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The Wisconsin Supreme Court held a hearing on May 16, 2018, concerning a petition filed last year by the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Wisconsin Association of Justice, and others, requesting that the court raise the hourly pay rate for court-appointed lawyers to $100 per hour. Specifically, petitioners sought to change “the hourly rate of compensation for court-appointed lawyers to $100/hour, indexing that rate to annual cost of living increases, and specifying that the payment of an hourly rate less than the rate set forth in Supreme Court Rule 81.02 for legal services rendered pursuant to appointment by the State Public Defender under Wisconsin Statutes section 977.08 is unreasonable.” As of that date, the set rate for lawyers appointed by the courts under Wisconsin Supreme Court Rule 81.02 was $70 per hour, while the statutory assigned counsel rate set forth in Wisconsin Statute § 977.08 was $40 per hour, the lowest in the nation. It has been the same for more than 20 years.
At that hearing on May 16, 2018, the court afforded NACDL Executive Director Norman L. Reimer 20 minutes of argument time during which he argued on behalf of NACDL for the increase and urged the court to take bold action to address this crisis. He told the court that the eyes of the nation were on Wisconsin to see how the court addressed the problem. “The Sixth Amendment right to counsel is different from all our other fundamental rights — it’s not self-actuating,” said Reimer. “The Sixth Amendment right is nothing if it’s not funded. It withers and it dies. It’s withering here in Wisconsin.”
The court then issued its order on June 27, 2018. That order says the rate increase from $70 to $100 per hour for court-appointed attorneys is not effective until 2020. The court’s decision does not change the $40 statutory rate that the State Public Defender can pay.
A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence: A Trial Practice Handbook for Criminal Defense Attorneys
This Guide to Federal Evidence is the only federal evidence handbook written exclusively for criminal defense lawyers. The Guide analyzes each Federal Rule of Evidence and outlines the main evidentiary issues that confront criminal defense lawyers. It also summarizes countless defense favorable cases and provides tips on how to avoid common evidentiary pitfalls. The Guide contains multiple user-friendly flowcharts aimed at helping the criminal defense lawyer tackle evidence problems. A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence is an indispensable tool in preparing a case for trial.
Modern Digital Evidence & Technologies in Criminal Cases
Modern cases need modern defenses, and modern lawyers can't practice with an outdated playbook. This program is a contemporary training that identifies emerging technologies and digital evidence encountered in today's criminal cases and arms you with the tools necessary to combat expert witnesses, prosecutorial overreach, and an uneducated judge and jury. This comprehensive CLE program covers both general aspects of new technologies as well as practical courtroom application and legal challenges to the use of these new technologies.
Top Shelf DUI Defenses: The Law, The Science, The Techniques (2021)
If you are serious about being an effective DUI defense advocate, or if you’re considering adding DUI defenses to your portfolio, you need to know the latest scientific and legal strategies to optimize your success at trial. Learn from the best-of-the-best in the field in this unique CLE Program, updated for 2021.
Defending Modern Drug Cases (2021)
From challenging the arrest and seizure to picking a jury and cross-examining police officers, defense attorneys handling drug cases must be able to construct a defense that will increase the chances of the client getting a positive result for your client.
Effective motion practice, juror selection, and storytelling have never been more important. This seminar will introduce defense counsel to techniques that have been used at recent drug trials to rebut specific claims and overcome the emotion created in today’s criminal legal system.