Webinars for 2023 are now open for registration through the Wisconsin State Law Library. Registration for each webinar is limited to 100. Registrations will be approved daily by the moderator. Once your registration is approved, you will get an email confirmation with connection information. Please reach out to Abigail Case with questions.
Basic knowledge: an introduction to the form and content of Wisconsin laws and legislative documents
Wednesday, January 18, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Live webinar – Register for Basic Knowledge
A basic demonstration of what information is conveyed by Wisconsin Legislative bills and acts, with a discussion of the information available in the statutes that illuminate the law.
Special problems in researching Wisconsin legislation
Wednesday, February 15, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Live webinar – Register for Special problems in researching Wisconsin legislation
A look at finding aids used to trace the origins and fate of certain unusual laws, such as non-statutory provisions, private and local laws and whole-numbered statute sections, plus help in finding the fate of repealed or renumbered statutes.
Introduction to legislative history
Wednesday, March 15, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Live webinar – Register for Introduction to legislative history
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.
Wisconsin legislative history - Advanced
Wednesday, May 24, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Live webinar - Register for Wisconsin legislative history - Advanced
Participants will learn about online Wisconsin legislative resources and learn some helpful tips and tricks along the way. This class goes beyond the normal sources for legislative history, focusing on the special steps and sources involved in researching budget bills, legislative council bills, and judicial branch enactments.
Researching the Wisconsin Administrative Code
Wednesday, April 12, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: David T. Prosser Jr. Library, training room - Register for Researching the Wisconsin Administrative Code
A brief discussion of the history and function of the administrative code, with tips and examples to show how to research the history of a rule.
About Our Classes
Library staff and guest speakers offer free classes on legal research and using electronic resources in the legal research process.
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits are secured for most classes. Below are some of the most popular offerings in recent years.