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WSLL @ Your Service June 2024

Welcome New Attorneys! - Carol Hassler

For new graduates and experienced attorneys alike, we invite you to use the Wisconsin State Law Library to help your practice. Active members of the State Bar of Wisconsin can apply for a free library card online or at any of our three libraries located in Madison and Milwaukee.

Our online and eBook collections are accessible 24/7 and can be used from your home or office. The Lexis Digital Library is a convenient way to read online versions of many of our print Lexis-published books, as well as current books from other legal publishers. CCH AnswerConnect is a gateway to modern tax publications, opinions, and analysis. Visit our eBooks page to browse the entire collection, or head directly to the book you want to read using links in our catalog.

One-stop service

Our catalog is a great one-stop resource for all the ways you can read a book - whether it's online or in print in our libraries. Get to the catalog through the search box on our home page, or from the Search menu on our site. Select "Books and More" to search the catalog. Head to our catalog to find direct links to online books. For Lexis Digital books, look for a link at the top of the catalog record with the title of the book and a link to Lexis Digital.

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Select the Lexis Digital link to log in with your library card. This link directs you to the book in Lexis Digital or, in the case of a several-volume set, you'll arrive at the entire set of books - which you can search or browse.

Fast and friendly service

We provide our services statewide! For those living or working far from one of our libraries, get remote research assistance and borrow books through the mail, and read eBooks any time with your State Law Library card.

Librarians are available Monday through Friday to help with your research. Call us for help at 608-267-9696, or send an email to wsll.ref@wicourts.gov to get research assistance no matter where you are in the world.

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New Books - Chris Schroeder

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New Edition! Occupational safety and health law handbook, edited by John Surma
KF3570 .O844 2024

The fourth edition of the Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook continues to be an essential resource for both seasoned practitioners and newcomers in the field. Written in clear, easy to understand language, each chapter offers comprehensive insights into the nuances of safety and health law. From navigating OSHA regulations to understanding employer and employee rights, this handbook provides invaluable guidance, making it an important book for anyone tasked with addressing workplace safety concerns.

Topics include:

  • Who is covered under the OSH act
  • Reporting rules for work-related injuries
  • Rights of employers and employees
  • OSHA's primary enforcement tools
  • Criminal enforcement of OSHA standards

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New Edition! Everybody's guide to small claims court, edited by Cara O'Neill
KF8769 .O54 2024

Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court is an important resource for anyone navigating the legal complexities of small claims proceedings. With insights from former judges, it offers practical advice on every phase of the process, from assessing the viability of a case to courtroom presentation and post-trial procedures. Clear explanations, helpful checklists, and a glossary of legal terms make this guide essential for both plaintiffs and defendants seeking to navigate the small claims system confidently and effectively.
Topics include:

  • Writing a demand letter
  • Filing and serving papers
  • Preparing and presenting evidence
  • Mediating a settlement
  • Collecting money when you win

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

Accident and crash data online

Accident reports

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation maintains a statewide database of reportable crash reports for four years from the date of the accident. For a fee, and with specific search criteria, users can obtain a PDF electronic copy of the report. Go to this search page: https://crashreports.wi.gov/

In addition, LexisNexis is a source of accident reports from many law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin, including the cities of Milwaukee, Green Bay, La Crosse, Eau Claire and Kenosha. See this website: https://buycrash.lexisnexisrisk.com/ui/home

Crash data

For crash data dating back to 1994, see the Wisconsin Traffic Operations and Safety (TOPS) Laboratory service at UW-Madison. The TOPS Lab works closely with government entities and engineering consultants, but members of the public can also request data.

In addition, "Community Maps" a service from the TOPS Lab and Wisconsin DOT, provides an overview of crash information at geographic points throughout Wisconsin. Search requests can be narrowed for specific factors, such as a teen driver, pedestrian, deer involved, speed, etc.

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Library News - Carol Hassler

Summer webinars

The Wisconsin State Law Library is excited to announce Lexis+ is now available for walk-in use at the David T. Prosser Jr. State Law Library. To celebrate, we are offering three CLE webinars in conjunction with LexisNexis.

Online Legal Research and Resources
Wednesday, June 19, noon-1:00 p.m.
Location: Live webinar - Register for Online Legal Research and Resources
The many ways technology can aid attorneys in locating the best and most on point statutes, caselaw, secondary materials and all relevant materials can be overwhelming. The comments to the model rules of professional conduct governing attorneys state that "to maintain competency a lawyer should keep abreast…[of] the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology." The goal of this course is to assist attorneys in navigating online legal research, so they feel more confident and competent when researching subjects important to their work. This CLE is an interactive scenario-based course that considers the daily tasks that attendees may be required to perform.

Diving Deeper into Legal Research Potential: Advanced Online Legal Research Concepts
Wednesday, July 24, noon-1:00 p.m.
Location: Live webinar - Register for Diving Deeper into Legal Research Potential: Advanced Online Legal Research Concepts
American business man and former CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer once stated, "The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn't think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential." The goal of this course today is to harnessing the potential as attorneys to learn things about online legal research you didn't think you could learn before. This course is going to be a deeper dive into online legal research. According to the model rules of professional conduct, attorneys need to maintain competency, and a component of maintaining competency is to keep abreast of the benefits and risks of relevant technology. By the end of this course you all will be made aware of advanced online legal research methods to harness your potential as a researcher and to maintain a standard of competency in the legal profession.

Understanding the Risks, Rewards and Regulation of AI in the Legal Industry
Wednesday, August 21, noon-1:00 p.m.
Location: Live webinar - Register for Understanding the Risks, Rewards and Regulation of AI in the Legal Industry
Artificial intelligence, and in particular Generative AI tools, continue to grow in popularity and will have a significant impact on how legal professionals' complete daily tasks and obligations of their roles. As use of AI becomes more prevalent, it is critical for legal professionals to understand the risks and rewards of using these technologies in the workplace. In this session, attendees will learn about navigating the competitive advances of responsible AI in their business strategy, eliminating bias, and what solution providers are doing to create inclusive, responsible technologies. Presenters will also examine recent legislation and regulatory responses relevant to AI and what is on the horizon for the coming years.

Libraries closed for holidays

The Dane County Law Library and Milwaukee County Law Library will be closed on Wednesday, June 19th in observance of Juneteenth. Send questions and requests to the State Law Library at wsll.ref@wicourts.gov or call at 608-267-9696.

All three libraries will be closed on Thursday, July 4th in observance of the Fourth of July. Send questions and requests to wsll.ref@wicourts.gov or leave a message at 608-267-9696. We'll get back to you on Friday, July 5th.

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June Snapshot

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Many red phone boxes in the United Kingdom have been converted into Little Libraries, like this one spotted by former State Law Librarian Julie Tessmer Robinson while vacationing in Scotland. The Free Little Library organization, based in St. Paul MN, offers a location map for Little Libraries worldwide. https://littlefreelibrary.org/map/

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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