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Incoming President's Message
Edward E. Robinson, WAJ President

It is my distinct honor and privilege to serve as the next president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice.  I am humbled by the opportunity to serve and help lead this great organization.   And a great organization it is.  We stand up for civil justice.  We stand up for the right to trial by jury.  We zealously fight to protect the right to have full and fair access to the courts to seek redress for harms.  And we will continue to do so. 

Over the past 62 years, our organization has been blessed with great leadership.  During periods of turbulent political storms with clouds of anti-civil justice legislation looming overhead, our past leadership has navigated us safely through these troubled seas.  At times, we have taken on water and been at risk of capsizing, but the able hands at our helm have kept us afloat.  At other times, we have been pushed dangerously close to rocky shores, only to be saved through the skill of our captains.  We have no doubt sustained some damage, but not complete and total destruction. Keep Reading


Embracing What’s Next

By Heath P. Straka, WAJ President, Axley Brynelson, LLP 

There are many things around the proverbial corner that may impact our clients and our practices. We have spent much of the past two years focused on the ups and downs of the legislative process. Immediately after the legislative session ended, a major portion of our attention turned to the fever-paced election season that followed. While we may not know with precision the policy outcomes that will emerge as the next administration begins working with the legislature, we can embrace the certainty of knowing who the line-up will be. Keep Reading


 

Elections Always Have Consequences
Heath P. Straka, WAJ President, Axley Brynelson, LLP 

By the time you’re reading this, the August 14 primaries will have just wrapped up and we’ll be barreling towards the general election on November 6. The election this fall features all of Wisconsin’s statewide constitutional officers (Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and State Treasurer), a U.S. Senate seat, all members of the U.S. House of Representatives, one half of the state senate (odd-numbered districts), and the entire Assembly.  Keep Reading

Representing and Promoting Diversity in Our Communities

Heath P. Straka, WAJ President, Axley Brynelson, LLP 

With the election of Rebecca Dallet to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, six of the seven Justices will be women.  In the 115th United States Congress, there is a record number of women – 23 Senators and 83 Representatives.  WAJ has been committed to ensuring that our female members flourish, and under the guidance of Christine Bremer Muggli and Ann Jacobs, WAJ formed the Women’s Caucus in 2009. Since that time, our female members have stepped into leadership of the Women’s Caucus, and the chair now sits on the WAJ Executive Committee. Keep Reading


Incoming President's Message

Heath Straka, WAJ President

To say I’m lucky would be an understatement.  My legal career started when I was fortunate enough to land a job as a clerk under Mike Riley, Lee Atterbury and Mike Luebke by way of a conversation with a high school teacher.  Still a clerk, I followed Luebke who had joined Bob Gingras and John Cates. Fast forward 18 years, and I’ve had the opportunity to work with and now join several other stalwarts of our profession.  I’ve been lucky to be basically with one firm the entire time. I'm a partner at Gingras, Cates & Wachs (formerly Gingras, Cates & Luebke), and have been with a version of the firm since law school. Keep Reading


Collaborate for Justice
Benjamin S. Wagner, WAJ President, Habush Habush & Rottier

Mentor (Noun) [men-tawr]
1. a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
2. an influential senior sponsor or supporter.

Collaborate (Verb)[kuh-lab-uh-reyt]
1. to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor

Community (Noun)[ kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē]
1. a unified body of individuals

--All derived from Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2017.

As Trial Lawyers, we embrace the power of advocacy and seek a greater mastery of courtroom skill and presentation. We must, however, always aspire to be more than that. Obtaining justice for our clients requires that we seek to understand not only their legal claims, but how to seek justice as they define it. Keep Reading