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File #: 231647    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: In Committee
File created: 2/27/2024 In control: JUDICIARY & LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
On agenda: Final action:
Effective date:    
Title: A substitute ordinance relating to provisions of the code of ethics.
Sponsors: ALD. BAUMAN
Attachments: 1. Motion Bauman private practice of law, 2. Peer City Attorney private law practice prohibitions, 3. IG Clarification of Recommendation MEMO
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
4/3/20243 JUDICIARY & LEGISLATION COMMITTEE HELD TO CALL OF THE CHAIRPass4:0 Action details Meeting details Video Video
3/19/20242 COMMON COUNCIL SUBSTITUTEDPass15:0 Action details Meeting details Video Video
3/19/20243 COMMON COUNCIL ASSIGNED TOPass11:4 Action details Meeting details Video Video

Minutes note: Ald. Bauman further moved to AMEND the Proposed SUB A and move approval, as amended. There were no objections.
Pass5:0 Action details Meeting details Not available
3/14/20241 JUDICIARY & LEGISLATION COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED FOR PASSAGEPass5:0 Action details Meeting details Not available
2/27/20240 COMMON COUNCIL ASSIGNED TO   Action details Meeting details Not available

A substitute ordinance relating to provisions of the code of ethics.
303-11.5 cr
303-5-9 rc
This ordinance specifies that any licensed attorney in the City Attorney’s Office may not engage in the private practice of law, and that each violation within a billing statement shall constitute a separate offense.
Whereas, It is prudent for the City to prevent conflicts of interest among employees through explicit language in the Code of Ethics chapter of the Code of Ordinances; and

Whereas, While the Code of Ordinances does not define “practice of law,” the Wisconsin Supreme Court provides a definition that can be adopted into the Code; and

Whereas, The Code of Ordinances does not explicitly prohibit any employee of the City Attorney’s Office who holds a Wisconsin law license from concurrently working for the City and in a private law practice; and

Whereas, To sufficiently deter the private practice of law by licensed attorneys in the City Attorney’s Office, it is prudent to subject each line item documenting private practice in an attorney’s billing statement to the penalty provided in the Code of Ethics; now, therefore

The Mayor and Common Council of the City of Milwaukee do ordain as follows:

Part 1. Section 303-11.5 of the code is created to read:

303-3. Definitions.

11.5. PRACTICE OF LAW means the application of legal principles and judgment with regard to the circumstances or objectives of another entity or person where there is a client relationship of trust or reliance and which require the knowledge, judgment, and skill of a person trained as a lawyer. The practice of law includes, but is not limited to:

a. Giving advice or counsel to another entity or person as to their legal rights or the legal rights or responsibilities of others for fees or other consideration.

b. Selection, drafting, or completion for another entity or person of...

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