Explaining that a temporary injunction was necessary to avoid "irreparable harm to a constitutional democracy such as ours," on March 21, 2019, the Honorable Richard G. Niess issued an order enjoining all of the "laws" passed and all 82 appointments "confirmed" by the Wisconsin Legislature during its December 2018 "Extraordinary Session." Judge Niess determined that this was an illegal meeting, unauthorized by the Wisconsin Constitution, and therefore none of the actions taken during that meeting had any effect. He observed, "The rule of law-the very bedrock of the Wisconsin Constitution-cannot, in any respect, abide enforcement of laws that do not exist."
Eight Pines Bach LLP attorneys have been selected to the 2018 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
We previously blogged about our six attorneys selected to the 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list here. As an additional honor, Tamara Packard ranked in this year's top 25 women attorneys in the state, as well as in the top 25 Madison area attorneys. Steve Bach was also selected for the top 25 Madison area attorneys listing. These "top 25" listings are of all Super Lawyers, all practice areas.
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/