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WSLL @ Your Service October 2016

What's New - Kristina Martinez

Fall Classes at WSLL

Have you signed up for a fall class yet? The Wisconsin State Law Library is offering a number of new classes, including “What's New on Westlaw” and “Wisconsin Briefs Online”. Check our Classes page for more information about each class and to register.

WSLL at the Sheboygan Bar Association Meeting

Kristina Martinez, Outreach Services Librarian, led a class on the WSLL website for the Sheboygan Bar Association meeting held at Blue Harbor Resort on September 13th. She shared information on the Wisconsin State Law Library and library resources.

Pictured: Julie Tessmer stands with  GPO librarian Ashley Dahlen

Pictured: Blue Harbor Resort, site of the Sheboygan Bar Association meeting
State Law Librarian Julie Tessmer and GPO Outreach Librarian Ashley Dahlen

U.S. Government Publishing Office Visits WSLL

The Wisconsin State Law Library was visited by the U.S. Government Publishing Office's Outreach Librarian, Ashley Dahlen. The Wisconsin State Law Library is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program which allows free and public access to government information.

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This Just In - Pete Boll

New Edition!

Paralegal Ethics Handbook, 2016-17 edition, by Ellen Lockwood
Thomson Reuters, 2016
Call Number: KF 320.L4 P39

The Paralegal Ethics Handbook is a resource for all paralegals that addresses ethical considerations for 17 practice areas, as well as considerations for in-house, corporate, freelance, administrative, governmental, and regulatory law paralegals. This edition address issues such as:

  • Defining ethics, ethical obligations, and remaining ethical
  • Ethical considerations for e-filing, e-discovery, and technology
  • Resources for state information and paralegal association ethics canons
  • Rules and regulations for all 50 states and Washington D.C
  • How to determine whether an action may be an ethical violation

New Edition!

Wisconsin Wages and Hours Handbook, 4th edition, by James J. Chiolino
State Bar of Wisconsin, 2016
Call Number: KFW 2734 .D46 2016

Compensation is at the heart of the employment relationship. This handy one volume handbook can help navigate the complex laws and regulations governing compensation in the areas of:

  • Compensable work hours
  • Calculating overtime
  • Exempt vs. nonexempt status for overtime
  • Permissible and impermissible payroll deductions
  • Recourse for employees who are not paid properly or on time
  • Special rules for migrant and seasonal workers

The newly revised fourth edition incorporates discussion of important new legal developments, including:

  • A challenge to the federal minimum wage and overtime requirements extended to home care workers
  • A Wisconsin Supreme Court decision on whether employee time spent changing into and out of sanitary and protective clothing is compensable time
  • A U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division interpretation of joint employment
  • Elimination of Wisconsin's prevailing wage requirements applicable to local governmental units effective January 1, 2017

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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 - Heidi Yelk

Google Docs

Google Docs is a free (and powerful) application that allows users to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations that are stored in the Cloud and can be shared, edited, and accessed from anywhere. For beginners, if you have a Gmail account then you have a Google account which means you have access to all the tools Google offers, such as Google Docs. Here are three stand-out features of Google Docs worth trying:

Document conversion: Google Docs allows you to upload PDFs, JPGs, PNGs and GIFs and convert the file to “docs” format. This allows for editing and formatting changes. You can also make the document searchable.

Collaboration: More than one user can work on a Google Document at a time. That means real-time editing and discussion can take place online.

Research Panel: While composing a document, you can conduct web research and add hyperlinks and footnotes to your document with just a click of the mouse. To open the research panel from a Google Doc, go to the Tools menu and choose Explore. This will open a frame to the right with a Google search box. Each hit from web results has an option to "insert link" or "cite." Links or citations are automatically added to the document on the left.

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Open up the research panel to search the internet while editing your document.

Can lawyers use tools such as Google Docs without violating ethics rules? Check out this state-by-state survey by the ABA: Cloud Ethics Opinions Around the U.S.

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WSLL Recommends: Commercial Leases - Amy Crowder

When drafting a commercial lease agreement, entering into a new lease, or challenging provisions of a lease, you want access to authoritative sources. Start your research with our Commercial Lease guide Our Start Here guides are quick lists of informative materials in the library's print and online collections. Everything listed in this guide is available at the Wisconsin State Law Library and can be checked out with one of our library cards.

screenshot of commercial lease research guide handout


Commercial Lease Formbook
KF 593 .C6 C63 2010
American Bar Association

Commercial Retail Leases and Outlot Purchases: A Practitioner's Guide to Forms and Provisions
KF 593 .C6 D35 2014
Mark Dall and Noble C. Hatfield
American Bar Association

Friedman on Leases
KF 590 .F745
Milton R. Friedman
Practising Law Institute

The Lawyer's Uncommon Guide to Commercial Leasing
KF 593 .C6 S2584 2014
Sidney G. Saltz
American Bar Association

The Sublease and Assignment Deskbook
KF593 .C6 S83 2013
American Bar Association


American Jurisprudence Legal Forms
KF 170 .A542
Thomson Reuters
Available on Westlaw

Commercial Lease Formbook
KF 593 .C6 C63 2010
American Bar Association

Commercial Retail Leases and Outlot Purchases: A Practitioner's Guide to Forms and Provisions
KF 593 .C6 D35 2014
Mark Dall and Noble C. Hatfield
American Bar Association

Warrens Forms of Agreement: Business Forms
KF 170 .W3

West's Legal Form
KF 170 .W43
Thomson Reuters
Available on Westlaw

Wisconsin Legal Forms
Thomson Reuters
Available on Westlaw

You can find more Start Here guides on our website.

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Odds 'n' Endings - Kristina Martinez & Carol Hassler

Where Are Our Users?

This past September we celebrated Library Sign-Up Month encouraging users to sign up for a library card. Library card holders can check out library materials from any of our three libraries and sign in to online databases to research primary law, legal news, and articles. You can sign up online for a library card, or call 608-266-1600 for a replacement card.

Do you live out of state? Attorneys licensed in Wisconsin are eligible for library cards. In fact, we have a number of library card holders outside of Wisconsin, including Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Ohio. See the map below for more details.

Learn more on our Library Card Sign-Up page and find out what a Wisconsin State Law Library card can do for you.

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