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WSLL @ Your Service   August, 2006
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library

What's New -- Julie Tessmer & Connie Von Der Heide   This Just In... -- Pete Boll

Hello and Goodbye

The library welcomes Katie Shannon to the staff. Katie began part-time employment at WSLL in early June. Her primary duties are in the Wisconsin Collections Department where she scans briefs, but you will also see her staffing the Circulation Desk during lunch time.

Katie is a senior at UW-Madison majoring in math and philosophy. She’s considering going to law school in the future because of her interest in international law. Last year, Katie spent a year studying in France. When she’s not busy with school or work, she enjoys trying to master some of her favorite French cuisine, playing the violin and running.

Paula Seeger will be leaving the Dane County Legal Resource Center on August 4th. She is relocating to Minneapolis where she has accepted a position as the Circulation Librarian at the University of Minnesota Law School Library.

In a sense, Paula is going back home. She completed her undergraduate degree and seminary school in Minneapolis, and several members of her family live in northwestern Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Paula’s accomplishments over the past 5 years at DCLRC are numerous. When interviewed, she said what she’s most proud of is having been able to keep the doors open even after funding was cut and, in continually tough budget times, managing to add new services such as the Small Claims Assistance Program , the DCLRC Docket monthly newsletter, and the DCLRC Blawg. Paula’s looking forward to the different types of challenges she might encounter in an academic law library setting, and she’s excited about opportunities to research and publish, a part of her new position.

State Law Librarian, Jane Colwin said, “She's done an incredible job at DCLRC and will be missed not only by us, but by the judges and staff in the Courthouse.” Best wishes, Paula!

WSLL Staff Attend AALL Centennial Meeting

Jane Colwin, Julie Tessmer and Connie Von Der Heide attended the 100th annual meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries in St. Louis July 9-12. Jane, Julie and Connie each attended numerous programs, keynote sessions and committee meetings, and talked with vendors to learn about new and improved legal research tools. They also had opportunities to network with colleagues from around the country, including some former WSLL employees!

Current and former WSLL staffers meet at AALL
L-R: Connie Von Der Heide, Director of Reference & Outreach Services;
Jane Colwin, State Law Librarian;
Betsy Vipperman, former Reference/Outreach Services Librarian, now Senior Librarian for Public Services at the New York Appellate Division Law Library in Rochester; and
Marcia Koslov, former State Law Librarian, now Library Director, Los Angeles County Law Library.

This month’s featured titles include:

UPDATED! How to Prepare for, Take and Use a Deposition / Daniel P. Dain. James Publishing, 1990- (updated annually)
Call Number: KF 8900 .B39  

Just updated for 2006, this compact, step-by-step guide covers every aspect of the all-important deposition phase of a case: preparation; procedures before, during and after deposing; examination techniques; objections; defense; depositions at trial; videos and computers; rule updates, and much more. Use Dain’s guide to:

  • Pin down evasive witnesses.
  • Deal with the forgetful witness.
  • Control disruptive attorneys.
  • Block coaching.
  • Respond to assertions of attorney-client privilege.
  • Prepare problem witnesses for their depositions.
  • Object to improper questions.
  • Examine experts.

2006 updates include new information on:

  • What to do when you receive an inadequate response to a request for electronic documents.
  • Saving deposition audio tapes after transcription.
  • Avoiding the trap of introductory phrases.
  • Asking expert questions of lay witnesses.
  • Nexus between the expert’s qualifications and the issue.
  • Support for your expert’s opinions.
  • Pattern motion to compel deposition preparation.

UPDATED! Law of Confessions, 2nd edition, by David M. Nissman and Ed Hagen. Thomson/West Publishing, 1994- (updated annually)
Call Number: KF 9664 .N582

Despite the popularity of the various CSI television shows, it is not a fingerprint, blood pattern or trace evidence that typically leads to the solution of most major crimes. Those in the criminal justice system know that most crimes are solved by confessions of guilt. Since 1985 the U.S. Supreme Court has examined and re-examined almost every issue of confessions law. Standard doctrines have come under intense scrutiny and lawyers, judges, and law enforcement agents unfamiliar with the rulings announced in Burbine, Minnick, Patterson, Perkins, and Roberson could be out of touch with modern confessions law.

Updated for 2006, Law of Confessions differs from the ordinary conventions of a legal textbook. The authors attempt to transport the reader back in time and place to the interrogation room or courtroom where history was made. Readers will find transcripts of the original interrogations, courtroom proceedings, and appellate arguments interspersed with historical journeys back to the Middle Ages in order to understand how confessions law got to where it is today, and where it’s headed in the future.

The 2006 update includes new information on:

  • The Constitutional bases of American confessions law.
  • Judicial confessions- self-incrimination.
  • Corroborating confessions.

Check our library catalog for availability of these or other materials you may need. For additional assistance, please contact our Reference Desk.

Tech Tip in Brief MLRC Memo: News from the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center -- Leslie Behroozi

Surfing the Web on your Cell Phone – Heidi Yelk

It may soon be easier to surf the web using your cell phone. Consumers and vendors alike have high hopes for a new top level domain reserved for cell phones and handheld PDAs. The “dotMobi” domain will designate pages created specifically for use on mobile devices. Web pages that work nicely on a desktop computer do not translate well to cell phones or PDAs. For example, mobile devices have smaller screens and do not tolerate pop-up windows. The idea is that handheld users can access pages with the dotMobi domain and be confident that the page will work. Many popular services are creating dotMobi companion sites, including Google Mobile.

Registration of dotMobi domain names is also taking off. Trademark Sunrise Registration is running from June 12 through September 22. This is the time period when trademark owners have the opportunity to reserve their brand names under the dotMobi domain. Registration will open to the general public on September 26, 2006. To learn more about the dotMobi domain or check domain name availability see dotMobi Internet Made Mobile.

New & Improved Westlaw Access @ WSLL and MLRC – Connie Von Der Heide

WSLL and MLRC have offered in-library user access to Westlaw for a little over a year now. With this popular service, users at either library can search and browse AllFeds and AllStates caselaw, Wisconsin caselaw, statutes and regulations, use the KeyCite citator service, and much more, all at no charge. (Printing is 15 cents per page plus tax at WSLL, 20 cents per page including tax at MLRC.)

Until now, WSLL had been able to provide this service on only four of our seven public access PC’s. We’re pleased to announce that as of July 1, Westlaw is now available on all WSLL PCs. And, users at both WSLL and MLRC can now access Westlaw’s new RegulationsPlus™ for federal regulatory research. RegulationsPlus provides streamlined access to full text current and prior versions of CFR; full text Federal Register summaries dating back to 1981; West’s new CFR Index with over 1 million entries; KeyCite coverage with links to related full text court and agency decisions; and access to agency administrative materials. The next time you need to do federal regulatory research, stop in and give RegulationsPlus a try.

Please send suggestions for future Tech Tips to the editor.

New Phone System

The MLRC has recently implemented a telephone answering system to provide public callers with 24-hour access to commonly requested information such as MLRC hours, divorce packet prices and courthouse clinic hours. After listening to the list of eight topics, callers have the option of choosing a topic or speaking to a Librarian. Callers can also bypass the message by immediately pressing “9” to speak to a Librarian during business hours.

Fall Classes

If you haven’t yet signed up for “Using Google to Its Full Potential” there is still time! The class will be presented Wednesday, August 16, 2006, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Deputy Law Librarian Julie Tessmer will show you how to use advanced legal search features that yield better results.

“Using Loislaw.com” will be presented by State Law Librarian Jane Colwin on September 28, 2006 from 12:15 to 1:15 in the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Take advantage of this opportunity to become more familiar with the various Loislaw.com databases provided on the MLRC’s public access computers, and learn how they can save you research time and money.

To sign up for either of these classes, please visit the MLRC in the Milwaukee County Courthouse, Room 307A; call (414) 278-4900; or e-mail Rebecca.Knutson@wicourts.gov

Most MLRC classes are free, but advance registration is required.

In October we’ll offer an hour-long course on Contract Damages as well as a hands-on Westlaw course. We’ll round out the year with a course on Legal Ethics Research in November. Look for more details to come!

Be the first to hear about our classes and ensure your spot: subscribe to our MLRC Course Offerings e-mail list. To sign up, please call (414) 278-4900; e-mail Rebecca.Knutson@wicourts.gov ; or drop your business card in the fishbowl at the MLRC and have a chance to win a great prize. Congratulations to Attorney Michael Zell, who just won a mini Mag-Lite flashlight/keychain.

Check It Out . . .

You may have found the smoking gun, but getting it admitted is another matter entirely. Stop by the MLRC and take a look at our new, hot-off-the-press McCormick on Evidence, 6th ed., Thomson /West, 2006, edited by Kenneth S. Broun. This two-volume publication lays out the law of evidence in the same comprehensive manner as the previous editions, but it also discusses new developments in areas such as scientific and technical evidence; the Confrontation Clause and its effect on hearsay testimony; and privileges for governmental secrets.

Odds 'n' Endings -- Amy Crowder

Need a Penny?

I tend to not give the penny much thought. After all, there is very little, if anything, a single penny can buy, and they just take up space in my purse. As I write this, I have a jug full of pennies sitting at home; I imagine you might, too. However, recent news reminded me of the penny and its place in American currency.

The Lincoln penny was first introduced on August 2nd, 1909, the centennial year of Abraham Lincoln's birth. It replaced the Indian Head penny, which had been in production for 50 years. The reverse of the original Lincoln penny depicted two wheat stalks which lent it to being called the Wheat Penny. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's birth in 1959, the wheat stalks were replaced with an image of the Lincoln Memorial, which remains on the penny today.

According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the penny is "the most widely used denomination currently in circulation" with over 300 billion in production. In 2000, the penny cost .81 of one cent to make; the U.S. Mint collected one cent for each penny and made a profit of $24 million. Due to the rising cost of zinc, today the "one cent coin" costs 1.2 cents to make. This has made the penny newsworthy and caused some to wonder whether the penny's time has passed.

Time may be on the penny's side, however. In 2005, President Bush signed a bill into law mandating the penny be redesigned to commemorate President Lincoln's 200th birthday in 2009.

Just in case, I'll continue to pick up a penny for good luck!

Wisconsin Heritage Online

Wisconsin Heritage Online (WHO) has made its debut. WHO is a digital repository including "aspects of Wisconsin history, culture, government and industry." Goals of the project are to assist in the digitization of heritage-related collections owned by numerous Wisconsin cultural institutions; index the contents of those collections; and make them available in one place. WHO currently contains approximately 20,000 objects, and more collections are continually being added. Objects include photographs, postcards, newspaper articles, books, diaries, audio recordings and more.

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Editor: Connie Von Der Heide 608-267-2202 Comments welcome!