Monday, September 06, 2010

SPD expects budget shortfall, Private bar prepares for gap in reimbursements - WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL

The Wisconsin Law Journal details the "projected $9.5 million budgetary gap" which is expected to "delay payments to private bar attorneys for almost five months, until the next state budget cycle begins on July 1."

As described:

Madison attorney Erik R. Guenther said he personally avoids taking appointments out of principle.

While he takes advantage of various pro bono opportunities, the Hurley, Burish & Stanton attorney said that generally, it is hard to ask attorneys to take appointments at a low hourly rate and then impose an “un-bargained” delay in payment.

“That adds insult to injury,” Guenther said. “For me personally, I boycott SPD appointments because I feel it’s inappropriate to not adequately fund one aspect of the criminal justice system.”

The full article is available here.


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