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What’s New – Connie Von Der Heide

WSLL Website Survey

We need your help as we begin to plan for improvements to our website. We invite you to participate in a brief (5 minute) survey by clicking on the link below (or the banner above). We value your input and thank you for your help. The survey will be open through Monday, June 30th.

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WSLL Book Return Drop Box

WSLL’s book return drop box, formerly located just outside our entrance on the 2nd floor, has been moved to the 1st floor near the elevator.  This new location will save borrowers a trip up the stairs or elevator to return materials. The drop box is accessible during the hours the Risser Justice Center is open: 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  (Library hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. M-F)

Summer Library Orientations

WSLL’s annual round of summer library orientations will take place June 3rd, 4th and 5th. These free, one-hour sessions offer information about using the library’s resources and services, and a guided tour of the physical library as well as some of our electronic research tools.  Anyone may register, and law school students serving as summer associates and interns are especially encouraged to attend.  For dates, times and registration forms, please visit our Classes & Tours webpage.

Library Borrower Updates

This is also the time of year when we focus on updating our ever-growing database of library borrowers.  If it’s been a while since you last used your library card, or if you don’t yet have a card, please stop in, email or phone the Circulation Desk with your current contact information.  To determine whether you’re eligible for a library card, please see our Circulation Services webpage.

Upcoming Classes

There are still spaces available in this upcoming WSLL legal research class.  For more details and registration information, please visit our Classes & Tours webpage and register today!

New Class  Researching Wisconsin Legislative History: Sources & Strategies
Thursday, June 12, 2008, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

“I need the legislative history of a Wisconsin statute. Where do I start? What do I do?”  Get answers to these questions and more during this hands-on class.  Participants will look at the primary resources used to compile a legislative history, navigate the online Wisconsin legislative drafting files, and learn some timesaving tips and tricks along the way.
Fee:  $50   1.5 CLE credits applied for.  Registration limited to 8.  Print registration form

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Start Here: A Selected List of Resources on … Estate Planning in Wisconsin – Amy Crowder

The selections below are some of the many Wisconsin-related resources on estate planning that are available in one or more of our libraries or provided as links on our website.  Click on the title for complete information.  

To find more library materials, see this Library Catalog listing of subject headings for Estate Planning.  For assistance in accessing these or other resources, please contact our Reference Desk.


Advanced Estate Planning Techniques
Wisconsin TitleKFW2544 .A75 A432 2007
Robert G. Alexander, Bradley J. Kalscheur, and Amy S. Kiiskila
287 pages; seminar material from National Business Institute (2007)

The Basic Wills Handbook: a Guide to the Wisconsin Basic Wills
Wisconsin TitleKFW2540 .E74 1995
Erlanger, Howard S.
2nd ed., 32 pages; published by Center for Public Representation; includes forms (1995)

Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts
Wisconsin TitleKFW2544 .A75 D72 2006
Melissa A. Abbott et al.
184 pages; seminar material from National Business Institute (2006)

Eckhardt's Workbook for Wisconsin Estate Planners
Wisconsin TitleKFW2540 .E35 W64
Mark J. Bradley et al.
1 volume; updated biennially; published by the State Bar of Wisconsin; includes forms (2003 - )
Also available on LoisLaw, accessible on Library’s patron access stations.

Estate Planning Basics
Wisconsin TitleKFW2544 .A75 A43 2006
Robert G. Alexander, Perry H. Friesler, and Mark J. Rogers
180 pages; seminar material from National Business Institute (2006)

Estate Planning for Non-Traditional Families
Wisconsin TitleKFW2540 .A75 E872 2007
Mary C. Flanner et al.
237 pages; seminar material from National Business Institute; includes forms (2007)

Key Issues in Estate Planning and Probate
Wisconsin TitleKFW2540 .A75 K491 2007
Robert G. Alexander, Jeffrey S. Billings, and Kristine L. Havlik
149 pages; seminar material from National Business Institute; includes forms (2007)

Audio/Visual Items

Basic Step-By-Step Estate Planning
MWisconsin Titleedia Collection KFW2540 .B25 2005
Presenters:  Catherine M. Priebe Hertzberg and Philip J. Miller
4 tape cassettes; published by the State Bar of Wisconsin (2005)

Estate Planning: the Next Steps
Wisconsin TitleMedia Collection KFW2540 .B25 N4 2005
3 tape cassettes; published by the State Bar of Wisconsin (2005)


ALI-ABA Estate Planning Course Materials Journal
Bimonthly; published by the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education (1995 - )

Estate Planning
Monthly; published by Warren, Gorham & Lamont for Estate Planning Research Group, ltd. (1973 - )

Trusts and Estates
Monthly; published by Fiduciary Publishers (1939 - )
Also available online through LegalTrac.

Internet Resources

Visit the Wisconsin State Law Library’s Legal Topics Page on Estate Planning for a growing list of links to Internet resources.

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This Just In… – Pete Boll

This month’s featured titles include:

New Edition! Trademark Law Handbook, Vol. I = United States, by Theodore H. Davis, Jr. and Jordan S. Weinstein.
International Trademark Association, 2007
Call Number: KF 3176.A32 T7

Part of an annual series covering trademark case law, this title is useful for intellectual property practitioners, corporate legal departments and law libraries. This volume covers the United States, providing analysis and commentary on decisions of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and the U.S. Court of Appeals and Director of Patents and Trademarks. Over 375 cases are reviewed. Especially noteworthy for the 2007 edition are the many cases examining the issue of claimed marks found to be generic and therefore not protectable. Examples include “brick oven” for pizza, “sportsbetting.com” for online casino games, and “lawyers.com” for an online database featuring the exchange of information in the field of law, lawyers, legal news and legal services.

Updated! Wisconsin Civil Procedure Before Trial, 3rd ed. – 2008 supplement.  Advisors, Thomas M. Pyper, Susan R. Steingass ; authors, Cynthia L. Buchko ... [et al.]
State Bar of Wisconsin, 2007
Call Number: KFW 2937 .W56 C51

Wisconsin Civil Procedure Before Trial combines clear and concise statements of the law with valuable practice pointers. This two volume set covers aspects of pretrial practice such as the initial contact with the client, conflicts of interest, fee agreements, venue, statutes of limitation, jurisdiction, pleadings, service of process, injunctions, declaratory relief, motion practice, discovery, consolidation and severance, pretrial conferences, and termination without trial.

Highlights from this first supplement to the 3rd edition include:

  • Discussion of personal jurisdiction in which the court determined that if the defendant’s efforts are purposefully directed toward another state’s resident, jurisdiction may not be avoided merely because he or she did not physically enter the forum state. Stayart v. Hance, 2007 WI App 204.
  • Supplement section 2.64 discusses determination of the beginning of a statute of limitation period for the following types of cases: a medical malpractice claim allegedly caused by a misdiagnosis, a negligent supervision claim related to a priest’s sexual abuse, and the doctrine of continuous negligence as applied to dental malpractice and accountant malpractice.


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For assistance in accessing these or other resources, please contact our Reference Desk.

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Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk

Highlighting in Presentations and on Webpages

When giving presentations, PowerPoint is the program of choice for many people. While it’s certainly possible to use the mouse or a laser pointer to bring the audience’s attention to a particular item on a slide, there is another, often forgotten but very useful PowerPoint tool.  The Highlighter allows you to draw or highlight words on the slide while you’re delivering your slide show – much like using a wet-erase pen in the “old days” of transparencies and overhead projectors. 
There are two ways to access the PowerPoint highlight tool: 1) right click and choose “Highlighter” or 2) place your mouse in the lower left corner of the slide and choose the pen option.  When using the highlighter, the marks you make on your slides will “stick” and can be saved or discarded after the presentation. 
What if you want to highlight words on a webpage? Firefox users can download the Highlighter Add-on, which works nicely for highlighting text on a webpage. Likewise, IE users can download the I-lighter Add-on.  Another option is the Awesome Highlighter, which works well as a collaborative tool.  At the Awesome Highlighter, type in the URL of the webpage you would like to highlight. Add your highlights, and then the site will generate a new URL which saves the highlighted page. You can then share it with others, who in turn may add their own highlights or notes. 

Have a Tech Tip question or suggestion?  Please send it to the editor.

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Odds ‘n’ Endings – Julie Tessmer

Celebrate Dairy Month!

Did you know that it takes 12 pounds of whole milk to make a pint of your favorite ice cream? Or that making a pound of creamy butter for your toast or pancakes requires 21.2 pounds of whole milk?  Find these and other dairy facts, as well as a calendar of Wisconsin’s Dairy Month activities, at Wisconsin: America’s Dairyland, the website of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

More Notables for June

13 - The U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in Miranda v. Arizona (1966), which held that police must advise suspects of their rights when taking them into custody. To read the case abstract, the full text opinion, and listen to recordings of the oral arguments, visit this Oyez Project webpage.

14 – On this date in 1885, the first recognized observance of Flag Day in Wisconsin occurred at the Stony Hill School near Waubeka in Ozaukee County. Flag Day did not become a national observance until 31 years later, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it on June 14, 1916. [Source: Wisconsin Historical Society's "On This Day in Wisconsin History" entry for June 14.]

25 – Alice Craig Edgerton born, 1874.  Edgerton, who worked as a secretary to a judge who encouraged her to attend law school, was one of three women in her 1910 graduating class at Chicago Kent College of Law.  In 1923 she returned to Mukwonago and opened a law office, where she practiced until her death in 1946.  In 1926 Edgerton was the first woman to join the Waukesha County Bar Association.  She also founded both the  Woman's Bar Association of Illinois,  and Kappa Beta Pi, the first internationally organized legal sorority.  In 1941, the Wisconsin Federation of Women's Clubs presented Edgerton with an award in recognition of her professional achievement and public service.  [Source:  State Bar of Wisconsin’s Pioneers in the Law: the first 150 Women]

30 – The first federal Food and Drugs Act became law in 1906.  It’s also known as the “Wiley Act” after noted food researcher Harvey Wiley, who at the time was chief chemist in the U.S. Bureau of Chemistry, now known as the Food and Drug Administration.

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