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U.S. Supreme Court Research on Bloomberg Law – Carol Hassler

Bloomberg Law is a source for legal analysis and docket research, available to users at the David T. Prosser Jr. Library in Madison. Last year we added this resource to our library's database collection and introduced readers to state and federal docket research using Bloomberg Law.

Filter by court

To enhance Supreme Court research, use "U.S. Supreme Court" as a filter in several of Bloomberg Law's interpretive tools. For example, the Points of Law search tool tracks language central to a court's reasoning. Narrow a Points of Law search by court type to see key analysis from the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Supreme Court Today

The Litigation Intelligence Center offers a quick way to search court opinions and dockets, but it also is a gateway for two helpful tools.

The Supreme Court Today Tracker helps researchers sort through pending U.S. Supreme Court cases, allowing users to filter by factors like case status (e.g. final or filed) or topic. United States Law Week provides in-depth analysis of major court cases throughout the country.

Supreme Court Today

U.S. Law Week

U.S. Law Week is a helpful research tool for tracking and understanding U.S. Supreme Court cases. To read news about a specific jurisdiction, use the filter near the top to limit articles by court.


Additional filters allow researchers to narrow results by topic, article type, federal law, and more.

Bloomberg Law's analysis and tracking features provide a unique view of U.S. Supreme Court opinions and pending cases. Use Bloomberg Law at the David T. Prosser Jr. Library, and ask a librarian if you need help.

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New Books – Kari Zelinka

New Book! American Indian Law in a Nutshell, 7th edition, by William C. Canby, Jr.
Call Number: KF 8205 .C36 2020

This updated edition is an excellent introduction to American Indian Law, suited for attorneys or law students. William Canby Jr. discusses American Indian law and the underlying governmental policies that affect it. He covers the historical development of federal law as well as recent matters such as gaming, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and the enforcement of treaty rights. To gain an understanding of multiple jurisdictions and authorities surrounding American Indian Law, check this book out today!

Chapters include:

  • Historical Overview of Federal American Indian Law and Policy
  • The Relationship Between the Federal Government and the Tribes
  • Tribal Governments
  • Criminal and Civil Jurisdiction
  • Taxation and Regulation
  • Gaming
  • Individual Rights and American Indian Law
  • Water Rights
  • Hunting and Fishing Rights

New Book! The Law of Regulated Gambling: a Practical Guide for Business Lawyers, edited by Keith Miller
Call Number:  KF 3992.A75 L29 2020

Gaming law questions may arise in your everyday practice. Perhaps a high school booster club has questions about a raffle or the creditor of a casino owner has filed for reorganization and there are questions about how this affects the casino in the midst of the proceeding. If you need a primer on gambling law in the United States, start with this book! The authors give a brief history of gambling so you can understand how it started and see its growth into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today.

Chapters include:

  • The Basics of Gaming Regulation
  • Corporate Reorganizations, Bankruptcy, and Restructuring
  • Gaming Contracts
  • Problem Gambling and the Business Lawyer
  • Tribal Gaming
  • Internet Gambling
  • State Lotteries
  • Sports Betting in the United States

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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

If you've ever grappled with unwanted formatting in Microsoft Word, you may not know about "Clear Formatting." This tool is a "Get out of Jail Free" card - scrubbing past formatting errors from your document and allowing you to start fresh. Simply highlight the problem area or text in your document and then click the "Clear Formatting" button, found under the Home tab.


This tool will remove styles, text effects, and font formatting. If you clear formatting and immediately regret it, simply click the "Undo" button (keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Z).

For more help with Word, see:  Common Microsoft Word Formatting Mistakes and How to Fix Them (legalfuel.com); 4 Anger Management Tips for Microsoft Word Users (sisira.com) and Stop Fussing with Word Formatting Issues (findlaw.com).

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Library News – Carol Hassler

Amy Crowder

New Wisconsin State Law Librarian

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Crowder as the Wisconsin State Law Librarian. Amy has been with the library since 1994 and most recently served as Deputy Law Librarian, a position she has held since 2012.

Amy has extensive professional experience in collection development and management, system administration of the library's integrated library system, reference and research assistance, staff supervision, budgeting, and strategic planning. Amy's educational background includes a bachelor's degree in English and History and Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She was recently awarded the 2019 Unsung Heroes award from the Wisconsin Law Journal.

Congratulations, Amy!

Julie Tessmer Robinson Retires

Julie Tessmer Robinson will be retiring from the Law Library after 38 years, having served the last eight years as the State Law Librarian. Julie and her husband Sam will be moving to Yokosuka, Japan where Sam will be stationed with the United States Navy. We all thank Julie for her years of dedicated service to the Law Library and wish her the best of luck in her retirement!

National Library Week

This year's theme for National Library Week is "Find your place at the library." In April, we'll be featuring professional development resources and ideas to help legal professionals find their place in the law profession, using resources from the State Law Library.

We're pleased to offer a new presentation during National Library Week. Attorney Ethics Issues in "My Cousin Vinny" is presented by Tim Kiefer. Attorney Kiefer offered this popular presentation last year and we are pleased to host this session next month.

Attorney Ethics Issues in "My Cousin Vinny"
Presented by: Attorney Tim Kiefer
Wednesday, April 22, Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: David T. Prosser Jr. Library rare book room

"My Cousin Vinny," a 1992 movie about two New Yorkers wrongly charged with murder in small town Alabama, has long outlasted its origins as a simple comedy. The film not only won an Academy Award, but also has become a source for legal education. The movie has been cited by a number of appellate decisions, and was named by the American Bar Association to its list of "the 25 greatest legal movies."  Join Attorney Tim Kiefer for a presentation of attorney ethics issues presented in the movie. This ethics CLE will include clips from the film, and an interactive discussion.
FREE. 1 CLE Ethics credit. Register Online | Print Registration Form

Spring Classes

Space is still available in our spring Westlaw classes, offered in Madison and Milwaukee. Learn more and register from our Classes page.

We recently added an afternoon session of Public Records, a one hour CLE credit class offered in Milwaukee on Thursday, March 19. Register for this class by calling 414-278-4900 or send an email mcll.ref@wicourts.gov.

Public Records
Thursday, March 19, 2 - 3 p.m.
Location: Conference Room 2A. Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

Get an overview of the history of Wisconsin's public records law, understand top research sources, and learn where to find public records on individuals and businesses. Discover business entity records, liens, real estate records, and more. We'll help you find online and offline government agency sources for commonly-sought Wisconsin public records.
FREE. 1 CLE credit.

Librarians Reach Out

Carol Hassler, Web Services Librarian, will offer two legal research webinars to librarians through the South Central Library System. Librarians can learn more and register using the links below.

Public Records: Research Tips and Tricks
Thursday, April 16, 10 – 11 a.m.
Learn more and register

Embrace your inner government information nerd! Get an overview of the history of Wisconsin's public records law, understand top research sources, and learn where to find public records on individuals and businesses. Discover business entity records, liens, real estate records, and more. We'll help you find online and offline government agency sources for commonly-sought Wisconsin public records.

Understanding the Wisconsin Circuit Court Records Website
Thursday, April 23, 10 – 11 a.m.
Learn more and register

CCAP is the popular nickname for the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access (WCCA) website, which provides information about circuit court cases in Wisconsin. Learn what's in WCCA and gets tips for creating successful searches. This session will also discuss common questions library users may ask about the database.

State Law Librarian Julie Robinson presented at the 2020 Wisconsin Court System Clerks' Institute on February 20th. Julie gave an overview of the resources available at our three libraries and on our website. She also highlighted the County Legal Resources section on the website and the flyers and bookmarks that Clerks of Court can give to members of the public who are trying to learn more about a legal issue.

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Julie Robinson presents at the Wisconsin Court System Clerk's Institute

On February 26th, Amy Crowder and Heidi Yelk attended the Grand Opening of the free Legal Clinic at Madison College. The event included a panel discussion moderated by Honorable Brian Blanchard and with panelists from the Neighborhood Law Clinic, Legal Action of Wisconsin, Madison College, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, and Joining Forces for Families.

Recognizing the History of Wisconsin Black Lawyers

On February 25 we were pleased to host a celebration of trailblazing African-American attorneys in the David T. Prosser Jr. Library rare book room. The event, The History of Wisconsin's Black Lawyers, featured speakers including Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler and Celia Jackson of the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers. Celia Jackson presented Chief Justice Patience Roggensack and State Law Librarian Julie Tessmer Robinson with copies of The History of Wisconsin's Black Lawyers 2019, to add to library collections.

Additional remarks were given by Marquette University Law Dean Joseph Kearney, University of Wisconsin Law Dean Margaret Raymond, State Bar of Wisconsin President Jill Kastner, and was moderated by Judge Carl Ashley.

During the event, participants were able to pick up a copy of the new book, The History of Wisconsin's Black Lawyers 2019. The book includes biographies of several African-American lawyers from the late nineteenth century through the 1960s, a history of the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers, and a roster of Wisconsin's black lawyers from 1888 through 2019.

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March Snapshot

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The History of Wisconsin's Black Lawyers
Photo by Carol Hassler

Celia Jackson, with the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers, presents Chief Justice Patience Roggensack and State Law Librarian Julie Tessmer Robinson with copies of The History of Wisconsin's Black Lawyers 2019, to add to library collections.

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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