Letter from the Editor

WDC Journal Edition: Winter 2018
By: Vincent J. Scipior, Editor, Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal

I am very excited to be the journal’s next editor and want to take a moment to introduce myself. I was born and raised in Wisconsin. I received my B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007 and my J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2011. I have been an associate at Coyne, Schultz, Becker & Bauer in Madison since 2011, where my practice focuses on insurance defense, coverage issues, personal injury, and general litigation. I am a lifelong fan of the Packers, Brewers, and Badgers. I am married to a wonderful family law attorney and we just welcomed our first child into the world on August 16, 2018 (and, yes, he is already on the 30- year waiting list for Packers season tickets)!

I want to thank the journal’s last two editors, Ariella Schreiber and Andrew Hebl, for their hard work and contribution to the journal. Andrew served as editor for approximately eight years before becoming the current WDC Secretary/Treasurer, and then Ariella served for another year before becoming the current WDC President. I had the honor of having Ariella as my first year legal writing instructor in law school and have worked with Andrew many times in the last few years. I know I have big shoes to fill and look forward to the challenge and privilege of being the next editor.

I also want to thank this issue’s authors for their contributions to my inaugural issue. The journal cannot exist without you. I know firsthand that writing an article is not easy. It is time consuming and stressful. But it is also very rewarding. I encourage members to submit ideas and articles for inclusion in the journal whenever possible.

The purpose of the journal is to communicate and share experiences and knowledge. I urge members to submit letters to the editor and reactions to recently published articles to continue to build on the dialogue created by the journal. Whether you agree or disagree, or have something to add, please write in. We all have different perspectives and experiences.

I also plan to continue the “News from Around the State: Trials and Verdicts” section started by Andrew. So few cases actually go to trial these days, and any notable trial results (good or bad) is helpful information. If you are fortunate to try a case, please submit a brief summary for inclusion in the journal, including: 1) the caption, case number, and venue (if you are willing to share – this is not necessary); 2) a summary of the facts and legal issues decided at trial; 3) verdict information, including liability and damages; and 4) any pre-trial offers and demands.

Finally, I want to thank the WDC Board for this opportunity and their support. I look forward to serving as your next journal editor.

Author Biography:

Vincent J. Scipior is an associate at Coyne, Schultz, Becker & Bauer, S.C. in Madison, Wisconsin. His practice focuses on insurance defense, personal injury, and general litigation. He received his B.S. in 2007 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his J.D. in 2011 from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Scipior is admitted to practice in Wisconsin state and federal courts. He has tried cases in Adams, Columbia, Grant, Green, and Dane Counties. Mr. Scipior is a member of the American Inns of Court James E. Doyle Chapter, the Dane County Bar Association, and the Wisconsin Defense Counsel. He was recognized as a 2017 Up and Coming Lawyer by the Wisconsin Law Journal and has been included in the Wisconsin Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers Magazine since 2016. He is the current Editor of the Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal.