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HeinOnline adds Law Library of Congress Reports – Nate Anderson

Law Library of Congress reports screenshotHeinOnline is our go-to electronic resource for law review articles, but this voluminous full-text database also offers a growing list of specialty document collections.  Some examples:

In May, Hein added its latest collection: Law Library of Congress Reports. These reports include country studies of historical interest and contemporary country surveys of topical legislation. Among the thousands of reports available:

Whether you need an extensive Law Journal Library, or you are conducting research on a niche legal topic, you may find useful material in this database. HeinOnline is available to everyone on our public computers. Library cardholders at law firms or organizations with fewer than 25 lawyers may also log into HeinOnline outside of the library, with their barcode number.

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New Books - Kari Zelinka

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New Edition! Social Media and the Law, by Kathy L. Ossian, 2023 edition
Call Number: KF 390.5 .C6 A176 2023

Social media is complex and touches many areas of our life. The 2023 edition of Social Media and the Law covers issues from privacy to copyright. Employers may want to focus on the chapter on employment and workplace issues so they can better understand how to use social media in hiring and recruitment as well as seeing a list of items to include in a comprehensive social media policy. Copyright lawyers may hone in on the chapters on copyright, trademark and brand protection, which cover fair use, infringement, registration and regulatory framework. Criminal lawyers will find information on identify theft, stalking, online harassment, fraud and online impersonation valuable. 
Other topics include:

  • Protecting user privacy
  • Tagging and facial recognition software
  • Digital millennium copyright act
  • Trademark issues in the social media context
  • Cyberbullying
  • Social media addiction
  • Social media in employment/workplace actions
  • Online communications and third-party postings
  • Crowdfunding
  • Social media bots and fake accounts
  • Role of social media in law enforcement
  • Role of social media at trial
  • Discoverability of social media information

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New Edition! Family Law in Wisconsin: a Forms and Procedures Handbook, 11th edition 2023
Call Number: KFW 2500 .L6 S955

Family Law in Wisconsin: a Forms and Procedures Handbook is full of checklists, outlines and forms that you’ll need when guiding clients through a divorce. Updates in the 11th edition include amendments to portions of SCR 20:1.15 regarding client trust accounts and electronic transactions. The chapter on mediation and arbitration contains two new forms and information on hybrid mediation-arbitration. There is also discussion from a 2022 Wisconsin Court of Appeals opinion discussing when a party who committed battery or abuse has successfully completed treatment. Finally, all the forms in the book have been updated to include gender-neutral language, legal updates and clarifications. Peruse the new edition in the library or check it out today!
Chapters include:

  • Divorce procedures
  • Representation and fee agreements
  • Temporary hearings
  • Discovery and trial preparation
  • Agreements and stipulations
  • Postjudgment actions and support enforcement
  • Tax consequences
  • Retirement benefits
  • Domestic abuse, harassment, and child abuse
  • Mediation and arbitration
  • Reconciliation attempts


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

grayscale optionLow tech (sort of) way to limit smart phone screen time

There are many apps available to limit screen time or limit use of certain social media apps on your smart phone. A quick internet search reveals dozens. But if you wish to cut down on screen time across your entire phone, you may wish to go grayscale. A couple of years ago, a study from Canada’s McGill University found a black and white screen helps reduce the amount of time people spend on their phones.

The release of this study set off a flurry of writers trying grayscale and sharing their experiences. To learn more about this, and understand how to deploy this for yourself, check out the articles below.

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Library News – Carol Hassler

New partnerships

The State Law Library is pleased to partner with Lawyers for Learners, a statewide program that works with colleges across Wisconsin to connect people with free, confidential legal help. The library provides links to the Lawyers for Learners intake form on the library's County Legal Assistance directory. Lawyers for Learners accepts inquiries from throughout the State of Wisconsin and is a helpful resource to library website visitors who are seeking legal advice and clinics.

Last summer class this month

There is still space available in our last summer in-person class! Register for this in-person class by sending an email to Abigail Case (abigail.case@wicourts.gov). Fall webinars have also been added to our Classes page. Check out what’s on deck for the fall, and sign up early!

Summer School - Online Legal Research 101 at the Wisconsin State Law Library
Thursday, July 13, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: David T. Prosser Jr. Library, training room.
This three hour, in-person session includes instruction in using two premium databases offered onsite at the Wisconsin State Law Library -- Westlaw Classic and Lexis Advance. Learn the database interface, case law searching, citation tools, practice area resources and finding secondary sources. The third hour of the class is dedicated to free online case research tools including Google Scholar, Google Books, and wicourts.gov.

Join the library at the AALL conference

Join librarian Carol Hassler at the American Association of Law Libraries annual meeting this month. Carol will be presenting along with Kris Turner (University of Wisconsin Law Library) and Beverly Butula (Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren) in their session, Preserving and Promoting History: Libraries with Long Memories. This program takes a practical focus for how you can position your library as the institution’s memory. Learn how to plan for the materials, tools, and partnerships to best ensure success. The session will take place on Monday, July 17, 2023 at 9:30 EDT.

Recommended book on legal writing

In a recent Wisconsin Law Journal recap of the State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Jill J. Karofsky recommended a book on legal writing to aid the development of oral argument skills. The book, Thinking Like a Writer, is available for checkout at the David T. Prosser Jr. Library in Madison, and can be checked out through our Books by Mail service as well.


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July Snapshot

Horicon Marsh sculptures and brief

Curly and The Hunter

Curly is a 7,000 pound work of art created by Curt Walker of Taylor Studios, IL.  Curly, along with "The Hunter," created by artist Tim Summerville, greet visitors as they enter the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitors Center. 

The Explorium at the Visitor’s Center honors the natural and human history of this 33,000 acre wetland. The human history includes battles over land use and flooding issues related to the local dam, erected around 1845. Construction failures, legislative maneuvers, and ensuing litigation stretched on for many years. A small part of that human history resides here in the library’s briefs collection where you can read the legal arguments submitted to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Zweig v. Horicon Iron Manufacturing Co, 17 Wis. 362 (1863).


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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