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WSLL @ Your Service September 2010

What's New – Connie Von Der Heide, Julie Tessmer

Staff News

We're very pleased to announce that Lynne Gehrke has accepted the Branch Librarian position at the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center (MLRC). Some of you may remember that Lynne worked as a library assistant at MLRC a few years ago. In between, she was the office manager for a Milwaukee law firm. Next time you're in the Milwaukee County courthouse, please stop by the MLRC and welcome Lynne back!

Congratulations to Kristin Garvey, library associate at the Dane County Legal Resource Center, who just completed her Master's degree in Library & Information Studies at UW-Madison. Way to go, Kristin!

WSLL bids farewell to Josh Minon, filer and afternoon circulation assistant, who is returning to full time studies as a 2L at UW Law School. All the best, Josh!

WSLL also welcomes three new part-time library assistants. Sara Phyfer, shelver and morning circulation desk assistant, is a recent UW-Madison graduate with a degree in sociology and French and a certificate in Criminal Justice, and worked at the Kohler Art Library on campus during most of her college career. Sara will take the LSAT this fall and plans to begin law school next year. Sara Byrnes, Wisconsin Briefs processor and noon-hour circulation desk assistant, will complete her Master's degree at UW-Madison School of Library & Information Studies this fall, has interned at Hennepin County Law Library (Minneapolis) and worked at the Alicia Ashman Branch of the Madison Public Library, and just completed a volunteer position with AmeriCorps -VISTA at the Fond du Lac Public Library, coordinating a computer lab for unemployed library users. Duane Rodel, filer and afternoon circulation assistant, graduated from UW-School of Library & Information Studies in May and has worked in several library settings including the Wisconsin Historical Society Library, Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), and the Ripon College library.

Back from Iraq: Deputy Law Librarian Shares Active Duty Experiences

LNCS Julie Tessmer, U.S. Navy (left) and Captain Beth Hernandex, U.S. Air Force dressed for a day at Court in Baghdad, Iraq
LNCS Julie Tessmer, U.S. Navy (left) and Captain Beth Hernandez, U.S. Air Force, dressed for a day at Court in Baghdad, Iraq

Julie Tessmer, Deputy Law Librarian, recently returned from Active Duty service with the U.S. Navy. Julie, a Legalman Senior Chief Petty Officer in the Reserves, deployed to Baghdad, Iraq to serve with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, Arabian Peninsula. Reservists are oftentimes mobilized as part of a unit, such as a battalion or company. Julie was deployed as an "individual augmentee," which is generally done when specialized knowledge or skills are needed. Her tour began in October 2009 with a month of training at Army bases in South Carolina and later in Kuwait. She returned home in June 2010 and came back to work at the library in July.

While in Baghdad, Julie worked for an Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG), who was the Liaison Officer to the Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI). CCCI is an Iraqi court with national jurisdiction that focuses on cases involving terrorism. As part of the prosecution team, she was involved in obtaining arrest warrants on individuals suspected of terrorist activities. Once the suspected terrorists were captured, Julie's team went back to court to obtain detention orders to keep the individuals in custody and then continued to work on the cases through the investigative hearing process. If the case was referred to trial another legal unit took over but Julie and Captain Hernandez kept a close watch on the outcome of their cases.

Julie said her work was challenging, rewarding, and a bit frightening at times. She's hopeful for the continued development of an equitable justice system in Iraq. She's also very pleased to be back at WSLL and very grateful for the outstanding support she received from the library staff throughout her deployment.

Julie will present a program titled: From Library Stacks to Baghdad, Iraq: Experiences in the Iraqi Courts to the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin (LLAW) at their next quarterly meeting on September 8th.

Upcoming Classes

There are still a few openings in most of our fall/winter classes. Topics include Researching Wisconsin Legislative History; Ethics Research via Westlaw; Using Westlaw @ WSLL; and Accessing Wisconsin Briefs via the Internet. Details and registration forms are available on our Classes page.

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This Just In… – Pete Boll

New Title! Product Liability Litigation: Current Law, Strategies, and Best Practices, by Stephanie A. Scharf, et al. Practicing Law Institute, 2009
Call Number: KF 1296 .P76

Featuring case studies, checklists, sample documents, and other practical resources, Product Liability Litigation shows how to develop case assessment and discovery plans that can cut litigation costs and increase the likelihood of a favorable resolution. Also discussed are the use of forensic analysis and software tools to obtain key electronically-stored information for cases; deploy technologies to present complex scientific evidence in clear, compelling ways to jurors; craft e-discovery management plans that help comply with e-discovery rules, control costs, and avoid spoliation claims; reach product liability class action settlements; and help companies develop effective crisis management plans.

The forty-three chapters are divided into three categories. Part One addresses trends in product claims and defenses, with chapters that discuss trends applicable to all or most types of product claims. Part Two addresses strategies for managing and resolving product litigation. Part Three focuses on particular issues and tactics in product cases, focusing on how to manage particular issues that often arise in product claims.

New Edition! Marital Property Law in Wisconsin, by Keith A. Christiansen, et al.
Fourth Edition
State Bar of Wisconsin, 2010
Call Number: KFW 2497 .M374

First published in 1984 upon passage of the Wisconsin Marital Property Act, this new edition updates this complex subject matter. New case discussions have been added, reflecting U.S. Supreme Court and Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals decisions during the past few years. These new cases address issues such as bankruptcy law restrictions on attorneys, spouses' rights under employee-benefit plans, marital property agreements, divisibility of assets, and exclusivity of the Marital Property Act's remedies.

Wisconsin and federal cases, statutes, and regulations, as well as statutes from other states have been updated. Cites to the Wisconsin statutes concerning family law and guardianship have been revised to reflect renumbering of relevant statutory chapters.


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

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WSLL Recommends…

This monthly column highlights a legal research tool, in print and/or electronic format, that is not freely available on the internet. We hope it will increase your knowledge of sources you might already be already familiar with, and help to expand your legal research toolkit.

American Law Reports (ALR)

Consulting American Law Reports (ALR) can be an effective way to begin your legal research. This annotation service, published by West, summarizes legal issues and provides citations to relevant cases, statutes, regulations, law review articles, and legal treatises. Continue your case law search by using the recommended Westlaw search queries, or broaden your research in one of the suggested topical databases.

You can locate an annotation by searching either the ALR Index or the ALR Quick Index. Citations to ALR annotations can also be found in other research resources such as Am Jur2d and CJS.

The State Law Library has a complete ALR collection in print format, including ALR (1st) through ALR 6th, ALR Federal, and ALR Fed. 2d. The State Law Library and Milwaukee Legal Resource Center also provide on-site electronic access to ALR through Westlaw.

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Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk

Make Your Own "Fillable" Form

Many websites provide access to forms in PDF format. Examples include this Civil Rights Complaint for the Eastern District of Wisconsin federal court, and this Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request form from the City of Viroqua.

Unfortunately, these particular PDF forms - like many found on the web - aren't coded to allow the user to fill them in online. You have to print out the form and then fill in the blanks by hand or with a typewriter. However, with a free PDF viewer and mark up tool called PDF X-Change, you can make forms like these into "fillable" ones.

(PDF X-Change was previously highlighted in the May 2009 Tech Tip column – see that for information on downloading and installing it on your PC.)

Once PDF X-Change is installed on your computer, you can use it to view and fill out any PDF form you've downloaded. Simply click on the Typewriter tool, then click back to the space you want to fill in and begin typing. When you're finished, you can save and/or print the form.

Entities such as local governments or charitable organizations sometimes make forms available on their websites, but they might not have the technical support or the budget to provide them as "fillable" tools. PDF X-Change is a free and very easy way to do it yourself.

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Odds ‘n' Endings – Amy Crowder

Murder and Intrigue at the Library

What do shadowy American consortiums, ambitious detectives, and Hamlet have to do with one another? They all appear in the newest additions to our Prose & Cons Collection. This collection of donated legal fiction contains books from such authors as David Baldacci, Patricia Cornwell, Dick Francis, and John Grisham. To make a donation, simply drop off your gently used legal fiction books, audiobooks and DVDs at the library, or contact Amy Crowder.

A few of our latest additions:

The Grounds, by Cormac Millar
Penguin, 2007
Call number: F Millar
King's College, Dublin, an ancient and thoroughly mediocre institution, is in crisis. When Seamus Joyce is hired to provide a consultant's report on his alma mater for a shadowy American consortium, he doesn't realize what he's in for: a poisonous brew of intrigue, professional backstabbing, corruption, and murder.

Hamlet, Revenge! by Michael Innes
Penguin, 1961 (reprint)
Call number: F Innes
First published in 1937, this classic suspense novel by one of the "golden age" mystery writers takes place at Seamnum Court, seat of the Duke of Horton, where the Lord Chancellor of England is murdered at the climax of a private performance of Hamlet in which he plays Polonius. Inspector John Appleby pursues some of the most famous names in the country, unearthing dreadful suspicion.

Lush Life, by Richard Price
Picador, 2008
Call number: F Price
Still living on the Lower East Side and waiting tables, thirty-five-year-old Eric Cash has every reason to be jealous of Ike Marcus, an ambitious young man on the way to the top - until he is supposedly gunned down by street thugs while walking one night with Eric.

The Last Billable Hour, by Susan Wolfe
Ivy Books, 1990
Call number: F Wolfe
Howard Rickover, the newest lawyer--and, therefore, flunky--at Silicon Valley law firm Tweedmore & Slyde, hits his stride when he helps police detective Sarah Nelson find out who stabbed firm partner Leo Slyde.

Mark Your Calendar: Battle of the Barristers

No, it's not a courtroom brawl - but if you like music and want to support a great cause, this is for you! The Milwaukee Bar Association is sponsoring Battle of the Barristers at The Rave in Milwaukee on Thursday, September 23rd from 7 to 10:30 pm. The pre-auditioned contestants - both solo acts and groups with at least one Wisconsin attorney, judge, or Marquette law student member - will compete for some great prizes including a $250 gift card to the Rave and an opening spot at a future Rave show. All proceeds will benefit the Milwaukee Bar Association's Justice Center. Why not go and cheer on your peers?! Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

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