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WSLL @ Your Service   Oct. 2004
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library

What's New   Learn @ The Law Library -- Connie Von Der Heide

New Faces at the Circulation Desk

WSLL is pleased to announce that Richard Hsia, who had been a part time employee here for nearly two years, is now our full time Library Assistant for Circulation. Richard graduated from UW-Madison in May with a degree in psychology.

We also welcome three new part time employees to the library. Andrea Krieger, Eric Kratz and Edson Olson are all International Studies majors at UW-Madison. Eric recently spent a year in Australia, and Edson just returned from studying in Brazil. All three are considering going into the legal profession. In addition to filling in at the Circulation Desk when needed, they shelve books, file updates into looseleaf services and other treatises, process document delivery requests, and scan Wisconsin Briefs.

If you see any of these friendly folks during your next library visit, please take a moment to say hello!

Seated: Richard Hsia, Eric Kratz. Standing: Andrea Krieger, Edson Olson


WSLL class offered in Milwaukee

At the suggestion of several attorneys, WSLL explored opportunities to offer our classes in the Milwaukee area. On September 17 we did just that, at the Milwaukee Bar Association (MBA). Using the MBA’s seminar room and electronic equipment, we presented The Wisconsin Court System Website: What’s On It for Me? Six attorneys attended in person, and fifteen others viewed the presentation online through the West LegalEdcenter. If you would be interested in attending other State Law Library classes in Milwaukee, please email Heidi Yelk, our training coordinator.

Upcoming Hands-On Classes

Our fall classes are nearly full, but there are still a few spaces open on October 27 and December 7. The October class, Internet 101: Essential Skills for Lawyers, is brand new and not to be missed by anyone who would like a solid, hands-on introduction to Internet basics, using relevant legal research examples. The December class, Using Wisconsin Legal Resources on the Internet, is for attorneys, paralegals and other legal researchers who want to learn how to efficiently locate and use the many Wisconsin legal resources that are now available online.

For more information about these and our spring 2005 classes, please visit our Classes and Tours webpage.

WSLL Web -- Julie Tessmer   Tech Tip in Brief -- Heidi Yelk

Sports Law

Fall is in the air and that means it’s time to dust off the pigskin and find your Badger and Packer gear. However, you may want to think twice before joining the office betting pool because instead of yelling at a referee, you may be telling your story to a judge.

Placing a bet is illegal in Wisconsin. Chapter 945 of the Wisconsin Statutes lists the criminal penalties for illegal gambling. In addition to being illegal, office betting pools can be a huge drain on workplace productivity. An article from the Detroit Business News estimates that businesses will lose between $400 million to $1.5 billion dollars just during NCAA Basketball’s March Madness.

There’s no question that Americans love their sports and are certainly loyal to their favorite teams. All this adds up to professional sports being big business. With multi-million dollar contracts at stake, both players and team owners are taking time to consult with sports lawyers before signing on the dotted line. Sports law is an established area of practice. Attorneys specializing in the field deal with athletic clients on issues such as contracts, labor issues, intellectual property, federal disability discrimination, gender discrimination and drug testing laws, to name a few.

Several major law schools now have sports law curricula. Marquette University Law School is home to the National Sports Law Institute and publishes the Marquette Sports Law Review. Duke University hosts the Center for Sports Law and Policy which offers classes on Athletics and Antitrust and International Sports Law. The State Bar of Texas has an Entertainment and Sports Law Section which publishes a journal three times a year.

So when you sit down on Sunday to be an armchair quarterback, remember there’s a lot more happening in the world of sports than what you see on the field. For more information on sports law, please visit our Legal Topics page.


Google Web Search Features

The Google search engine is more than just a way to search the web. It can also be used as a calculator, dictionary, phone book and more.

Google calculates simple and complex math problems. Simply enter your figures in the search box and press enter (or click search). The calculator also works as a conversion tool when queries are represented with words rather then numbers, such as “quarts in a gallon” or “ounces in a cup.” For more information see, How to use the Google Calculator.

Although not a substitute for a real dictionary, Google can be used to quickly locate definitions on the web. Enter your term preceded by “define:” For example, define: summary judgment. This query will return a list of definitions found on the various websites, along with a link to that site.

Google works as a business and residential phone book as well as a reverse look-up (search by phone number) tool. To find people or businesses, enter the name (first name or initial and last name) along with a geographic indicator (city, state, zipcode or area code). For example, to find phone numbers for Madison area Gap stores, enter Gap Madison. Google gathers phone number information from public sources, such as phone directories and websites. See the Google Phonebook Name Removal page to be removed.

To learn more about these and other Google features, see the “Google Web Search Features” page.

Send your suggestions for future legal research Tech Tips to the editor.

Odds 'n' Endings -- Amy Crowder

Productivity and Teamwork in an Instant?

53 million American adults use instant messaging according to a recent Pew Internet & American Life survey, and findings show that IM is moving into the American Workplace. 11 million people use instant messaging at work. 50% believe it improves productivity and encourages teamwork (40%), but 68% think it is a mixed blessing (although mostly positive) and 32% believe it encourages gossip. To learn more about instant messaging and how it is used, visit the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Notables for October

1 - On this date in 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as Supreme Court Justice. To learn more about Justice Marshall and to access citations and summaries for cases brought before the Court while Justice Marshall was on the bench, visit Oyez.

20 - In 1803, the U.S. Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase. Land in the western half of the Mississippi River basin was purchased from France for less than 3 cents per acre. For more information, visit American Memory's "Today in History." To learn about the new nickel commemorating the purchase of the Louisiana Territory, visit the U.S. Mint.

31 - Daylight Savings Time ends, so set your clocks back. One more hour to hear ghouls, goblins and things that go bump in the night. Happy Halloween!

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