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WSLL @ Your Service January 2017

What's New - Kristina Martinez

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Happy New Year! In 2017 we hope to improve our newsletter by creating content that best suits you, our reader. Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey so that we may focus our efforts in the new year.

Sock Drive and Holiday Open House

On December 13th we hosted our annual Holiday Open House. We are continuing our sock drive to benefit the Community Action Coalition (CAC). Items of all sizes for adults and children are welcome through January 15. All donations will be taken to CAC for distribution to people in our community.

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2017 Classes

New CLE classes are scheduled through spring for both the Milwaukee County Law Library and the Wisconsin State Law Library. Brush up on legislative history or attend a class on Westlaw. Sign up today!

After Hours Access

Start your new year off right by subscribing to the Library's After Hours Service. With After Hours, patrons can 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 before and after our normal business hours Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays,with a key fob for convenient entry into the building. Subscribers will gain access from the time they subscribe to the end of the 2017 calendar year. Visit the After Hours Service page for more details or subscribe now or renew for a full year's access.

Library Closures

All three library locations will be closed on Monday, January 16th. Call the Reference Desk at 608-267-9696 and leave a voicemail, or Ask a Librarian online while we are closed. We will respond to you the next business day.

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This Just In - Pete Boll

New Edition!
Accountants' Liability, Second edition, Christopher M. Cutler and Thomas Arnold.
Practicing Law Institute, 2016
Call Number: KF 2920.3 A93

This useful one volume guide covers the liability exposure of accountants in a post Sarbanes-Oxley Act regulatory environment in order to assist professionals in meeting their responsibilities in complying with relevant rules, standards, and regulations.
Also included are specific strategies and knowledge needed to prosecute (or defend) claims against accountants in the areas of:

  • Breach of contract
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Negligence
  • Securities claim fraud
  • Common law fraud
  • Practice and ethical violations

New Title!
Ten Great American Trials: Lessons in Advocacy, Glenn C. Altschuler and Faust F. Rossi.
American Bar Association, 2016
Call Number: KF 220 .A48 2016

Much has changed since the publication of the first edition, particularly as the power of technology continues to open up new possibilities in e-commerce, marketing, communication, and social interactions. This new edition addresses the latest in a rapidly evolving and dynamic area of law. Topics covered include:

  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Notice Obligations of Financial Institutions
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's first data security enforcement action
  • FTC privacy enforcement actions including recent $100 million LifeLock settlement
  • State privacy laws including student data privacy legislation
  • International privacy including the EU's General Data Protection Regulation

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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

Archiving the Obama Administration

As Washington D.C. readies for a new president, librarians and archivists are busy behind the scenes preserving a wealth of digital content created by the Obama Administration.

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The first transition of whitehouse.gov took place in 2001, shortly after George W. Bush took office. According to an article in Library Journal, the first transition in the Internet age was almost an afterthought. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) took steps to preserve the Clinton website but gave federal agencies just two weeks notice to preserve their own websites prior to the inauguration.

Today, website archiving is routine. In October, President Obama announced a transition plan for his Whitehouse.gov content and related social media. (Ironically, the blog post does not include a permanent link so after January 20, 2017, this linked document may or may not be readily accessible.) Like Presidents Clinton and Bush, the Obama Whitehouse website will be archived by NARA at a new URL: https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov. Similar URLs have been reserved for Obama's vast social media presence. (Instagram.com/ObamaWhiteHouse and Facebook.com/ObamaWhiteHouse) The Twitter handle @POTUS will be transitioned to President-elect Trump and a new handle @POTUS44 will be managed by NARA, to include all of President Obama's archived tweets.

In addition, projects such as the Internet Archive and Electronic Research Collections continue to capture or host prior versions of government websites.

As with any content on the Internet: it's there, until it isn't. If you are seeking a government document that has moved or disappeared, don't spin your wheels - contact the Reference Desk. We will do the digging for you.

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WSLL Recommends: International family law desk book

Cross border family issues can be a complex mix of treaties, uniform acts, case law, and local laws. The International family law desk book, by attorney Ann Laquer Estin, discusses transnational litigation, marriage, divorce, parental rights, custody, child support, adoption, and child welfare.

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Each chapter provides an overview of the subject area and relevant laws and treaties, with a focus on transnational family issues in the United States. Highlights include

  • International judicial assistance, service of process, and discovery
  • Enforcing judgments
  • Marital consent and prohibitions
  • Parallel divorce proceedings
  • Marital agreements and financial or property orders
  • Child custody and access rights
  • Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)
  • International child abduction
  • Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA)
  • Adoption procedures from Hague Convention countries and non-Convention countries
  • Children's immigration issues

The International family law desk book is available for checkout from the Wisconsin State Law Library.

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Odds 'n' Endings - Amy Crowder

New Federal Legislative Histories

Two new federal legislative histories have been added to the expansive U.S. Federal Legislative History Library collection:

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015: A Legislative History of Public Law No. 114-113 Division Q.

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Enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, this Act eases tax burdens on businesses and individual tax payers by making several temporary tax provisions permanent. It also contains reforms for IRS administration and U.S. Tax Court procedures. The legislative history includes bill versions, related bills that were incorporated into the Act, related hearings and reports, Government Accountability Office reports, and the text of the law.

Legislative Histories of Cybersecurity Laws Enacted by the 113th and 114th Congresses.

This source is a compilation of eight cybersecurity-related acts enacted in 2014 and 2015: Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act, Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014, National Cybersecurity Protection Act of 2014, Federal Information Security Modernization Act, and four more acts grouped into the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. The legislative history includes legislative chronology, text of the Acts, bill versions, related bills, committee reports, congressional debates and hearings, GAO reports, and presidential materials.

HeinOnline's U.S. Federal Legislative History Library contains more than 2,400 titles on all major public laws. In addition, the collection contains the award-winning Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories database which aids users in finding compiled histories, law review articles and books pertaining to public laws dating back to the 1st Congress. Authorized library card holders and visitors to our libraries can use the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library collection through the library's subscription to HeinOnline.

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