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WSLL @ Your Service July 2010

What's New – Connie Von Der Heide

Staff News

We are greatly saddened by the passing of our coworker and friend Rebecca Knutson on June 11, after a lengthy battle with cancer. A memorial service was held in Milwaukee on June 16. Rebecca was hired as the library assistant at the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center in 2000 and became MLRC Librarian in 2003. We extend our sincere condolences to her family.

WSLL recently bade farewell to Elisabeth Zerofsky, our part time filer and circulation desk assistant. Elisabeth is seeking full time employment and will also be busy applying to law schools in the coming months. We wish her all the best.

Our new part time filer and circulation desk assistant is Josh Minon. Josh has completed his first year at UW Law School, and this summer he's also an "extern" (volunteer intern) at the Wisconsin Dept. of Justice. Welcome, Josh!

Upcoming Classes

Our June class on researching Wisconsin legislative history was so popular that we're offering it again – twice, in fact! A few seats are still available in both the July 13 and August 5 sessions. Also in August, come and learn about using the State Law Library's FREE Westlaw service. For details and registration information on all of our upcoming classes, visit our Classes page. Many of them fill quickly, so register today!

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This Just In... – Pete Boll

Updated! Wisconsin Probate System: Forms and Procedures Handbook, 2010 Supplement, by Dean T. Strange, Jennifer R. D'Amato, Jessica King
State Bar of Wisconsin
KFW 2544.A75 B63

Wisconsin Probate System is a practical guide to probate procedure in Wisconsin. The book describes how to effectively and ethically represent a client and how to select and use various judicial and administrative procedures to identify, collect, and distribute the decedent's assets and settle the decedent's estate. It also provides practice aids such as forms, sample letters, and checklists. This first update to the 2009 3rd edition reflects new developments in the area of Wisconsin probate law. Particularly noted is the fact that the Wisconsin estate tax is no longer in existence. The impact of this change is now reflected throughout the text where applicable. The update also provides information on domestic partnerships in Wisconsin and effects on inheritance, property, and legal entitlements upon death or termination of the domestic partnership.

Updated! Travel Law, release #52, by Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson
Law Journal Press, 2010
KF 2042.T75 D53

This latest release of Travel Law reports on legal developments arising from recent extensive flight delays resulting in many hours spent waiting on the tarmac, and the creation of passenger's rights organizations and increased pressure on state and federal governments to enact tougher domestic airline regulations. Also addressed is the progress made in requiring airlines to report tarmac delays and accommodate the needs of delayed passengers. New case rulings update text discussions on physical injuries occurring during travel, lost, damaged or stolen baggage, and the impact of the Warsaw and Montreal Conventions on the growing number of international travelers. This release also includes expanded discussions on:

  • Airline safety and airport security both domestically and in the EU
  • Antitrust litigation impacting travel agents, tour operators, and airlines
  • Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act as it relates to travel agents
  • Increased use of baggage fees and other income generating plans
  • Airlines' increasing ticket restriction

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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WSLL Recommends: Timely Compilation on Health Care Reform – Carol Hassler

Health Care Reform Special AlertA new addition to our collection, Health Care Reform Special Alert delivers an analysis of the recent Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Reconciliation Act of 2010. Accompanying this analysis are issue-focused white papers on hospitals, employee benefit plans, fraud and abuse, taxation, and more. Use this as a quick reference to the US Code with its "sections affected" table, or refer to the compiled US Code sections spanning the two volumes. A comprehensive subject index rounds out this new resource.

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Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk

Tips for the Casual MS Word User

If you're not a "pro" at Microsoft Word, it's easy to forget or overlook some basic tools that can help you make the most of the program. Here are two reminders:

Help with outlines

Most of us remember the basics of creating an outline. When you start an outline in MS Word, you'll quickly notice that the program anticipates what you are doing and formats the outline automatically. This can be very helpful. But what if you want to change the style or use bullet points instead? There an easy way to do that. Click on the Format Menu (Alt-o) and choose Bullets and Numbering. From here, you'll find different options for choosing numbering styles, bullets, outline styles and list styles. This can turn an average outline into a more professional-looking document.

Controlling AutoCorrect

As mentioned above, creating outlines "automatically" is one of the helpful features of MS Word. This bonus is part of the AutoCorrect feature. However, AutoCorrect can also be one of the more frustrating aspects for casual users. It bears repeating that the user can wield more control over the AutoCorrect feature. The first step is simply remembering where the control board is found! Under the Tools Menu (Alt-t) choose AutoCorrect options. Under AutoCorrect, you'll find all sorts of preferences that can be turned on or off, depending on your likes and dislikes. It's worth taking a few moments to browse through the many features of AutoCorrect. If for no other reason, reviewing your current settings will help you understand why certain corrections happen automatically as you type.

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Odds 'n' Endings – Amy Crowder

New Search Screen for HeinOnline Law Journal Library

In early June, HeinOnline introduced a new "simplified and streamlined" search screen for their Law Journal Library database. For starters, Hein has reduced the number of search boxes from three to one. The box includes a pull-down menu where you may select from fields to search such as author, article or journal title, or description. A browse feature lets you easily browse for journals by title, state, country or by subject. You may also quickly retrieve an article by using the Bluebook Citation search, which appears prominently on the page. Overall, the new law journal search screen will simplify your law journal searching. If you have questions or need assistance in using this new search screen, please contact the WSLL Reference Desk.

The Wisconsin State Law Library subscribes to HeinOnline as a service to our users. The database is available at each of our three libraries and may also be accessed remotely by most WSLL library cardholders. If you don't have a WSLL library card and are eligible for one, visit any of our three libraries to register. If you're unable to register in person, contact the Wisconsin State Law Library to request a card by mail. For more information, please visit our Circulation webpage.

Travel Wisconsin

Taking some time away from the office this summer? Don't forget to check the Events Calendar on TravelWisconsin.com. Unsure of what you want to do or see? Let the site's Trip Finder customize a Wisconsin vacation for you.

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