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New in HeinOnline: State Constitutions Illustrated - Amy Crowder

HeinOnline's new collection is a tremendous resource for state constitutional law and political history researchers. State Constitutions Illustrated contains current and historic constitutions of the fifty states of the United States along with an extensive collection of documents and primary sources from before statehood. The collection contains nearly 10,000 documents!

Researchers can view several editions of each state's constitutions from multiple sources. For Wisconsin, find the 1848 constitution in force from three different publications, as well as the rejected 1846 constitution. Amendments dating from 1897 through 2015 are included and Hein will update the most current state constitution each time it is amended. In addition, other related works are easily found within each state's page. Wisconsin's related sources include journals of the 1846 and 1848 convention, the Constitutional Series by Milo M. Quaife, and territorial documents.

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The original thirteen states' materials include letter patents, royal and proprietary instructions, treaties, letters and agreements, and laws of proprietary and royal colonial legislatures. Other state collections include treaties, federal acts relating to specific territories, territorial laws of the governors and legislatures, letters and agreements, and federal organic and enabling acts.

Browse this collection by state or use the Constitution Search to choose from custom facets such as adoption or effective date, section author, and more.

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To learn more about the State Constitutions Illustrated database, including tips on Hein's new Venn diagram searching, read HeinOnline's LibGuide. As always, you can also ask one of our reference librarians for assistance.

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December Open House

Schedule a breather in your busy schedule for our open house on Wednesday, December 18. From 3:00 to 4:30 in the David T. Prosser Jr. Library, enjoy refreshments in our beautiful reading room. Back by popular demand, we'll have card and party games on hand to pass the time and break the ice. You can also try your estimation skills at our candy jar guessing game for a chance to win a water bottle full of treats!

open house

Wednesday, December 18
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Reading Room
David T. Prosser Jr. State Law Library
120 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

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New Books - Kari Zelinka

New Edition! The Foreclosure Survival Guide: Keep Your House or Walk Away with Money in Your Pocket, by Amy Loftsgordon and Cara O'Neill, 2019
Call Number: KF 697 .F6 E43 2019

This new edition walks through the decision to stay in a house or foreclose on it. The authors explore both the emotional and economical factors to deciding to foreclose on a home. They provide information on fighting foreclosure in court, amount of time a person can stay in their house for free, and how bankruptcy affects foreclosure.

The appendix has state rules at a glance and is a great place to get some quick information. Find out about:

  • Deficiency judgments
  • Reinstatement of loan before sale
  • Redemption after sale
  • Cash exempted in bankruptcy
  • Notice to leave after house is sold
  • Foreclosure statutes

New Edition! Student Loan Law, by Deanne Loonin, 2019
Call Number: KF 4235 .L65 2019

Student loan debt affects millions of Americans. Although an early chapter in this book covers the basic terms and conditions of taking out a federal student loan, this book may be more useful for individuals facing sizable loans to repay, or their representatives. This text provides information on the rights of student loan debtors including repayment plans, income-contingent loan consolidations, and loan rehabilitation. Start with this book to educate yourself or your client on the law regarding student loan debt.

Topics include

  • Postponing Repayment On Federal Student Loans
  • Implications of Student Loan Defaults
  • Seizures of Income and Assets to Collect Federal Student Loans
  • Statutory Discharges of Federal Student Loans
  • Discharging Student Loans in Bankruptcy
  • Private Student Loans
  • Predatory and For-Profit School Issues
  • Affirmative Litigation Involving Student Loans and Schools

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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

Easily access stock prices on Google

Google makes quick work of finding current and historical stock prices. With just a few keystrokes you can access a wealth of securities data as part of Google Finance. From the Google search page, type in the stock's ticker symbol and search.

If you don't know the ticker symbol, type in the company name and the keyword "stock." A Market Summary will show the day's trade progress with the ability to display historical data, with some datasets going back 40+ years.


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After Hours Signup

Wisconsin-licensed attorneys, you can become an After Hours subscriber and enjoy a full year of library access at times convenient for you. After Hours users can read and check out books, use our public computers and databases - including Westlaw and HeinOnline, scan and email documents, and enjoy a quiet space for research and study.

A calendar-year subscription includes access to the library from 7:00 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. New subscribers will gain access from the time they subscribe to the end of the 2020 calendar year.

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Library News - Carol Hassler

2018 Annual Report

conference photoOur February newsletters have served as an informal annual report for many years, featuring statistics and achievements from the prior year. This year we wrote our first comprehensive annual report, focusing on creating a snapshot of our libraries in 2018.

The  library  of  2018  is  different  in  many  ways  from  the  library  of  1836  however,  what  has  not changed is our commitment to providing legal information. We are proud to serve the Wisconsin Court System, executive, and legislative branches of State government. In addition, we serve local government users, attorneys, legal professionals, librarians, business owners, and more. Our libraries welcome self-represented individuals, members of the public, and students to use our libraries as well. Read our 2018 annual report to learn about some of the ways we have helped Wisconsin residents.

Librarians Reach Out

In early November, Julie Robinson attended the Judicial Conference in Elkhart Lake. Julie had the opportunity to share information about the many services the State Law Library has available to judges including document delivery, legislative history research, and borrowing books by mail. At the library's display table were a number of books from the collection about neuroscience and scientific evidence along with a Neuroscience research guide with other resources and law review articles on the topic.

conference presentationAlso in November, Jaime Healy-Plotkin presented to attorneys, public defenders, and state agency legal staff at the Criminal Defense Conference in Milwaukee. Jaime spoke about the benefits of using the Wisconsin State Law Library. She gave an overview of legal reference assistance, showcased the library's website, and highlighted a number of services available to the attorneys and legal staff in the audience.

We are grateful to law librarian Bev Butula for handing out information about the Wisconsin State Law Library's collections and services at the 2019 Law and Technology Conference in Milwaukee.

The David T. Prosser Jr. Library hosted the November meeting of the Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND), an advisory council to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction ensuring all state citizens have access to library and information services. At this meeting, Jaime Healy-Plotkin, member of COLAND, gave a tour of the library to the members and Department of Public Instruction staff, after a discussion of library and information trends including discontinuing overdue fines at public libraries and a publisher's recent embargo on eBook access.

2020 Classes

Our first CLE credit classes for 2020 are now open for registration. Check our classes page for our current offerings!

Holiday Closures

The David T. Prosser Jr. Library, and Milwaukee and Dane County Law Libraries will be closed on December 24, 25, and 31, and January 1 for state holidays.

We will respond to questions and requests on the next business day. To send a question to the Wisconsin State Law Library while we are closed, you may call us at 608-267-9696 or Ask a Librarian online.

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December Snapshot

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State Archive Preservation Facility Tour
Photos by Carol Hassler, Amy Crowder, Jaime Healy-Plotkin

Clockwise from left: Television film reels are kept in cold storage for long-term preservation; Books are housed by size to maximize storage space; Artifact restoration and preservation; A boat used in the Tommy Bartlett show which pulled the pyramid of water skiers in the 1950's.

Four of our library staff had the opportunity to tour the newly finished State Archive Preservation Facility as part of a state agency librarian meeting. Highlights of the tour of this 189,000 square foot facility included cold storage, historical portraits, artifact examination and treatment rooms, book and print storage, and artifact storage.

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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