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Government Affairs Director Opening

The Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ) is hiring a Government Affairs Director. This is a full-time position working from our Madison (Wisconsin) office. This position is responsible for the government affairs activities for Wisconsin's largest voluntary statewide bar association.  

Position overview and how to apply 

 

Plan now to enjoy a mid-summer Friday and Saturday in beautiful Door County! CLE will be offered on Friday and Saturday mornings with afternoons left open for you, your family and friends to enjoy the beauty of the area.

WAJ has reserved a block of rooms at The Landmark Resort, 7643 Hillside Drive, Egg Harbor, Door County (secure lodging before May 26).
Reservations must be made directly with the hotel at (800) 273–7877. The Landmark has several different room options with different amenities to choose from. See reservation form for details
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Join us in the Fight For Justice:

  • To Preserve Civil Justice   
  • To Protect Client's Rights
  • To Share Best Practices
  • To Advocate for the Legal Rights of All Wisconsinites 

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Schedule of Health Care Provider Records Fees 
July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015

 

The award-winning HBO documentary “Hot Coffee” – a film about the 1992 McDonald’s coffee case and the coordinated corporate attacks on our civil justice system is available on DVD and Netflix.


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

New Coke 2.0 - Not So New Or Improved     

By  

Ann S. Jacobs, President

Wisconsin Association for Justice

http://u6efc47qb7f1g5v06kf9kfdcn.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/supremecourtrecusal-Abrahamson.jpgFor 104 years Wisconsin has served as a national role model in how to treat workers. We were the first in the nation to provide a comprehensive worker’s compensation system for workers who were injured or got sick on the job and helped them get back to work.

Now, we’re going to take Worker’s Compensation (WC), an exceptional government program that has virtually no out-of-pocket cost to taxpayers, tear it apart and start over in the name of “efficiency?”

Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson and Insurance Commissioner Ted Nickel went public last week to defend the idea. However, the facts show Wisconsin’s WC system is the gold standard for the rest of the nation.

  • Wisconsin’s WC program excels in virtually every measurement – quick access to medical treatment, fantastic return-to work rates, stable premiums, and more than 300 insurance companies writing policies and creating jobs here in Wisconsin. The WC system works well because it is an efficient and effective one-stop-shop with experienced staff and judges.
  • The budget proposal want to break apart one of government’s most efficient programs and spread the work across three different agencies (Department of Administration, Department of Workforce Development, and Office of the Commissioner of Insurance). You’re trading efficiency for the risk of increased confusion and less oversight. It runs the risk of disrupting current claims, and putting more than a century of experience at risk while the government says, “trust me, it’ll work.”
  • Wisconsin’s WC program has less litigation.  It is so good that some 80% of the workers successfully navigate the program without a lawyer. (Around 20% of our cases end up in litigation. In Illinois, for example, the number is 80%)  Fracturing a perfectly operating one-stop-shop across three other government agencies means an increased chance of inconsistent rulings which will bring more lawyers, longer delays, and higher costs.

Don’t fast track this major change. Give it the consideration it deserves.  If there is truly a reasonable basis for these changes, those ideas should be discussed with all the stakeholders in the system (workers, employers, insurance carriers, and the medical community) and submitted to the Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council, a main stabilizing force in the historic success of the WC system

There was a time when New Coke was the next great idea and we all know how that worked out. Repurposing a historical program like Worker’s Compensation, with its history of success for everyone involved, could have disastrous unintended consequences for the employers and workers of Wisconsin.


The Power Of Justice

CNN's Michael Smerconish recently aired a compelling commentary on the civil justice system.

Using the GM case as a springboard, Smerconish showed how the Melton family - who lost their daughter in a crash - turned to the courts to find justice both for their family and their daughter.

Smerconish referred to the civil justice system as a check on free enterprise especially when profits take a back seat to safety.

As he so aptly put it...it's all about accountability.


Logo - Take Justice BackTake Justice Back

Curious about the civil justice system and why it should matter to you? The American Association for Justice has a new website which will show  you why the system is important and how all of us are losing rights to corporate attacks every day.

Check the following features:


Understanding Auto Insurance - Ask the Right Questions Before You Buy

Understanding Auto Insurance is a handy guide to help Wisconsin drivers protect themselves with the right insurance coverage.

The brochure will help you understand the coverage you are required to carry in Wisconsin as well as evaluating the benefits of optional coverage. It also has consumer tips on the best questions to ask your insurance agent whether you are renewing coverage or shopping for a new policy.

Be sure to read the section on, "phantom motor vehicles," which are drivers who report fake accidents with insured drivers as part of a scam to commit insurance fraud.

If you prefer, you can also check out Understanding Auto Insurance online by clicking here.


 

 

Wisconsin Association for Justice is a Proud Supporter of the Public News Service

Since 2005, the Wisconsin Association for Justice, through the Wisconsin Civil Justice Education Foundation, has been a proud sponsor of the Wisconsin Public News Service (PNS).

Unlike most news outlets, PNS covers stories that are truly in the public interest. Recent stories include reports on the often unknown dangers of generic drugs, and how trial lawyers found the evidence that led to a massive recalls of GM automobiles.

Each story has a link to its specific podcast which makes for easy forwarding to friends and colleagues. Check back often to hear the latest podcasts from the Wisconsin Public News Service and the Wisconsin Association for Justice.  Click here to use this free service.