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WSLL @ Your Service March 2014


What's New - Carol Hassler

Industrial camp sanitation notice

Industrial Commission Notices

Recently we cataloged some Wisconsin Industrial Commission notices and orders ranging from 1927 to 1950. This is part of an ongoing project to move materials from our compact storage location to more specialized collections. These materials were moved to our locked case to be shelved with other rare and fragile Wisconsin materials.

Some of the notices we cataloged are oversized poster notices from the 1940's targeting workers in pea and fruit and vegetable canneries, minimum wage regulations for women and minors, hours of labor for women in hotels, and industrial camp sanitation guidelines for those living in work camps.

Affording a glimpse into World War II history, a handful of special order notices from 1941 and 1942 relate to the employment of minors in hotels, restaurants, bowling alleys, and other places. Each of these notices begins with a preface noting the "definite and serious shortage of help due to induction into military service of many of our young men." The orders amend the child labor provisions to allow for the employment of minors in various establishments. As one notes, "such employment...would sensibly ameliorate any labor stringency and materially contribute to the war effort."

Later a series of unemployment compensation updates from the late 1940's discuss the postwar experience and unemployment compensation. Any of these notices may be read in the library by asking a librarian to pull them from the shelf for you.

Upcoming Classes

Now is the time to sign up for spring classes! As part of our National Library Week celebration, two free CLE classes are offered in early April. Don't miss your chance to sign up. Go to our Classes page to learn more - and be sure to check back for new spring classes as they are added.

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This Just In... - Pete Boll

Updated! Criminal Procedure, 3rd Edition (2013-2014 pocket parts), by Wayne R. LaFave et. al.
Thomson Reuters-West, 2007
WSLL Call Number: KF 9619 .L341

Updated for 2014, this seven volume treatise in West's Criminal Practice Series focuses on the criminal procedure patterns used by most states and provides step-by-step guidance through the typical state court criminal justice system. The latest pocket parts feature significant federal and state appellate court decisions affecting topics in the main treatise volumes in the areas of:

  • Detection and investigation of crimes
  • Search and seizure and restrictions
  • Scope and application of the Miranda rule
  • The adversary system and the determination of guilt and innocence
  • The Sixth Amendment
  • Post-conviction reviews
  • Habeus Corpus

New Title! Internet Publishing Perils and Practices: A Compass For Content in The Digital Domain, by John P. Borger, and Steven D. Zansberg, Editors.
American Bar Association, 2013
WSLL Call Number: KF 2750 .I59 2013

This is a good resource for any organization or business that has a website. The speed and ease with which digital information and images can be shared brings up many legal issues.

Internet Publishing Perils and Practices is an accessible tool for those with general legal knowledge who do not encounter this area of law regularly. It explores a wide range of legal issues facing anyone or any company with an online presence: defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, website terms of use, and employer's rights and risks in relation to employees' online conduct, on duty and off.

Full of practical "best practices" tips for practitioners, this book was written by an impressive panel of attorneys from across the country with expertise in areas such as first amendment issues, media law, intellectual property, advertising, e-commerce, data privacy, and other relevant practice areas.

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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

HeinOnline features free case law database

Fastcase and HeinOnline recently joined forces to provide HeinOnline users with seamless access to case law from the Fastcase database. Case law access is within the HeinOnline interface so users do not leave HeinOnline when viewing Fastcase content.

While reading documents within the HeinOnline "Core Collection" (Law Reviews, Legal Classics, US Attorney General Opinions, and more) users will see linked case law highlighted in blue. One click opens the full text of the case in a new browser window.

Link example from HeinOnline

Toggling back to the citing document is a simple matter of closing or minimizing the case law window. It's easy to see how this new feature saves time for researchers and enhances the value of HeinOnline.

In addition to linking to case law, users can use the FastCase tab in HeinOnline as a separate case law library. Cases can be accessed directly by citation.

Fastcase lookup example from HeinOnline

Scope and Coverage

As noted on the Fastcase.com page, "Hein's federal case coverage includes the judicial opinions of the Supreme Court (1754-present), Federal Circuits (1924-present), Board of Tax Appeals (vols. 1-47), Tax Court Memorandum Decisions (vols. 1-59), U.S. Customs Court (vols. 1-70), Board of Immigration Appeals (1996-present), Federal District Courts (1924-present), and Federal Bankruptcy Courts (1 B.R. 1-present). The state case law covers all fifty states with nearly half of the states dating back to the 1800's. Coverage for the remaining states dates back to approximately 1950."

Remote Access with your Library Card

This short video on our tutorial page provides information and instructions on using HeinOnline from your home or office.

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Start Here: Trial Practice

In honor of the National Mock Trial championship taking place in Madison, Wisconsin in May, we put together a Start Here guide to trial practice materials in our library. Start Here guides provide quick topical access to books and videos so visitors can browse the collection with a list of top materials already in hand.


Trial handbook for Wisconsin Lawyers, by Ted Warshafsky
Wisconsin TitleWest's Wisconsin Practice Series
KFW 2930 .W673

Wisconsin trial practice
Wisconsin TitleState Bar of Wisconsin
KFW 2938 .W573

NBI Seminar materials are located at KFW 2938 .A75. These seminars cover trials from a judge's point of view and include several specialized topics throughout.


Much of our trial preparation material is located at KF 8915. However, be sure to look in subject-specific areas of the library for trial help on a particular topic, like Federal court or torts.

American jurisprudence trials
This several set examines many specific litigation areas and case types, and provides sample arguments and forms.
KF 8915 .A74, updated 2014

Goldstein Trial technique
This several volume set comments on essential litigation methods and techniques.
KF 8915 .G63, updated 2014

The how-to-win trial manual: winning trial advocacy in a nutshell, by Ralph Fine
KF 8915 .F56 2011

Trial lawyer: what it takes to win, by David Berg
KF 8915 .B448 2003

Trial techniques and trials, by Thomas A. Mauet
KF 8915 .M381 2013

Nutshell guides

Trial and clinical skills in a nutshell, by Kenney Hegland
KF 8915 .Z9 H43 2005

The first trial: where do I sit? What do I say? in a nutshell, by Steven Goldberg
KF 8915 .Z9 G59 2009


73 Ways to Win: a treasury of litigation tactics and strategies
KF 8915 .S4 2001 DVD + study guide

Advanced cross examination techniques
KF 8920 .P68 A3 2007 DVD

Crafting the winning argument: twelve critical steps to success
KF 8915 .C7 2002 DVD + study guide

Art of Speaking

Crafting and delivering an argument is discussed in many of the general trial practice books on the previous page. Here are a few resources devoted to creating the perfect argument, questioning witnesses, and winning over juries.

Closing arguments: the art and the law, by Jacob Stein
KF 8915 .A7 S743, Updated 2014

Pattern cross examinations
KF 8920 .S56 2011

Questioning techniques and tactics, by Jeffrey L. Kestler
KF 8915 .K47 1999, Updated 2013

Winning the jury: how to be more persuasive, by Kelly Centofani
Wisconsin TitleKFW 2942 .C45 2007


Start Here guides

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WSLL Recommends: Thompson on Real Property

This monthly column highlights a legal research tool, in print and/or electronic format, that is not freely available on the internet. We hope it will increase your knowledge of sources with which you might already be familiar and help to expand your legal research toolkit.

Thompson on Real Property book cover

A comprehensive property law title that contains 100 chapters authored by over 30 legal scholars with subject expertise, Thompson on Real Property is a notable source to begin your property law research. The work begins with the historical origins of property law in England and the development of American property law. It continues with the role of Restatements of Property and Trusts and Uniform and Model Laws relating to property. Numerous property law topics are addressed in the remainder of the work, for instance:

  • Types of tenancies
  • Marital property
  • Rights and duties of landlords and tenants
  • Public housing
  • Agricultural and farm land
  • Water and mineral mights
  • Petroleum and pipelines
  • Airspace
  • Easements
  • Adverse possession
  • Title
  • Conveyances
  • Foreign ownership of land
  • Property law in foreign countries
The publication is thoroughly annotated with citations to primary and secondary sources. Individual topic sections are frequently followed by suggested Lexis "Computer Assisted Research" search strings that can help with your case law searching. The Library has previous editions of Thompson on Real Property, the original 1924 edition and the 1939 edition are shelved in our Compact Storage collection. The current 15 volume set spans three editions: Thomas Edition, Second Thomas and Third Thomas Editions. A detailed table of contents and index is available in volume 15. Thompson on Real Property is supplemented annually with pocket parts. We encourage you to check out Thompson on Real Property.

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