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We have canceled our April and May CLE classes due to library closures and caution about larger gatherings in the near future. Currently, our summer and 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

New Features on Westlaw
Tuesday, June 16, 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, August 18, 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

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

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.

Advanced Westlaw
Thursday, August 6, 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: 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 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
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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