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WSLL Receives Books from Retired Judge’s Collection – Jane Colwin

Inscription on Donated Blackstone Commentaries
Inscription and letter on donated Blackstone Commentaries
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The State Law Library recently accepted a donation of law books from the collection of retired Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge Paul Gartzke. Judge Gartzke was a frequent library user, and it is with pleasure that we’ve added some of his books to our collection. One of the donated sets has a special meaning for the State Law Library: an 1899 edition of Cooley’s Blackstone Commentaries, signed by former State Law Librarian Gilson Glasier and noting the sale of the book to another State Law Librarian, Edwin Jensen. Another interesting item is a signed copy of Burr Jones’s Law of Evidence in Civil Cases, 2nd edition (1912), written while Jones was a professor at the UW Law School.

The donation also includes some additions to our Prose and Cons legal fiction collection: two novels by Arthur Train, American lawyer and creator of the fictional lawyer Mr. Ephraim Tutt. The two donated novels, His Children’s Children and Blind Goddess, have joined Tutt and Mr. Tutt on our shelves.

We extend our thanks to Judge Gartzke and his family for these interesting gifts.

WSLL Creates Foreclosure Tutorial

Many people have been forced to deal with the issue of home foreclosure.

With the current economic situation, many people have been forced to deal with the issue of home foreclosure and are looking for information. In response, the State Law Library has created an online tutorial, Help! I’m Facing Foreclosure. The page includes a brief (under 3 minutes) video directing people to sources of information and assistance, and links to the websites of relevant agencies and organizations. Attorneys and librarians alike may find this to be a useful resource for their clients and library patrons.

Upcoming Classes

There are still a few openings in our August and September legal research classes. Join us on August 20 or August 25 for a guided tour of our new website, wilawlibrary.gov On September 10, learn all about using Westlaw at the State Law Library. For details and registration information, please visit our Classes page.

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This Just In… – Julie Tessmer

Featured Title

But I’m You’re Biggest Fan: Handling Trademark Problems Posed by Fan-Created Content, by Anne Gilson LaLonde Lexis Nexis, 2009
Call Number: KF 3180 .G54 L36 2008

This supplement to the Gilson on Trademarks set explores some interesting trademark issues centered around fan-created content such as fan fiction, fan guides, fan-created apparel, and even fan tattoos. The authors discuss:

  • Litigation involving The Harry Potter Lexicon written by fan Steve Vander Ark. Case name: Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. v. RDR Books, No. 08-CIV-9667 (S.D.N.Y. 2008)
  • “The Seinfeld Aptitude Test,” a trivia test based on the television sitcom “Seinfeld.” Case name: Castle Rock Entertainment, Inc. v. Carol Pub. Group, Inc. 150 F. 3rd 132 C.A.2 (N.Y), 1998
  • The lawsuit pertaining to the book Joy of Trek: How to Enhance Your Relationship with a ‘Star Trek’ Fan published by fan Sam Ramer. Case name: Paramount Pictures Corp. v. Carol Publishing Corp., 11 F. Supp. 2d 329 (S.D.N.Y. 1998)

New Editions

Judgment Enforcement, by James J. Brown
Aspen Publishers, 2009
Call Number: KF 9025 .B758

Managing Class Action Litigation: a Pocket Guide for Judges, by Barbara J. Rothstein
Federal Judicial Center, 2009
Call Number: KF 8896 .R68 2009

Probate Practice: the Essential Basics, by Norman L. Goeschko
National Business Institute, 2009
Call Number: KFW 2544 .A75 P73 2009

The Rainmaking Machine: Marketing, Planning, Strategies, and Management for Law Firms, by Phyllis Weiss Haserot
Thomson/West, 2009
Call Number: KF 316.5 H371


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See our latest New Titles list for a list of new books and other resources.

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

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Start Here: A List of Selected Resources on Landlord/Tenant Law – Amy Crowder

Summer often brings an increase in Landlord/Tenant questions here @ WSLL. The following is a list of resources we often turn to for answers; you may find them helpful as well.

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


American Law of Landlord and Tenant
KF590 .S34
Robert S. Schoshinski
910 p.; published by Thomson/West (updated 2009)

Apartment Management in Wisconsin: a Self-help Guide for Property Managers and Owners
KFW2517 .A63 2005
Wisconsin TitleBrenda K. Konkel
235 p.; published by the Tenant Resource Center (2005)

Civil Procedure Forms (Wisconsin Practice Series)
KFW2930 .W632
Wisconsin TitleJay E. Grenig and Nathan Fishbach
v.; published by Thomson West (updated 2009)
Refer to Index.

Essential Guide to Real Estate Leases
KF590.Z9 W368 2001
Mark Warda
198 p.; published by Sphinx Pub. (2001)

Every Landlord’s Legal Guide
KF590.Z9 S74 2006
Marcia Stewart, Ralph Warner, and Janet Portman
1 v.; published by Nolo; includes forms (2006)

Every Tenant’s Legal Guide
KF590.Z9 P671 2009
Janet Portman and Marcia Stewart
445 p.; published by Nolo (2009)

Evictions and Landlord/Tenant Law in Wisconsin
KFW2517.A75 E94 2005 (book)
Wisconsin TitleMedia Collection KFW2517.A75 E94 2005 Audio CD (audio of seminar)
Carl W. Chesshir et al.
108 p.; 8 CDs; seminar material from National Business Institute (2005)

HUD Housing Programs: Tenants' Rights
KF5729 .H83 2004
1 v.; published by the National Housing Law Project (2004)

Landlord and Tenant Law in a Nutshell
KF590.Z9 H45 2004
David S. Hill
326 p.; published by Thomson/West (2004)

Landlord and Tenant Law in Wisconsin
KFW2517.E7 L25 2001
Wisconsin TitleWalter H. Erbach, Jason Klimowicz, and James E. Lewis
106 p.; seminar material from Lorman Education Services (2001)

Leases & Rental Agreements
KF590.Z9 S74 L4 2002
Marcia Stewart, Ralph Warner, and Janet Portman
v.; published by Nolo (2002)

Renter’s Rights: The Basics
KF590.Z9 P67 2009
Janet Portman & Marcia Stewart
280 p.; published by Nolo (2009)

Restatement of the Law Second, Property 2d, Landlord and Tenant
KF395.A2 P722
Published by American Law Institute (1977- )

The Student Tenant Union's Renter's Guide
KFW2517 .S78 1994
Wisconsin Title135 p.; Published by the Tenant Resource Center (1994)

Tenant Problem Prevention and Proper Evictions
KFW2517.A75 B37 2007
Wisconsin TitleCheryl P. Baraty, Tristan R. Pettit, and Kim R. Queen
141 p.; seminar material from National Business Institute (2007)

Wisconsin Pleading and Practice
KFW2930.A65 B724
Wisconsin TitleEdwin E. Bryant
10 v.; published by Thomson/West (updated 2009)
Refer to Index

Wisconsin Real Estate Law
KFW2512 .M32 2003
Wisconsin Title1 v.; published by University of Wisconsin Law School, Continuing Education and Outreach (2003)

The Wisconsin Way: a Guide for Landlords and Tenants
KFW2517 .W4 2005
Wisconsin Title72 p.; published by the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (2005)

Audio/Visual Items

Evictions and Landlord/Tenant Law in Wisconsin
Media Collection KFW2517.A75 E94 2005 Audio CD
Wisconsin TitleCarl W. Chesshir et al.
8 CDs; seminar material from National Business Institute (2005)


The following forms may be purchased from the Wisconsin State Law Library. Please see our Forms for Sale page for more information.

Residential Lease (Form 19)
Tenant Inspection/Acceptance (Form 993)
28-Day Notice Terminating Tenancy (Form 327)
14-Day Notice Terminating Tenancy (Form 768)
5-Day Notice to Quit or Pay Rent (Form 328)
5-Day Notice to Vacate – Nuisance (Form 329)

Internet Resources

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

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Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk

Is it Twitter time?

Is it time for you to have a Twitter account?

It seems that everyone - from your neighborhood dog to the White House - has a Twitter account. Is it time for you to have one, too? What is Twitter, and how can law firms and lawyers use it successfully? Here’s information that might answer some of your questions.

What is Twitter? There are many wonderful, succinct definitions for Twitter. Most people simply call it a “microblog.” It can also be thought of as “public instant messaging.” Users send out (tweet) short messages, limited to 140 characters, which can be anything: comments, questions, announcements, referrals, etc.

Is Twitter searchable? Yes, at http://search.twitter.com/. You do not need to have a Twitter account to search Twitter.

How are lawyers using Twitter? Twitter can be used for marketing, to inform clients of new developments at your firm or new content on your webpage, and to network with other attorneys (For an example, see Foley & Lardner). Twitter can also be used to measure public chatter on a subject of interest, such as the renewable energy legislation, the plant closings, or e. coli outbreaks.

How do I know if a Twitter account is genuine? Twitter is experimenting with Verified Account for certain users.

How can I customize my Twitter account to protect certain information? See this helpful article from PC World, “Avoid Twitter Disasters”.

For more information, check out this excellent post and presentation by Chris Winfield, “How can Lawyers use Twitter?” See also the Twitter section of Lawyercasting.com.

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Odds ‘n Endings – Carol Hassler

Search Engines, Knowledge Engines

It's the season for new search engines.

It’s the season for outdoor fun, summer blockbusters, and apparently, new search engines. Here are some of the new search toys on the market:

  • Wolfram Alpha
    This computational knowledge engine made its public debut in late May. While so far not useful for extensive legal research, this knowledge engine can be used to obtain socioeconomic, health, and technical data. This serves as yet another place to look up company financial data as well. Get research tips from PC World’s Wolfram Alpha Research Secrets.
  • Google Squared
    A new search tool from Google Labs, Google Squared is designed to help you quickly build a collection of facts for any topic you specify. This is useful for some searches, but not all.
  • Bing
    Marketed as a “decision engine,” this is Microsoft’s updated search engine.

Want to test and compare different search engines? Try these search engine comparison sites.

Summer Savings

If you’re looking for ways to save this summer, check out the Office of the Lieutenant Governor’s page for pennypinchers. Also, did you know that the National Park Service is offering free admission to more than 100 national parks on select weekends this summer? Check nps.gov for details and more special offers.

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