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State v. R.A.M., 2024 WI 26, 6/25/24, affirming an unpublished court of appeals decision; case activity (including briefs) In a 5-2 defense win, SCOW concludes that a statute requiring the circuit court to wait two days before proceeding to disposition after finding a parent in default means what it says. There is no dispute about… Read more

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State v. B.W., 2024 WI 28, 6/27/24, affirming an unpublished court of appeals decision; case activity (including briefs) In a closely-watched TPR appeal, SCOW issues a decision that leaves many open questions regarding the vexing “burden of proof” issue that has ensnarled lower courts. Although the majority spends roughly 28 pages outlining the facts, the… Read more

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Kenosha County DC&FS v. M.A.C., 2023AP2068 & 2069, 5/14/24, District II (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity M.A.C. (“Molly”) challenges the circuit court’s decision to deny her postdisposition motion without a hearing. The court of appeals affirms because it says Molly can’t establish she was prejudiced by her trial attorney’s advice that she admit… Read more

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Kenosha County DC&FS v. A.G.O., 2023AP1305, 1307 & 1308, 5/8/24, District II (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity In yet another TPR case involving allegations of ineffective assistance, COA affirms based on hard-to-overcome legal standards. “Adam” appeals TPR judgments involving three of his children. (¶1). He raises two issues: Summary Judgment  In the run-up… Read more

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State v. J.S.,, 2024AP180 & 2024AP181, 4/16/24, District I (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity On appeal from TPR orders related to her two children, J.S. (“Julia”) raised two issues: whether the circuit court had personal jurisdiction over her and whether the circuit court erred by granting the GAL’s substitution request. The court of… Read more

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Brown County Health and Human Services v. R.U., 2024AP45-6 4/16/24, District IV (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity In yet another fact-dependent TPR appeal, COA affirms given well-settled (and difficult to overcome) legal standards. Summary Judgment  “Ralph” appeals the circuit court’s order granting summary judgment as to grounds with respect to § 48.415(4) (continuing… Read more

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Jackson County Department of Human Services v. I.J.R.,, 2023AP1495-6 4/11/24, District IV (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity In yet another beefy TPR appeal presenting multiple issues, COA rejects all of I.J.R.’s arguments and affirms. Right to Appear In-Person at Summary Judgment Hearing Here, the petitioner moved for partial summary judgment as to grounds… Read more

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Dane County Department of Human Services v. J.K., 2023AP1946-47, 3/28/24, District IV (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity In a TPR appeal presenting multiple issues, COA rejects all of J.K.’s arguments and affirms. Ineffective Assistance of Counsel  In this case, the petitioner moved for summary judgment with respect to grounds, “arguing that there was… Read more

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