And the Winner is…

The moment you all have been waiting for has arrived – The announcement of the pumpkin contest winner!

 

It’s Cookie Monster!

And who created the winning pumpkin?

Kelsey!

Favorite Pumpkin Contest

Our pumpkin contest ends tomorrow, October 31, 2017, at 12:00 p.m.  Head on over to our Facebook page  to vote for your favorite!  All you have to do is click on the “Posts” tab, scroll down until you see the pumpkins, and “Like” your favorite!  Here are the entries:

Spooky, Scary Skeleton

Happy Halloween!!

Adolph Legal is officially ready for Halloween. Check out our festive decorations! We truly enjoy being able to tap into our creative sides and share that with our clients. In the spirit of sharing, we do have our friendly vampire, Vincent, stocked with Halloween treats. Please stop by to see our decorations in person and sneak a treat.

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In addition to being creative, we are also a competitive group. Adolph Legal has a pumpkin carving contest going on and we are leaving it up to our Facebook Followers to declare the winner. Stay tuned for the pumpkin pictures! Voting will begin Wednesday, October 18th!

**Our festive spirit doesn’t stop at Halloween! Adolph Legal will be sharing pictures of our decked-out office in November and December. Keep a close eye on our page so you don’t miss it! **

And for some further Halloween entertainment, check out “Spooky Scary Skeletons

Halloween at Heritage Hill

We are proud to announce that Adolph Legal will be sponsoring this year’s Halloween at Heritage Hill.  This continues Adolph Legal’s desire to give back to our community in as many ways as possible. The event will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 and Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on both days. Come join the Adolph Legal staff for a magical and spooky night.  We encourage you to bring your family and friends for what is sure to be an entertaining evening! Oh, and did I mention that we will all be in costume in the courthouse? For more information on this event and Heritage Hill visit http://heritagehillgb.org. or give us a call at (920) 634-2212.

 

An Internship Perspective

Note from Attorney Adolph:  As some of you may know, we have had the pleasure of welcoming Derek as an internship this summer.  We are grateful for his dedication and time this summer.  Below is a picture of Derek manning the Adolph Legal booth at Hops on the Hill this year.

Whether it’s the first year of kindergarten or the last year of grad school, people all across the country are gearing up for another school year. I am one of those people. My name is Derek and I’m a third-year law student at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. This summer, I was lucky enough to have an internship at Adolph Legal and I wanted to share my thoughts on the experience and, in a way, internships in general.

First and foremost, I want to express just how valuable this experience has been for me. At this point I know readers may be thinking this is a little “gushy”, but I can assure you I am a real person, this isn’t just an advertisement, and I wasn’t bribed to write such a positive review. I really do mean it. From my experience at Adolph Legal, I learned that running a law firm requires two things: law expertise and office management. Law school teaches you a good deal about the subject of law. It can teach you about things like adverse possession, codicils, and estoppel, but it doesn’t really teach you about the finer details of running or working in a firm. Thankfully, the staff at Adolph Legal helped give me practical experience with the legal aspects of practicing law and office management.

As well as teaching me about the practical side to life at a firm, this internship helped introduce me to areas of law that I may not have otherwise had the opportunity to experience. In the majority of law schools, every first-year student learns the same basic material: contracts, property, torts, civil procedure, criminal law, and property. In the second year of law school, each individual student has a great deal of discretion over their remaining years in school. Personally, I became drawn to the transactional side of law. Real estate transactions, estate planning, e-commerce and bankruptcy called to me. I never really considered working in or learning about family law, which is what I spent the majority of my time on this summer. My experience at Adolph Legal leaves me with two thoughts in this regard. First, I found out that I really do enjoy family law. Second, my newfound attitude about family law will be a reminder that trying new things can lead to great opportunities.

Finally, I want to thank Adolph Legal for providing me with a great summer. Everyone at Adolph Legal strives to be professional and sincerely wants to help others in the community. Whether it’s sponsoring community charity events or ensuring that legal work is correct and prompt, the staff at Adolph legal place a large importance on making sure things are done the right way. If you spend any time around Adolph Legal’s staff, it is evident that these values are a central mission of the firm and won’t be changing anytime soon.

 

Holidays

This summer, we’ve had the joy of welcoming Derek, a law student heading into his third year, interning with us.  This is his first blog post.  Enjoy!

This month, our nation celebrated its 242nd birthday! Of all the official federal holidays, the 4th of July is my favorite. With hot dogs, cherry pie, and fireworks what could go wrong? As I sat with my family this year, I started thinking about holidays and I realized I didn’t know a lot about them. I decided to do a little research on a few questions that popped into my mind, here were the answers.

Are there different kinds of holidays?

Not all holidays are created equal. Have you ever heard of National Pecan Pie Day? How about I Forgot Day? Cow Appreciation Day? Whether you’ve heard of them or not, they are all holidays in July. However, these holidays differ greatly from federal holidays like Independence Day. So, what are federal holidays and how are they created?

A federal holiday creates a day of paid leave for federal employees. Though there are other ways a government employee can get a paid day off (like presidential proclamation days of remembrance), only congress has the ability to designate a new national holiday. Congress is given its authority to designate holidays by Title 5 of the United States Code Section 6103. Holidays like National Pecan Pie Day are generally created by corporations or private interest groups and have no legal significance. The first national holiday laws written by Congress were passed in 1870. Initially, only four federal holidays existed: New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Since 1870, Congress has reviewed over 1,100 petitions for new holidays. To date, only 11 of those petitions have thus far become law.

Did people always get the day off?

Initially, federal holidays were only meant to be observed by the federal employees working in Washington D.C. It wasn’t until 1885 that federal holidays applied to all federal employees regardless of what state they worked. It took even longer for private companies to begin letting their employees have the day off. In the end, most private companies began the tradition of giving their employees the day off because it was difficult to conduct business with banks and the government being closed.

Why are so many holidays celebrated on Monday’s?

Prior to 1968, most federal holidays were observed on specific days of the year. George Washington’s birthday, for example, was always celebrated on February 22. However, that method of observance meant that the paid day off could happen at any given time during the week, including Saturdays and Sundays when many federal employees had days off. That all changed in June of 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The act changed the days of observance of any holiday which did not need to be celebrated on a specific day of the year. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act also created Columbus Day.

What is our next federal holiday going to be?

As one can imagine, getting Congress to designate a new national holiday is a slow process. As I mentioned previously, there have been roughly 1,090 failed attempts at creating a new federal holiday law. That being said, it is by no means impossible for Congress to designate a new holiday. In recent years, several petitions have gained serious traction. There have been several resolutions introduced in the House to designate a day for Cesar E. Chavez, the civil rights leader who emphasized the importance of education and civic responsibility. In a similar vein, several attempts have been made to create a Susan B. Anthony Day. But perhaps the holiday with the best chance of becoming the 12th federal holiday is Election Day. The representatives that have introduced petitions for the designation of Election Day hope to provide citizens with more time to get out and vote on election day. The holiday would be observed the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November every even numbered year. All of these sound like great ideas, but I am crossing my fingers for National Pecan Pie day to get added to the list for serious consideration.

Fourth of July—A Time for Patriotic Reflection

It is easy to take for granted the freedoms we enjoy. It has been two hundred and forty-one years since the founding of our country, and as time passes the propensity to fully appreciate the daring accomplishment that was The Declaration of Independence diminishes. There was a time when this land was ruled by a monarchy, and the people of this land had no legitimate claim to live life according to their own individual principals or desires. It is hard to imagine such a life. The idea of self-governance and guaranteed human rights at the time was radical and controversial to say the least. Democracy at the founding of this country, was an ancient concept that had been dormant for many hundreds of years. In the 18th century democracy was a massive departure from the geo-political status quo. What the founding fathers had conceptualized and what others fought for was an unprecedented vision of freedom. I believe it is appropriate to classify those concepts of individual freedom and the military victory over Britain as nothing short of a miracle.

Over the holiday weekend I celebrated that miracle with family and friends at a cottage in the Wisconsin North woods. I swam in a clear sparkling lake and sat around a fire underneath a translucent night sky, all the while being inundated with gratitude. Grateful to live in a place where I am allowed to enjoy life’s peaceful pleasures. I often have that same feeling of gratitude when I walk into a courtroom. As an attorney, I know I can rely on the Constitution to ensure my clients receive proper due process. There are few other courtrooms outside of the United States where this is the situation. In many other countries jurisprudence is dictated by the whims of one person, and not by a system of laws created by the populous. Though our system of laws are imperfect they are at least rooted by principles of individual rights. Those principals were famously declared on this date in 1776 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

One of my favorite destinations is Independence Hall in Philadelphia. This is the building where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where the Constitution was ratified. The building itself is not remarkable, a rather simplistic Georgian design. The interior is modest, there is no marble, no gilded ornaments, the main materials within the hall are wood and brick. There is nothing pretentious about the structure, which I think is fitting given its purpose and historical significance. However, the modest design and furnishings by no means detract from the awe struck feeling you have when you step foot inside Independence Hall. There you are at the exact birthplace of America. In the main assembly room there is a chair where George Washington sat during the Constitutional Congress. The chair is made of wood, far from a throne, and on the back of the chair is a sun with a face that is cut in half by the horizon. While the Constitution was being signed Benjamin Franklin optimistically observed the sun on the chair was rising, but noted that it was now up to the people to make sure the “sun” continues to rise. Franklin’s metaphorical observation is a message of caution that the freedoms passed down us only have value if the people ensure their relevance.

On this Fourth of July, the attorneys and staff at Adolph Legal would like to express our gratitude to those who have sacrificed to ensure that our freedoms are still relevant. We are aware that as legal professionals, our significance is moot without the sacrifice of others. Happy Fourth of July and we hope that our clients and anybody reading this are effectively pursuing happiness as our Founding Fathers intended.

Is that a Packer Working at the Courthouse?

Living in Green Bay for a majority of my life, I felt obligated to write this week’s post about the Packers. Most Packer fans would expect to see a player on the field during a game, practicing at the Don Hudson Center, or perhaps out in public. I, personally, would never expect to see a Packer player at the Brown County Courthouse… that is until I recently read an article about just that. This summer, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is interning for Brown County Circuit Court Judge Donald Zuidmulder. Ha Ha has to complete 180 hours of an unpaid internship to receive 6 credits towards completing his criminal justice degree from the University of Alabama. According to the article, Clinton-Dix has said that achieving this degree is not just for him, but for friends and family from his hometown of Orlando, Florida. While completing his internship with Judge Zuidmulder, Clinton-Dix will not be sporting his number 21 jersey or going by “Ha Ha”. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix. He’s Mr. Clinton-Dix. (And) he’ll have a dress code,” said Judge Zuidmulder. The internship will provide Clinton-Dix with insights into the facets of the criminal justice system including the county courts, drug treatment courts, juvenile courts, the district attorney’s office and the sheriff’s department. Next time I head to the courthouse, I definitely will be keeping an eye out for this Packer player.

 

For the full article, click here.

Heritage Hill

If you’ve read our blog posts in the past, you know that Adolph Legal does whatever it can to support our community.  Recently we’ve paired with Heritage Hill to sponsor and support its upcoming events.  Heritage Hill State Historical Park is located in Green Bay.  It contains numerous historical buildings on over 50 acres of land.   The park contains historical information and artifacts that cannot be found anywhere in our community.  Adolph Legal supports this organization because of its appreciation of history.

We encourage everyone to check out the State Park and any of its numerous events.  Its a great organization to support and the experiences offered are unbeatable.  You can find more information here and here.

 

Adolph Legal Attends Gather for Good Event

On May 5, 2017, Adolph Legal joined other leaders in the community to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin at the Gather for Good event on Broadway. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is an independent health care system that solely treats sick children. The mission of the event was to raise money for this incredibly worthy cause.

The event kicked off with a touching video of testimonials from families who had to face the tragedy of having their child be diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. These children were treated by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and were ultimately cured. Some of the families featured in the video were present at the event. Seeing those children at the event was a profound reminder of not just how fragile life is, but how a child’s life is especially fragile. Furthermore, seeing once bedridden children running around and acting like happy kids really solidified the importance of having an organization like Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in our community.

After the video, the mood had lightened thanks to a rousing performance by Deuces Wild, a dueling piano show. Most people reading this have seen a dueling piano performance, but Deuces Wild is a uniquely talented duo that provide a sublime medley of comedy and lively renditions of popular music. Impromptu participation from the crowd may have been the highlight of the evening, but also provided me with overwhelming sense of anxiety, because getting in front of a crowd of people singing the Village People’s “YMCA,” is perhaps my worst nightmare. But lucky for me and for those at the event I was not summoned to participate in the performance.

Our office had a memorable evening, and left the event inspired by the work of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and more importantly inspired the strength of children who have faced more adversity in their short lives than I can even comprehend. If you have an opportunity to attend this event in the future or even if you have the means to support this great organization, I highly recommend it. They say it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to save a child from terminal disease. Adolph Legal is proud to have participated in the Gather for Good event and look forward to hearing more success stories of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin saving more lives.

For more information about the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, visit their website here.

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