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WSLL @ Your Service June 2012

What's New – Connie Von Der Heide

Supreme Court Appoints New Wisconsin State Law Librarian

Julie TessmerThe Supreme Court of Wisconsin has appointed Julie Tessmer as the Wisconsin State Law Librarian. Julie, who has been with the library since 1982, most recently served as Deputy Law Librarian and then as Interim State Law Librarian upon Jane Colwin's retirement in June 2011.

Julie's extensive professional experience includes serving as Law Library Consultant in both Nigeria and Serbia for the National Center for State Courts, and she has chaired or served on various committees of both the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin and the American Association of Law Libraries.

Julie is also a member of the United States Navy - Reserves Component, and as such she served in active military service in Iraq in 2009-2010 and is certified as a Legalman through the Naval Justice School.

Congratulations, Julie!

DCLRC Participates in Another Successful Dane County Law Day Celebration

The Dane County Legal Resource Center (DCLRC) was pleased to participate in last month's local celebration of Law Day, jointly coordinated by the Dane County Circuit Court and Dane County Bar Association (DCBA) and held at the county courthouse on May 1.

As part of this annual daylong event, the DCLRC once again provided space and assistance to DCBA volunteer attorneys who provided free legal consultations on a walk-in basis throughout the morning and afternoon. This year assistance in both English and Spanish was available during the entire six hour period, and approximately 40 people took advantage of the opportunity to consult with legal counsel and get answers to their legal questions. The DCLRC would like to thank all the attorneys who volunteered their time and expertise to make these free consultations a success.

In the afternoon Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson gave welcoming remarks, after which cake was served and visitors were invited to tour the Courthouse, sit in on a mock trial with area middle and high school students serving as jurors, and stop at information stations to talk with various stakeholders in the justice system - among whom were Ismael Ozanne, District Attorney; Dee Dee Watson, Public Defender ; Hon. Brian Blanchard, Court of Appeals Judge; and Carlo Esqueda, Clerk of Circuit Court.

Upcoming Classes @ WSLL

Researching Wisconsin Legislative History: Sources & Strategies

There's still time to register for this June 21 class in which participants will identify and locate the primary sources of law used to research Wisconsin legislative history, navigate the online Wisconsin legislative drafting files, and learn the step by step approach to this kind of research - along with a few timesaving tips.

Using Books Unbound

Excited about e-books? On July 10 come and learn about Books Unbound, a database from the State Bar of Wisconsin. This class will showcase PINNACLE "Brown Binders" from the State Bar of Wisconsin. Titles include Advising Older Clients and their Families, Governmental Claims and Immunities, Marital Property Classification Handbook, Wisconsin Insurance Law, Wisconsin Public Records and Open Meetings Handbook and many more. Get an overview of features and learn advanced search techniques.

For complete details and registration information, please visit our Classes webpage.

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This Just In… - - Pete Boll

New Edition! Prisoners' Self-Help Litigation Manual, 4th edition, by John Boston, and Daniel E. Manville. Oxford University Press, 2010.
WSLL Call Number: KF 9731 .M36 2010

Updated for the first time since 1995, this guide is aimed at prisoners and prisoner advocates seeking to understand the civil rights guaranteed to prisoners by law and how to protect those rights. Attorneys Boston and Manville give practical advice on the issues of conditions of confinement, civil liberties in prison, procedural due process, the legal system, how to litigate, conducting effective legal research, and writing legal documents.

Updated! Sexual Orientation and the Law, 2012 edition, by Karen Moulding. West Publishing, 2012.
WSLL Call Number: KF 4754.5 .S491

For additional information on this title, see this recent WSLL Recommends Library Highlight.

First authored in 1985 by Roberta Achtenberg, Sexual Orientation & the Law was the nation's first comprehensive legal treatise dedicated to the concerns of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and others who form alternative families or conduct lives outside societal "norms" regarding gender or sexuality. The 2012 two-volume edition also features a format change, from loose leaf binders to soft cover bound volumes.

Experienced practitioners from across the country have contributed their expertise. Numerous sample forms and briefs are provided, along with creative approaches to problems faced by lesbian, gay men, bisexuals, transsexuals, people living with HIV, or anyone in alternative families or who faces discrimination for perceived alternative lifestyles. Chapters include:

  • Raising Children and the New Family Law
  • Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Other Protections for Couples
  • Death, Incapacity and Illness
  • Military and Veterans
  • Representing Clients with HIV/AIDS
  • First and Fourteenth Amendment Rights
  • Consumer Goods, Services and Accommodations
  • Representing Transsexual Clients

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See our latest New Titles list for a list of new books and other resources.

For assistance in accessing these or other resources, please contact our Reference Desk.

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Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk

Internet Explorer Time Saver: Add Current Tabs to Favorites

Internet Explorer (IE) has an interesting Favorites tool you may have overlooked. It's called "Add Current Tabs to Favorites."

This is useful if you find yourself working on a project for which you've opened multiple tabs, all of them relevant to your research. There's no need to save each page individually. To save all these related tabs together, simply click on Favorites in the menu bar and choose "Add Current Tabs to Favorites."

Add current tab to favorites

The program will ask for a folder name and with one simple step, you can create a new Favorites folder, in which you have saved all those tabs.

Add tabs to favorites folder

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Odds 'n' Endings – Amy Crowder

What's happening in June?

Looking for the "ultimate way" to celebrate June Dairy Month? Visit the Dairy Days of Summer to find schedules and locations for Farm Breakfasts or to search for delicious recipes using Wisconsin dairy products.

June 4 - Hug Your Cat Day. Don't have a cat? Use this opportunity to love our library "cat-a-log." In our catalog, you can access full-text of select legal journals, search for informative books located in our libraries, renew a book you have checked out, and take a look at new titles in our collection. Simply use the Quick Search box found in the upper-right corner of every page on our website.

June 8 – On this date in 1867, Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Richland Center. To explore his architectural work and influence in Wisconsin, visit Wright in Wisconsin. There, you may learn more about Wright-designed building throughout the state. The annual Wright & Like Tour being held Friday, June 8th - Saturday, June 9th in Spring Green will offer "guided interior tours" of several private homes and public buildings.

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