Recent Supreme Court opinions

07/07/15 - 2013AP1345-CR (2015 WI 66)
State v. Andrew M. ObriechtThe decision of the court of appeals is reversed.
Author: Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack
Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson, and Justice N. Patrick Crooks concur – opinion filed.

2013AP1532 (2015 WI 65)
Ash Park, LLC v. Alexander & Bishop, Ltd., Re/Max Select, LLC, Ash Investors, LLCThe decision of the court of appeals is affirmed.
Author: Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson
Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack concurs – opinion filed.
Justice David T. Prosser did not participate.

2013AP1750 (2015 WI 67)
Ronald J. Dakter and Kathleen M. Dakter v. Dale L. Cavallino, Hillsboro Transportation Company, LLC and Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance CompanyThe decision of the court of appeals is affirmed.
Author: Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson
Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler and Justice Michael J. Gableman concur – opinion filed.

2013AP557-CR (2015 WI 64)
State v. Corey R. KucharskiReversed and remanded.
Justice N. Patrick Crooks
Justice Ann Walsh Bradley and Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson dissent – opinion filed.

2012AP1845-D (2015 WI 68)
In the Matter of Disciplinary Proceedings Against David J. Winkel, Attorney at Law: Office of Lawyer Regulation v. David J. WinkelIt is ordered that the license of David J. Winkel to practice law in Wisconsin is suspended for a period of four months, effective August 6, 2015. It is further ordered that within 60 days of the date of this order, David J. Winkel shall pay to the Office of Lawyer Regulation the costs of this proceeding. It is further ordered that David J. Winkel shall comply with the provisions of SCR 22.26 concerning the duties of a person whose license to practice law in Wisconsin has been suspended. It is further ordered that compliance with all conditions of this order is required for reinstatement. See SCR 22.28(2).
Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson, J. concurs – opinion filed.
Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack and Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler dissent – opinion filed.
Justice Michael J. Gableman dissents – opinion filed.
Published per curiam

06/30/15 - 2013AP1407 (2015 WI 63)
Wisconsin Realtors Association v. Public Service Commission of WisconsinThe decision of the court of appeals is affirmed.
Author: Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson
Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack and Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler dissent - opinion filed.

06/23/15 - 2012AP1493 (2015 WI 58)
Donald Christ v. Exxon Mobil CorporationThe decision of the court of appeals is affirmed.
Author: Justice David T. Prosser
Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack and Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler dissent - opinion filed.

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Atty. Karla Baumgartner named director of Office of Judicial Education

June 29, 2015 - Atty. Karla Baumgartner, who has been acting as interim director of Judicial Education since February 2014, has been named the director of the Office of Judicial Education. In that role, she will continue to develop judicial curriculum and training programs, plan the department budget, ensure judicial credits are accurately recorded, and supervise department staff. see full article see full article

100 years later, Wisconsin Supreme Court murals still tell stories

June 15, 2015 - One hundred years ago this week, prominent American artist Albert Herter (1871-1950) slipped out of Madison without saying goodbye to the people who had hired him to paint murals for the Wisconsin Supreme Court Hearing Room in the new state Capitol. see full article see full article

800 years old: Magna Carta, Symbol of Freedom Under Law, still influential

June 15, 2015 - Shaky cell phone video of King John of England (1166-1216) affixing his seal to Magna Carta has not yet surfaced on YouTube. So, you’ll have to rely on a visit to the Wisconsin Supreme Court Hearing Room to get a feel for what the scene may have been like 800 years ago in a meadow along the banks of the Thames River outside London. see full article see full article

Judge's courtroom kindness inspires legal career

May 29, 2015 - Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Christopher R. Foley is featured in a front-page column and photo in the May 29 print edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Foley’s simple gesture of letting a 13-year-old girl take the bench for a few minutes during an adoption proceeding in 2003 had profound influence. Christie Jones, now 25, graduated from Marquette Univesity Law School and was admitted to the bar by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on May 18. The Jim Stingl column is posted here. (external link)

J. Denis Moran appointed interim director of state courts

May 28, 2015 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has appointed former Director of State Courts J. Denis Moran to serve as interim Director of State Courts, effective June 4, through Dec. 4, 2015, Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack announced today. see full article see full article

Grant boosts evidence-based decision-making efforts in Milwaukee County

May 28, 2015 - Milwaukee County is one of 20 jurisdictions selected nationwide to receive a $150,000 grant to help ensure that appropriate evidence-based risk assessments drive decisions about who is being incarcerated. The grant is part of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge program, which announced $75 million in grants on May 27. See the Milwaukee County press release here, and the foundation’s announcement here.

Court interpreter training planned for Wisconsin Rapids

May 27, 2015 - The Director of State Courts Office is accepting applications for interpreter training to be held in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21 at the Hotel Mead Conference Center. see full article see full article


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