Legal Articles

Wisconsin State Capitol Justice Mural, Kenyan Cox
The Legal Articles listed in the sidebar were published in the League's monthly print magazine, the Municipality and are listed by date of publication.  They are also indexed by subject matter and provided under Captions.

The information you obtain on the League’s web site is general in nature and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended as and should not be construed as legal advice. Moreover, it is not a substitute for legal advice. While the League’s attorneys are a general resource for our member municipalities, we do not represent any municipalities. Please consult your municipal attorney for matters specifically pertaining to your municipality.

  1. Parliamentary Procedure for Local Officials

    It is a pretty good guess that most Wisconsin city councils, village boards and their sub-units utilize Robert's Rules of Order as the rules of procedure for their respective body even though no state law requires they be utilized. . . . Daniel Olson the Municipality June 2017
  2. Municipal Authority Over Real Property Inspections and Registrations Recently Limited

    Many municipalities have property registration and inspection ordinances to ehlp ensure that they have important information regarding buildings within the municipality . . . Claire Silverman, the Municipality April 2017
  3. Wisconsin Park Boards: Roles, Responsibilities & Rulemaking

    The spotlight and attention in Wisconsin city and village government is most often focused on city councils, village boards, planning commissions, community development authorities, and similar governmental bodies with the legal authority . . . . by Daniel Olson March 2017
  4. When must body provide notice under open meeting law that its members are attending other meetings?

    League attorneys have received many questions about correspondence sent from the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Office of Open Government to Winnebago County relating to whether it is necessary to provide notice under the open meetings. . . . by Claire Silverman February 2017
  5. Dealing with Common Winter Issues

    In a 1984 Wisconsin Supreme Court decision, former Justice Louis Ceci penned, “Snow is ubiquitous in the state of Wisconsin during the winter months…”1 Although snow does not seem to be quite as “ubiquitous” in Wisconsin during the winter months . . . . by Claire Silverman January 2017
  6. Social Host Ordinances Should be Reviewed

    In recent years, many municipalities have enacted social host ordinances aimed at preventing adults from hosting underage drinking parties at private homes. Certain provisions in those ordinances are likely unenforceable. . . by Claire Silverman January 2017
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