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Current Legal Issues in Scotland

In October 2013, Lawrence G. Albrecht participated in the ABA Conference on “Current Legal Issues in Scotland” in Edinburgh which focused on Scottish constitutional independence and other legal issues, attended a human rights lecture on “Human Rights: Problem or Solution” in Cambridge, England, and also attended the ABA Section of International Law Conference in London.

An Overview of Arrest and Conviction Record Discrimination in Wisconsin

In June 2013, FAB attorney Thomas C. Lenz presented a seminar entitled An Overview of Arrest and Conviction Record Discrimination in Wisconsin. The seminar was presented in Oshkosh to the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

In April 2013, FAB attorney Lawrence G. Albrecht participated at the ABA Section of International Law conference held in Washington, D.C.

Conviction Record Discrimination Win

On February 13, 2013, FAB Attorney Thomas C. Lenz won a conviction record discrimination case before the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division. As a result, FAB’s client was awarded back pay, interest, attorney’s fees, case costs, and injunctive relief. The award totaled over $75,000. Subject to some exceptions, Wisconsin law prohibits arrest and conviction record employment discrimination. Information about the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act is found on the Department of Workforce Development website. Arrest and conviction record discrimination may also violate federal law prohibiting race and national origin employment discrimination, as discussed here by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Civil Rights Settlements

In 2012, FAB Attorneys Lawrence G. Albrecht, James P. End, and Thomas C. Lenz settled multiple sexual assault civil rights claims against State of Wisconsin correctional officials totalling almost $1 million dollars. Some of these claims were resolved without litigation as a result of successful negotiations with the Department of Justice.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Address

In 2012, FAB Attorney Lawrence G. Albrecht spoke at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Union South on civil liberties issues addressed in the film screening of “Better This World,” also sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Havens Center, the ACLU, and The Progressive.

Jury Verdict Against Racine County

FAB Attorneys Lawrence G. Albrecht, Jim End, and Thomas C. Lenz won a $1 million dollar jury verdict against Racine County, its former Sheriff, and a Deputy Sheriff on February 2, 2012. The case was tried before Judge Lynn Adelman in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. FAB represented the estate of an inmate who died of a heart attack while serving a twenty-day sentence at the Racine County Jail. During his incarceration, Racine County Jail failed to provide necessary medication for his known heart condition. An eight-person jury found that Racine County, its former Sheriff, and a Deputy Sheriff violated the Eighth Amendment by acting deliberately indifferent to the inmate’s serious medical needs. The jury also assessed punitive damages against the individual defendants after finding that they acted in reckless disregard of the inmate’s rights. After trial, the Racine County defendants were ordered to pay an additional $354,000 in attorneys fees and $22,000 in costs.