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WSLL @ Your Service   Feb. 2006
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library

This Just In... -- Pete Boll   WSLL Web -- Elaine Sharp

This month’s featured titles include:

NEW! Taking Care: Ethical Caregiving in Our Aging Society / by The President’s Council on Bioethics, 2005 (distributed by U.S. Government Printing Office)
Call Number: WSLL Documents PR 43.8:C 18

There is no question that advances in medical knowledge, procedures, and technologies have made positive contributions to quality of life and the extension of the average life span. Along with these advances however, have come new challenges society must face. As the baby boom generation nears retirement age in record numbers the care of our aging population will become increasingly more important. This report by the President’s Council on Bioethics, created by President George W. Bush on November 28, 2001 and chaired by Leon Kass M.D., addresses the ethical issues of caregiving in our rapidly aging society. The report describes the various caregiving dilemmas – social, familial, and personal – and offers important ethical guidelines for the care of persons who can no longer care for themselves. Chapters include:

  • Dilemmas of an Aging Society
  • The Limited Wisdom of Advance Directives
  • The Ethics of Caregiving: General Principles
  • Ethical Caregiving: Principle and Prudence in Hard Cases
  • Conclusions and Recommendations

Especially useful is a thematic bibliography of print and online resources on such topics as Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementias, Economic Matters, Longevity, and Public Policy.

NEW TITLES! Basic Practice Series on Environmental Law / various titles and authors (see below). Published by the American Bar Association, 2000 - 2005.

After several recent acquisitions, WSLL now owns this complete series. Published by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, the nine titles provide essential information on all aspects of environmental law in an easy-to-use format. Both new and seasoned environmental practitioners will find these books to be a quick and necessary resource for understanding the legal fundamentals in these areas. Useful appendices include:

  • Acronym list
  • Frequently asked questions
  • List of key cases (with a sentence describing each case)
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography

Titles include:

  • NEW! TSCA : the Toxic Substances Control Act / by Lynn L. Bergeson
    Call Number: KF3958 .B47 2000
  • NEW! FIFRA : Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act / Lynn L. Bergeson, editor. Call Number: KF3959 .B47 2000
  • NEW! EPCRA : Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act / by Peter L. Gray. Call Number: KF3958 .G73 2002
  • NEW! The Clean Air Act / by Roy S. Belden
    Call Number: KF3812 .B45 2001
  • NEW! ESA, Endangered Species Act / by Tony A. Sullins
    Call Number: KF5640 .S85 2001
  • NEW! Clean Water Act / by Joel Gross, Lynn Dodge.
    Call Number: KF3790 .G76 2005
  • CERCLA : Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund) / by Carole Stern Switzer, Lynn A. Bulan.
    Call Number: KF1299.H39 S953 2002
  • FERC : Federal Energy Regulatory Commission / by James H. McGrew. Call Number: KF2120 .M34 2003
  • RCRA : Resource Conservation and Recovery Act / by John W. Teets, Dennis Reis ; with Danny G. Worrell.
    Call Number: KF3946 .T44 2003

Wisconsin and Federal Law Websites receive Facelifts

Great news! Public access to the status of appeals filed in Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals cases has been restored. The completely re-designed Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Case Access now has the look and feel of the heavily used Wisconsin Circuit Court Access.

The online Wisconsin Statutes and Wisconsin Administrative Code have a new look. Acts and Statutes from 1969-70 to the present are easy to access via a succinct chart. Also included in the redesign are pages for the Wisconsin and U.S Constitutions and the current Wisconsin Acts.

THOMAS, a service of the Library of Congress, was also recently redesigned. THOMAS provides access to federal bills, public laws (acts), and other federal legislative activity. Coverage varies by topic. For more information, read LLRX's recent article "Another Redesign for THOMAS," or explore THOMAS directly.

New and Updated Resources

U.S. Congress Votes Database, a project of The Washington Post, "lets you browse every vote in the U.S. Congress since 1991." You may browse by Congress (from current back to 102nd), member, bill number, etc. and display vote totals by party, state, region, or gender.

Eminent Domain and Property Rights. This bibliography provides citations to eminent domain resources; some include links to full text. Thanks go to Patricia Helgerson, WI Legislative Reference Bureau, for compiling this latest addition to their "Tap the Power" series.

"Sources of Legal Information for the Wisconsin Attorney" and "Sources of U.S. Legal Information for the International Attorney". Both have just been revised by Bonnie Shucha, UW-Madison Law Library.

Wisconsin Register in Probate Association. Among this website’s offerings are contact information for each county's Register in Probate office, probate FAQs, and "A Personal Representative's Guide to Informal Probate."

Wisconsin Delinquent Taxpayers. The WI Dept. of Revenue recently posted its statutorily mandated list of persons owing more than $25,000 in delinquent taxes.

Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups (CWAG). Various elder law and guardianship publications are included on the redesigned CWAG site. Their Elder Law Center's Wisconsin Medicare Rx: and Other Drug Coverage Options provides prescription drug coverage information including the new Medicare Part D.

Legal Terms. The Federal Judiciary's definitions for commonly used terms has been updated. Some terms, eg. Chapter 7, contain links to a wealth of additional information.

SBC Yellow & White Pages. SBC has digitized Yellow and white pages for selected phone directories, including those for four Wisconsin metropolitan areas: Madison/Dane County, Milwaukee/Greater Wisconsin Business-to-Business, the Fox Cities, and Green Bay/De Pere. Many search options are provided, or you may page through the directories as you would your paper copy. Registration (free) is required.

Tech Tip in Brief -- Heidi Yelk Odds 'n' Endings -- Amy Crowder

Keeping your Laptop Safe

A recent survey by Symantec claims that the average laptop contains nearly $1 million worth of information, much of it in the form of highly sensitive corporate data. When it comes to portable devices such as notebooks and PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants), the best “computer security” may be never letting it out of your sight. Laptops are frequently stolen from cars, hotels, coffee shops and airports. Keep these suggestions in mind when traveling or using your laptop in public:

  • Use a steel cable or alarm to secure your laptop. These are useful at libraries, where you might need to step away from your laptop.
  • Carry insurance to cover the loss if your laptop is stolen. Be sure to record the serial number or engrave your name on the laptop. Report the loss to police.
  • Protect your data: use a regular back up, encrypt data stored on the laptop
  • Be wary of security checkpoints, such as those in airports. Never send your laptop through the x-ray machine until it’s your turn to walk through the metal detector. If your laptop reaches the other side before you, it could be picked up by a thief while you’re still stuck behind a line of people.

How much does Google know about you?

With the recent news on the U.S. Department of Justice’s request for Google’s stored search data, many people have been wondering, “How much does Google know about me?”

According to Danny Sullivan of Searchenginewatch.com, Google uses cookies to track all searches coming from “a particular browser on a particular computer.” Tying that information to an actual person, however, is not part of the system. Any search engine can collect similar data and, in fact, some search engines do attempt to solicit personal information which could possibly be paired with your search requests. In 2003, Sullivan wrote an excellent piece about this issue. See Search Privacy At Google & Other Search Engines. See also Sullivan’s blog posting: Moving Past Google Privacy Fears and Toward An Industry Solution and Protecting Your Search Privacy: A Flowchart to Tracks You Leave Behind.

Send your suggestions for future legal research Tech Tips to the editor.


February is...

... Named after Februus, the Etruscan god of the underworld and purification.

... Black History Month. Visit A&E's Biography for profiles of groundbreaking individuals and heroes of the Civil Rights movement.

February Notables

1 - In 1790 the U.S. Supreme Court first convened in New York, the nation's temporary capital. Only three of the six justices were present on the first day of the term, requiring the Court to adjourn. When a quorum was reached the following day, the court appointed a court crier and clerk and admitted lawyers to the bar. Appeals were slow in coming from the lower tribunals, so the Court had little business for the first three years of its existence.

2 - Groundhog Day. For those who prefer warmer temperatures and an early spring, let’s hope that Jimmy the Groundhog and Punxsutawney Phil don't see their shadows!

5 - Weatherman's Day, commemorating the birth of Dr. John Jeffries, one of America's first weathermen. Jeffries, a Boston physician, kept detailed records of weather from 1774 to 1816. In 1785, he and Jean Pierre Blanchard became the first people to cross the English Channel in a balloon. (scroll down to Blanchard’s Hydrogen Balloon.) Jeffries later wrote that, because the balloon sank so low over the Channel, the pair had to throw everything overboard including most of their clothing, and they arrived in France "almost naked as the trees."

Weather will most likely not be a factor in Super Bowl XL, which will be played on Feb. 5 under the dome at Detroit's Ford Field.

13 - Get a Different Name Day. If this holiday makes you want to change your name permanently, visit our Legal Topics page and select Name Change for links to procedural information and how to obtain forms.

14 - Valentine's Day. Check out this information from the History Channel, and don't forget your favorite sweetie. (I hear librarians enjoy a good box of chocolate, too!)

28– Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday. See what New Orleans is planning for its first post-Katrina Mardi Gras celebration.

Looking Ahead to March

March 13 -- Are We Safer in the Dark? A Sunshine Week National Dialogue on Open Government & Secrecy. “A panel of experts from around the country will kick off a lively discussion from Washington, DC about open government and secrecy -- the problems, the impact on communities, and what the public can do." The panel will link via satellite to locally hosted discussions. Registration deadline is March 6th.

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