WSLL @ Your Service September 2008
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library
This Just In… – Pete Boll
Start Here – Connie Von Der Heide
Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk
Odds 'n' Endings – Julie Tessmer
|What’s New – Amy Crowder|
State Law Librarian Co-Authors Legal Research Book
The W.S. Hein Co. has just announced the publication of Legal Research in Wisconsin, 2nd edition. Authors are Ted Potter, University of Iowa Law Library (formerly at Marquette Law Library); Mary Koshollek, Godfrey & Kahn; Bill Ebbott and Sunil Rao, both at UW Law Library; and our own Jane Colwin, State Law Librarian.
The first edition was written by Richard A. Danner and published by the University of Wisconsin Extension Law Department back in 1980. The publisher’s abstract for the 2nd edition states: “This new edition continues to offer a comprehensive reference tool about legal research in Wisconsin. It revises and updates chapters and also expands them to include electronic tools and other new sources. Basic research tools are discussed with an eye toward showing their best uses in locating useful information. It remains a guide for attorneys, judges, paralegals, law librarians, students and others needing ready access to information contained in Wisconsin legal materials.” A copy of the book will be available at WSLL soon.
LexisOne Doubles Its Free Case Law Offerings
LexisOne recently doubled the number of years’ worth of free case law on its website - from five years to ten. Users can search by keyword or citation, or browse by year. As before, U.S. Supreme Court cases are available for free back to 1781.
BadgerLink Now Offers One-Stop Search
BadgerLink now offers federated searching, which lets you enter your keywords in a single “Search Databases” box and search multiple databases at once. An “Advanced Search” feature is also available. This one-search feature eliminates the need to search each database individually, and it lets you simultaneously collect search results from EBSCO, ProQuest news, and Gale LitFinder databases.
Thanks to everyone who took our website survey during the month of July. Your responses have been very helpful as we work on a new and improved site. Watch for its debut in spring 2009.
Register now to reserve your spot in these upcoming legal research classes! More information is available on our Classes & Tours webpage.
Finding Wisconsin Public Records
Blogs, Feeds, and other Web 2.0 Stuff to Make Your Job Easier
Using the Wisconsin Court System Website
|This Just In… – Pete Boll|
This month’s featured titles include:
New Edition: Legal Ethics: The Lawyer’s Deskbook on Professional Responsibility, by Ronald D. Rotunda, John S. Dzienkowski. Thomson West Publishing, 2008-2009.
A joint venture between the American Bar Association and West Group publishing, this title intends to be the one-stop source of solid advice for “the majority of lawyers and judges who know a great deal about the laws affecting their clients, but not as much about laws that affect themselves.” This edition reflects new developments in the ABA Model Rules, case law, and literature regarding legal ethics. In addition to new chapters on judicial ethics, this latest edition examines changes made to the governing rules of the Ethics 2000 Commission; the Multijurisdictional Practice of Law Commission; the Task Force on Corporate Responsibility; the Joint Commission to Evaluate the Model Code of Judicial Conduct; and 2002 Revision Reporters.
Cites to other essential resources are also found throughout the book, including Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers (Third); ABA Formal Ethics Opinions; Ethics 2000 Reporter’s Notes; the Model Code of Professional Responsibility; the 1983 Model Rules of Professional Conduct; and leading ethics cases, treatises, and law review articles.
New Title: Election Law Manual, prepared by Elizabeth Bircher.
This manual provides a basic overview of state election law in the United States. The primary audience for the manual is state court judges who may be called upon to resolve election related cases.
Instead of detailing state election laws, the manual is organized around broad election law issues that are likely to be litigated, including:
For assistance in accessing these or other resources, please contact our Reference Desk.
|Start Here: A Guide to Wisconsin State Law Library Services and Specialized Resources – Connie Von Der Heide|
The past two installments of this column featured selected library books and other materials on the topics of foreclosure and estate planning.This time we feature the library itself, with information about our services and specialized resources.
After Hours Service for Attorneys
Hands-on Legal Research Classes
Library Tours & Orientations
Specialized Resources Available @ WSLL
Judicial Council Collection
Wisconsin Administrative Code “Replaced Pages”
|Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk|
A Tool to Search Your Favorites
In today’s world of social bookmarking tools, such as Delicious and Diigo, talking about Internet Explorer (IE) Favorites seems “old school.” However, I suspect that, like me, many web surfers still utilize the IE Favorites or FireFox Bookmarks feature. And, I suspect many of us have large archives of Favorites or Bookmarks going back 10 years or more.
Despite my best efforts to keep everything organized and neatly tucked into folders, I occasionally find myself hunting around my Favorites list for something I’m sure I marked in the past. Because I have over 100 folders in my Favorites list - and just as many subfolders - finding that “lost” Favorite can sometimes be an impossible task.
|Odds 'n' Endings – Julie Tessmer|
Notables for September
This month the Wisconsin Court System celebrates Juror Appreciation Month. As Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson stated in a recent letter to court officials and staff, “The right to a jury trial is a fundamental component of the American and Wisconsin justice systems. The willingness of Wisconsin residents to serve as jurors is critical to preserving this right.” To kick off the celebration, a press conference will be held Sept. 3 in Milwaukee. Visit the websites of the Court System and your local circuit court for more information and listings of special activities.
September 27-October 4 marks the American Library Association’s (ALA) 27th annual observance of Banned Books Week. Each year ALA compiles a list of the most frequently “challenged” books and authors. Mark Twain regularly makes the list.
1 - Labor Day was declared a U.S. national holiday by Congress in 1894.
2 – The Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) made its U.S. debut in 1969, at Chemical Bank in Rockville Center. Today there are well over 1 million ATMs around the world. Source: National Merchant Services, ATM Timeline
7 – Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson was sworn in as Wisconsin’s first woman Justice in 1976.
20 – Colonel Hans Christian Heg was mortally wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga on this date in 1863. A Norwegian immigrant, Heg was appointed by Governor Alexander Randall to raise a Scandinavian regiment from Wisconsin to fight in the Civil War. A commemorative statue of Heg stands outside the east (King Street) entrance to the State Capitol in downtown Madison.
If you read last month’s Odds ‘n’ Endings column, you might’ve noticed that the body of water shown in the accompanying photo is Lake Monona - not Lake Mendota as the article stated. Our thanks to an astute reader for pointing out the error.
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