JOSEPH A. RANNEY is a shareholder in DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., where he practices primarily in the areas of commercial and intellectual property law litigation. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Chicago in 1972 and his J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1978. He is the author of a book, Trusting Nothing to Providence: A History of Wisconsin's Legal System (1999) and of numerous articles on American legal history.