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The Law Center, S.C., attorneys Kristi Baker and Sara Vanden Brook have been placed on Super Lawyer’s 2020 Rising Stars list, as top attorneys in the state for the practice of family law. Only 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state land on the final published Rising Stars list. The list includes attorneys that are 40 years old or younger or have been practicing law for 10 years or less. This is Sara’s third time on the Rising Stars list. Most legal professionals are familiar with Super Lawyers and hope to eventually be selected for a Super Lawyers list. Why…
Families come in many different forms. In particular, advances in medical technology are expanding the concept of the family now more than ever. Unfortunately, the social acceptance of some families has lagged behind the technology. But what is the impact, if any, on children born via assisted reproductive technology (ART)? A recent article in Reproductive Biomedicine Online by Susan Golombok of the University of Cambridge in England looks at 40 years of research, including her own longitudinal studies, and answers that question. The article breaks down its findings into the following categories of family. Here are the highlights: 1) Lesbian…
Emily Dudak Leiter of The Law Center, S.C., attorney and yoga teacher, spoke today about “Wellness for Attorneys” at the State Bar of Wisconsin’s virtual conference, “Trending Topics in Juvenile Justice Reform 2020.” Emily shared her techniques for staying happy and healthy while practicing children’s law. The techniques she discussed included mindfulness, meditation, Yoga, breathwork, sleep, living with gratitude and compassion, guarding your energy and time, exercise, not multi-tasking, alignment and stretching while at the computer, music and essential oils in the office, minimalism, and cleanliness, boundaries, living beneath your means, and getting out in Nature. Emily hopes to continue…
Last Sunday evening, August 9, 2020, our school law attorneys held a free, back-to-school Zoom webinar.  Attorneys Kristi Baker and Anne Daugherty-Leiter sought to empower parents and talked about how to help your child receive a free, appropriate public education during these challenging times, with a focus on special education needs. No student can afford a wasted semester, least of all a student with an IEP.  Anne and Kristi emphasized how parental advocacy is key to making sure that a child’s IEP is both drafted and implemented, in a way that meets the child’s needs during this challenging time.  Our…
By Attorney Anne Daugherty-Leiter “The answer is clear,” said the U.S. Supreme Court in Bostock v Clayton County, Georgia: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employers from discriminating against LGBTQ employees and applicants. Now, LGBTQ people working for employers with at least 15 employees may bring sex discrimination employment claims under federal law in every state.  This is because the Supreme Court has finally recognized that firing someone for being LGBTQ is firing that person for an identity or action that the employer would have accepted in a member of a different sex, meaning it is based on…
The year 2020 has been nothing short of chaotic. Due to the upheaval caused by the coronavirus, the IRS has postponed the traditional April 15 tax filing deadline to July 15. As you put the finishing touches on your tax documents, it is important to remember the adoption tax credit. Adoption is costly and every cent counts as you bear the financial costs of the adoption process. How Much Is The Credit Worth? The adoption tax credit can provide up to $14,300 for qualified adoption expenses. That amount is per each adopted child and applies to domestic and…
The Law Center, S.C., is excited to announce that it has added a new associate attorney to the firm, Anne Daugherty-Leiter (there is no relation to the firm’s partner, Emily Dudak Leiter; it is just an interesting coincidence). Anne has substantial experience in employment law, as an attorney and as a human resources director. Prior to joining The Law Center, she acted as a private consultant to a Madison-based health care IT consulting firm regarding issues of workplace management, personnel, compliance, termination and severance agreements, and employee training, particularly sexual harassment.  She has a particular interest right now in workplace…
Online And Distance Learning For Children With Special Needs Author: Kristi Baker 4/1/2020 This unprecedented time of school closures and quarantines is challenging under the best of circumstances, but for families of students with disabilities it is especially concerning. While many school districts have moved to online or distance learning models, students with disabilities may not be receiving the necessary services required to provide them with a free and appropriate public education. Additionally, parents may not be equipped to meet their child’s specialized needs in the home environment. Even though schools are not holding in-person classes for the foreseeable future,…