In December 2022, CCAP (Consolidated Court Automation Programs) released a feature that allows eFilers to more easily submit electronic document exhibits to the court through the eFiling system. In addition, clerks of circuit court, juvenile clerks, and registers in probate can more easily manage exhibits electronically.
Volume 1 | Issue 10 | January 2023
Registration is open for the 2023 Court Safety and Security Conference, which will be held March 15 – 17 at the Hilton Appleton Paper Valley.
Since 2009, this event has been organized by the Director of State Courts Office in partnership with the National Criminal Justice Training Center at Fox Valley Technical College. The conference brings together state and tribal judges and court staff, law enforcement officers, court security personnel, clerks of court, emergency management leaders, and other stakeholders with an interest in court security.
Chief Justice Ziegler administers Oath to governor
Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler administers the Oath of Office to Gov. Tony Evers during a Jan. 3 ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. Those in attendance included (front row, left to right, former Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, and ex-governors Tommy G. Thompson, Jim Doyle (with wife Jessica Doyle), Martin Schreiber and Scott McCallum (with wife Laurie McCallum). Justices Patience Drake Roggensack and Brian Hagedorn are seated in the second row at left.
Justice Roggensack administers Oath to state representatives
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patience Drake Roggensack takes the dais in the Wisconsin Assembly Chamber to administer the Oath of Office to state representatives on Jan. 3, 2023, the first day of the new legislative session. Chief Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler swore in members of the Wisconsin State Senate moments later in the Senate Chamber at the state Capitol.
Gov. Tony Evers recently appointed new judges to fill vacancies in Dane, Fond du Lac and Waukesha county circuit courts.
Judge Anthony Nehls was appointed effective Dec. 5, 2022 to the Fond du Lac County Circuit Court to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Dale L. English.
Judge Ryan D. Nilsestuen was appointed effective Jan. 15 to the Dane County Circuit Court to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Juan Colás.
Judge Frederick Strampe was appointed effective Jan. 1 to fill the Waukesha County Circuit Court vacancy created by the election of Judge Maria S. Lazar to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.
Judge Morales recognized with ‘Legal All-Star Award’
Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Reyna Morales was recently recognized with the Wisconsin Law Journal’s “Legal All-Star Award – Diversity in the Law.”
In announcing the award, the Law Journal wrote: “Moving to the United States at the age of 16 knowing no English, Morales learned the language and put herself through college and law school, truly helping pave the way for women and immigrants alike. She served as a public defense attorney for more than 23 years, then moved into her role as a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge, where she is the first Guatemalan-born judge on the Wisconsin bench. Morales is currently assigned to the Children’s Court.” A copy of the article and a related video can be found here.
Weigel recognized as Leader in the Law
Retired Office of Lawyer Regulation attorney William “Bill” Weigel was recently recognized with a Leader in the Law Award presented by the Wisconsin Law Journal.
Weigel, who retired as general counsel in August after 22 years with OLR, chose a career in law to make the world a better place, according to an article announcing the award. “My greatest enjoyment has been always trying to do the right thing competently and compassionately,” Weigel said. A copy of the article and a related video can be found here.
Article offers research tips for Wisconsin Jury Instructions
Carol Hassler, a librarian and website developer at the Wisconsin State Law Library, contributed the article “Legal Research 101: Wisconsin Jury Instructions” to the Jan. 4 issue of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s InsideTrack newsletter.
Wisconsin has more than 1,600 unique instructions, divided into civil, criminal, and juvenile topics, available for free through the Library’s website wilawlibrary.gov/jury. The article explains various ways to access and research the information. Read the full article here.
LRB publishes Survey of Significant Wisconsin Court Decisions
The Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau this month published a Survey of Significant Wisconsin Court Decisions, July 2020 — July 2022. The publication summarizes a range of decisions in higher-profile cases, such as those involving redistricting, public health-related orders, and elections, as well as a number of lesser known cases of significance. The summaries are intended to “serve as a concise introduction to the court’s important activities in the last two years.” A full copy of the report can be found here.
Barron County Court staff, judges adopt a family
Barron County court staff and judges adopted a family with six children, including two grandchildren, as part of the Spirit of Christmas/Adopt a Family program, which supports families with difficulty providing gifts and clothing to their children. Gifts included jackets, boots, snow pants, shoes, shirts, pants, underwear, socks, toys and games, as well as household items and food.