Wisconsin Broadcasters Association

The State Bar of Wisconsin is holding a free reporters’ legal workshop for members of the Wisconsin media Sept. 8 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the State Bar, 5302 Eastpark Boulevard, in Madison.

Participants will learn about new tools to help report on the criminal justice system, get tips from veteran journalists, lawyers, and judges, and gain insight into open records and open meetings laws. The sessions will also explore ongoing issues within Wisconsin’s justice system, including mass and disparate incarceration.

 A full day of panels and presentations is planned on the following topics:

  • Public Records:  How to Get the Records You Need
  • Media Law: Defamation, Reporter Shield Law, Open Meetings, Open Records Rulings
  • Immigration Law and Policy Changes Under the New Administration
  • Question and Answer with seasoned legal affairs reporter Bruce Vielmetti of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Owning the Problem: Mass and Disparate Incarceration in Wisconsin
  • Evidence-Based Decision Making, Strategies to Improve the Criminal Justice System
  • How to Cover the courts and access court records (updated)
  • Gill v. Whitford, The Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Redistricting Case that Challenges the Constitutionality of Wisconsin’s Electoral Maps

 A complete schedule for the day with more information on our presenters and panelists is listed below and also online. Breakfast and lunch will be provided courtesy of the State Bar, as well as free lodging nearby for Thursday, Sept. 7 for a limited number of early registrants who live at least two hours outside of the Madison area.

Register here

Questions?  Contact Kristen Durst, Public Relations Coordinator, 608-250-6025, kdurst@wisbar.org

Agenda below:

State Bar of Wisconsin

Reporters’ Legal Workshop

Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

8:30 a.m.  Breakfast

9 a.m.  Welcome

9:05 a.m.  Public Records:  How to Get the Records You Need

  • Dee J. Hall, Managing Editor, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
  • Paul Furguson, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Open Government, Wisconsin Department of Justice
  • Makda Fessahaye, Assistant Legal Counsel, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

10 a.m.  Media Law:  Defamation, Reporter Shield Law, Open Meetings, Open Records Rulings

  • Dustin Brown, Associate, Media and First Amendment Litigation, Godfrey and Kahn
  • Bill Lueders, President, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council

10:45 a.m.  Break

11 a.m.  Immigration Law and Policy Changes Under the New Administration

Moderator:  Mitch Teich, Co-host/ Executive Producer, Lake Effect, WUWM Public Radio

  • Grant Sovern, Partner, International Immigration Law Chair, Quarles and Brady, Adjunct Professor University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Davorin Odrcic, Managing Attorney, Odrcic Law Group, Author, State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE Immigration Consequences of Wisconsin Criminal Offenses
  • Jean-René Watchou, Director of International Outreach, Christ Presbyterian Church, Board Member and Organizer, Community Immigration Law Center
  • Darryl Morin, Past National VP-Midwest, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

12 p.m.  Working Lunch

12:15 p.m.  Q&A Bruce Vielmetti, Legal Affairs Reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

1 p.m. Owning the Problem:  Mass and Disparate Incarceration in Wisconsin

Moderator:  Fran Deisinger, Past-president, State Bar of Wisconsin; Partner, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren Law

  • Judge Carl Ashley, Milwaukee County Circuit Court
  • Cecelia Klingele, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Michael O’Hear, Professor, Marquette University Law School
  • Mike Nichols, President, Wisconsin Policy Research Institute

Information for this panel will be updated

2 p.m. Evidence-Based Decision Making, Strategies to Improve the Criminal Justice System

oderator: Gilman Halsted, retired Criminal Justice Reporter, Wisconsin Public Radio

  • Judge Richard Sankovitz, Milwaukee County Circuit Court
  • Thomas Reed, Regional Attorney Manager, Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Milwaukee Trial Office, Adjunct Professor Marquette University Law School
  • David O’Leary, Rock County District Attorney; Chair, Wisconsin Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Evidence-Based Decision Making Subcommittee
  • Anna Ruzinski, Director of Protective Services/ Chief of Police, Menomonee Falls
  • Tommy Gubbin, Special Projects Coordinator, Director of State Courts Office, Office of Court Operations

3 p.m.  Break

3:15 p.m.  How to Cover the Court and Access Court Records

  • Judge Brian Blanchard, District IV Court of Appeals
  • Jean Bousquet, Chief Information Officer, Wisconsin Court System

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

4 p.m.  Gill v. Whitford, The Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Redistricting Case that Challenges the Constitutionality of Wisconsin’s Electoral Maps and Could Change the Future of U.S. Elections

Moderator:  Craig Gilbert, Washington Bureau Chief, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • Barry Burden, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Elections Research Center, and the Lyons Family Chair in Electoral Politics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Douglas Poland, Attorney, Rathje Woodward, Plaintiff Whitford, et al. v. Nichol, et al.
  • Rick Esenberg, Attorney, Founder and President, Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty

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