WSLL @ Your Service October, 2006
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library
|What's New -- Julie Tessmer & Connie Von Der Heide||This Just In... -- Pete Boll|
Leslie Behroozi, formerly a Library Associate at the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center (MLRC), is now the Branch Librarian at the Dane County Legal Resource Center (DCLRC). While at MLRC, Leslie especially enjoyed working with the wide variety of customers: judges, attorneys, county employees and the general public. She’s excited about the opportunity to continue working with these same groups of people in Dane County. Prior to her MLRC position, Leslie practiced law at a Milwaukee firm for 5 years. She holds a JD from Marquette University Law School, and a Master’s degree from the UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies.
The Wisconsin State Law Library welcomes two new part time staff members, Katrin Madayag and Leah Ujda. Katrin is a graduate student at the University of Montana-Missoula, and is spending a year in Madison doing research for her graduate thesis in journalism. She’s already completed the other half of her double Masters degree, political science. Leah is a second year student at the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies. She also works in the circulation department of the Madison Area Technical College’s downtown campus library.
The MLRC also has two new part time staff. Jennifer Hanson is a third-year law student at Marquette who is thinking of going into library and research work after graduation. Erica Harland is a graduate student in the School of Information Studies at UW-Milwaukee. Erica recently spent a year in the Czech Republic.
More MLRC News
Congratulations to Attorney Jeffrey Purnell who won a KeyCite™ travel mug in MLRC’s most recent business card drawing.
Milwaukee County Judges: There is still time to register for Westlaw training on Thursday, October 12th. The Beginner/Refresher class will be from 12:15-1:15 and the Advanced Class will be from 1:30-2:30, both in the CCAP Training room. Please call X4322 or e-mail to reserve your spot.
WSLL Offers Second Session of New Google Class
The November 1 class, Introduction to Google Scholar and Google Book Search, is full with a waiting list, so we’ve scheduled a second session the same day. This one-hour class will explore new tools from Google: Google Scholar and Google Book Search. Learn searching techniques and discuss the pros and cons of using these tools for law related research. For details and registration form, please visit our Classes & Tours webpage.
This month’s featured titles include:
NEW! Arbitration and Mediation of Business Disputes: A Wisconsin Practitioner's Guide / Terry Peppard. State Bar of Wisconsin, 2006.
An arbitrator since 1979, Terry Peppard authors the first Wisconsin-specific guide to resolving business disputes through arbitration and mediation.
This practical desk book guides the reader step by step through the process of arbitration and mediation and will prove invaluable to anyone tasked with business dispute resolution in Wisconsin. Peppard also provides detailed analysis of current and proposed legislation as well as relevant judicial decisions. Especially helpful are the many appendices including:
NEW! The Military Divorce Handbook: A Practical Guide to Representing Military Personnel and Their Families / Mark E. Sullivan. American Bar Association, 2006.
With the number of deployed military personnel on the increase, this book provides timely coverage on all aspects of representing service members and their spouses in divorce.
Military personnel are involved in the same domestic situations as civilians; divorce, separation, custody, support, and division of property. Yet when a divorce action involves a military client, special issues arise that make these cases more challenging. Key chapters explain the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), military tax issues, and the important issue of dividing military retirement benefits. Also covered are the difficult and increasingly important issues of custody and domestic violence involving service members.
|Tech Tip in Brief -- Heidi Yelk||Learn @ the Law Library -- Julie Tessmer|
Google Updates Toolbar
Google has released a new version of their popular Google Toolbar. Two new and interesting enhancements include the “bookmarks” feature and the “add a button” or “customize a button” feature.
Google Toolbar has long allowed users to add or remove buttons, such as autofill, up one level and Google news. The new toolbar has taken this feature a step further by offering buttons that quickly link the user to external sites, such as Internet Movie Database. This feature is much like the Links feature of Internet Explorer. There are dozens of buttons available in the button gallery. Users can also create their own customized buttons and, if they wish, submit them to Google.
The new Google Bookmarks feature allows the user to create bookmarks for webpages and tie them to their Google Toolbar. Use of this feature requires a free Google account. Once an account is created, users can travel with their bookmarks. They will see their own bookmarks anytime they log in to their Google account on a computer with the Google Toolbar.
Finally, Google has also added “instant suggestions,” which suggests search terms as you type.
Using “Alt” characters and inserting symbols
Every so often we get the question, “How do I make the section sign? It’s not on my keyboard.” The person is usually referring to the fancy § symbol used frequently in the area of law. The answer is Alt 21; in other words, hold down the Alt key and type 21 on your number pad. Be sure Num Lock is set to On. For other “Alt Characters” see these pages: Special Alt Characters and Spike & Jamie.
Another way to put symbols in Microsoft Word documents is by using the Insert menu. From there, select Symbol and choose the desired symbol from the chart that displays. In that same area, the “Special Characters” tab provides a cheat sheet of shortcut keys used to insert various symbols. Users can also create customized shortcut keys if desired.
Please send suggestions for future Tech Tips to the editor.
Here are some federal law updates we’ve become aware of recently:
Did you know you can receive federal tax credit for buying energy efficient products? The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-58) includes a number of tax credits for consumers who make home improvements such as adding insulation, or installing high efficiency heating and cooling equipment, storm windows, or storm doors. The Energy Star™ website outlines all the tax credits available to consumers, home builders and appliance manufacturers.
The Federal Trade Commission has issued a press release reminding consumers about checking their credit report for free: “September marks the first anniversary of every consumer’s right to a free annual credit report from each of the three nationwide consumer reporting companies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Consumers can order reports online at www.annualcreditreport.com, or by calling toll-free at 1-877-322-8228, or by mailing a completed Annual Credit Report Request Form ... to Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281."
Recent legislation expands IRA contribution options for military personnel. The Heroes Earned Retirement Opportunities Act, or HERO Act (Public Law 109-227) which was signed into law on May 29, 2006 (i.e. Memorial Day) allows members of the Armed Forces to include combat pay in their earned income for purposes of determining their allowable tax deduction for contributions to retirement savings plans. Combat pay is otherwise excludable from gross income. The HERO Act is applicable to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2003.
The U.S. Department of Justice recently launched a new website, Servicemembers.gov. The website, a partnership between the Justice Department and other federal agencies whose aim it is to protect the rights of servicemembers and veterans, contains user friendly information about civilian employment rights, voting rights and financial security. From the homepage one can easily access the two main pieces of legislation currently in force that protect the rights of those who serve in the Armed Forces: the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA, 38 USC s.4301, et.seq.) and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA, Public Law 108-189). A link to Servicemembers.gov is now available on WSLL’s Military Law Legal Topics webpage.
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