WSLL @ Your Service Dec. 2004
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library
The Wisconsin State Law Library, Milwaukee Legal Resource Center and Dane County Legal Resource Center will be closed on Friday, December 24 and Friday, December 31. All three libraries will be open regular hours throughout the rest of the holiday season.
|What's New||This Just In... -- Pete Boll|
WSLL Website Wins “Webbie” Award
The Wisconsin State Law Library website has won the 2004 Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) "Webbie" award for Best Reference Site. The award was announced November 3 during the WLA annual conference in Lake Geneva. The WSLL website was one of nine nominees in the Best Reference Site category.
The WLA Media and Technology Section awarded "Webbies" in four different categories plus best of show. A complete list of recipients is available on the MATS webpage.Launched in 1999, the WSLL website is designed and maintained by Amy Crowder, Web Resources Librarian/Cataloger and Elaine Sharp, Technical Services Librarian. Congratulations, Amy & Elaine, on this recognition of your award-winning web work!
We’re pleased to debut this new column in which Pete Boll, Acquisitions Librarian, highlights brand new titles, new editions of existing titles, and supplements or updates to current subscriptions that have recently been added to our print collection. For additional information about any of the items listed, please consult our online catalog or contact our Reference Desk.
NEW The Criminal Records Manual: The Complete National Reference for the Legal Access and Use of Criminal Records by Derek Hinton. 2nd edition. Facts on Demand Press, 2004
This revised edition of the Criminal Records Book (2002) provides useful information on obtaining and using criminal record information. It covers:
NEW Funding of Living Trusts by Carla Neely Freitag. American Bar Association, 2004. Call number: KF 734 .F74 2004
This book provides a detailed overview of the funding process from initial client contact through completion and proposes effective roles for both the attorney and client in order to get the trust funding completed. It emphasizes the importance of trust funds in estate planning and suggests proper roles for attorneys and clients; provides practical information at the funding process in general and the funding of specific assets; collects and analyzes existing case law, statutes, and treatises on the necessity of trust funding as well as on specific funding issues; and provides guidance for representing successor trustees, beneficiaries, and heirs at law. Sample forms are included.
UPDATED Legal Rights of Persons With Disabilities: An Analysis of Federal Law by Bonnie P. Tucker and Bruce A. Goldstein. LRP Publications, 1991-
Updated for 2004, this 2-volume treatise explains what is required, permitted, and guaranteed by federal disability laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Act. It also explores the boundaries of acceptable behavior under the laws and analyzes recent court decisions.
|WSLL Web -- Amy Crowder||Tech Tip in Brief -- Heidi Yelk|
'Tis the Season to be Shopping…
Our Consumer Protection topic links to sources of consumer product safety information and ways to file a consumer complaint. Several sites offer information on recalls. For instance, Recalls.gov is a one-stop-shop for recall information from the federal government, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission provides recall & product safety news and offers email recall notification lists for children’s, household, and other products. The Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture Trade & Consumer Protection website has fact sheets on consumer topics such as safe toys and holiday shopping, publishes the Keep Your Kids Safe Newsletter, and provides guides to consumer law.
Remember, products that pose a hazard may have still made it to store shelves. ToySafety.net contains a list of toys that are potential choking hazards. The website is sponsored by the National Association of State Public Interest Research Groups. According to the Association, these dangerous toys were available in stores in September and October 2004. The website also offers Tips for Toy Safety to help parents, grandparents, caregivers and other toy buyers avoid the most common hazards in toys.
The State Law Library's website offers other consumer law topics that may help you. The Internet Shopping topic links to the Consumer's Union eRatings Guide to Online Shopping, so you can check a webstore's rating before you buy anything from clothing to electronics. The Credit/Debt topic provides information on fair debt collection, how to correct credit errors and more. And if that perfect gift stops working, visit our Warranties topic.Enjoy the season of dashing through the snow, laughing all the way. And throughout the coming year, check out all our consumer law topics: Consumer Protection, Credit/Debt, Direct Marketing, Identity Theft, Internet Shopping, Junk Mail/Email/FAX/Spam, Sweepstakes, Telemarketing/Telephone Shopping and Warranties. These and other topics are available on our Legal Topics page.
If shopping at the mall is not your idea of holiday fun, you might consider online shopping. It’s convenient, fast and easy. But is it safe? How can you ensure that your Internet shopping experience is a happy one? Consumer advocates, including the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Reports, offer some of the following tips:
For more information on online shopping, see the Federal Trade Commission’s Holiday Shopping page, Consumer Report’s website e-ratings page, the ABA’s Safeshopping.org site, and the Better Business Bureau’s Shopping Safely Online.
Send your suggestions for future legal research Tech Tips to the editor.
Learn @ The Law Library -- Connie Von Der Heide
Still need a few CLE credits this year? Still need to make good on that 2004 New Year’s resolution to learn more about web-based legal resources? Then register now for our December 7 class Using Wisconsin Legal Resources on the Internet. This half-day course focuses entirely on locating and using web-based Wisconsin legal and government information, including statutes, regulations, caselaw and much more. It is especially appropriate for attorneys, paralegals and legal assistants, and anyone who wants to improve their online Wisconsin legal research skills.
To register for this or any of our upcoming classes, please visit our Classes & Tours page.
Legal Research Tip o’ the Month
Here’s a sample WisBlawg entry from November 18:
“As reported earlier, the Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations, Wisconsin Constitution and Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules on the Revisor of Statutes Bureau website now contain links from annotations to cited cases on the Wisconsin on the Wisconsin Court System website.
“And, according to Bruce Hoesly, Deputy Revisor of Statutes, WisLaw CD-Roms also have the case links to the Wisconsin Court System website. If a user is accessing the statutes or Constitution or Statutes from the WisLaw CD-Rom without a web browser running, clicking on the link, will open the browser and the link will be followed.”
Visit WisBlawg today, and while you’re there be sure to subscribe. It’s free, and you’ll receive an email alert each day Bonnie adds new information. How much easier can it get?!
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