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

Google: Advanced Search Strategies
Wednesday, February 19, Noon - 1 p.m. FULL
Location: David T. Prosser Jr. Library training room

Learn how to optimize internet research by using advanced search tools. This one-hour class explains search strategies for more efficient legal research on the web. Learn ways to quickly discover legal documents, government information, news, law reviews, and more.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. This class is full.

Advanced Legislative History
Wednesday, March 11, Noon - 1 p.m. FULL
Location: David T. Prosser Jr. Library training room

Take the next step in legislative history research. This advanced class covers additional search strategies, budget bills, advanced use of drafting records, and Supreme Court rule order research.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. This class is full.

 

Watch this space for our 2020 classes! Do you have a class suggestion? Contact Michael Keane and Heidi Yelk with suggestions or requests.

 

Classes at the Central Library in Milwaukee

Public Records
Thursday, March 19, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Conference Room 2A. Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

Get an overview of the history of Wisconsin's public records law, understand top research sources, and learn where to find public records on individuals and businesses. Discover business entity records, liens, real estate records, and more. We'll help you find online and offline government agency sources for commonly-sought Wisconsin public records.
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 Wisconsin Legislative History
Thursday, June 11, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Conference Room 2A. Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

I need the legislative history of a Wisconsin statute. Where do I start? What do I do? Participants will look at the primary resources used to research Wisconsin legislative history, learn about the online Wisconsin legislative drafting files, and learn some helpful tips and tricks along the way. This introductory class covers basic research strategies and sources.
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.

Alternative Search Engines and Advanced Search Techniques
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.

Dockets throughout the U.S.
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.

Watch this space for our 2020 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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