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The Wisconsin State Law Library and Milwaukee Legal Resource Center will be closed Thursday, November 22, and open Friday November 23. The Dane County Legal Resource Center will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23.

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What's New - Connie Von Der Heide

Wisconsin courts, library systems hold SRL training for public librarians

Jane Colwin, State Law Librarian, and other Wisconsin Court System officials are partnering with Wisconsin public library systems to present special training sessions for librarians who provide assistance to self-represented litigants (SRL). The goal of the sessions is to foster communication between local courts and public libraries in an effort to better meet the legal service needs of the growing number of people who represent themselves in court.

So far the training session has been presented three times. The first two, held in Manitowish Waters and Eau Claire on April 10 and 11, were co-sponsored by the Tenth Judicial District and the Indianhead Federated Library System, both headquartered in Eau Claire, and the Northern Waters Library Service centered in Ashland. The third, held in Neillsville on September 27, was co-sponsored by the Ninth Judicial District and the Wisconsin Valley Library Service, both headquartered in Wausau. It is hoped to eventually hold the training in each of the state’s ten judicial districts.

Aimed at informing public library staff about the range of court-related services and information currently available to assist self-represented litigants, the training session includes presentations on researching statutes and laws, finding information in court offices and at the WSLL website, and using downloadable circuit court forms. Along with Colwin, featured speakers have included circuit court judges, district court administrators, clerks of circuit court, registers in probate, and county and state pro se (SRL) coordinators. Library Journal recently ran this story about the September session.

As a followup to the training, registers in probate and clerks of circuit court make personal visits to each public library in their respective counties in order to foster personal working relationships and to provide further information about circuit court resources.

Colwin and Hon. Gary Carlson, Acting Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial District, also presented a program “The Wisconsin Court System’s Self-Help Family Web Site: An Overview” during the Wisconsin Library Association annual conference in Green Bay October 16-19.

These are the latest in a series of steps the Wisconsin court system has taken to improve access to the courts for people who are representing themselves. For more information, contact Ann Zimmerman, State Pro Se Coordinator, at (608) 261-8297 or ann.zimmerman@wicourts.gov

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This Just In... - Pete Boll

This month’s featured titles include:

New Title: Intellectual Property and Antitrust Handbook by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law
American Bar Association, 2007
Call Number KF 3116 .I56 2007

Historically, intellectual property and antitrust laws were viewed as being in conflict. However, it is now generally recognized that these two areas of law are complementary as they both seek to promote consumer welfare by increasing competition and innovation. This new, concise book provides detailed information on how these two areas impact each other.

The Intellectual Property and Antitrust Handbook examines the nature of intellectual property and antitrust laws, and the different types of intellectual property. It describes the purposes of the antitrust laws, provides an overview of the intellectual property antitrust interaction, and addresses the historical treatment of intellectual property issues in antitrust cases. The book also reviews the economic theories underlying the intellectual property laws and analyzes their implications for antitrust policy and the licensing of intellectual property.

The book also examines exclusive dealing or "tie-out" restraints, tying agreements, royalties requirements, grantbacks, and miscellaneous restraints such as non-assert clauses and no-challenge clauses. It also discusses patent settlements, unilateral conduct involving intellectual property, mergers involving intellectual property, litigation issues, and practical issues that are likely to arise as practitioners assess the antitrust risks associated with the exercise of intellectual property rights.

Updated: Wisconsin Rules of Evidence: A Courtroom Handbook by Thomas H. Barland, Michael J. Brose, Susan R. Steingass
6th edition , 2007 Supplement
State Bar of Wisconsin, 2004
Call Number KFW 2940.B37 E96

Not intended as a definitive treatise, this handbook provides a quick and easy reference to Wisconsin rules of evidence. The handbook helps trial lawyers and judges quickly find applicable rules of evidence, commentary on those rules, and the most current case law during trial.

The book’s overall format is designed for use during trial, with each rule of evidence clearly marked and followed by applicable Judicial Council Committee notes and case annotations. Other features include a table of cases and a handy Topical Guide that takes the user directly to relevant section(s).

The 2007 supplement adds citations and annotations for significant evidentiary cases decided by the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals since the previous (2006) supplement, including opinions that provide guidance on topics such as relevance, impeachment, expert testimony, and hearsay. Also included are updates to rules of evidence that have been affected by recent legislation (through 2007 WI Act 14), including the creation of an explicit exception to the physician-patient privilege for relevant communications and information in proceedings involving sexually violent persons.

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Tech Tip in Brief - Carol Hassler

Blogs and Blogging

Since their start in the late 1990’s, blogs have become part of everyday web vernacular. When most people think of blogs, they think of an online journal or editorial forum. Actually, a blog is just a piece of software that makes it simple for authors to set up and maintain a web page with very little technical expertise. Blogs typically provide an easy way to create new entries and automatically archive old entries, making updating and searching your blog much more pleasant.

Why Use Blogs?

Blogs are terrific marketing tools. For example, a blog used by a law firm can provide more information to someone who’s visiting the firm’s website, much like handing a brochure to a client. Other organizations use blogs designed to attract readers who might be searching for specific information on the internet.

Because they’re so easy to create and update, blogs are a great way for someone who doesn’t know or want to learn HTML web coding to have their own website, or add a new facet to an existing website.

Blogs are also easy for readers to find and follow. Search engines now rank some blogs high in search results. Several blog trackers, such as Technorati or BLAWG (legal blogs), compile directories and allow searching of multiple blogs.

In last month’s newsletter, we discussed using RSS feeds to follow websites. Most blogs automatically create an RSS feed, so your readers can subscribe to your blog and follow it regularly. Advanced web users can even insert content from their blogs into other websites automatically just by using the RSS feed.

Creating a Blog

Successful blogs used for marketing purposes are often narrowly focused on a single topic, well written, and updated regularly. Blogs can be used for any purpose, however, and are also often used to create news or alert pages. Decide what your goals are and who your target audience is, and get started!

Popular blog platforms include:

To learn more about creating and marketing a blog, sign up for our new class, Using Blogs to Promote Your Law Practice, Thursday, November 8, 9:00 -11:00 am in the WSLL training room. More information is available on our Classes & Tours page. Space is limited, so register today!

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Odds 'n' Endings - Julie Tessmer

The 2007-08 State of Wisconsin Blue Book is available in print and online. The feature article is “Those Who Served: Wisconsin Legislators 1848-2007.” As you’ll read below, several of the Legislature’s milestones have occurred in the month of November.

Notables for November

9th On this date in 1968, a 5.3 magnitude earthquake centered in south-central Illinois shook Wisconsin residents. For more Wisconsin earthquake history see the USGS Earthquake History page.

11th Veterans Day

12th In 1836, Governor Henry Dodge signed the first law passed by the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature.

22nd Thanksgiving Day

26th After moving from the temporary capital in Burlington, Iowa, the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature assembled in Madison for the first time on this date in 1839. When the legislature arrived, only the outer shell of the new Capitol building had been constructed. It was not completed until 1845, more than six years behind schedule. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society

Coming Up in December

Mark your calendar: The Wisconsin State Law Library will hold its annual Winter Holiday Open House on Tuesday, December 4, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Reading Room. We cordially invite you to stop in for a visit and some light refreshments. See our location and parking map for more directions.

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


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