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WSLL @ Your Service December 2010

The Staff of the Wisconsin State Law Library, Milwaukee Legal Resource Center & Dane County Legal Resource Center wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.

What's New – Connie Von Der Heide

You're Invited...

We cordially invite you to the State Law Library's Annual Winter Holiday Open House on Tuesday, December 7, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the WSLL Reading Room. The State Law Library is located in the Risser Justice Center, 120 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., 2nd floor. Please join us for some delicious snacks, fun games and great conversation. Happy Holidays!

Holiday Closings

The Wisconsin State Law Library and the Milwaukee and Dane County Legal Resource Centers will be closed on Friday, December 24 and Friday, December 31 for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve holidays. All three libraries will be open for business as usual on Monday, December 27 and Monday, January 3.

WSLL, MLRC and DCLRC will also be closed on Monday, January 17 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Now's the best time...

...to start a new subscription to the State Law Library’s After Hours service, available to attorneys licensed to practice in Wisconsin. Subscribers to this convenient service have access to the Wisconsin State Law Library from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. After Hours Service subscriptions are annual and run on the calendar year, but if you apply now for 2011, we'll include the remainder of 2010 at no extra charge! Find out more and get an application or renewal form on our After Hours Access page.

Upcoming Legal Research Classes

Need another ethics CLE credit? There are still a few openings in our Tuesday, December 14 class, Ethics Research via Westlaw. The class will be held 9-10 a.m. in the State Law Library Training Room. For details and registration form, visit our Classes web page. Stay tuned for our winter and spring class schedule, coming soon!

WSLL Librarians Speak Out

Jane Colwin, Julie Tessmer & Connie Von Der Heide attended the 2010 Wisconsin Judicial Conference in Appleton October 20-22. Jane and Connie provided individualized instruction on using HeinOnline, LegalTrac and other online legal research tools and distributed library cards to judges in attendance. Julie presented two breakout sessions on her experiences while working in the Iraqi court system as an active duty Navy Reservist in 2009-2010.

Carol Hassler attended and spoke at the Wisconsin State Public Defenders annual conference in Milwaukee November 3-5. Her presentation on social networking for attorneys was very well received, and she attended informative sessions on court record expungement, immigration court, OWI, and mental health treatment courts.

Connie Von Der Heide spoke at recent monthly meetings of the Columbia County and Walworth County Bar Associations. Her presentation included live demonstrations of legal research tools available through the State Law Library website, and information about library services for attorneys. If your local bar association would like to schedule this program for an upcoming meeting, contact Connie at 608-266-1600, toll free 800-322-9755, or Connie.VonDerHeide@wicourts.gov

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From 307A to G10-1: MLRC Relocates within Courthouse – Lynn Gehrke, MLRC Librarian

Milwaukee Legal Resource Center

After decades of being located on the third floor of the Milwaukee County Courthouse, the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center (MLRC) has relocated to Room G10-1, on the ground floor near the cafeteria and across the hall from the Civil Division of the Clerk of Courts office. The move took place after the MLRC closed for the evening on Thursday, November 4th. The very next morning we opened for business in the new location. Library hours and contact information remain the same.

The new space is considerably smaller - which necessitated a significant reduction in the size of the book collection - but the library continues to offer all the same services. The library staff provides expert reference and research assistance; self-service photocopiers are available; and the computers offer access to the WSLL website, Westlaw, LegalTrac, HeinOnline and other electronic legal research tools. MLRC staff also continues to maintain all courtroom and chambers collections for Milwaukee County's 47 circuit court judges.

During your next visit to the Courthouse, please stop in and check out the new location!

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This Just In... – Pete Boll

New Edition! Employment Litigation Handbook, edited by Cathy J. Beveridge
2nd edition
American Bar Association, 2010
Call Number: KF 3464 .E461 2010

With contributions by experienced employment law attorneys, this updated and expanded edition provides guidance in the procedural and important substantive problems encountered in assessing, settling, litigating, and appealing an employment case. Whether representing management or employee, and whether the case involves harassment discrimination or wrongful discharge, this new edition is written for attorneys of all experience levels. It includes dozens of checklists, sample pleadings, interrogatories, letters, and other useful forms. Chapters include:

  • Commencing the Lawsuit
  • Responding to the Lawsuit
  • Discovery
  • Experts
  • Summary Judgment
  • Pretrial Motions
  • Special Evidentiary Concerns
  • Trial Preparation
  • Juries
  • The Trial
  • Post-trial Motions
  • Appeals
  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Settlement in Employment Litigation

New Edition! Arkfeld on Electronic Discovery and Evidence, by Michael R. Arkfeld
3rd edition
Law Partner Publishing, LLC, 2010
Call Number: KF 8947 .A972

In this complete update of the 2007 2nd edition, Arkfeld provides expanded coverage of the latest issues affecting e-discovery. Curently updated through August 2010, this new edition includes:

  • New Meet and Confer Planning Guide
  • New 47-page section on Information Technology Discovery Questions
  • Newly revised Legal Hold Best Practices Guide
  • Newly revised Electronic Discovery and Evidence Best Practices Guide
  • Discussion of search types, protocol, and certification of search methodology
  • "Legal hold" detailed analysis regarding "triggering events"
  • Information on Rule FRE 502 section analyzing inadvertent disclosure, attorney-client privilege and work product and limitations on waiver
  • Latest analysis on cost allocation, proportionality, and "not reasonably accessible" issues
  • State-by-state summary of state e-discovery procedural rules and case law

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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Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk

Technology Law: Highlights from the 2009-2010 Wisconsin Legislative Session

2009 Wisconsin Act 220 prohibits text messaging while driving. While certain exceptions apply, most drivers will face a penalty of $20.00 - $400.00 for violation of the new statute subsection, 346.89(3). Act 220 took effect Dec. 1, 2010.

2009 Wisconsin Act 349 ushers in new rules pertaining to subpoenas and warrants directed at providers of electronic communication services and remote computing services. The act allows disclosure without a warrant if the customer consents or if the e-communication provider believes disclosure would prevent death or injury. See Wisconsin Statute 968.375(15).

2009 Wisconsin Act 50 establishes a sweeping, statewide program for recycling electronic goods. Extensive information on which devices are covered and how to recycle electronics is available on the Department of Natural Resource's E-Cycle Wisconsin page.

All 406 acts that passed into law during the 2009-2010 Legislative Session are available online.

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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.

The Wisconsin Attorney's Desk Reference, published by the State Bar's division of Continuing Legal Education, provides the main substantive and procedural elements of 11 diverse subjects. General practitioners can use this as a quick reference on a particular point of law. It also provides a useful overview for attorneys expanding into a new practice area or for attorneys out of practice looking for a refresher.

The Desk Reference compiles the expertise of many authors into its 2 volumes. A list of additional resources can be found in the introduction of every chapter and legal authority citations are included throughout. There is no index for this resource; the best way to navigate the Desk Reference is to have a general familiarity with the topics covered and then skim the detailed tables of contents to find particular subjects.
WI Attorneys Desk Reference Wisconsin Attorney's Desk Reference

The 11 main topics are

  • Administrative Law,
  • Appellate Procedure,
  • Business Law,
  • Civil Litigation,
  • Creditor/Debtor,
  • Criminal Law,
  • Estate Planning and Probate, Family Law,
  • Intellectual Property,
  • Real Estate and Property,
  • Miscellaneous (Mental Health Act, Animal Law, How to Cite)

Circulating copies of the current edition are available at the Wisconsin State Law Library, the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center, and the Dane County Legal Resource Center.

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Odds 'n' Endings – Amy Crowder

Found Money

At this time of year, you may feel like money is leaving your wallet at a faster rate than it's coming in. What if you were to locate some "found money?"

Where's My Refund?

Have you moved recently? Did you notify the IRS? According to a recent LifeInc. post from the Today Show, the IRS has approximately $164.6 million in refunds they've been unable to deliver to taxpayers. If you believe you are owed a refund, visit Where's My Refund? on IRS.gov. While you're at it, you can also check your Wisconsin income tax return status.

Unclaimed Property

As of October, the Wisconsin State Treasurer's Office has returned $24,416,023 of unclaimed property to residents this year. Property becomes unclaimed when there hasn't been any activity with the account for 5 years and the owner has not been able to be reached. At that point, the State Treasurer's Office becomes the custodian of the unclaimed property, on behalf of the owner. Unclaimed property may include checking and savings accounts, uncashed dividends, stocks, certificates of deposits, refunds, etc. Wondering if you have unclaimed property? You can search both Wisconsin's Unclaimed Property Database and a similar site for federal unclaimed property, MissingMoney.com.

Save Energy, Get Credit

Did you know you can earn up to $1,500 in tax credits for making certain energy-efficient home improvements? Hurry - this program expires Dec. 31st, 2010.

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