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|What’s New – Connie Von Der Heide|
National Library Week: Get Ahead of the Pack @ WSLL
The Wisconsin State Law Library invites you to join us in celebrating National Library Week from April 14-18. We’ve planned several informative and entertaining events and activities to help you Get Ahead of the Pack when it comes to doing legal research.
Take a free class on using LegalTrac to “hunt down” law journal articles more efficiently. Take a free, guided “safari tour” of the library to become more familiar with the resources and services we provide. On the fun side, take our exclusive National Library Week Photo Safari to learn more about selected library “species.” While you’re here, you can also “track an animal” in the depths of the library “jungle” and enter our daily drawing for some neat prizes!
You’ll find all the details on our special National Library Week webpage. Check it out, and learn how you can Get Ahead of the Pack @ WSLL!
More Upcoming WSLL Classes
In addition to the National Library Week offerings mentioned above, there are still a few seats available in our other upcoming classes:
Corporate Information Online
Wisconsin Briefs Online
DCLRC welcomes new Library Assistant
Kristin Garvey, part time Library Assistant at the Wisconsin State Law Library, has accepted an additional part time position as Library Assistant at the Dane County Legal Resource Center. A recent graduate of the University of Iowa, Kristin will begin classes at the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies later this year.
|Start Here: A Selected List of Resources on … Foreclosure – Heidi Yelk|
This is the first installment of a new, occasional column featuring resources on a particular legal topic that are available at WSLL or on the Internet. Items preceded by a relate to Wisconsin law.
For assistance in accessing these or other resources, please contact our Reference Desk.
Books Available @ WSLL
Foreclosures : Defenses, Workouts, and Mortgage Servicing
Real Estate Finance Law
Real Estate Finance in a Nutshell
Effective Mortgage Foreclosure Techniques in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Foreclosure and Repossession
Structuring Commercial Real Estate Workouts: Alternatives to Bankruptcy and Foreclosure
Mortgage and Land Contract Foreclosures in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Mortgage Foreclosures
Visit the Wisconsin State Law Library’s Legal Topics Page on Foreclosure for a growing list of links to Internet resources. Here’s some of what you’ll find there:
Federal Trade Commission’s Mortgages / Real Estate page; includes links to FTC’s publications:
Housing and Urban Development “Tips for Avoiding Foreclosure”
Housing and Urban Development “You Can Avoid Foreclosure and Keep Your Home”
Wisconsin Foreclosure Resource from WHEDA
Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 846 Real Estate Foreclosure
|This Just In… – Pete Boll|
This month’s featured titles include:
New! ABA Standards for Criminal Justice: DNA Evidence, by the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Standards Committee.
The General Principles of the ABA Criminal Justice Standards on DNA Evidence begin: “Consistent with the rights of privacy and due process, DNA evidence should be collected, preserved, tested, and used when it may advance the determination of guilt or innocence.”
This new book is one of a multi-volume set of publications containing ABA Standards on Criminal Justice on a wide range of topics. The "black letter" standards contained and discussed relate to collecting, preserving and use of DNA evidence, DNA testing, pretrial proceedings, trial, post-conviction, charging by DNA profile, and DNA databases. The "black letter" standards were approved by the ABA's policymaking House of Delegates in August 2006. The commentary was approved by the Criminal Justice Standards Committee in July 2007. Although this publication is part of the Third Edition of the Criminal Justice Standards, this is the first volume relating to DNA Evidence.
The ABA has also made this title available on their Criminal Justice Section’s website, as both a full text PDF document and links to individual black letter standards minus the accompanying commentary. The print title indicates that any revisions, additions, or deletions to the standards will be noted on the Criminal Justice Standards website.
Updated! Winning Attorneys’ Fees from the U.S. Government, by Joel P. Bennett.
Updated for 2008 with release number 24, this work by Washington D.C. attorney Joel Bennett serves as a practical guide in explaining federal fee-shifting statutes. It offers specific guidance on winning fees from the federal government under such statutes as the Equal Access to Justice Act; the Freedom of Information Act; the Civil Service Reform Act; the Civil Rights Laws; the Criminal Justice Act; and various environmental laws. Release 24 specifically covers the extraordinary activity of the U.S. Supreme court over the past year in interpreting various fee-shifting statutes such as the Equal Access to Justice Act, the Hyde Amendment to the Criminal Justice Act, and the Freedom of Information Act.
See our latest New Titles list for more new arrivals.For assistance in accessing these or other resources, please contact our Reference Desk.
|Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk|
In response to last month’s tech tip column, reader Karla Gedell, Research Librarian at the Minnesota Attorney General Library, wrote to tell us about a quick trick she uses to magnify the view of webpages.
This technique requires a mouse with a scroll wheel. Hold down the Ctrl Key while also rolling the scroll wheel forward (scroll up). This magnifies whatever is on the screen, making it much easier to read small typeface. Use Ctrl-0 (zero) to cancel the effect. This trick also works in other applications, such as Microsoft Word. If you use the Firefox browser, use the same technique except scroll down on the wheel. Your success with this technique may vary, depending on the application and the specs of your computer.
Thanks to Karla for this very useful tip!
|Odds 'n' Endings – Julie Tessmer|
April is tax season, but this year it’s not only tax preparers who are breaking into a sweat around southern Wisconsin. Several area communities are currently serving as filming locations for Public Enemies - starring Johnny Depp as John Dillinger - so we’re also dealing with a local outbreak of “Depp Fever.” In observance of all these events, we thought it’d be fitting to note that the IRS recently made documents from the Al Capone tax evasion case publicly available.
Notables for April
15th Deadline for filing Federal and State Tax returns. See our Tax Legal Topics page for access to tax codes, forms, and other related resources.
25th Arbor Day
April 27 - May 3 is Volunteer Week
Animal Fun Facts* vs. WSLL Fun Facts
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