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Michele Sumara News and Victories

NAACP/Voces Voter ID Case Update -- Oral Argument Before Supreme Court Scheduled for Feb. 25

February 05, 2014

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has scheduled oral argument for later this month, on Feb. 25th at 9:45 am in the NAACP/Voces challenge to the constitutionality of the voter ID requirement in 2011 Wisconsin Act 23. Hawks Quindel attorneys Richard Saks, Michele Sumara, and Jeffrey Sweetland have represented the plaintiffs, including the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP, Voces de la Frontera, and 12 ... more->>

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Attorneys Hawks, Halstead and Sumara Win Victory for Hundreds of Union Employees in City of Racine

December 12, 2013

On November 20, 2013, a unanimous Wisconsin Court of Appeals affirmed the Racine County Circuit Court’s decision in favor of 500+ City of Racine employees whose collective bargaining agreements the City had repudiated in the summer of 2012. A brief history of the case is as follows: In late 2010 and early 2011, the City negotiated five separate collective bargaining agreements with union employee... more->>

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VOTER ID CASE UPDATE

November 06, 2012

The Injunction of Wisconsin’s Photo ID law will remain in effect for the November 6th election. Plaintiffs’ brief, filed on November 5th with the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, Dist. II, to affirm Judge Flanagan’s Permanent Injunction may be found here. ... more->>

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VOTER ID CASE UPDATE

October 01, 2012

On September 27, 2012, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued two Orders in the NAACP / Voces de la Frontera and League of Women Voters Voter ID cases. These Orders denied Attorney General Van Hollen’s motion to bypass the Courts of Appeals so that the Supreme Court could immediately consolidate the two cases for review and lift the injunctions currently in effect.  Based on these Orders, it is ... more->>

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VOTER ID CASE UPDATE: JUDGE FLANAGAN DENIES ATTORNEY GENERAL’S MOTION TO STAY PERMANENT INJUNCTION

September 17, 2012

On September 14, 2012 Judge Flanagan issued an Order denying Attorney General Van Hollen’s Motion for a Stay of the Permanent Injunction issued on July 17. While Judge Flanagan’s denial of the request for a stay does not impair or otherwise affect the Attorney General’s Motion to Bypass the Court of Appeals and obtain a Stay from the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the language in Judge Flanagan’s Order... more->>

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UPDATE ON VOTER ID CASE

September 05, 2012

On September 4, 2012, Attorneys Richard Saks and Michele Sumara filed pleadings on behalf of the NAACP/Voces Plaintiffs in the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Dane County Circuit Court. These pleadings opposed Attorney General Van Hollen’s extraordinary procedural request to Bypass the Court of Appeals and that the Wisconsin Supreme Court grant immediate review of the Decision and Order of Judge ... more->>

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JUDGE ISSUES PERMANENT INJUNCTION BARRING IMPLEMENTATION OF PHOTO ID LAW

July 18, 2012

On July 17, 2012, Judge Flanagan issued a permanent injunction in the NAACP/Voces photo ID litigation. The decision is a solid victory on virtually every single important issue in the case. Judge Flanagan found that the organizational plaintiffs had standing to pursue this case. Judge Flanagan also found that the detailed burdens encountered by the individual plaintiffs and affiants were ... more->>

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VOTER ID CASE UPDATE: POST-TRIAL BRIEF FILED - DECISION ANTICIPATED IN JUNE

May 17, 2012

The NAACP and Voces de la Frontera have now filed their post-trial brief. The brief follows a bench trial on April 16-19, heard by Judge Flanagan. Because the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals have declined to accept the state’s appeal before Judge Flanagan issues a final decision, the temporary injunction will remain in place through the June 5 recall election, along with Judge Niess’ permanent... more->>

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AN UPDATE ON THE NAACP VOTER RIGHTS CASE

April 26, 2012

On April 25th the District II Court of Appeals based in Waukesha denied Attorney General Van Hollen’s petition to stay Judge Flangan’s injunction of Photo ID for voting. The short decision is attached. The appeals court agreed with our position that it should not interfere with the temporary injunction but instead allow our case before Judge Flanagan to be concluded with a final decision, which ... more->>

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US FEDERAL COURT NIPS WALKER’S WINGS: JUDGE WILLIAM CONLEY STRIKES DOWN TWO ONEROUS PROVISIONS OF ACT 10

April 02, 2012

On Friday, March 30, 2012, Judge William Conley in the federal district court for the Western District of Wisconsin found significant parts of Act 10, Wisconsin’s radical reform of public employees’ right to engage in collective bargaining, unconstitutional:· The Court found the requirement for annual recertification votes in which 51% of the employees must vote every year to recertify - an ... more->>

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