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WSLL @ Your Service January 2016


What's New - Carol Hassler

statue of lady justice surrounded by mittens and hats

Lynne Gehrke is an Unsung Hero

Branch Librarian Lynne Gehrke was recently honored at the 2015 Wisconsin Law Journal Unsung Heroes awards. Lynne has headed the Milwaukee County Law Library since 2010 and shepherded the library through three location changes within the courthouse. Over the years, Lynne built great working relationships with court staff which directly improves staff's ability to help everyone who uses the law library. We're very happy to see her work recognized. Congratulations, Lynne!

Donate Hats and Mittens

This year we are reprising our Helping Warm Hearts and Hands mitten and hat donation drive. The drive benefits Community Action Coalition (CAC). Through January 15, 2016 the State Law Library will accept donated mittens, hats, and scarves. Items of all sizes for adults and children are welcome. All donations will be taken to CAC for distribution to people in our community who need winter wear.

After Hours Subscription

Start your new year off right by subscribing to the library's After Hours service. With After Hours, use the State Law Library in the evening and on weekends. Check out books, use public computers and databases, make copies, and enjoy a quiet space for work and research.

A calendar-year subscription includes access to the library from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and a key fob for convenient entry into the building. Subscribers will gain access from the time they subscribe to the end of the 2016 calendar year. Subscribe now or renew for a full year's access.

2016 Classes

In January get a primer on legislative research history in our first webinar of the year or attend two great Westlaw classes in Milwaukee. New CLE classes are scheduled through spring. Sign up today!

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New Library Card - Carol Hassler

We are happy to announce our newly redesigned library card. Last updated over 5 years ago, the new design embraces the bold blue and rose of our new brochure. Contact information for all three libraries and an easily remembered website address helps new cardholders quickly get the information they need. The back signature panel pays homage to our Wisconsin-focused collection with books like the History of the Bench and Bar in Wisconsin and Story of a Great Court visible above the barcode label.

So how do you get one of these new cards in your pocket? Stop by any library to request a new card. If you've never had a library card or you lost your card, you can easily fill out our online application to get a new one through the mail.

Library card front with logo and library names and phone numberslibrary card back with book spines and barcode image

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This Just In - Pete Boll

New Title! Professionals, Firms, and Fraud: Defending Professionals Against Liability for Client Fraud, by Craig D. Singer
American Bar Association, 2015
Call Number: KF 1271 .S58 2015

Washington D.C. attorney Craig Singer surveys the law on claims and defenses that may arise in a client fraud scenario. Singer's latest work focuses on defenses and other strategies to help professional firms manage these events. Each of the chapters is devoted to claims against professionals of a discrete type or from a distinct source, including:

  • Client's trustee or receiver
  • Non-clients under securities and racketeering statutes
  • Non-clients under common law
  • Co-defendants and other potentially responsible parties

New Title! Fracking: Law and Policy, by Mark Guralnick
Wolters Kluwer Law and Business, 2016
Call Number: KF 1849 .G87 2016

Fracking is a complex issue that impacts many areas of law. Guralnick examines current law and public policy issues related to fracking. This practice-oriented resource covers Federal statutes and regulations, the science of fracking, theories of liability, insurance, worker safety, mineral rights, and more.

Get discussions of:

  • Jurisdictional issues
  • Steps involved in taking a fracking case to trial
  • Sample pleadings and discovery forms
  • Industry reporting of chemicals, profits, and accidents
  • Corporate and shareholder best practices
  • Analysis of future fracking issues

New Titles RSS Feed
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 - Heidi Yelk

California photo of drone operator with drone near Pacific Ocean

Did Santa forget to register that drone he brought you for Christmas? Drone (or Unmanned Aircraft Systems UAS) registration is well underway, having started December 21, 2015. The Federal Aviation Administration provides online registration and information. Note that smaller drones do not require registration. This information sheet provides examples of drones requiring and not requiring registration. Owners who register before January 20 will have the $5.00 registration fee refunded.

The UAS page from the FAA provides in-depth information for anyone conducting research on drone use. In addition to safety guidelines for hobbyists the site includes regulations and policies and FOIA responses from government agencies that are using drones.

For information on states that have enacted drone legislation, see NCSL's Current Unmanned Aircraft State Law Landscape.

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WSLL Recommends: Uber, Lyft & Rideshare Program Resources

As ridesharing becomes more popular, the need to research these services grows. This resource list is current as of January 2016.

Uber Sidecar Lyft

General Information


Local Ordinances

  • Under 2015 Wisconsin Act 16 no city, village, town, or county may enact an ordinance regulating a transportation network company or its drivers or vehicles. See this Legislative Council memo for more information. There is an exception for airport use.


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