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WAJ continues the fight for Truth in Auto Insurance and Joint and Several Liability Changes–Make sure you do your part to win the fight!
Much of the effort of WAJ leadership and staff recently has focused on educating legislators and the press on the Truth in Auto Insurance and Joint and Several Liability changes in the state budget. 

These changes would be a real victory for consumers if they are adopted and WAJ has been actively meeting and lobbying members of the legislature on a nearly daily basis to help ensure the passage of these provisions.  Recently the Joint Committee on Finance, the state budget committee, traveled throughout the state holding public hearings on the state budget.  WAJ members and their clients were present for six of the hearings.

Particularly effective were clients who were able to explain how they were directly affected by having insurance claims denied or reduced due to the current law.   A special thank you to everyone who provided real stories to help humanize these issues.

Additionally, WAJ members continue to meet with editorial boards across the state to help them understand how these changes will protect consumers.

The state budget will continue to be debated over the next few months and it is important that each of you make your support for these measures known to your legislators.  Drop them a line today and make sure they know that these changes will make a real difference in the lives of Wisconsin consumers.

For more information on the legislation: click here

To find out how to contact your legislator, click here.

Chief Justice Abrahamson
is Re-elected!

Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson has now been elected to a new 10-year term. Thanks to many of you who got personally involved to help make sure one of our finest justices was returned to the bench.

Justice Fund still a Top WAJ Priority
Now that the spring elections have come and gone it may seem like the next elections are a long way off, but now is the perfect time to make sure you are involved with the Justice Fund. We are encouraging each member to make a monthly contribution to the fund so the earlier you join the more money you will have saved to spend at election time.

If you are not among the over 100 members who have stepped up to show our organizational strength by creating a strong and ongoing Justice Fund the time has come. When we stand together we are stronger. Click on the Join the Justice Fund link to the right for more information.

Summer Seminar
Mark your calendars for July 10-11. Once again we will be at the Landmark Resort in beautiful Door County. In addition to the Tort and WAJ updates, topics to be discussed include: Application of Trial Techniques to achieve winning results, Subrogation, Default Judgments, Jury Selection when a client has a psychological injury and the ethical responsibility when a client gives a third party a 'lien' on settlement proceeds. In addition, the seminar will feature seven presentations from its popular “short shots” series. Sign up to participate in the golf or tennis tournaments or join the Women’s Caucus for a BBQ lunch at the Log Den. For more information click here.

Newly Published Book – Civil Justice in Wisconsin now available
Authored by Marc Galanter and Susan Steingass at the University of Wisconsin Law School, this fact book takes a look at what is really going on in the civil justice system in Wisconsin. They find that contrary to what is often heard that the civil justice system is not cluttered with frivolous lawsuits and runaway verdicts. This academic look at the reality behind some of the myths of our civil justice system is a must read. Get your copy today by clicking here.

James C. Boll Elected New Bar President-Elect
James C. Boll, Jr., corporate counsel for Madison Gas & Electric, won the race for State Bar president-elect by defeating James Troupis, partner at Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP in Madison. Also elected were Margaret Wrenn Hickey, Milwaukee, State Bar Treasurer and Thomas W. Bertz, Stevens Point, for a seat on the Judicial Council. WAJ members Lynn R. Laufenberg, Milwaukee, and Charles E. Hanson, La Crosse, were re-elected to the State Bar Board of Governors.

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