Six Pines Bach LLP attorneys have been selected to the 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of layers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
The Best Lawyers in America©, a highly regarded publication of top lawyers and law firms, lists eight Pines Bach LLP attorneys in the newly-released 2018 Wisconsin Edition. Compiled using a rigorous peer-review process, the list is designed to showcase those lawyers who are highly regarded in their field.
An arbitrator ordered the Madison Metropolitan School District to return a Special Education Assistant to her job with back pay and benefits, after finding that the District fired the Madison Teachers Inc. member without just cause. Attorneys Tamara Packard and Leslie Freehill represented the union to enforce its member's rights under Wisconsin's last remaining full collective bargaining agreement protecting school district employees. Packard and Freehill demonstrated that the District had failed to train the SEA as to its expectations, though the SEA had shown her capability to learn and was appreciated by the teachers who worked with her. They also showed that the principal who made the decision to terminate had blown the allegations of wrongdoing out of proportion.
In a rare unanimous decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has granted Attorney Tamara Packard's client the privilege to practice law in the State of Wisconsin. The Court reversed the ruling of the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners, which denied the law student admission to the Wisconsin Bar because in a final law school paper he quoted the work of others without attribution. The Court found that evidence of the student's positive character offset the concerning conduct, and that with an appropriate mentoring relationship at the start of his legal career, he could be admitted.
Pines Bach attorneys Tamara Packard, Alison TenBruggencate and Lester Pines, along with Vincent Levy and Kevin Benish, attorneys from the New York law firm of Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP, on behalf of a Syrian man who had been granted political asylum because he had been tortured and threatened with death in Aleppo, Syria, obtained a temporary restraining order in federal court against President Trump's travel ban. The restraining order allowed our client's wife and three-year-old daughter, who were in hiding because they had been threatened with death, to escape from Aleppo, complete the necessary asylum processing and reunite with him in Madison, where they are living in safety.
The Wisconsin Equal Rights Division has ruled that under Wisconsin's Family Medical Leave Act (WFMLA), the employer cannot impose use of WFMLA leave on the employee. Rather, it is the employee who decides whether and when to use medical leave under the WFMLA for a qualified illness or injury. Under the WFMLA, most Wisconsin employees are entitled to take up to a total of two weeks per year off work, unpaid, for their own or family members' serious medical conditions. They are protected from penalty (like write-ups and termination) for such absences.
Attorney Holly Slota published an article in the November/December issue of Our Lives magazine titled "Advances in Equality." In the article, she explains the recent victory for same-sex parental rights secured in part by another Pines Bach attorney, Tamara Packard, requiring the State of Wisconsin to issue birth certificates reflecting both same-sex spouses as parents of their children. To read Attorney Slota's article in full, click on the following link: http://ourlivesmadison.com/magazine/
More than two years after marriage equality came to the State of Wisconsin, in September 2016, the Honorable Judge Barbara Crabb of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin ruled that the State of Wisconsin must issue birth certificates reflecting both same-sex spouses as parents of their children born to one of the spouses since Crabb's marriage equality ruling on June 6, 2014. This victory was achieved by the attorneys at Lambda Legal and cooperating local attorneys, including Tamara Packard. The Court has also issued an injunction, which describes the steps families should follow to obtain two-parent birth certificates.