and that anything more would have imposed an undue hardship…
Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) issued Emergency Order #16, which goes into effect as of 12:01am on May 5, 2021. In response to Dane County’s steady trend in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, as well as increasing vaccination rates, the Order eases several restrictions. First, the Order increases limits for both indoor and outdoor gatherings. Up to 350 individuals may be present at indoor gatherings where food and beverages are provided, not including employees. Where food and beverages are not provided, up to 500 people may be in attendance, not including employees.  Outdoor gatherings continue to be limited…
Professor Brian L. Frye of University of Kentucky – College of Law recently published to SSRN an interesting trilogy of articles about plagiarism norms.  Why so interesting?  Because the articles themselves were completely plagiarized.  In fact, that was the point. Frye writes: In 2020, I paid Alvin Emoodo of youressaymaster.com $100 to ghostwrite a law review article for me titled “Illegitimacy of Plagiarism Norms.” Emoodo wrote a 10 page article for me in about 3 days. Here’s a selection from the abstract of that article: Plagiarism deceives readers and gives the plagiarist undeserved credits while hurting the plagiarized…
Here is the latest faculty scholarship appearing in the University of Wisconsin Law School Legal Studies Research Papers series found on SSRN. “The Corporate Governance Gap” 131 Yale L. J. (Forthcoming) by YARON NILI (UW Law) and KOBI KASTIEL A reliable system of corporate governance is considered an important requirement for the long-term success of public companies and for the good of society at large. After decades of research and policy advocacy, there is a growing sense that corporations are finally nearing the promised land: boards of public corporations seem more diverse, large investors seem more engaged, and directors seem…
A new article by Professors Keith A. Findley and Louise G. Trubek highlights the unique strengths of the clinical legal education program at the University of Wisconsin Law School.  The article is entitled Clinics at Wisconsin: Comprehensive, In-Depth Pedagogy and Bottom-Up Innovation, 2021 Wisconsin Law Review 409 (2021). Abstract: The University of Wisconsin (UW) Law School has been a pioneer in clinical education. Experiential education, involving actual legal advocacy and practice, started at Wisconsin in the 1970s before many U.S. law schools had even thought about what came to be called law school “clinics.” These initial efforts developed out…
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Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the addition of Andrew Lorenz to our Eau Claire attorney team. An Eau Claire native,  Andrew is a 2018 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School.  Prior to beginning his legal career he served four years with the United States Marine Corps.  At Ruder Ware, Andrew will continue to grow his practice within the litigation realm in addition to adding strength to the business group by representing businesses and individuals throughout the state of Wisconsin in a wide variety of business transactional matters, with an emphasis on real estate development,…
Margaret Wrenn Hickey of Milwaukee said she plans to focus on addressing the racial inequities in our judicial and legal system, promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and improving access to justice. April 23, 2021 – Milwaukee lawyer Margaret Wrenn Hickey is the next president-elect of the State Bar of Wisconsin. In the elections ending April 23, 2021, Hickey defeated Milwaukee attorney Odalo J. Ohiku by 2,347 votes to 1,186. Hickey will serve a one-year term as president-elect starting July 1, 2021, before succeeding Cheryl Daniels of Madison on July 1, 2022, as State Bar president. When she…
In celebration of APIDA Heritage Month, the UW Law Library has created a web display celebrating the accomplishments of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American members of the legal profession.  See the UW APIDA Heritage Month site for more information on campus-wide virtual events. This display is the creation of the Law Library’s Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity subcommittee and is the latest in a series of displays recognizing and celebrating diversity in the legal profession.  We’ve also celebrated Black History Month, Middle Eastern ​North African ​Heritage Month, Latinx Heritage Month, and Native November. The Libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Madison…
82% of law review articles have zero citations within the first five years.  82%.  This grim finding is from a recent study by Rob Willey and Melanie Knapp of George Mason University Law Library who reviewed nearly 250,000 law review articles published in HeinOnline from 2015-2019. Some articles, however, are cited significantly more often.  What makes these articles so special?  According to Willey and Knapp, there are several article characteristics that correlate to increased citations in legal scholarship.  Here are a few of them. Tips for Increasing Article Citations Write long articles The most cited law review articles were between…
Here’s a list of some of the many research sites and tools available from Google: Google Advanced – https://www.google.com/advanced_search Google Alerts – https://www.google.com/alerts Google Books – https://books.google.com Google Finance – https://www.google.com/finance Google Flights – https://www.google.com/flights/ Google Images – https://images.google.com Google News – https://news.google.com Google Patents – https://patents.google.com/ Google Scholar – https://scholar.google.com Google Shopping – https://shopping.google.com/ Google Social Search – https://www.social-searcher.com/google-social-search/ Google Translate – https://translate.google.com Google Trends – https://trends.google.com/ Google Videos – https://www.google.com/videohp
“I like my father and Mr. Jocelyn better than any other men.” Lavinia Goodell, 1865 Reverend Simeon S. Jocelyn and his family were good friends of the Goodells for many years. Both Lavinia Goodell and her father benefitted from Rev. Jocelyn’s advice. Rev. Simeon S. Jocelyn Simeon Jocelyn was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1799. He came from a long line of New England Congregationalists who were deeply opposed to slavery. Jocelyn was an engraver by trade, but his true calling was the ministry. By the age of 25 he had become the leader of a church of free…
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has further refined the standard for what is a continuation of a legal non-conforming use.  In Village of Slinger vs. Polk Properties, LLC  the Court, in a unanimous decision, set a clear standard to judge a municipality’s effort to enforce the abandonment of a legal non-conforming use. Non-conforming uses, or structures, are created when a rezoning of a parcel takes place, causing the current use to not conform with the new zoning designation placed on the property in question. Contrary to popular belief, a municipality does not need to give personal notice to any landowner that…
ScholarSift is a new resource that legal scholars and law librarians should keep an eye on.  Using artificial intelligence, it analyzes the text and citations of law journal articles to find other relevant law journal articles.  You can either search for articles already in the database or upload your own draft.  It’s designed to identify scholarship that you might otherwise have missed in the course of your research.  It’s currently in beta but is expected to publicly launch on April 12th. Here’s a screenshot of the analysis from my recent paper on Representing Law Faculty Scholarly Impact which I uploaded…