2016 WSSFC

Schedule 14.5 CLE / 6.5 EPR

Thursday, October 20

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Conference Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Legal Expo Opens
8:45 - 10:45 a.m. Opening Plenary: Improv for Lawyers (2.0 CLE)
10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Refreshment Break – visit the Exhibit Hall and get your passport signed to be entered to win great prizes!
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Plenary: Stay in the Know: Recent Important Appellate Cases (1.0 CLE)
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch with the Exhibitors
Session 1
1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
Substantive
Track
Dodging Bullets in a Real Estate Transaction
(1.0 CLE)
Practice Management
Track
Finding Clients: Breaking Through the Digital Clutter
(0.0 CLE)
Technology
Track
Document Automation: Using Technology to Improve Your Practice
(1.0 CLE)
Quality of Life / Ethics
Track
Fantasy Football – Legal Ethics Edition
(1.0 CLE / EPR)
1:50 - 2:25 p.m. Refreshment Break – visit the Exhibit Hall and get your passport signed to be entered to win great prizes!
Session 2
2:25 - 3:25 p.m.
(60 min.)
Substantive
Election Law for Lawyers
(1.0 CLE)
Practice Management
Networking is a Lifestyle
(0.0 CLE)
Technology
Creating a Written Security Plan, Why You Need One, and the Ethics Involved
(1.0 CLE / EPR)
Quality of Life / Ethics
Beyond 9 to 5: How to Maintain Billable Hours While Not Working a Traditional Schedule
(0.0 CLE)
3:25 - 4:00 p.m. Refreshment Break – visit the Exhibit Hall and get your passport signed to be entered to win great prizes!
Session 3
4:00 - 4:50 p.m.
Substantive
Innocent Spouse Relief in Tax Matters: Myth or Reality?
(1.0 CLE)
Practice Management
Preparing for Economic Winter
(0.0 CLE)
Technology
The Threat from Within: Security Risk Assessment and Policy Implementation to Protect Law Firm Digital Files
(1.0 CLE)
Quality of Life / Ethics
Health Insurance Planning for Individual and Small Businesses
(1.0 CLE)
4:50 - 6:30 p.m. Attendee Reception and Legal Expo
Enjoy beer, wine and soda, plus a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres.
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Fifth Quarter Tailgate and Packer Viewing Party
The party doesn’t stop. Enjoy snacks, beverages, and tailgating games while watching the Green Bay Packers spank the Chicago Bears. You’ll have the best seat in the house to catch the game with friends, colleagues, and new connections. Family members welcome at this festive event. Sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Section.

Friday, October 21

7:45 - 10:50 a.m. Legal Expo is Open: Today is your last chance to meet with companies that can help your practice.
7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Deluxe Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Plenary: Total Workday Control (1.0 CLE)
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break: Last chance to visit the Legal Expo and get your passport signed to be entered to win great prizes!
Session 4
10:30 - 11:20 a.m.
Substantive
Track
Applying for 501(c)(3) Status for the Non-profit Organization
(1.0 CLE)
Practice Management
Track
Reinventing Your Practice & Reinventing You
(0.0 CLE)
Technology
Track
E-signatures: the Why and the How
(1.0 CLE)
Quality of Life / Ethics
Track
eBanking Under Wisconsin Trust Account Rule
(1.0 CLE / EPR)
11:20 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch and Lederer Award (0.0 CLE)
1:15 - 1:30 p.m. Feeling lucky? Passport to prizes and exhibitor drawing winners will be announced.
Session 5
1:30 - 2:20 p.m.
Substantive
Multi-Generational Planning for the Family Property
(1.0 CLE)
Practice Management
Finding the Right Mentor for You
(0.0 CLE)
Technology
50 Tips in 50 minutes
(1.0 CLE)
Quality of Life / Ethics
Charting a Sustainable Path Forward: Revelations from the ABA/Hazelden Betty Ford Study on Substance Use and Mental Health
(1.0 CLE / EPR)
Session 6
2:30 - 3:20 p.m.
Substantive
Municipal Practice Tips: Perspective from the Bench
(1.0 CLE)
Practice Management
Run Your Practice as a Saleable Business
(0.0 CLE)
Technology
Mac Magic: Use your Mac to Manage Your Digital Workflow and Documents
(1.0 CLE)
Quality of Life / Ethics
What Makes Lawyers Happy?
(0.0 CLE)
3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Optional Meeting: Have you ever wanted to help plan the WSSFC? Attend this brief meeting to learn how you can get involved with the planning committee, or suggest a speaker or topic for the 2017 conference.
(0.0 CLE)
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Bring Your Own Device Clinic (0.0 CLE)
iOS - Apple Android
4:00 - 6:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite: Enjoy beer, wine, and refreshments compliments of Krekeler Strother S.C. (Dinner on your own.)

Saturday, October 22

7:00 - 7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. Plenary: Gadgets, Gizmos, and Widgets (1.0 CLE)
Session 7
8:30 - 9:20 a.m.
Substantive
Track
Post-Judgment Recovery: A Beginner's Guide to Judgment Enforcement
(1.0 CLE)
Practice Management
Track
Find Your X Factor and Grow Your Practice
(0.0 CLE)
Technology
Track
Digital Workflows That Work
(1.0 CLE)
Quality of Life / Ethics
Track
Protect Your Practice: How to Analyze and Avoid Conflicts of Interest
(1.0 CLE / EPR)
9:20 - 9:50 a.m. Break / Hotel check-out
Session 8
9:50 - 10:40 a.m.
Substantive
Concealed Carry and Castle Doctrine
(1.0 CLE)
Practice Management
Hire, Fire, Desire - How to Redirect Employee Work Habits
(1.0 CLE)
Technology
iPad at Trial – Apps and Hardware You Need and How to Use them for Trial Presentation
(1.0 CLE)
Quality of Life / Ethics
Where Malpractice Lurks... Debtor/Creditor Work
(1.0 CLE / EPR)
10:50 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Closing Plenary: Nice Lawyers Finish First (1.5 CLE / EPR)
12:20 p.m. Conference Concludes

 

About the Programs

Opening Plenary Thursday, 8:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Opening Plenary: Improv for Lawyers
2.0 CLE

Brad Knight, Monkey Business Institute, Madison

Christina M. Tenuta, Community Justice Inc., Madison

Craig Johnson, Monkey Business Institute, Madison

What do improv and law practice have in common? More than you might think! In fact, improv techniques can make the difference in delivering successful outcomes for your clients.

Improv theater is a useful framework for teaching skills you can use in and out of the courtroom, including:

  • Strong presentation skills
  • Ability to think quickly
  • Listening with purpose
  • Confidence under pressure
  • Reacting in the moment

This seriously fun session offers experiential training emphasizing active listening, clear communication, and teamwork using improv theater in a supportive, collaborative, and creative environment.

  • Become more creative, mindful, and resilient.
  • Learn skills for initial client interviews, thinking on your feet in court, witness examinations, objections, and closing arguments.
  • Discover how to take control in interviews and depositions when the story doesn’t take a linear track.

Plenary Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Plenary: Stay in the Know: Recent Important Appellate Cases
1.0 CLE

Hon. Brian Blanchard

Description TBA

Session 1 Thursday, 1:00 - 1:50 p.m.

Dodging Bullets in a Real Estate Transaction
1.0 CLE

Sara B. Andrew, Becker, Hickey & Poster S.C., Milwaukee

Carol E. Krigbaum, Krigbaum Law LLC, Milwaukee

Lawyers need to stay particularly focused in real estate transactions - there are a lot of moving parts! Join us at this fast paced, targeted presentation covering hot topics in real estate law. You’ll explore recent changes this year as well and get a review and updates on some of the shockers from last year.

  • Learn on how TRID implementation is going "on the ground"
  • Adverse Possession - is it still a thing?
  • Revisions to Chapter 452 and changes to WRA standard forms

Finding Clients: Breaking Through the Digital Clutter
0.0 CLE

Aly Lynch, Next Step Legal Consulting LLC, Madison

Spencer X. Smith, Spencer X. Smith Consulting, Waunakee

At this session, you’ll learn tips and strategies to target and market to potential clients. You’ll follow a live case study highlighting this method as we walk a volunteer audience member through the process used by consultants. Discover a systematic method for:

  • Identifying target clients through what they're sharing online
  • Marketing to those target clients
  • Using practice management software to track referral sources and determine ROI

Document Automation: Using Technology to Improve Your Practice
1.0 CLE

Nerino J. Petro, Jr., HolmstromKennedy PC, Rockford, IL

Document drafting is one of the tasks lawyers do most often. Automated document assembly systems can bring increased speed, efficiency, and accuracy to this important duty. But is document automation right for your firm?

You don't need to spend thousands of dollars or a lot of time to start automating your documents. Learn how you can take advantage of basic document assembly tools that you already have as well as other moderately priced tools to streamline document creation.

Fantasy Football – Legal Ethics Edition
1.0 CLE / EPR

Aviva Meridian Kaiser, State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison

Dean R. Dietrich, Ruder Ware LLSC, Wausau

Margaret Raymond, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison

Ralph M. Cagle, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison

Thomas J. Watson, Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co, Madison

Who says ethics can’t be fun? Cheer on our two “football” teams of panelists as they try to gain yards on the field and by correctly answering tricky ethical questions faced by solo and small firm practitioners. Be sure to avoid interference and delay of game penalties in this game show-themed session.

Session 2 Thursday, 2:20 - 3:10 p.m.

Election Law for Lawyers
1.0 CLE

Emily I. Lonergan, Gimbel Reilly Guerin & Brown LLP, Milwaukee

Election season 2016 is officially underway, and every eligible voter ought to be able to cast a ballot and have their vote counted. Changes to election law in recent years – and the implementation of voter ID this year – mean that voters, observers, and even poll workers have questions. Attend this session to learn the answers to such questions as:

  • Who is eligible to vote?
  • How voters can register?
  • What the rules are for observing the polls?

Attend this session to clear up any confusion that you or your clients may have and position yourself to assist with the process.

Networking is a Lifestyle
0.0 CLE

Sarah L. Ruffi, Ruffi Law Offices SC, Wausau

Find out just how easy networking can be. By incorporating it into your everyday life, networking becomes natural and effortless. Get tips you can use throughout the Conference to grow your network, including:

  • How to network without thinking about it
  • Simple concepts that can make a big difference in your practice
  • Ways to meld your business with your personal life to make an impact
  • How to change your perspective on client development and find balance in your life

Creating a Written Security Plan, Why You Need One, and the Ethics Involved
1.0 CLE / EPR

Terrence L. Dunst, Bakke Norman SC, New Richmond

What steps do you take to protect your client's confidential information? This session will discuss how and why to prepare a written information security policy ("ISP"). An ISP describes the technical and physical safeguards a law office has put in place to protect the confidential information it collects and stores for clients and employees. It also includes how to administer your ISP to ensure that you follow the steps required to protect confidential information. You will:

  • Learn how to create a written ISP
  • Understand the key elements that should be addressed in any ISP
  • Receive a template which can be modified to help you create an ISP for your law office

Beyond 9 to 5: How to Maintain Billable Hours While Not Working a Traditional Schedule
0.0 CLE

Moderator: Aiden Tharp, Williamson & Siler S.C., New Richmond

Matthew T. Angel, Angel & Angel S.C., Dodgeville

Margaret V. Kaiser, Margaret Kaiser Law LLC, Hudson

Tison H. Rhine, State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison

You're a lawyer - but you may also be raising children, caring for an elderly parent, or dealing with some other outside concern that makes it difficult to work a traditional work week. How can you keep up with your billable hours in these situations?

Panelists from a variety of backgrounds will discuss alternate ways to practice law and how to maintain billable hours outside of a traditional schedule. You'll learn:

  • How to prepare for taking parental leave and then ease back into work after leave
  • Flexible work-life options, such as working part-time or 3/4 time
  • How to structure a flexible schedule to keep up with client and firm demands
  • Advice for maintaining a good work-life balance while caring for children
  • How to have a more satisfying and fulfilling professional and personal life

Session 3 Thursday, 4:00 - 4:50 p.m.

Innocent Spouse Relief in Tax Matters: Myth or Reality?
1.0 CLE

Robert B. Teuber, Weiss Berzowski LLP, Milwaukee

There are a number of circumstances in which one spouse is not fully aware of the income or related tax arising from the other spouse’s activities. Under certain circumstances, the unwitting spouse may qualify for relief from those taxes. Examine the rules governing innocent spouse relief and the mechanics of making the request in various procedural settings. Is innocent spouse relief a reality for your clients?

Preparing for Economic Winter
0.0 CLE

Tom Palzewicz, ActionCOACH Business Coaching, Elm Grove

The economy is doing much better now than in the recent past, but that doesn't mean you don't need to be ready for the next downturn. Learn steps you can take right now to prepare to weather the next storm. What financial, hiring, and marketing moves should you make now to thrive during the next economic slump?

The Threat from Within: Security Risk Assessment and Policy Implementation to Protect Law Firm Digital Files
1.0 CLE

Brent J. Hoeft, Hoeft Law LLC, Madison

Did you know that one of the biggest threats to your law firm's digital security isn't hackers or cloud-based storage? Actually, it's your own employees and policies (or lack thereof). Your firm faces everyday security risks whenever internal employees store, back up, and access your firm's digital information.

Get an overview of best practices for common security issues, such as:

  • Password management
  • Encryption
  • Backups
  • Being secure while mobile
  • Access and security policies for employees and their mobile devices

You'll leave with a better understanding of how to conduct a law firm security risk analysis and how to implement policies to assure that you are not your own greatest threat to the security of your firm’s digital information.

Health Insurance Planning for Individual and Small Businesses
1.0 CLE

Corrine Bultman, Bultman Financial Services Inc, Brookfield

Small businesses - including clients and law firms - face an arsenal of choices when purchasing health insurance. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of different options and receive information on subsidies, cost share reductions, and tax considerations:

  • How can you avoid buying a plan that doesn't work for you?
  • When should you purchase an individual plan?
  • When does it make sense to buy a group plan?

Plenary Session Friday, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Total Workday Control
1.0 CLE

Michael Linenberger, author, "The One Minute To-Do List," Santa Fe

Are you buried under too much email and a huge task list? Then you need the One Minute To-Do List. A renowned expert on workday productivity and email control, Michael Linenberger shows you how easy it is to start your very own One Minute To-Do List. It's a solution anyone can use - whether you prefer Word, Outlook, your smartphone, or good old-fashioned paper.

  • Learn three simple urgency zones to guide activities, quickly prioritize your day, get the right things done first, and lower your stress.
  • Get simple rules to manage too many to-dos and get your day under control.
  • Find out how to convert action e-mails to tasks and stop using your inbox as a task management system.

Session 4 Friday, 10:30 - 11:20 a.m.

Applying for 501(c)(3) Status for the Non-profit Organization
1.0 CLE

Kathleen A. Brost, Brost Law Offices LLC, Neenah

Terrence L. Dunst, Bakke Norman SC, New Richmond

Learn the basic requirements for a nonprofit to attain 501(c)(3) status, including the specific forms and documentation required.

  • Learn how to set up a 501(c)(3) organization
  • Find out the pitfalls that can delay your 501(c)(3) application filing with the IRS

Reinventing Your Practice & Reinventing You
0.0 CLE

Dwight J. Ruffi, Ruffi Law Offices SC, Wausau

Feeling stuck? Need help reinvigorating your life? Think you're too old or inexperienced to make a change? Discover how simple it can be to change the direction of your practice by looking at how you currently live. By shifting your internal compass just a few degrees, you can greatly improve your business, your outlook, and even your love life.

  • Find out how to revitalize yourself and your practice.
  • Explore how looking back can help you move forward.
  • Learn the secrets to growing your sales by 50% in one year.

E-signatures: the Why and the How
1.0 CLE

Tison H. Rhine, State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison

The use of E-signatures on legal documents saves your practice time and money. But did you know they also provide other benefits – such as the ability to monitor who has viewed and signed documents and when? With these advantages – and with the proliferation of e-filing – chances are that if you aren’t already signing your name with a mouse click, you will be soon.

Learn what you need to know to make e-signatures a part of your practice, including:

  • How to ensure your e-signatures are legally binding
  • Products and providers that use e-signatures to facilitate the efficient management of contracts and other legal documents

eBanking Under Wisconsin Trust Account Rule
1.0 CLE / EPR

Timothy J. Pierce, State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison

With the rise of mobile pay apps and electronic banking, lawyers have struggled to serve their clients effectively using the checks and traditional banking practices required under the trust account rule. But not anymore. A new amendment to the Wisconsin Rules of Professional Conduct effective July 1, 2016, will allow attorneys to use e-banking for trust and fiduciary account deposits and disbursements. Attend this session and, find out how the new rule will affect your banking experience and understand the obligations you must fulfill when using e-banking.

Friday, 11:20 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch and Lederer Award
0.0 CLE

Description TBA

Session 5 Friday, 1:30 - 2:20 p.m.

Multi-Generational Planning for the Family Property
1.0 CLE

Melissa S. Kampmann, Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C., Wausau

Shanna N. Yonke, Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C., Wausau

Many people have wonderful memories of time spent with their families at the family farm, hunting land, or cottage. As children grow older and the family begins contemplating transitioning ownership and management of the family property to the next generation, problems can arise if families don't create a plan for the property.

Gain insight into the importance of family property succession planning, guidelines for assisting your clients in the succession planning process, and advice for using an LLC as a property transition tool. You'll also learn:

  • Steps of the succession planning process
  • Key provisions of operating agreements
  • How to engage current and future owners in the family property succession planning process to ensure "buy-in" for the plan

Finding the Right Mentor for You
0.0 CLE

Carolyn Rim, Spark Your Rockstar LLC, Linwood, PA

Tony Robbins has famously said, "Having a mentor will get you to your goal 50% faster." Mentors are one of the most important keys to success at any point in your career. Mentoring is also critical for anyone wanting to become the best person they can be. This session will help you start and maintain a solid mentoring relationship.

  • Learn how to find a mentor who can help you you maximize your professional and personal potential.
  • Discover the 7 keys for a successful mentor-mentee relationship.
  • Get tips for laying a foundation for future mentoring relationships.
  • Find out what "Peer Mentors" are and why they're the secret weapon of the mentoring process.

50 Tips in 50 minutes
1.0 CLE

Jeffrey S. Krause, Affinity Consulting Group, Waterford

Nerino J. Petro, Jr., HolmstromKennedy PC, Rockford, IL

Bryan M. Sims, Sims Law Firm Ltd., Naperville, IL

You’ll hear dozens of practical tips and tricks for getting things done better, faster, and maybe even cheaper. Our expert panelists will share their knowledge and give tips that you can put into practice right away.

Charting a Sustainable Path Forward: Revelations from the ABA/Hazelden Betty Ford Study on Substance Use and Mental Health
1.0 CLE / EPR

Linda Albert, State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison

Get a first-hand look at the landmark 2016 research outlining the current rates of substance abuse and mental health problems among U.S. and Wisconsin lawyers, and explore what the research means for the legal profession.

  • Gain an understanding of the issues that lawyers face.
  • Discover how when issues are not addressed effectively the risk of ethical violations increases.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of impairment in a lawyer.
  • Learn about available resources to assist in preventing and mitigating impairment.
  • Review Supreme Court Rules addressing lawyer communication, competence, and diligence.

Session 6 Friday, 2:30 - 3:20 p.m.

Municipal Practice Tips: Perspective from the Bench
1.0 CLE

Faculty TBA

Wisconsin has 237 different municipal courts that handle a wide variety of issues including traffic, disorderly conduct, animal control, trespass, and violations of health and building codes. Attend this session to get an understanding of how municipal court differs from circuit court and leave with practice tips to make your next appearance successful.

Run Your Practice as a Saleable Business
0.0 CLE

Chris Carman, ActionCOACH Business Coaching, Elm Grove

Description TBA

Mac Magic: Use your Mac to Manage Your Digital Workflow and Documents
1.0 CLE

Mark C. Metzger, Law Office of Mark C. Metzger, Naperville, IL

More and more lawyers are moving to Macs. This session will provide real world lessons on using your Mac to manage your digital life including workflows and documents. Learn from a nationally-recognized lawyer and "Mac" expert on what works and what does not if you are thinking of moving to a Mac or already made the move.

What makes Lawyers Happy?
0.0 CLE

Dr. Gregory Van Rybroek, Mendota Mental Health Institute, Madison

A national study – including roughly 1,600 Wisconsin lawyers – investigated who in the legal profession is happy, or not, and why they feel that way. What makes lawyers happy? It’s not what many people may think.

BYOD ClinicFriday, 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Bring Your Own Device Clinic
0.0 CLE

Bring Your Own Device Clinic – You use your smart phone and tablet to conduct business and transmit sensitive, confidential client information. Have you enabled the proper settings and safeguards to help you protect your files? Have you set up security features to encrypt your files or find your device if lost or stolen? Bring your smart phone or tablet to this quick-hitting session. Our presenters will run a quick audit of the most basic settings and you’ll leave with a checklist of apps and resources that you can utilize to maximize your security.

Plenary Session Saturday, 7:30 - 8:20 a.m.

Plenary: Gizmos, Gadgets, & Widgets
1.0 CLE

Nerino J. Petro, Jr., HolmstromKennedy PC, Rockford, IL

Bryan M. Sims, Sims Law Firm Ltd., Naperville, IL

Back by popular demand! This fast-paced conference favorite will bring a smile to your face by offering you a look at the lighter side of technology, including tips and overviews of the gizmos and gadgets that are most useful to your law practice and your life!

Session 7 Saturday, 8:30 - 9:20 a.m.

Post-Judgment Recovery: A Beginner's Guide to Judgment Enforcement
1.0 CLE

David Seth Hill, Halling & Cayo S.C., Milwaukee

Enforcing a judgement can seem daunting. But the more you know about enforcing judgements, the more options your clients will have during litigation.

Get an introduction to all of the ways to enforce a judgment. Plus, learn simple, yet effective strategies for locating assets and satisfying judgments.

Find Your X Factor and Grow Your Practice
0.0 CLE

Sarah L. Ruffi, Ruffi Law Offices SC, Wausau

Have you ever wondered why clients choose you over another lawyer? This session will help you reveal the one thing that sets you apart from the competition - your "X factor."

  • Learn a framework to identify your X factor.
  • Determine your unique selling proposition and learn why having one is so important.
  • Discover what business you are really in (hint: it isn't running a law firm).

Digital Workflows That Work
1.0 CLE

Bryan M. Sims, Sims Law Firm Ltd., Naperville, IL

Setting up a digital (paperless) office only requires buying some hardware and software, but successfully maintaining a paperless office requires redefining your everyday workflows. This session discusses workflows that allow your office to transfer from a paper-based office to a truly digital office. Learn the steps needed to help you truly be victorious in your paperless quest!

Protect Your Practice: How to Analyze and Avoid Conflicts of Interest
1.0 CLE / EPR

Moderator: Courtney L. Graff, Schmiege & Graff Law Office Ltd., Medford

James V. Block, Krautkramer & Block LLC, Wausau

Tyler W. Wickman, Dallenbach, Anich & Wickman S.C., Ashland

Christina M. Writz, Slaby, Phillips

Working in a small town presents many opportunities for conflicts. For example, what if a private-practice attorney representing a municipality in a real estate transaction also has a potential client who just purchased land from the municipality?

Learn how to approach and resolve potential conflicts of interest from a panel of lawyers who work in rural areas. You'll discover:

  • How to determine if a conflict of interest exists
  • Helpful questions to ask potential clients
  • A procedure for analyzing potential conflicts of interest and creating a record of the analysis that protects your practice and your clients
  • A variety of sample forms you can take back to your firm

Session 8 Saturday, 9:50 - 10:40 a.m.

Concealed Carry and Castle Doctrine
1.0 CLE

Joseph Seifert, Seifert & Associates, Milwaukee

It’s been five years since Wisconsin enacted the Castle Doctrine and concealed carry, but many questions and misconceptions remain. Get clarity on key aspects of the concealed carry law, including:

  • When and where concealed carry permit holders can carry their weapons
  • How alcohol use affects an individual’s right to carry
  • A business owner's responsibilties that come with displaying a "no gun" sign
  • What restrictions businesses can place on employees

In addition, learn what the Castle Doctrine is and what it means for individuals defending their homes with a gun, including discussion on:

  • What constitutes a homeowner acting in a "reasonable fashion"
  • How property rights, liability, and domestic violence are considered when applying the Castle Doctrine

Hire, Fire, Desire - How to Redirect Employee Work Habits
0.0 CLE

Chris Carman, ActionCOACH Business Coaching, Elm Grove

Description TBA

iPad at Trial – Apps and Hardware You Need and How to Use them for Trial Presentation
1.0 CLE

Mark C. Metzger, Law Office of Mark C. Metzger, Naperville, IL

Nerino J. Petro, Holmstrom & Kennedy PC, Rockford, IL

With its wide variety of legal and courtroom-specific apps, the iPad is a valuable tool for attorneys. Learn how you can use the iPad for all sorts of activities, including:

  • Note-taking
  • Legal research
  • Deposition preparation
  • Case management
  • Trial preparation
  • Your next courtroom presentation

Where Malpractice Lurks... Debtor/Creditor Work
1.0 CLE / EPR

Brian C. Anderson, Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, Madison

J. David Krekeler, Krekeler Strother, S.C. Madison

A 2015 study found bankruptcy and collections work produced nearly double the amount of malpractice claims of any other area of law. WILMIC’s Claims Counsel and an attorney with more than 30 years’ experience in debtor/creditor law share their tips and practice standards for avoiding malpractice.

  • Learn why these particular areas of practice have been most susceptible to malpractice claims.
  • Explore the most common errors debtor/creditor attorneys make and how to avoid them.
  • Find out how to practice with minimal risk
  • Discover daily steps you can take to protect your practice

Closing Plenary Session Saturday, 10:50 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Closing Plenary: Nice Lawyers Finish First
1.5 CLE / EPR

Sean Carter, Humorist at Law

It's been said that nice guys finish last, but nothing could be further from the truth in the practice of law. Zealous representation doesn't require lawyers to be zealots. In fact, the most effective representation requires just the opposite. That means lawyers should pay attention to the standards of civility as outlined in detail in this presentation. Nice lawyers finish first – and so do their clients!

Last Modified: Tuesday July 26 2016

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