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Index to Legal Periodicals
Thursday, Oct. 9, 9 - 10 a.m. FREE. Registration is limited to 8. Location: Wisconsin State Law Library training room

Search full text law reviews and legal journals, plus yearbooks, conference publications, and government information in this new database. Get tips for effective searching and tour features to help you organize and download your research. This database can be used from anywhere with a Wisconsin State Law Library card.
1 CLE credit applied for. Register Online | Print Registration Form

WestlawNext at the Wisconsin State Law Library
Wednesday, Oct. 15 noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin State Law Library training room

Come see the new platform from Westlaw -- WestlawNext! This interface is more than just a "new look" for Westlaw; it employs a new search method based on concepts and issues, not just keywords. The look and feel of the new interface makes it more user friendly and the WestlawNext global search helps uncover sources which are often overlooked or forgotten. This class will teach you how to use the multi-functional search box to find a document and to research an issue. You will learn how to use the new results display and how to sort and filter search results. This class will also show how to verify research using KeyCite, as well as expand research using the new document toolbar and other resources.
FREE. 1 CLE credit applied for. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

Advanced Legal Research with WestlawNext
Tuesday, October 21, noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee Public Library, Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. Meeting room 1

This class is designed for those researchers who have some experience with WestlawNext. This demonstration class will focus on folder sharing, advanced search methods, utilizing filters, and customizing features of WestlawNext. It will also include use of the WestlawNext iPad app.
FREE. Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee Public Library and space is limited. Call 414-286-3011 to register. These are demonstration classes. 1 CLE credit is pending for each of the courses for attorneys that attend.

Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Tuesday, October 21, 1 - 2 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee Public Library, Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. Meeting room 1

The objective of the Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility class is to familiarize participants with various research strategies for searching primary and secondary legal materials, such as case law, court rules, statutes, law review articles, and treatises pertaining to legal ethics and professional responsibility.  The class will also demonstrate basic computer-assisted legal research tasks, such as retrieving documents by citation, issue searching, digest searching, and verifying primary law using the KeyCite┬« citation research service, in the context of legal ethics and professional responsibility research issues.
FREE. Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee Public Library and space is limited. Call 414-286-3011 to register. These are demonstration classes. 1 ethics CLE credit is pending for each of the courses for attorneys that attend.

Researching Wisconsin Legislative History: Sources & Strategies
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 9 - 11 a.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? Get answers to these questions and more by attending, Researching Wisconsin Legislative History: Sources and Strategies. Participants will look at the primary resources used to research Wisconsin legislative history, navigate the online Wisconsin legislative drafting files, and learn some helpful tips and tricks along the way.
$69. 2 CLE credits applied for. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

Wisconsin Administrative Law & Legislative History Research
Tuesday, November 18, noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee Public Library, Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. Meeting room 1

This class will be presented by Leslie Behroozi, co-author of Wisconsin Legal Research. For those researchers who are new to administrative law and legislative history research, the class will provide an introduction to available sources. The class may also serve as a reminder to practicing attorneys of research resources they've forgotten. Leslie will demonstrate the basics of how to find relevant law, including administrative regulations, enabling legislation, agency decisions, and historical acts, bills, and drafting records.
FREE. Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee Public Library and space is limited. Call 414-286-3011 to register. These are demonstration classes. 1 CLE credit is pending for each of the courses for attorneys that attend.

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 Heidi Yelk, Director of Reference

Last Updated: September 29, 2014 | Up to Top
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