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WSLL @ Your Service    May 2007
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library


What's New -- Connie Von Der Heide
Click To It! Legal Research At Your Fingertips -- Amy Crowder
This Just In... -- Pete Boll
Odds 'n' Endings -- Heidi Yelk

What's New -- Connie Von Der Heide

Introducing… Carol Hassler

WSLL is pleased to introduce Carol Hassler, our new Webmaster/Cataloger. She began here on March 19 and is settling into her duties of cataloging library and court materials, maintaining the WSLL website, providing reference service, and leading hands-on legal research training sessions.

Carol holds a BA in English with a minor in Education and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her prior positions at the public libraries in Flagstaff, AZ and Mt. Prospect, IL, Carol led complete redesigns of their websites. She also has experience in providing reference service and working with U.S. Government Documents.

Carol and her husband, a restoration ecologist, are enjoying getting to know the Madison area. Both are avid racing bicyclists, so they’re especially thrilled to be in a city with so many bike routes and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Their three cats are also getting accustomed to their new home.

Welcome, Carol!

National Library Week Wrap Up

Many thanks to everyone who celebrated National Library Week with us in April. Our weeklong Exploration of the Legal Research Universe was filled with contests, classes, and lots of fun. Fourteen people attended our WSLL Website and Library Tours. Our quiz contest netted two winners: Don Salm, Wisconsin Legislative Council, won the Supreme Court bag of goodies provided by WSLL, and Rhonda Frank-Loron, Supreme Court Office of Lawyer Regulation, won the Thomson-West combination tape measure/calculator. Deb Brescoll, Supreme Court Management Services, came closest to guessing the correct number of mini Milky Way bars in the “alien’s head.” She guessed 166, and the correct number was 154. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated. Other activities that week included a Court Staff party, where several people won door prizes and contests, and a WSLL staff potluck lunch, door prize drawing and quiz contest.

We especially thank Starbucks (Main St.) and Jo’s Tazzina Café for morning coffee donations, and Thomson-West, LexisNexis and Loislaw for donations of prizes and other handouts.

Click To It! Legal Research At Your Fingertips -- Amy Crowder

This new, occasional column features news and updates about WSLL’s growing collection of electronic legal research tools and how to use them. – Editor

Access Law Reviews from Your Desk … or Just About Anywhere!

Obtaining law review and journal articles has just become a whole lot easier. You can now use the WSLL Library Catalog to retrieve articles from any of the more than 8,000 electronic full-text journals available there. And the best part? You can do it in your own office, at home, or wherever and whenever you’re searching the web! Here’s how:

STEP 1: Go to the WSLL homepage. Do a Title search on the name of the journal or law review and click Go!. (Omit “A,” “An,” or “The” at the beginning of the name.)

STEP 2: When the record displays and you see "title is available electronically," click on the link to access the journal.

STEP 3: Select the appropriate volume and display the desired article.

From Law to Environmental Planning

We've added journals from familiar legal databases such as LegalTrac, as well as databases you may not know as well, such as HeinOnline, Academic Search Elite, ProQuest Newsstand, and Business Source Elite. The journals cover a wide range of topics, providing information on practically any legal issue you might encounter. Subjects range from law to business & economics; from engineering to health; from architecture to environmental planning, and beyond. Best of all, they’re available wherever and whenever you need them. For example:

You May Need a Library Card

While some of the electronic journals now available in our Library Catalog are openly available, many require a Wisconsin State Law Library card. If you’re eligible for a library card, please visit any of our three libraries to obtain one. If you’re unable to stop in, contact the Wisconsin State Law Library to request a card by mail. For more information, please visit our Circulation page.

So remember: Anytime you need a law review or news article, you can probably click your way to it in the Wisconsin State Law Library Catalog! Add it to your Favorites now.

This Just In... -- Pete Boll

This month’s featured titles include:

NEW EDITION: The Lawyer's Guide to Fact Finding on the Internet by Carole A. Levitt, Mark E. Rosch. 3rd edition. ABA Law Practice Management Section, 2006.
Call Number KF 242.A1 L48 2006

The Internet is a critical component of every successful law practice. Used effectively, even a small or solo firm can present an image just as sophisticated and impressive as larger and more established firms.

This up-to-date and expanded third edition is a complete hands-on guide that shares the secrets, shortcuts, and realities of conducting fact finding on the Internet. Written for legal professionals, this comprehensive desk reference lists, categorizes, and describes hundreds of free and fee-based Internet sites. It’s useful for anyone doing investigations, depositions, and trial presentations, as well as company and medical research, gathering competitive intelligence, finding expert witnesses, and fact checking of all kinds. The book also covers browsers, search engines, Weblogs, library databases, public records, and much, much more. The accompanying CD-ROM contains hyperlinks to all the websites discussed in the book, allowing the reader to click directly without having to key in the web addresses.

This valuable resource will help legal professionals:

  • Select relevant research sources.
  • Access subjects guides, newsgroups, and listservs.
  • Find experts on the Web.
  • Get news on the Web.
  • Research companies, public records, and backgrounds.
  • Use the Web for competitive intelligence.
  • Conduct medical, statistical, international research.

NEW TITLE: Adoption Law: Theory, Policy and Practice by Cynthia R. Mabry, Lisa Kelly. W.S. Hein, 2006.
Call Number KF 545.A7 .M33 2006

After finding no published casebook covering adoption law at length, professors Mabry and Kelly created this one. It includes adoption related statutes from nearly every state, practice pointers from various sources, a hearing transcript, and forms. Throughout the work Mabry and Kelly refer to the Uniform Adoption Act (1994 version) which, if enacted, would resolve discrepancies in the laws of various states. As of the end of 2006, Vermont is the only state to have adopted the measure, which is endorsed by both the American Bar Association and American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.

Law librarians and researchers will find this casebook to be a valuable state-to-state guide on adoption law. Practitioners and judges will find it to be an essential desk reference as they endeavor to resolve disputes regarding adoption issues.

Odds 'n' Endings -- Heidi Yelk

Tuesday, May 1 is Law Day. This year’s theme is “Liberty Under Law: Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy.” According to the American Bar Association website, “The 2007 Law Day theme prompts us to listen to the voices of young people and consider how the law can better serve their needs and interests. It also encourages us to assure that our youth are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively make their voices heard within our democracy.”

Postage rates will increase May 14, from 39 cents per first-class stamp to 41 cents. The U.S. Postal Service is now offering the Forever Stamp. This stamp, which sells for 41 cents, “will always be valid as First-Class postage on standard envelopes weighing one ounce or less, regardless of any subsequent increases in the First-Class rate,” according to the USPS. Buy some for your future grandchildren!

May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month. The roots of this observance date back to the late 1970’s, when the first ten days of May were declared Asian/Pacific Heritage Week. In 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-450, proclaiming each May Asian Pacific Heritage Month. This law cites two important historical events which took place in May. On May 7, 1843 the first Japanese immigrants came to the United States. On May 10, 1869, Golden Spike Day, the first transcontinental railroad “was completed with significant contributions from Chinese pioneers.”

Wisconsin Notables for May

May 12, 1843 – First Recorded Session of Crawford County court. This court was started five years before Wisconsin became a state. To read about “frontier lawyering” in that part of the state, check out “A Lawyer's Life in Civil War Crawford County.

May 18, 1964 – Milwaukee students participate in first school boycott of the city’s public schools, held ten years after the release of Brown vs. Board of Education. Read more about the desegregation movement in Wisconsin from the Wisconsin State Historical Society.

May 23, 1903 – Wisconsin becomes the first state to adopt direct primary election law.


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