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

~~ Holiday Hours ~~

Thursday, November 23: WSLL, MLRC and DCLRC closed
Friday, November 24: WSLL and MLRC open; DCLRC closed

Happy Thanksgiving

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

Upcoming Hands-On Classes @ WSLL

The Wisconsin Legislature Website
Wednesday, January 17, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
WSLL Computer Training Room

In this hands-on overview, you’ll learn how to track legislative activity, locate bills and acts, and search the online Wisconsin Statutes using the Legislature’s new NXT search software. You'll also learn about the Legislative Notification Service, and where to find publications of the various Legislative Service Agencies.
FREE Class. 1 CLE credit will be applied for. Registration is limited to 8.

Using the “new” LegalTrac and HeinOnline
Wednesday, February 7, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
WSLL Computer Training Room

LegalTrac and HeinOnline, two proprietary databases at the Wisconsin State Law Library, have recently changed their looks with updated interfaces and content. Learn how to use the new LegalTrac to find law reviews and legal news. Delve into the revamped HeinOnline for full text law review articles, treatises and primary law, with content dating back to the 1800's.
FREE Class. 1 CLE credit will be applied for. Registration is limited to 8.

Registration information for these classes is available on the WSLL Classes & Tours webpage. Sign up today!

Upcoming Classes @ MLRC

The Milwaukee Legal Resource Center is pleased to offer the following CLE classes:

Basic Contract Damages
Tuesday, November 14, 12:15-1:15 p.m.,
Milwaukee County Board Meeting Room 203R

Actual, liquidated, general, special....confused yet? Whether it's your first look or a refresher, let Attorney S. Edward Sarskas of Michael Best and Friedrich help you find your way through the maze of contract damages with this basic course addressing the different damages allowed in contract actions.
FREE CLASS. 1 CLE credit will be applied for.

Ethics Research: Can You Do That?
Wednesday, December 6, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Milwaukee County Board Meeting Room 203R

Yes, you can -- research ethics, that is! Learn where to find the answers to all those ethical dilemmas - or at least where to start looking. Leslie Behroozi of the Dane County Legal Resource Center will discuss various print and online resources used for legal ethics research.
FREE CLASS. 1 CLE credit will be applied for.

MLRC classes are open to everyone, but advance registration is REQUIRED. To register please e-mail Rebecca.Knutson@wicourts.gov, call (414) 278-4900, or stop in the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center, Courthouse Room 307A.

This month’s featured titles include:

NEW! The Tax Law of Associations by Bruce R. Hopkins. John Wiley & Sons, 2006.
Call Number: KF 6449.H6 A8 2006

Bruce Hopkins, a leading authority on the law of tax-exempt organizations, has written this new title from the perspective of the association manager or advisor. It’s designed to be a comprehensive reference for associations regarding tax issues.

Important topics often unique to associations include:

  • Requirements for tax exemption
  • Private inurement, private benefit, and excess benefit transactions
  • Lobbying and political campaign activities
  • For-profit subsidiaries and limited liability companies
  • Partnerships and joint ventures
  • Charitable giving and fundraising
  • Annual reporting and disclosure requirements
  • Non-tax association law

NEW EDITION! Wisconsin Condominium Law Handbook, 3rd edition, by Michael S. Green, et al. State Bar of Wisconsin, 2006.
Call Number: KFW 2514.C6 C63

Completely revised since the 2004 supplement, this is the latest edition of the handbook designed for attorneys who represent condominium developers and associations, unit sellers, and unit purchasers in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 703, the fundamental law governing condominiums in Wisconsin, was substantially revised by the enactment of 2003 WI Act 283. The bulk of that Act took effect on November 1, 2004. These changes are reflected in the new 3rd edition.

Other recent legal developments reflected in this edition include:

  • A Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruling which held that a condominium association is a nonprofit organization immune from liability under Wisconsin’s recreational immunity statute.
  • A federal court ruling that requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act also extend to the “loading zone” in front of a rental or sales office.
  • Considerable changes in the terms and times for the notice of conversion to condominiums, which must be provided to tenants
  • Federal tax considerations for liquidating a development corporation with unsold units

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 -- Heidi Yelk Odds ‘n’ Endings -- Julie Tessmer

MS Word Tip: Controlling AutoCorrect

Q: Halloween is over, but sometimes it feels like the ghosts and goblins are still playing tricks with my keyboard. I’m typing away in Microsoft Word and strange things happen, such as automatic numbering within my document, hyphens being replaced with dashes, and automatic capitalization of every letter following a period. What’s going on??

A: The real problem isn’t ghosts and goblins but Microsoft Word’s AutoCorrect feature.

AutoCorrect can be a time saver, such as when it automatically corrects misspellings. But it can also delay your work when it changes items that you don’t want it to. When this happens, a battle between you and the computer ensues. How can you win?

Take some time to explore and customize Word’s AutoCorrect Options. Under the Tools menu in Microsoft Word, you should find AutoCorrect Options. This section allows you to specify what and how MS Word corrects in your documents. If you don’t want the days of the week automatically capitalized, you can uncheck that box. If you want automatic bulleted lists, you can check that box.

There are dozens of uses for the automatic correction features in MS Word. Customizing AutoCorrect Options can save time and put you in control of the keyboard. For a related discussion of AutoCorrect, see the May 2004 Tech Tip column.

U.S. Supreme Court Speeds Access to Oral Argument Transcripts

According to a recent U.S. Supreme Court press release: "Beginning with the October 2006 Term, the Court will make the transcripts of oral arguments available free to the public on its Web site on the same day an argument is heard by the Court... [emphasis added] The Court's current contract reporting service, Alderson Reporting Company, will now utilize the services of a court reporter in the Courtroom and high-speed technology to transcribe the oral arguments more quickly. Transcripts can be located by clicking on the ‘Oral Arguments’ prompt on the home page of the Court's Web site and selecting ‘Argument Transcripts.’ Transcripts will be listed by case name and the date of oral argument. Transcripts are permanently archived beginning with the 2000 Term on the Court's Web site. Transcripts prior to the 2000 Term are maintained in the Court's Library."

Please send suggestions for future Tech Tips to the editor.

Notables for November

2 – President James Polk was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, in 1795. Polk’s career path to the White House included being a lawyer, a state legislator, serving in the House of Representatives, becoming the Speaker of House and Governor of Tennessee. He was elected as the 11th President of the United States in 1844 and served one term from 1845-1849. He died shortly after leaving office.

President Warren Harding was born the same day 70 years later, in 1865. Harding, elected President in 1920, died of a heart attack while in office. Upon being alerted of the President’s death, Vice President Calvin Coolidge was sworn in by his father, a notary public, in the mid-morning hours of August 3, 1923.

7 - Election Day. In Wisconsin, the State Elections Board is responsible for administering and enforcing the state's election and campaign finance laws. Created by 1973 Wisconsin Act 334, the Board is an independent agency, pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 15.61. For additional information, please see the topics Politics and Elections and Voting on our Legal Topics webpage.

11 - Veterans Day

12 – In 1836, Wisconsin Territorial Governor Henry Dodge signed the first law passed by the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature. It governed how the legislators were to behave, and how other citizens were to behave towards them. (Source: Wisconsin Historical Society’s This Day in History. ) The Wisconsin State Law Library has several volumes of Wisconsin territorial laws and statutes. Because they are quite fragile, most are kept in a locked display case and may only be used in the library. If you would like to access this territorial law collection, please inquire at our Reference Desk.

Coming Up in December

Mark your calendar: The Wisconsin State Law Library will hold its annual Winter Holiday Open House on Tuesday, December 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Reading Room. You’re invited to stop by for a visit and some light refreshments.

Ask a Librarian:  800-322-9755; 608-267-9696 (In Madison); wsll.ref@wicourts.gov
Library Hours/Locations:  WSLL (WI State Law Library), DCLRC (Dane Co. Legal Resource Center), MLRC (Milwaukee Legal Resource Center)
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