Category Archives: Legal Professionals

Discussion by Authors of “Lawyers Who Shaped Dane County”

Lawyers Who Shaped Dane County is a new book from the University of Wisconsin Press that tells the story of the legal profession in Dane County, Wisconsin, from the 1850s to the early 1980s. Featuring short biographies of attorneys, judges, and law firms, this book also discusses the training, practice, public roles, work climate, and perspectives of lawyers during more than a century of change. This book is available at the UW Law Library is and currently on our new book shelf.
Authors Paul Humphrey, a Dane County Assistant District Attorney, Tom Ragatz, who practiced law in Madison for 31 years at Foley & Lardner, LLP, and Sally Garbo Wedde, a local writer and editor, will be speaking about the book next week at the Sequoya Public Library in Madison. They will talk about the changes in the practice of law and law firms, the emergence of women lawyers, the UW Law School, the courthouses and the Dane County Bar. Come and hear stories and interesting facts about lawyers over the years.
Event details:
Monday, November 26, 2012
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sequoya Public Library
4340 Tokay Blvd
Madison, WI 53711
For more information, contact Elena Spagnolie at 608-263-0734

CALI Conference to be Held at Marquette in 2011

Looks like the 2011 Conference for Law School Computing (CALI Conference) will be held at Marquette Law School next summer. I can’t wait to attend!
From John Mayer posted to the Teknoids list:

Just got back from a visit to the amazing new building that Marquette has built for their law school. I am delighted to announce that the 2011 Conference for Law School Computing – the 21st Annual “CALI Conference” will be held at Marquette on Thursday-Saturday, June 23-25. 2011.
We are planning a special track that focuses specifically on electronic casebooks/course materials and the Ignite Plenary that was so well received at the 2010 conference will be back.
We have our sights set on a nearby hotel, but haven’t signed the contract just yet, so follow CALI on Twitter (@CALIorg), friend us on FaceBook or visit the conference website at for more info in the future. You can view videos from most of the 2010 conference sessions right now at that location.

2010 Wisconsin Law Journal Unsung Heroes Awards Accepting Nominations

It’s time to nominate your favorite legal support staff for the 2010 Wisconsin Law Journal Unsung Heroes awards. Categories include:
* Legal Secretary
* Paralegal
* Law Librarian
* Firm Administrator
* Human Resources
* IT Specialists
* Legal Marketing
* Court Clerk
* Court Reporter
* Lifetime Achievement
Download and mail the PDF nomination form or complete it online. Nominations will be accepted until September 3, 2010.
See the Wisconsin Law Journal website for more information.

2009 Unsung Heroes Nominees

Congratulations to this year’s nominees for the Unsung Heroes award presented by the Wisconsin Law Journal. The award seeks to recognize the legal professionals whose efforts are essential to helping law firms and courts run efficiently.
Categories include Secretary, Paralegal, Law Librarian, Administrator, Human Resources, IT Specialists, Marketers, and Court Staff.
I’d like to give a special mention to my law library colleague nominees:

  • Jennifer Dedolph, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC
  • Diane Duffey, Habush Habush & Rottier, SC
  • Carol Hassler, Wisconsin State Law Library

LegalTube, a New Video Matchmaking Site for Lawyers & Clients

Robert Ambrogi over at’s Legal Blogwatch discusses LegalTube, an interesting new video matching site for lawyers and clients:

A new video site wants to play matchmaker for lawyers and clients. The idea behind LegalTube is to help potential clients find the right lawyer by letting them view videos of the lawyers discussing themselves and their areas of practice.
“LegalTube is the only legal directory where finding a lawyer or the answers to your law-related questions is as easy as channel surfing,” the site promises. “It’s a way to connect attorneys and potential clients by offering ‘face time’ in the comfort of your living room.”…
Although there is not much here yet, it certainly makes sense for lawyer directories to match videos with profiles. Videos let potential clients get a sense of the lawyer in a way that simple text never could. Plenty of lawyers have already discovered this with videos on YouTube. Take those YouTube-style videos and arrange them by city, state and practice area, and you could have something useful for consumers. This site is not there yet, but it might be heading in the right direction.

Employers Increasingly Using Social Networks to Screen Job Candidates

“According to a new study conducted by Harris Interactive for, 45 percent of employers questioned are using social networks to screen job candidates,” reports the New York Times.
More from the article:

The report showed that Facebook was the most popular online destination for employers to do their online sleuthing, followed by LinkedIn and MySpace. In addition, 7 percent followed job candidates on Twitter….
More than half of the employers who participated in the survey said that provocative photos were the biggest factor contributing to a decision not to hire a potential employee, while 44 percent of employers pinpointed references to drinking and drug use as red flags.
Other warning signs included bad-mouthing of previous employers and colleagues and poor online communication skills.

Source: WTN News

Some WI Firms Cancel, Reduce Summer Associate Programs

From the Wisconsin Law Journal:

Though large firms around the country have been cancelling their summer associate programs, the trend had yet to hit in Wisconsin.
Until now.
Milwaukee-based Quarles & Brady LLP confirmed that they have “suspended” their 2010 summer associate program…
Though Quarles is the only firm in the state so far to confirm its cancellation of the 2010 summer program, others have shortened their programs or reduced the number of hires.
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC trimmed its program from 12 to 10 weeks this year, and Godfrey & Kahn SC went from 12 weeks to nine.

Unsung Heroes 2009

It’s time to nominate your favorite legal support staff for the 2009 Wisconsin Law Journal Unsung Heroes awards. Categories include:

  • Secretary
  • Paralegal
  • Law Librarian
  • Administrator
  • Human Resources
  • IT Specialists
  • Marketers
  • Court Staff

For more information, see the Wisconsin Law Journal website. The nomination form is available there.
The awards ceremony will be held November 13, 2009 at Milwaukee’s Italian Conference Center.

RIP George Coburn of The Wheeler Report

Today’s Wheeler Report shares the sad news that George Coburn, “master of this website for more than 10 years lost a three-month struggle with cancer on Saturday. He posted his last news release on Friday, June 26.”
From the notice:

His one editorial comment in the 17 years he worked with Wheeler News Service and Wheeler Reports was so subtle no one ever noticed.
George believed everyone should have their say on almost anything, but he refused to contribute to the delinquency of never-ending attack releases.
So, he put “Campaigns, Elections and Politics” at the bottom of the daily listing on the website, giving them their say, but denying them the prominence and credibility they sought. His legacy will remain.