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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
March 2, 2017 - Introduced by Joint Legislative Council. Referred to Committee
on Judiciary.
AB117,1,4 1An Act to amend 978.06 (5) (a); and to create 978.001 (1k) of the statutes;
2relating to: allowing district attorneys, deputy district attorneys, and
3assistant district attorneys to engage in the private practice of law for certain
4civil purposes.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a full-time district attorney, deputy district attorney, or
assistant district attorney may not generally engage in the private practice of law
except to complete work in a civil case with which he or she was involved before
taking office, so long as that work is not in conflict with any interests of the district
attorney's county.
Under this bill, a full-time district attorney, deputy district attorney, or
assistant district attorney may also provide legal services to a person of limited
means or to a charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, or educational
organization if the attorney provides the services without fee and the services are not
in conflict with the interests of the district attorney's county.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB117,1 5Section 1. 978.001 (1k) of the statutes is created to read:
AB117,2,3
1978.001 (1k) “Pro bono publico legal services" means legal services performed
2for a person of limited means or for a charitable, religious, civic, community,
3governmental, or educational organization.
AB117,2 4Section 2. 978.06 (5) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB117,2,135 978.06 (5) (a) No full-time district attorney, deputy district attorney or
6assistant district attorney may engage in a private practice of law, but he or she is
7authorized to complete all civil cases, not in conflict with the interest of the county
8or counties of his or her prosecutorial unit, in which he or she is counsel,
pending in
9court before he or she takes office and is authorized to provide, without fee or
10expectation of a fee, pro bono publico legal services, unless the civil case or the pro
11bono publico legal service is in conflict with the interest of the county or counties of
12his or her prosecutorial unit
. A part-time district attorney, deputy district attorney
13or assistant district attorney may engage in a private practice of law.
AB117,2,1414 (End)
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