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WSLL @ Your Service February 2011

What's New – Connie Von Der Heide

Staff News

We're very pleased to announce that the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center has two new Library Associates, Kellee Selden-Huston and Jennifer Grieve. Kellee was formerly a law librarian at the Davis & Kuelthau firm in Milwaukee, and she's currently working on a graduate degree in medical informatics at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Jennifer received her J.D. from Marquette University Law School in May 2010, and she's currently working on a graduate degree at the UW-Milwaukee School of Information Science. Welcome, Kellee and Jennifer!

February Furlough Day

The State Law Library and Milwaukee and Dane County Legal Resource Centers will be closed on Monday, February 21st for a Director of State Courts designated furlough day.

Upcoming Classes

There are still seats available in our February 22 class, Lawyers and Social Media. Participants in this class will learn how lawyers are using blogs, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media tools and will delve into marketing, research and ethical issues surrounding Web 2.0.

And, just added to our spring schedule: Researching Wisconsin Legislative History: Sources and Strategies will be held Thursday, March 17, 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the State Law Library training room. Come and learn the steps involved in looking for Wisconsin legislative history using both print and online sources – including some timesaving tips.

Further details and registration forms for both of these classes are available on our Classes page.

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1836 - 2011: Celebrating Our History – Amy Crowder

"Save the Books!" Was the Cry

Fire-singed books Singed but saved:
scorched books from the Library's collection

107 years ago this month, in the early hours of February 27, 1904, a freshly varnished ceiling in the Wisconsin State Capitol building's Assembly Post Office was found ablaze by a night watchman. Even though the Capitol building had "one of the most advanced firefighting systems of the day," the fire would spread during the ensuing hours due in part to the Capitol's water reservoirs on the roof of the university's Main Hall having been drained for cleaning that evening – unbeknownst to anyone at the Capitol.

At that time, the State Law Library was located on the second floor of the Capitol's north wing. Thick smoked filled the building, making the stairways impassable. Students from the nearby University of Wisconsin raised ladders to the windows of the library and, once inside, began throwing books haphazardly out the windows to the snow banks below. Upon seeing this, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice R. D. Marshall organized the salvage brigade into lines to pass the books hand-to-hand to nearby stores and wagons.

By the following day the fire had been extinguished, and the Library's books were eventually returned to their shelves. According to a later account of the fire, only about 100 volumes were lost in the blaze.

To learn more about the Wisconsin State Capitol fire of 1904, read Capitals and Capitols in Early Wisconsin.


"'Save the books,' was the Cry - The Day State Capitol Burned," Wisconsin State Journal, Dec. 20, 1972.

"Capitals and Capitols in Early Wisconsin," by Stanley H. Cravens. Feature article in Wisconsin Blue Book, 1983-1984 edition, pages 48, 50.

"State Library Will Be 100 Years Old this April," The Milwaukee Journal, Sunday Jan. 19th, 1936.

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This Just In… – Pete Boll

New Title! Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation in Corporate Bankruptcy, by John R. Cornell et al.
2nd edition
LexisNexis, 2010
Call Number: KF 1526 .C631 E4 2010

This new edition expands upon the original 2008 edition covering this emerging area of bankruptcy law.

The update reflects significant changes in the economic and legal landscape since the first edition was published - including the bankruptcies of General Motors and Chrysler and the trend toward assets sales with accompanying liquidation. In all, five new chapter-length sections have been added:

  • Sales of assets under Bankruptcy Code section 363 (§ 15)
  • Liquidation-related benefits matters (§ 16)
  • Multiemployer pension plans (§ 17)
  • U.K. pension plans (§ 18)
  • The Troubled Asset Relief Program (§ 19)

The update also reflects one of the most important decisions interpreting Bankruptcy Code section 1114 since its enactment, IUE-CWA v. Visteon Corp. (In re Visteon Corp.), 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 14307 (3d Cir. July 13, 2010).

New Edition! Fair Credit Reporting, by Chi Chi Wu and Elizabeth De Armond
7th edition
National Consumer Law Center, 2010
Call Number: KF1040 .W8 2010

This latest edition details the implications of the July 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, new regulations, and recent FCRA case rulings, plus the Credit Repair Organizations Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, and state law requirements. Also included is updated information on:

  • Who must comply with the FCRA
  • Consumers' access to their reporting file
  • Identity theft
  • Responsibilities of creditors and other furnishers
  • Information that cannot be reported
  • Accuracy requirements
  • Disputing data in a report
  • Credit scoring
  • Obligations of consumer report users
  • Investigative issues
  • Privacy issues
  • Advising clients about their credit records

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…

Specialized Legal ResearchThis 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 familiar with, and help to expand your legal research toolkit.

Sources of law for many specialized areas of legal practice often cannot be divided into the traditional classifications of cases, statutes, and regulations. Attorneys who regularly practice in these areas are well acquainted with the unique, non-traditional sources of law. Specialized Legal Research, by Penny Hazelton, is aimed at those attorneys and researchers who do not normally practice in such specialized areas. Updated annually, this handy, one volume treatise is an excellent, timesaving guide for uncovering the "hidden" sources of law in any one of 13 special areas:

  • Securities Regulation
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Federal Labor and Employment Law
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Military and Veterans Law
  • Federal Patent and Trademark
  • Customs Law
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Copyright Law
  • Environmental Law and Land Use Planning
  • Immigration Law
  • Banking Law
  • Federal Government Contracts

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Odds 'N' Endings – Carol Hassler

Love and Laughable Law

Love and laughable lawSome of our readers may already be familiar with this little treasure of an opinion:

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary
Over many quaint and curious files of chapter seven lore
While I nodded nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door,
"Tis some debtor" I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door-
Only this and nothing more."
Ah - distinctly I recall, it was in the early fall
And the file still was small
The Code provided I could use it
If someone tried to substantially abuse it
No party asked that it be heard.
"Sua sponte" whispered a small black bird.
In re Love, 61 B.R. 558 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 1986)

So wrote Judge A. Jay Cristol, denying a dismissal motion in the US Bankruptcy Court case In re Love (61 B.R. 558). Sure, it has nothing to do with the kind of love that makes February famous, but it is entertaining. This fun snippet and more can be found on the Marion Gould Gallagher Law Library's thorough Judicial humor guide.

A recent NPR story discussed the role of humor in the U.S. Supreme Court. The interviewee, Ryan Malphurs, wrote an article on the subject: "People Did Sometimes Stick Things in my Underwear" The Function of Laughter at the U.S. Supreme Court, 10 Communication Law Review 48 (2010). (Source: Law Librarian Blog)

A few years ago we posted about legal humor and anecdotal resources in our own collection. Then as well as now, we encourage you to find these by doing a subject search for Humor or Anecdotes in the library catalog.

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