Champions and Guardians of the
By: Benjamin S. Wagner, WAJ President
It is a tremendous honor and privilege to begin serving as President of Wisconsin’s trial lawyer association.
As trial lawyers, we empathize with people who need our help. When we see a vulnerable person in need, we instinctively commit to use our hearts, minds and the 7th amendment to achieve justice for them. As we know, the 7thAmendment guarantees a jury trial in civil cases. Together, with our state constitution, we declare that this right should be inviolate.
We are the champions and guardians of the Seventh Amendment. It is our most powerful tool and a pillar of our democracy. Keep Reading
Perry Mason Isn't Enough
Finding the Truth In our Most Complicated Cases
By Russ Golla, Immediate Past President
In a trial one of the last things a jury hears is an admonition from the Judge to let their verdict “speak the truth.” The phrase is intended to focus the jury on their task at hand: They must determine what the “objective” truth is regardless of whether it means a win or a loss for our clients or the defense.
The phrase also honors the adversarial system our courts embrace. The adversarial system is our preferred method of dispute resolution. The competing claims of the parties are presented by their legal representatives to a presumed impartial third party, usually the jury. The end result of the adversarial courtroom battle is usually a verdict by the neutral jury that “speaks the truth.” Keep Reading