Author Archive for Mary Wagner

SCOTUS Weighs in on Forced Blood Draws in DUI Cases

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public, U.S. Supreme Court, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | 1 Comment »

In the wake of today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Missouri v. McNeely, DUI defense attorneys across the land are doing the “happy dance.”  Prosecutors (both state and ... Read more »

For Love of the Game…

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
Category: Legal Practice, Public | 1 Comment »

I had my “eureka” moment about appellate advocacy when I was still a law student. With too few credits to even apply for the Milwaukee District Attorney’s “prosecutor clinic,” I ... Read more »

Advice on Appeals from Howard Eisenberg

Sunday, November 28th, 2010
Category: Legal Practice, Legal Writing, Marquette Law School | 2 Comments »

Just like the prospect of being hanged in the morning, there’s nothing like having fourteen people over to Thanksgiving dinner to concentrate the mind.  In my case, it’s also the ... Read more »

Law & Disorder

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Legal Practice | No Comments »

The burly blond with the gold chains nestled in his chest hairs sits in the stuffy conference room across the wood table, mulling his options. His wife, short, pert, neatly ... Read more »

The Real Deal

Thursday, August 19th, 2010
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Legal Education, Legal Practice | No Comments »

I’m going to start this post with the words “when I was in law school…” and hope that they don’t inspire a collective eye-rolling and a quick click to another ... Read more »

May It Please the Court…

Friday, August 13th, 2010
Category: Legal Practice | 1 Comment »

“May it please the court.” The words are enough to strike terror into the hearts of most attorneys I know.  They are the first words you speak when you address the ... Read more »

Going the Distance

Thursday, August 5th, 2010
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Legal Practice | No Comments »

I brought a chocolate sheet cake to work the other day.  I’d asked for an “outer space” theme for the decoration, and the cake decorator at my favorite bakery didn’t ... Read more »

Tough Enough?

Sunday, August 1st, 2010
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Legal Practice | No Comments »

The scene in the courtroom still haunts me ten years later. I remember the tears that sprang hot to my eyes as I shut the door behind me and walked down ... Read more »