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WSLL @ Your Service April 2010

What's New – Connie Von Der Heide

WSLL Staff News

Elisabeth Zerofsky recently joined the WSLL staff as our part-time afternoon circulation assistant and filer. A Madison native, Elisabeth earned a BA and an MA in literature from Brown University and spent the past year in France, teaching English to French high school students. She's currently preparing to take the LSAT and plans to apply to law school in the fall. Welcome, Elisabeth!

National Library Week 2010

During National Library Week, school, public, academic, and special libraries across the country promote the value that libraries and librarians bring to their communities by offering a wide variety of activities and events. WSLL, MLRC and DCLRC are pleased and proud to join in that tradition again this year. Throughout the week of April 12, visitors to our libraries will find a variety of legal resource displays and decorations, yummy treats, and even some library and law themed games with chances to win prizes! This year we're also providing an opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of incarcerated parents and their young children.

DCLRC has organized a book donation drive to support Kids Connection, a volunteer student-run project of the UW-Madison SLIS Jail Library Group. Kids Connection promotes family literacy and communication between locally incarcerated custodial parents and their children, by giving inmates the opportunity to record themselves reading a children's book aloud. Both the book and the recording are sent as a gift to the inmate's child(ren), who can then listen to Mom's or Dad's voice while following along in the book. We hope you'll consider supporting Kids Connection by donating a book or two. It will give incarcerated parents a chance to connect with their children through the words of a story.

Donations of new or very gently used children's books for Kids Connection may be dropped off Monday through Friday April 12-16 at the Dane County Legal Resource Center or the Wisconsin State Law Library. Kids Connection is especially in need of books for toddlers and preschoolers, but they will accept donations appropriate for infants through 5th grade (ages 10-11). To get some ideas, see this list of suggested notable and popular children's books categorized by age.

So – remember to visit us April 12-16 to drop off your children's book donation, enjoy a treat, enter a quick and fun contest, and help us celebrate National Library Week 2010. The more the merrier, so invite your colleagues, too! Questions? Please contact the library you will visit.

Upcoming Classes

There are still some openings in the following classes; register today! For more information, visit our Classes page.

Westlaw at WSLL
Wednesday, April 21, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at Wisconsin State Law Library

Come learn about FREE Westlaw available at the Wisconsin State Law Library! This class will showcase Westlaw Patron Access, a Westlaw service offered on the public access computers at all three of our libraries. It includes free searching of state and federal primary law - cases, statutes, codes and legislation – as well as access to KeyCite, online forms and treatises, such as McQuillin: The Law of Municipal Corporations; Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice, 2d; Fletcher's Cyclopedia of the Law of Private Corporations and much more. This class will offer useful tips on effective searching in both Boolean and Natural Language modes.
FREE Class. 1 CLE credit applied for. Registration is limited to 8.
Register Online
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Researching Wisconsin Legislative History: Sources & Strategies
Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at Wisconsin State Law Library

"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 research Wisconsin legislative history; navigate the online Wisconsin legislative drafting files; and learn some time saving tips and tricks along the way.
Fee: $50. 1.5 CLE credits applied for. Registration is limited to 8.
Register Online | Print Registration Form

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This Just In… – Pete Boll

New Title! Condemnation Law and Practice in Wisconsin, by John M. Van Lieshout and Richard W. Donner
State Bar of Wisconsin, 2010
Call Number KFW 2850 .V36

In 2005 the U.S. Supreme Court, in the controversial case Kelo v. City of New London, held that the government could acquire property under its eminent domain authority for economic development purposes. In response, Wisconsin and many other states have enacted legislation restricting the government's ability to condemn property for such purposes. In this first Wisconsin-oriented guide to condemnation law, Van Lieshout and Donner cover both the perspective of the condemning authority and that of the property owner. They explain the circumstances under which the state may undertake a condemnation and outline the requirements for doing so. The authors also describe the processes that a property owner must follow to contest a proposed condemnation, or to receive compensation for a taking. Major topics include:

  • Public policy behind condemnation
  • Procedural details
  • Costs and compensation
  • Parties' rights
  • Remedial options for those affected by condemnation

New Title! Real Estate Litigation Handbook, by David A. Soley
American Bar Association, 2010
Call Number KF 572 .S66 2009

Written by an experienced real estate litigator, this handbook is as an excellent guide for practitioners in navigating the complex world of boundaries, easements, access, title, and other real estate disputes. Major topics include:

  • The client interview
  • Exploring the title
  • Surveys and plans
  • Expert witnesses
  • Filing the complaint
  • Determining the cause of action
  • Responsive pleadings
  • Notice of claim
  • Injunctions
  • Written discovery requests
  • Depositions
  • Motion for summary judgment
  • The trial
  • Settlements and consent final judgment

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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: Selected Resources on Credit/Debt – Amy Crowder

The Credit Card Act of 2009, which took effect February 22, 2010, aims to reform the credit card industry and halt abusive credit card practices. It makes changes to the credit card provisions of the Truth-in-Lending Act, and amendments to the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Electronic Fund Transfer Act. The new law requires credit card companies to give 45 days notice before making significant changes to the terms of the card, changing fees associated with the card, or increasing the interest rate. The new law also bans retroactive interest rate hikes on existing balances. For an explanation of the new Credit Card Act protections read, What You Need to Know: New Credit Card Rules from the Federal Reserve Board.

Following is a selected list of State Law Library resources on the topics of consumer credit and debt collection that may be useful for doing further research. Wisconsin-specific resources have a “W” in front of the title. For assistance in accessing these or other materials, please contact our Reference Desk.

Remember that printable and online versions of all our Start Here guides are available through the Learning Center section of our website! Print a copy of our most recent guide now: Start Here: Credit/Debt


Credit Card Act of 2009: Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, James H. Pannabecker
Sheshunoff, 2009. 44 pages
KF1040.C541 S6 2009

Collection Actions: Defending Consumers and Their Assets, by Jonathan Sheldon, Carolyn Carter, Chi Chi Wu
National Consumer Law Center, 2008 with 2009 updates. 486 pages.
KF1024 .S54 2008

Collecting Debts: Tips and Strategies to Legally Get What You're Owed, by David A. Ambrosh et al.
Wisconsin TitleNational Business Institute, 2007. 249 pages
KFW2567.C6 C643 2007

Collection Law from Start to Finish, by Matthew M. Beier
Wisconsin TitleNational Business Institute, 2008. 327 pages.
KFW2567.C6 C642 2008

Collection Law Tips and Strategies, by J. David Krekeler et al.
Wisconsin TitleNational Business Institute, 2009. 283 pages
KFW2567.C6 C644 2009

Consumer Credit Compliance Manual, by John r. Fonseca
Thomson/West, 1984 and updated through 2009. 1,196 pages
KF1040.F6 C6 1984

Consumer Law: Sales Practices and Credit Regulation, by Howard J. Alperin
Thomson/West, 1986 and updated through 2009/2010. 2 volumes
KF1040.A743 1986

Credit Discrimination, by Alys Cohen
National Consumer Law Center, 2009. 518 pages
KF1040.C74 2009

Credit Repair, by Robin Leonard and John Lamb
Nolo, 2009. 268 pages
KF1040.Z9 L46 2009 (available at MLRC)

Fair Credit Reporting, by Chi Chi Wu, Elizabeth De Armond
National Consumer Law Center, 2006 and updated through 2009. 928 pages
KF1040.W8 2006

Fair Debt Collection, by Robert J. Hobbs
National Consumer Law Center, 2008 and updated through 2009. 1,134 pages
KF1024.H63 2008

Guide to Surviving Debt
National Consumer Law Center, 2002. 421 pages
KF1501.Z9 G8 2002

Handling Consumer Credit Cases, by John R. Fonseca
Thomson/West, 1986 and updated through 2010. 2 volumes
KF1040.F6 H3 1986

Law of Electronic Fund Transfer Systems: Legal and Strategic Planning, by Donald L. Baker, Roland E. Brandel
Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 1996 and updated through 2009. 2 volumes
KF1030.E4 B35 1996

Solve Your Money Troubles: Debt, Credit & Bankruptcy, by Robin Leonard & Margaret Reiter
Nolo, 2009. 520 pages
KF1501.Z9 L46 2009 (available at MLRC)

Truth in Lending, by Elizabeth Renuart
National Consumer law Center, 2007 and updated through 2009. 1,136 pages
KF1040.R4 2007

Truth In-Lending Manual, by Ralph C. Clontz, Jr.
Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 1996 and updated through 2009. 1 volume
KF1040.C54 T7 1996

Wisconsin Collection Law, by Robert A. Pasch
Wisconsin TitleThomson/West, updated through 2009. Volumes of the Wisconsin Practice series


Visit the Wisconsin State Law Library's Legal Topics page on Credit/Debt for a growing list of links to Internet resources. See also our related topics pages on Debt Collection, Bankruptcy, and Banking Law.

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Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk

Use Advanced Search to Improve Results

A simple way to improve your Google Search results is by using the Advanced Search form. Perhaps the most helpful restrictor in the advanced search form is the “search within a site or domain” field. Using this limiter, you can restrict your search results to websites with a particular domain or domain type. Dot gov is what I use most often when searching for primary law or legal commentary from authoritative sources. For example, compare this search for information on capital gains tax using Google with no limiters and this Google search limited to dot gov sites only.

The Bing search engine provides similar limiting to domain type, but it goes a step further by providing an easy “not in this type of domain” option. This is helpful for picking up results from several domains at once .(edu, .org, and .gov) while also filtering out results from one domain, such as .com or .biz. This option in Bing is shown below.

Bing Advanced Search

There appears to be no direct link to Bing's Advanced Search page. To access it, you'll need to run a basic search first and then narrow your results using the Advanced search link, displayed to the right of the results list. (I guess this is one way for a search engine to double its “number of queries run” stats!)

Limiting by domain is perhaps the most useful of Bing's advanced search features. Google provides a wider array of advanced options, such as limiting by recently updated pages or to key words in a specific field (URL, text, or title of the page), or finding pages “like this page.”

Web searchers are frequently intimated by the Advanced Search screen. It presents many options, and many empty white spaces waiting to be filled with search terms. While Advanced Search can be used to add multiple limits, it's commonly used to apply just one. Focus on the field you wish to limit, and leave the rest blank.

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Odds ‘n' Endings – Carol Hassler

Five Day Mail Service?

Recently the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) sought out an opinion from the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on dropping Saturday delivery. This move would help address a USPS revenue shortfall and would begin in fiscal year 2011 -- if the PRC and Congress approve the plans.

Customers can learn more about the proposal at the USPS 5 day delivery page.

[Source: Gov Gab: Your U.S. Government Blog]

April Notables

1st – National Census Day! Make sure you're counted; fill out your census form today. Learn more about the Decennial Census at 2010.census.gov. Check regional participation rates. At the time of publication, Wisconsin was in the top 5!

15th – 1955: April 15th officially became “tax day.” For you history lovers, IRS.gov has a 1913 Form 1040 available online! [Why is Tax Day April 15? Fortune, 2002]

24th – 1800: Library of Congress established. The library is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States.

30th – 1789: President George Washington delivers the first - and shortest - inaugural address.

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