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WSLL @ Your Service March 2019


Keep Up-To-Date with Bloomberg Law: Tax Practice Center - Amy Crowder

The Bloomberg Law Tax Practice Center gathers Bloomberg BNA resources in one website. It's a great way to keep current with federal and state tax law developments. The Center provides easy access to expert analysis, news and journals, statutes and regulations, case law, agency documents, and practice tools.

Bloomberg Tax Center

Daily Tax Report, News & Journals

Bloomberg Law provides the Daily Tax Report, a compilation of news, tax developments, and BNA Insights articles, with in-depth analysis by tax professionals. The Daily Tax Report: State, located under the 'State' tab, covers state and local tax news. Both the state and federal daily reports can be filtered by topic area and are keyword searchable.

Tax News

The Federal Tax Development Tracker captures developments in case law, legislation, regulations, and administrative documents. Each entry provides a summary, cites to IRC sections, and links to the source document. The State Tax Developments Tracker does the same for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Portfolio number search

Tax Reform Watch, Guidance, and Roadmaps

The Tax Reform section of the Tax Practice Center focuses on Public Law 115-97, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Find news, industry reports, 'Roadmaps', and other guidance. Practice tools and sample client letters on topics such as estate tax, opportunity zones, tax-exempt organizations, compensation planning, and more are also provided.  

Tax Management Portfolios

The same valuable Tax Management Portfolios that can be found in our print collection are available full-text in Bloomberg Law. The Tax Practice Center makes it easy to search by portfolio number or title. You can also browse the portfolio collection index by topic or Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section. Relevant Tax Management Portfolios will also appear under citing documents when searching case law or other primary sources within Bloomberg Law. The Portfolios are continually updated.

Quickly get to all of these resources by browsing or searching for the "Tax Practice Center," then searching from there.

Visit the David T. Prosser Jr. Library to use Bloomberg Law's Tax Practice Center to keep up-to-date with your tax law research.

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New Books – Kari Zelinka

New Edition! Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration, 13th edition, by George D. Pozgar
Call Number: KF 3821 .P69 2018

Legal issues, government regulation, and health care reform motivate health care providers to constantly change to meet the needs of their patients. The latest edition of this classic text of health care law includes new case studies and news clippings in each chapter to bring it up to date. The author has over forty years of experience in health care as an administrator, consultant, and surveyor across 650 hospitals. This new edition of Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration will refresh your knowledge in this area of law.

Topics include:

  • Tort Law – Negligence
  • Intentional Torts
  • Tort Reform and Risk Reduction
  • Criminal Aspects of Health Care
  • Information Management and Patient Records
  • Healthcare Ethics and End of Life Issues
  • Procreation and Ethical Dilemmas
  • Legal Reporting Requirements
  • Professional Liability Insurance

New Book! Advising the Evolving Family, by Christopher S. Krimmer and others
Call Number:  KFW 2811.5 .H64 A38 2018

This book, published by the State Bar of Wisconsin, expands on Sexual Orientation and the Law. Advising the Evolving Family looks at how all unmarried couples are affected by the legal landscape in areas like estate planning, family law, relationship termination, adoption and surrogacy, and domestic partnership status and availability. Families have changed over the years and so have their legal challenges. Advising the Evolving Family will help your practice be aware of and resolve legal issues facing today's families.

Chapters include:

  • Family Formation and the Protection for Gay and Lesbian Couples
  • Wisconsin's Domestic Partnership Registries
  • Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples
  • Legal and Equitable Claims and Termination of the Unmarried Relationship

new book shelf
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

Decluttering Cords

phone cord

It must be a rule that for every device owned, there are at least four duplicate charging cables for that device. The car, the office, the kitchen, the living room - cords are everywhere. Most of them work; some of them don't (animals like to chew on things). How do you sort through your tangle of cords, decide what to keep, and deal with what you don't save?

Late last year, CNET came up with this helpful slide show recommending which cords you should keep and which ones you can safely let go. The close-up photos help you to distinguish which cords you own, what they are called, and for what purpose you most likely used them.

Once you have decided what to save and what to toss, how do you dispose of all those cords? If they still work, the obvious choice is to donate to a thrift store. Another idea is to check with your local service clubs or schools to see if they have any need. The Wisconsin DNR provides extensive information on e-cycling options. Also, the EPA has recognized manufacturers and retailers for recycling and reuse efforts. One of the most accessible commercial options to recycle electronic components is Best Buy. The company's recycling page provides detailed information on how it works.

Decluttering your electronic accessories may seem like a monumental task, but these resources can help you to find guidance and disposal options near you.

Image by O12 on Pixabay

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Library News – Carol Hassler

Celebrating community with National Library Week

With the promise of spring in sight, it's time to mark your calendars for National Library Week, April 8-12. This year we're reflecting on our role in Wisconsin's legal community, and talking about services that can help you to tackle your legal research questions.

Stop by the David T. Prosser Jr. Library for refreshments on Tuesday and Thursday, and stay for our Public Records and Dig in to Dockets and Court Documents classes. Register now for our CLE-credit classes and follow us on social media for updates about how the library can serve you – members of Wisconsin's legal community.

Watch our blog and newsletter for more updates! And thanks for being a member of our community.

National Library Week April 8-12

Welcome Beth Bland!

We are very excited to welcome Beth Bland to the team at the Milwaukee County Law Library. Beth comes to us with nearly 20 years of private law firm experience. She is an expert legal researcher who is looking forward to putting her skills to work in public service. Welcome, Beth!

Librarians reach out

Librarians Jaime Healy-Plotkin and Carol Hassler will be presenting "It's a Trap! How to Avoid Giving Legal Advice in Reference Services" at the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians (WAAL) conference on Thursday, April 18th from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Will you be attending? Come and ask us your questions! We'd love to see you there.

Staff recently attended presentations hosted by the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin, and learned about how to craft effective presentations and print design strategies. We walked away with new ideas to refresh our own outreach efforts and materials.

Upcoming classes

Register now for our March and April classes. Learn more about each CLE opportunity on our classes page.


Books Unbound / Fastcase
Thursday, April 4, Noon – 1 p.m.


New Features on Westlaw
Tuesday, March 19, Noon – 1 p.m.

Introduction to Westlaw
Tuesday, April 16, Noon - 1 p.m.

Don't miss our National Library Week double feature offered on both Monday, April 8 and Thursday April 11. Come for one or both CLE classes!

Public Records
Monday, April 8, 11-Noon
Thursday April 11, Noon – 1 p.m.

Dig in to Dockets and Court Documents
Monday, April 8, 11-Noon
Thursday April 11, Noon – 1 p.m.

Image credit by Pexels on Pixabay

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March Snapshot

Dodge County Courthouse

Dodge County Courthouse

Enjoying the beautiful exterior and detailed interior of the Dodge County Courthouse at sundown.

We are accepting snapshots! Do you have a photo highlighting libraries, attractions or points of historical interest? Send your photo the editor at carol.hassler@wicourts.gov to be included in a future issue.

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