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Classes

Introduction to Wisconsin Legislative History
Tuesday, August 11, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin State Law Library training room

I need the legislative history of a Wisconsin statute. Where do I start? What do I do? Participants will look at the primary resources used to research Wisconsin legislative history, learn about the online Wisconsin legislative drafting files, and learn some helpful tips and tricks along the way. This introductory class covers basic research strategies and sources.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

Books Unbound
Wednesday, August 12, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee Public Library, Meeting Room 1

Learn about Books Unbound, a database from the State Bar of Wisconsin. This database is available on the patron terminals in the Milwaukee County Law Library. Get an overview of features and learn search and navigation techniques. The class will showcase titles such as Eckhardt's Workbook for Wisconsin Estate Planners, Family Law in Wisconsin: A Forms and Procedures Handbook, Ethics Opinions, and Wisconsin Guide to Citation.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee Public Library and space is limited. Call 414-286-3011 to register. These are demonstration classes.

Beginner WestlawNext
Tuesday, August 18, Noon - 1 p.m. FULL
Location: Wisconsin State Law Library training room

Learn how to best utilize WestlawNext in this course by: Finding Specific Cases, Statutes and Regulations by citation; Learning how to quickly find and search specific resource; Learning about plain language searching on WestlawNext; Utilizing result list filtering to narrow your search results; Exploring document features, including new "Copy with Reference"; Learning about new WestlawNext history; Reviewing the basics of the WestlawNext Citator - KeyCite.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. FULL

Advanced Wisconsin Legislative History
Tuesday, September 8, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin State Law Library training room

I need the legislative history of a Wisconsin statute. Where do I start? What do I do? Participants will look at the primary resources used to research Wisconsin legislative history, learn about the online Wisconsin legislative drafting files, and learn some helpful tips and tricks along the way. This advanced class covers additional search strategies, budget bills, advanced use of drafting records, and Supreme Court rule order research.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

People Search
Wednesday, September 9, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee Public Library, Meeting Room 1

FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee Public Library and space is limited. Call 414-286-3011 to register. These are demonstration classes.

Intermediate WestlawNext
Tuesday, September 15, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin State Law Library training room

Learn how to best utilize WestlawNext in this course by Discovering the power behind WestSearch plain language searching; Utilizing "Find a case by party name" feature; Learning about result list sorting and advanced filtering techniques, such as "search within results"; Exploring headnotes and other editorial enhancements, such as notes of decisions and statutes index; Covering advanced options for filtering Citing References; Learning about content category pages in the "Browse" menu.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

Finding Wisconsin Public Records
Friday, September 18, 9 a.m. - Noon
Location: Wisconsin State Law Library training room

Learn first hand how to find public records on individuals and businesses in this information packed class. Discover criminal records, state and local court records, business entity records, liens, foreclosures, real estate records, and more. We'll help you find the government agency sources for Wisconsin public records.
$90. 3 CLE credits. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

WestlawNext Classes
Wednesday, October 14
Advanced Legal Research with WestlawNext, Noon - 1 p.m.
Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility Research with WestlawNext, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee Public Library, Meeting Room 1

FREE. 1 CLE credit per session. Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee Public Library and space is limited. Call 414-286-3011 to register. These are demonstration classes.

WSLL Website Tour
Wednesday, October 14, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin State Law Library training room

Our award-winning website is now even better! With more than 450 legal topics, a county legal resource database, and quick links to state and federal primary law and court forms, the WSLL website continues to be a one-stop shop for easily finding trustworthy legal sources online. Learn how to access remote services such as LegalTrac and HeinOnline, navigate the library's catalog, watch video tutorials, and find news about library events and more.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

Advanced WestlawNext
Tuesday, October 20, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin State Law Library training room

Learn how to best utilize WestlawNext in this course by: Learning about advanced search and field searching on content category search pages; Harnessing the power of advanced annotation features such as highlighting and foldering; Incorporating Key Numbers and Key Number Searching into your research; Exploring headnotes and other editorial enhancements, such as notes of decisions and statutes index; Covering advanced options for Alerts and Automated searches; Utilizing advanced customization features for "Copy with Reference", Highlighted terms, Result list display, and Document Delivery; Learn how to access WestlawNext from other devices.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

WI Briefs Online
Wednesday, November 4, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin State Law Library training room

Learn how to access Wisconsin Appellate Briefs on the UW Law Library's website and WSCCA. This class is an introduction to searching for Wisconsin Appellate Briefs available for free on the Internet.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

Searching Google Scholar and Google Books for Legal Research
Wednesday, November 11, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee Public Library, Meeting Room 1

FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee Public Library and space is limited. Call 414-286-3011 to register. These are demonstration classes.

About Our Classes

Library staff offer both free and fee-based classes on legal research and using electronic resources in the legal research process. All classes meet in the library's computer training room which is equipped with eight computers for hands-on instruction. All WI State Law Library classes are held at the Wisconsin State Law Library, 120 MLK Jr. Blvd., 2nd floor, in downtown Madison. Map / Parking

If the class you want is already full, contact Tammy Keller to be added to the waiting list. She will call you in the event of a cancellation, or you'll receive first notice when the class is scheduled again.

Classes Offered

The Wisconsin State Law Library strives to offer 12-15 classes per year. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits are secured for most classes. Below are some of the most popular offerings in recent years. Please tell us what additional classes we should offer! Contact Lisa Winkler, Outreach Services Librarian

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