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WSLL @ Your Service August 2012

What's New – Connie Von Der Heide

In the Good Ol' Summertime…

Looking for one or two more good books to read or films to watch before September rolls around? Come in and browse our Prose & Cons collection of donated legal fiction. State Law Library borrowers may check out Prose & Cons books for 30 days and movies or TV series for 7 days. We'd also gladly accept donations of new or gently used legal fiction works to add to this collection. More information about the Prose & Cons collection is available on our Special Collections web page.

Have Program, Will Travel

Is your local bar association looking for a good CLE program to offer at an upcoming meeting? The State Law Library is available to present information about the services and materials it provides for practicing attorneys, along with a demonstration of the State Law Library web site, either live or via PowerPoint. For more information and to schedule a date, please contact Connie Von Der Heide, Director of Reference & Outreach Services, at (608) 267-2202, (800) 322-9755 or Connie.VonDerHeide@wicourts.gov.

Library Staff News

Carol Hassler, Webmaster & Cataloger, authored an article for the State Bar of Wisconsin's June 6, 2012 issue of Inside Track entitled Managing Social Media 101: There Are Tools to Simplify.

Julie Tessmer, State Law Librarian, recently returned from two weeks of Annual Training with the U.S. Navy. Julie is a Legalman in the Navy Reserve and holds the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. She worked in the office of the Fleet Judge Advocate (FJA) for the Commander U.S. Naval Forces Europe - Commander U.S. Naval Forces Africa - U.S. Sixth Fleet (CNE-CNA-C6F) located in Naples, Italy. Her duties included reviewing records of investigations and courts-martial for retention or retirement to the Washington National Records Center. She was able to do some sightseeing and enjoyed a day on the island of Capri, short visits to Sorrento and Salerno, and climbing Mount Vesuvius after touring the ruins of Pompeii.

Connie Von Der Heide, Director of Reference & Outreach Services, recently presented "Researching Wisconsin Legislative History: Sources & Strategies" to law clerks and staff attorneys at the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

Closed for Holiday

The Wisconsin State Law Library and the Milwaukee and Dane County Legal Resource Centers will be closed on Monday, September 3 in observance of the Labor Day state holiday.

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This Just In… – Pete Boll

New Title! Alcohol Beverages Regulation in Wisconsin, by Aaron R. Gary.
State Bar of Wisconsin, 2012.
WSLL Call Number: KFW 2775 .G37 2012

This new 2-volume treatise covers every aspect of alcoholic beverages: manufacture, taxation, transport, storage, and sale - including legal details regarding by whom, how and when it can be purchased. Author Aaron Gary, an attorney at the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau with over ten years of experience in drafting Wisconsin alcohol beverage statutes, provides in depth analysis and explanation of the complex state laws and regulations governing alcohol beverages.

New Edition! Strategies For Secured Creditors, 2nd edition, by Patrick E. Mears et al.
American Law Institute - Continuing Legal Education, 2012.
WSLL Call Number: KF 697 .F6 S76 2012

Secured creditors generally have choices when dealing with delinquent loans - and having choices means those creditors must consider strategies. What is the best way for the creditor to recover the principal (and as much interest as possible, and other expenses permitted by the loan agreement) from the delinquent borrower? Is it a workout? A rapid plunge into foreclosure? Are there other options?

In this second edition, Patrick E. Mears, John T. Gregg, and Timothy S. McFadden explore the strategies available to secured creditors when their borrowers are in trouble. In their private practice the authors focus on finance, insolvency, and restructuring of commercial enterprises. Their experience is reflected in this book, where they explore:

  • Who the key players in a workout are and how to mobilize them
  • How to spot the early warning signs of borrower financial distress
  • The differences in procedure - and results - between consensual workouts and Chapter 11 reorganizations
  • The differences in foreclosure processes that apply to real vs. personal property
  • How foreclosures are done
  • How to sell secured loans
  • The special case of auto supplier insolvencies

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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

How old is this website?

Let's say you're researching a particular point of law or trying to quickly find if a change to the law took place. You come upon a blog or website that seems to have good information, but there's no date indicating when it was written. How can you quickly determine the age of this information?

The answer is not an easy one. If the author has not provided a date and you've scanned the page carefully (sometimes dates are buried at the bottom of the page) and still cannot determine what it is, there are few quick tricks you can try.

Columnist and blogger Amit Agarwal provides several ideas in this May 4, 2012 column. His explanation of three standard dates associated with websites is very helpful and important knowledge to have. His disclaimer - that these discovery methods are not 100% accurate - is on point as well. A good illustration of that is this technology posting comparing digital notepads. The date discovery method of pasting the URL in the Google search engine turns up March 30, 2012. However, some of the comments on the page are 4 years old. Something is amiss.

Another columnist, Leo Notenboom, maintains that there's simply no way to know for certain when a webpage was published. Both he and Agarwal offer the idea of using Google cache or the Wayback Machine to help. However, these routes might also lead to dead ends.

Blue Book Rule 18.2 addresses citing Internet sources. For a good explanation, see Suffolk University's website. The rule notes the use of "last visited date." If you cannot find the actual publication date, the last visited date would serve to correctly cite the source.

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WSLL Recommends: Bender's Forms of Discovery

Bender's Forms of DiscoveryCombining procedural analysis along with sample forms, the 17 volume Bender's Forms of Discovery is a comprehensive guide to discovery in state and federal practice. Volumes 1 – 10A include countless subject specific interrogatory forms contributed by attorneys who have prepared and used them in their practices. Each interrogatory is focused on a single, concise question to "safeguard against evasiveness in answers." Interrogatories are grouped into chapters by subject, with subjects arranged alphabetically. Chapters begin with a scope note providing a brief analysis of the topic, along with references to related subject chapters and to other treatises. Table of contents for individual chapters include detailed entries for each sample form, for easy browsing; volume 10A includes an index to forms.

Volumes 11-17 focus on discovery practice with full coverage of federal discovery law and related state laws, along with practice forms. Noteworthy chapters include those on Civil Rule 26 duty to disclose, medical discovery, depositions, criminal discovery, FOIA, and e-discovery. Individual chapters include bibliographic guides for further research. Volume 12a contains case digests on entry on land and on the production and inspection of documents and things. The set includes charts comparing the discovery rules of the 50 states with federal discovery rules and state rules at variance with federal rules. Volume 17 includes an index to the practice volumes. Bender's Forms of Discovery is available for checkout from the Wisconsin State Law Library.

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Odds 'n' Endings – Carol Hassler

It's hard not to have a conversation these days without bringing up the 2012 drought affecting much of central and southern Wisconsin. While many rely on websites like the U.S. Drought Monitor for updates on its severity, NASA's Earth Observatory put together an image displaying vegetation anomalies for late June through early July which gives a fresh appreciation for how drought is affecting the ecosystem. In response, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has put together a page on disaster and drought assistance, with designated disaster areas and information for those affected.

Books that shaped Wisconsin

The Library of Congress recently came out with a list of Books that shaped America. The list isn't necessarily a compilation of "best" books, but is instead intended to spark a national conversation on books written by Americans that have influenced our lives. After you've learned about the books on the list, you can participate online and make your own suggestions for important books.

Which books by Wisconsin authors have influenced our state or your own life? There are a number of Wisconsin author lists online. Check out some of those listed below and share your thoughts on our Facebook or Google+ pages.

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