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Statutes and Legislative History
Tuesday, July 14, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Register for this class
Thursday, July 30, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Register for this class

Learn how to conduct legislative history research on Westlaw. In the first part of this class you will learn how to research the legislative history for a specific act. We will discuss where the act is codified, and how to find legislative history for the act. In the second part of this class we will find the legislative history for a specific statute. Plus we will see how to find links to other documents on Westlaw that cite to your statute including cases, secondary sources, regulations, and administrative decisions. 1 CLE credit pending

Drafting Assistant Essentials
Friday, July 10, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Register for this class
Monday, July 27, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Register for this class

This training will cover how to access and use the litigation and transactions tools available in Drafting Assistant. 1 CLE credit pending

 

We have canceled our spring and summer CLE classes due to library closures and caution about larger gatherings in the near future. Currently, our fall CLE classes are open for registration. We will contact registrants if we need to cancel any further classes. Thank you for your understanding!

Classes at the David T. Prosser Jr. Library in Madison

Advanced Westlaw
Tuesday, September 15, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: David T. Prosser Jr. Library training room

Learn how to best utilize Westlaw 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 Westlaw from other devices.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

New Features on Westlaw
Tuesday, October 20, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: David T. Prosser Jr. Library training room

See what’s new on Westlaw and refresh your skills during this one-hour, hands-on class. New tools and content enhancements will help attorneys and legal researchers provide more cost-effective research for clients.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

Introduction to Westlaw
Tuesday, November 17, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: David T. Prosser Jr. Library training room

Learn how to best utilize Westlaw 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 Westlaw; Utilizing result list filtering to narrow your search results; Exploring document features, including new "Copy with Reference"; Learning about new Westlaw history; Reviewing the basics of the Westlaw Citator - KeyCite.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

Do you have a class suggestion? Contact Michael Keane and Heidi Yelk with suggestions or requests.

 

Classes at the Central Library in Milwaukee

Alternative Search Engines and Advanced Search Techniques
Presented by: Beverly Butula
Thursday, September 3, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Conference Room 2A. Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

Legal professionals often search more than just case law. Research often covers a vast area of information. While most begin their research in Google, there are other alternative and vertical search engines to facilitate quality results. This session will explore a variety of search engines. It will also look at advanced search techniques using Google and more to generate the most relevant results.
FREE. 1 CLE credit.
Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee County Law Library and space is limited. Call 414-278-4900 or email mcll.ref@wicourts.gov to register. Print Registration Form These are demonstration classes.

Introduction to Westlaw
Thursday, October 1, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Conference Room 2A. Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

Learn how to best utilize Westlaw 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 Westlaw; Utilizing result list filtering to narrow your search results; Exploring document features, including new "Copy with Reference"; Learning about new Westlaw history; Reviewing the basics of the Westlaw Citator - KeyCite.
FREE. 1 CLE credit.
Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee County Law Library and space is limited. Call 414-278-4900 or email mcll.ref@wicourts.gov to register. Print Registration Form These are demonstration classes.

Dockets throughout the U.S.
Presented by: Beverly Butula
Thursday, November 5, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Conference Room 2A. Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

We are familiar with and rely heavily on the Wisconsin’s Consolidated Court Automation Program when locating dockets. However, our practice often moves beyond this jurisdiction. This program will explore some of the systems found in other states, where to look to understand what other jurisdictions offer in terms of dockets, and navigate websites beyond PACER for federally filed dockets.
FREE. 1 CLE credit.
Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee County Law Library and space is limited. Call 414-278-4900 or email mcll.ref@wicourts.gov to register. Print Registration Form These are demonstration classes.

Do you have a class suggestion? Contact Jamie Neuendorf with suggestions or requests.

About Our Classes

Library staff and guest speakers offer both free and fee-based classes on legal research and using electronic resources in the legal research process. All David T. Prosser Jr. Library classes are held at 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

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 Michael Keane with suggestions.

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