Law Updates

Bremer Muggli Column: How not to choose a chief justice

Posted by Bremer & Trollop |
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
In current system, voters choose Wisconsin Supreme Court chief justice. A partisan constitutional amendment would change that. The April 7 election will present to Wisconsin voters a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the method of choosing the chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The current method, which has been in place for over 125 years, allows Wisconsin voters to express their preference at the ballot box for the person who will serve as the chief justice. Although there have been attempts to take away the people's right to elect their judges, Wisconsin voters have maintained this right to assure a democratic government in all three branches. Politics plays no role in the selection, as judicial elections have been separated from partisan, state and county elections. The individual with the most seniority who is re-elected by the people of Wisconsin will serve as chief justice during his or her term in office — that is, 10 years. The genius of our current system is that it allows the justice with the most institutional knowledge and experience to carry out the increased responsibilities of the position. The predictability of the current system allows for the chief justice to make tough decisions as the chief administrator of the state courts. The April 7 election ballot will contain a provision that, if it succeeds, will take away the vote from the citizens by changing our constitution. The proposed constitutional amendment would make the position of chief justice subject to a popularity contest between seven sitting justices, who would choose the chief behind closed doors every two years, inserting politics directly into the Supreme Court.

Town of Marathon Crash Kills One, Injures Two

Posted by Bremer & Trollop |
Monday, November 3rd, 2014

A car accident in the Town of Marathon killed one person and injured two others on Saturday.  Just after 9:10 p.m., a car traveling east on County Highway N and a car traveling northbound on State Highway 107 collided. Passenger Norman Hack from the Town of Marathon died from injuries he suffered in the crash.  The driver and another passenger from the same car were taken to Aspirus Wausau Hospital for their injuries.  Investigation is ongoing, and few details about how the crash occurred are available at this time.

State Bar Board Supports Proposal for One, 16-Year Term for Supreme Court Justices

Posted by Bremer & Trollop |
Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Sept. 28, 2013 – The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors voted today (37-4) to support a proposal that would limit the terms of Wisconsin Supreme Court justices to one, 16-year term, a plan advanced by the State Bar’s Judicial Task Force.

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How to Fix Supreme CourtEelections in Wisconsin/Wausau Attorney’s Panel Recommends One 16-year Term for Justices

Posted by Bremer & Trollop |
Saturday, August 24th, 2013
One of the first things the panel tasked with finding a way to fix judicial elections in Wisconsin had to consider, said Wausau attorney Christine Bremer Muggli, who was a member of the panel through its 18-month process, was that Wisconsinites value our ability to vote for judges.

State Bar Board Approves Budget, Hears Judicial Task Force Proposal

Posted by Bremer & Trollop |
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

June 12, 2013 – State Bar of Wisconsin dues remain unchanged for fiscal year 2014, under the proposed budget approved by the State Bar’s Board of Governors today.

The 52-member board, which convened in Middleton, also heard a report from the State Bar’s Judicial Task Force, which is recommending that the terms of Wisconsin Supreme Court justices be limited to one, 16-year term through a constitutional amendment.

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Christine Bremer Muggli presents at Litigation, Dispute Resolution & Appellate Practice Institute

Posted by Bremer & Trollop |
Friday, July 6th, 2012
Christine Bremer Muggli presented “Back to Basics, New Lawyers: Discovery Tactics” at the State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® Litigation, Dispute Resolution & Appellate Practice Institute in June in the Wisconsin Dells.  Here she discusses a portion of her presentation, involving what to do when opposing counsel takes a “Rambo” approach and interferes with questions during a deposition or a cross-examination.

Proposed WI Ski Area Law Bad for Skiers and Tourism?

Posted by Bremer & Trollop |
Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
WAUSAU, Wis. – Skiers would take on nearly all the risk associated with a day on the ski hill or cross-country trail under legislation that gets a public hearing on Wednesday. Christine Bremer Muggli, a Wausau trial attorney and past president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, says the proposed law goes too far.

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