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WSLL @ Your Service June 2010

What's New – Connie Von Der Heide

"Where'd my books go?"

You know exactly where the books for your practice area are located in the library, right? You've walked directly to that shelf a dozen times. But this time, they're not there?! What happened?

Since the 2002 move to our current location, some space issues have developed in certain parts of the collection - especially Periodicals and the Regional Reporters. Solving those issues has generally involved some shifting, i.e. spreading materials out onto adjacent empty shelves reserved for growth. In areas where no growth space remains, we now have to make the tough decisions on which materials to withdraw from the collection and provide only in electronic format, in order to gain back some shelf space.

So, if you walk to that same familiar shelf and don't find the books you're used to seeing, please ask for assistance at the Reference Desk. We'll be happy to show you where they are now, or help you find what you need on our public computers.

Upcoming Classes

Check out our Classes page for information about the State Law Library's legal research classes coming up in June, July and August. A few seats are still available, so register today!

Free Westlaw Access

Yes, you read correctly – WSLL and MLRC both provide free access to Westlaw on our public computers! The only cost would be for anything you decide to print out. Not sure how to search Westlaw? The reference staff can help you get started. And if you'd like to learn more, register for WSLL's "Using Westlaw" class on August 11. It's free, too!

The Young and the Restless in Court

Recently we assisted the long-running television show The Young and the Restless with a question. The show, set in Genoa City, Wisconsin, needed information on the wording of the witnesses' oath in Wisconsin. The information we provided will be used in episodes #9429 and #9430, airing June 28 and 29th! Be sure to tune in!

Our librarian provided the following:

Library Closings in July

WSLL, MLRC, and DCLRC will be closed on Monday, July 5th for the Independence Day state holiday.

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This Just In – Pete Boll

New Title! Special Needs Trust Handbook, by Thomas D. Begley, Jr. and Angela E. Canellos
Wolters Kluwer Law and Business, 2008
Call Number: KF 480 .S64

Updated through 2010, this handbook addresses special needs planning for the estimated 43 million Americans who have one or more physical or mental disabilities. Special needs trusts enable persons to receive inheritances, equitable distribution, alimony, child support, and personal injury settlements while maintaining their other means-tested public benefits. The authors cover a broad range of issues confronted by lawyers in the fields of elder and disability law, including specific types of disabilities; the various public and private benefits available to persons with disabilities; estate planning for parents of children with disabilities; specific types of special needs trusts; and structured settlements in personal injury cases.

New Edition! Recommendations by Judges, by Cynthia Gray
American Judicature Society. 2009
Call Number: KF8779.G73 R41 2009

Providing recommendation as a favor for colleagues or friends is a common practice. However, judicial ethics standards require judges to think twice before engaging in activities perhaps considered routine before taking the bench. Cynthia Gray, director of the Center for Judicial Ethics, discusses the guidance judicial ethics advisory committees have given judges who are considering whether to provide a letter of recommendation or act as a reference in contexts such as employment, admission to an educational institution or the bar, appointment to the bench, and adjudicative proceedings. This 2009 update incorporates recent advisory opinions and citations to the 2007 ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct. Recommendations by Judges is part of the American Judicature Society's recently updated series Key Issue in Judicial Ethics. Other titles in the series, all available at WSLL, include:

  • Commenting on Pending Cases
  • Disqualification Issues When a Judge is Related to a Lawyer
  • Ethical Issues for New Judges
  • Ethics and Judges' Evolving Roles Off the Bench: Serving on Governmental Commissions
  • A Judge's Attendance at Social Events, Bar Association Functions, Civic and Charitable Functions and Political Gatherings
  • Organizations that Practice Invidious Discrimination
  • Political Activity by Members of a Judge's Family
  • Real Estate Investments by Judges

New Titles RSS Feed
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 Selected List of Resources on Agriculture: Animal Law – Amy Crowder

Similar to our previous Start Here columns, this month's guide was prompted by a recent question posed to our reference staff, concerning the welfare of horses in inclement weather.  The following list of resources may be helpful in starting your research on agricultural animal law.  For assistance in accessing these or other materials, please contact our Reference Desk or the appropriate library mentioned.

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: Agricultural Animal Law

Primary Law

Code of Federal Regulations 9, Animals and Animal Products.
KF70.A3 Title 9
Internet & HeinOnline

U.S. Code Title 7, Agriculture
Internet & HeinOnline

To access various relevant Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Code sections, visit The Law section of the Animal Law Legal Topics page.


Animals and the Law: a Sourcebook, by Jordan Curnutt
UW-Madison Law School Library – Reference Collection
REF KF390.5.A5 C87 2001
591 p.; published by ABC-CLIO (2001)
Chapter 4 concerns Legal Regulation and the Treatment of Farm Animals. Preview book via Google Books.

Law Reviews

Animal Law
Lewis & Clark Law School
Vol. 1 (1995)-

Animal Law & Ethics
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Journal of Animal Law
Michigan State University College of Law
Internet & HeinOnline
Vol. 1 (2005)-

Government Documents

The UW-Madison Steenbock Memorial Library has a collection of federal government documents including publications from the USDA and other federal agencies that deal with agriculture. The collection also includes publications issued by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, as well as publications issued by other states' agricultural experiment stations and extension services.


A catalog and index to the collections of the National Agricultural Library, "encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines". Database includes citations to journal articles and books on the topics of animal and veterinary sciences, farming, etc.
View list of journals indexed in AGRICOLA.

Agriculture Network Information Center
A database of agriculture-related websites, full-text documents, citations, images and other resources. "AgNIC partners are comprised of professional librarians, extension experts, and information specialists with advanced degrees in specific subjects. "Relevant topics include animal welfare, animal law, and veterinary law. Search limit strategies available.

Federal Animal Law – Federal Register (FAML-FR)
Westlaw -- public access available at the Library.
Documents from the Federal Register that relate to animal law. Coverage begins with January 1981.

For information about other relevant databases, visit the UW-Madison Steenbock Memorial Library website.

Internet Resources

Visit the Wisconsin State Law Library's Legal Topics Page on Animal Law to access primary law, agency and organization websites, and other resources.

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Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk

Save Time, Money with MS Office Templates

In today's economic climate, most businesses are looking to do more with less. Or, perhaps, more with what they already have. If you've purchased Microsoft Office products, one "extra" you may have overlooked is the extensive assortment of free templates available through Microsoft's website.

If you'd like to spend more time practicing law and less time fumbling with the computer, these templates may have something to offer. There are templates for a wide variety of business functions, including invoices, faxes, newsletters, receipts, and brochures. Templates provide a starting point for your document, which you can then customize to fit your needs and style.

A section for "community submitted templates" allows users post templates to share with others.

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Odds 'n' Endings – Carol Hassler

New Look for PACER

In May PACER launched a new look, featuring an updated overall design and home page layout. For comparison, the blog Resource Shelf captured a cached screenshot of the old home page.

Changes to the site also included the launch of a new search tool. Case Locator, linked from the home page, is set to replace the U.S. Party/Case Index. An announcement on PACER's site lists the new search features. The U.S. Party/Case Index will be available for the next few months to allow some transition time for PACER users.

Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court on May 10, 2010. The Law Library of Congress, in an effort to respond to congressional and public requests for resources on Kagan, has created a web page for her on its Supreme Court Nominations site.

According to the Law Library of Congress' press release:

The site includes links to articles and books by the nominee, congressional documents, Supreme Court oral arguments and web resources. From mainstream media to new media such as blogs (and law blogs, or "blawgs"), the site offers information about Kagan as well as Supreme Court nomination hearings dating to 1971. Featured nominees include confirmed Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Samuel A. Alito and John G. Roberts; another featured nominee is Harriet E. Miers, whose nomination was withdrawn on Oct. 27, 2005.

Visit Kagan's page for citations to articles, books, congressional documents, court transcripts, and more.

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