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Wisconsin Ethics Opinions

Product ID: AK0049
Published By: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE
ISBN: 978-1-57862-37-1

Wisconsin Ethics Opinions contains the complete text of opinions issued since 1954 — including Formal and Informal Opinions and Memorandum Decisions –by the State Bar’s Standing Committee on Professional Ethics. With its easy-to-read format and detailed subject index, this book greatly facilitates your research.

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Wisconsin Ethics Opinions contains the complete text of opinions issued since 1954 — including Formal and Informal Opinions and Memorandum Decisions –by the State Bar’s Standing Committee on Professional Ethics. With its easy-to-read format and detailed subject index, this book greatly facilitates your research.

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614+ pp.; 2nd ed. 2016-2017
(Includes 2017-18 supplement, 2018-19 supplement and 2019-20 supplement)

Summary of contents

  • Introduction
  • How to Use This Book
  • Table of Opinions
  • Memorandum Opinions
  • Informal Opinions
  • Formal Opinions
  • Ethical Dilemmas
  • Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys (SCR Chapter 20)
  • Areas of Practice Index
  • Subject Index

Stay current with the most recent suppplement

The 2019-2020 supplement includes a number of changes such as:

  • A new formal ethics opinion that addresses the potential conflicts of interest that might arise when an attorney, while working for one firm, pursues prospective employment with an opposing firm or party
  • A new formal ethics opinion that provides guidance on a lawyer’s ethical responsibilities when a client or third party has filed a grievance against the lawyer
  • A new memorandum ethics opinion that discusses three scenarios that arise in the context of a “syndicated” loan
  • A revised formal ethics opinion that addresses whether an attorney may represent both spouses in a divorce proceeding
  • Revised Ethical Dilemmas columns written by the State Bar ethics counsel on various ethics-related concerns

Also included in the supplement is a redlined version of draft amendments by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to the Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys (and comments).

The 2018-2019 supplement includes a number of changes such as:

  • A new formal ethics opinion that discussed potential ethics-related concerns arising from in-house counsel’s provision of legal services to the customers of the attorney’s non-law-firm employer
  • A new formal ethics opinion that addressed whether a conflict of interest might arise out of an attorney’s preparation of a form contract for a client
  • Revised ethics opinions concerning (1) an attorney’s duty to be candid with the court about the number of a defendant’s prior convictions and (2) ethical duties relating to metadata
  • Recent Ethical Dilemmas columns written by the State Bar ethics counsel on various ethics-related concerns

The 2017-2018 supplement includes new and revised formal, informal, and memorandum opinions discussing topics such as:

  • When a lawyer may interact with a person represented by another lawyer
  • Clarification on the interaction between a local court rule and the Wisconsin Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys
  • A lawyer’s responsibilities when a client gives a third party a lien on settlement proceeds
  • The ethical obligations of attorneys using cloud computing

This edition includes recent Ethical Dilemmas columns from the InsideTrack enewsletter published since the 2016-2017 supplement. In addition, a number of opinions have been withdrawn and will be designated as such in this printing.

The 2016-17 revision includes recent formal and informal ethics opinions on the following topics:

  • Duty of confidentiality regarding disclosure of the identities of current and former clients
  • How long closed client files should be kept and steps to take before destroying closed client files
  • Surrendering a client’s file upon termination of the representation
  • Ethical obligations when using cloud computing
  • Accepting employment from clients of a firm’s financial planning and counseling business
  • Whether two law firms jointly pursuing a claim for monetary recovery on behalf of two separate clients may charge a contingency fee to be divided by the two firms
  • Possible ethical violations of a public defender serving on a crime prevention funding board
  • Whether certain payments from a firm constitute retirement benefits that can permissibly be conditioned on non-competition provisions
  • Referring to advanced fees and retainers as “nonrefundable,” in client communications

In addition, this revision includes “Ethical Dilemmas” columns from the State Bar of Wisconsin’s electronic newsletter, InsideTrack, that are written by the State Bar ethics counsel. It also contains the full text of the Wisconsin Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys, SCR ch. 20, as updated since 2011.

For an in depth view of the content in this book, please click to view Table of Contents.

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