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WSLL @ Your Service   August, 2005
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library

This Just In... -- Pete Boll   Tech Tip in Brief -- Heidi Yelk

This month’s featured titles include:

NEW! Problems of Law: Its Past, Present, and Future / John Henry Wigmore. Originally published: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1920 (reprinted Wm. S. Hein, 1988)
Call Number K 150 .W54 1988

Problems of Law is a limited quantity reprint of a rare book containing the three-part lecture delivered in 1917 by the venerable John Henry Wigmore as part of the University of Virginia’s Barbour-Page Lecture Series. Wigmore, former dean of the Northwestern University School of Law, “attempts to describe some of the problems that abound in today’s legal science.” The first lecture, Problems of the Law’s Evolution, outlines many of the problems with the development of the law before the 20 th century. In his second address, Problems of the Law’s Mechanism in America, Wigmore examines problems in the methods of making law during his time. In his final lecture, Problems of World Legislation and America’s Share Therein, Wigmore looks to the future, forecasting potential problems with world legislation and identifying America’s role in international law. Problems of Law is an invaluable insight into the mind of one of America’s most historically significant legal scholars.

NEW! Legal Malpractice: The Law Office Guide to Purchasing Legal Malpractice Insurance / by Ronald E. Mallen, Robert J. Romero et al. Thomson/West Publishing, 2005
Call Number KF 313 .M3 L43 2005

This guide is designed to assist lawyers in evaluating a firm’s insurance needs and making informed decisions regarding the various types of malpractice insurance coverage. Provided are articles on the various aspects of analyzing a firm’s insurance needs, how to locate insurance, and how to maintain and use that insurance. Especially useful are a checklist for buying legal malpractice insurance, as well as chapters that describe the principal components of a standard legal malpractice insurance policy and advise how to select an insurance agent or broker. In addition to professional liability coverage, the guide features a chapter on other necessary types of law office insurance such as property damage and building coverage, electronic equipment coverage, and accounts receivable coverage.

Check our library catalog for availability of these or other materials you may need. For additional assistance, please contact our Reference Desk.

Surprising Facts about Shopping Online (and Around the Corner)

For many people, technology has changed the way they shop. Whether it’s shopping online or shopping in person with a discount “savings” card, many consumers use technology to find or get the best deal. But how much does the average person know about the personal information being collected, stored and utilized by retailers? And, how do they feel about it? These two questions are behind a recent Annenberg Public Policy Center study on American shoppers. The Center’s study and subsequent report “Open to Exploitation: American Shoppers Online and Offline,” found that many consumers lack important knowledge about privacy practices and pricing schemes.

For example, the report spells out how retailers and financial institutions collect information on customers and use that information to offer different prices and rates based on a customer’s profile or buying habits. According to the survey, 62% of respondents were not aware that online stores may simultaneously charge different prices for the same item. The survey also found that almost half of those questioned could not identify a “phishing” scheme, a fraudulent email message seeking personal, private financial information from victims.

As for attitudes, the survey found that a majority of Americans dislike the collection, storage and sale of personal information and they strongly object to the practice of dynamic pricing: changing the price of an item based on the customer’s profile. Many survey respondents wrongly assumed laws were in place to prohibit such practices.

How much do you know? To test yourself and your shopping savvy, see Seventeen Facts American Shoppers Need to Know – But Don’t.

Please submit suggestions for future Tech Tips to the editor.

Learn @ The Law Library -- Connie Von Der Heide Reader Comments

Upcoming Classes

Now’s the time to register for our fall hands-on legal research classes, before they fill up. On September 14, learn all about Using LegalTrac and HeinOnline databases to find law review and journal articles. On October 12, get the scoop in our new class, Using the Internet for Background Checks and Public Records Research. On November 2, guest instructor and blawger Bonnie Shucha will present another new class, All about Blogs: Using Blogs for Current Awareness and Communication. Our December 7 class, also new, will focus on Locating Local Legal Resources on the Internet. For complete class descriptions, times, and registration information, please visit our Classes & Tours webpage.

The Next Generation of Legal Learners?

WSLL staff took this photo of Tina and her children, Spencer, Houston and Katrina, who recently used the library. While Tina was researching, the children did some "studying" of their own using resources they brought with them as well as some coloring books and crayons available at the Reference Desk.


Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to send us feedback about WSLL @ Your Service. We appreciate it very much! Here are a few recent comments we’d like to share.

“Just a note to tell you how much I enjoyed the article on the "oleo wars." (Odds ‘n’ Endings, March 2005) I fondly remember going to Illinois on a run. I sat unbuckled in the back of our turquoise blue and decoratively finned station wagon as we went past Mars Cheese Castle and the state border. I'm going to include this in my own library newsletter and give a nod to WSLL as a source. Thanks!” – Mary J. Koshollek, Director of Information & Records, Godfrey & Kahn, Milwaukee

“Another outstanding newsletter. Each issue has info I can share with my campus library folks.” – Judy Lyons, Library Specialist, District LRC/ITV Office, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Shell Lake, WI

“Thank you Heidi Yelk for the article on net lingo. (Tech Tip in Brief, June 2005) This will be useful for all of us mothers! In fact, your entire newsletter is filled with excellent information. I just signed onto the library newsletter and I love it.”  – Lisa Cards, Sherman Law Office, Shell Lake, WI

Odds 'n' Endings -- Julie Tessmer

You’ve probably heard someone say, “We’re in the Dog Days of Summer.” We all can relate to the phrase but where did it originate?

“Dog Days” is an expression used to describe the hot summer period from early July to mid-August. It is thought that the ancient Romans coined this phrase after the appearance of Sirius, or the Dog Star, in the summer sky. Sirius was the brightest star in the sky which led the Romans to speculate that it was actually warming the earth, making it hot and unpleasant. To read more about the Dog Days, visit this factmonster.com page.

Think it’s been hot lately? According to the Wisconsin State Climatology Office, the state record of 114 degrees was recorded on July 13, 1936 in Wisconsin Dells. Everyone is looking forward to a break in the weather and some more much-needed rain. Do you like a nice, steady shower or a good ol’ thunder boomer? Some people have an irrational fear of thunder and lightning, called Keraunophobia. Related fears include Astraphobia (or Astrapophobia), the fear of thunderstorms, and Brontophobia, the fear of thunder.

Is your neighbor’s dog keeping you awake by howling at the moon? You may want to look at our library’s copy of Dog Law: A Plain-English Legal Guide for Dog Owners and Their Neighbors by Mary Randolph. This Nolo Press book is also available in print and/or electronic format through many public libraries.

Many animal regulations, such as licensing and vaccination requirements, are governed by local ordinances. You can use our Codes and Ordinances page to check whether your city’s and/or county’s ordinances are available online. If not, contact the city clerk’s office or the local public library.

Finally, check out some “hot dogs” at the Dogs of Wisconsin Libraries website. This fun digital collection contains a section called Dogs READ!, a takeoff on the popular American Library Association celebrity READ posters.

Notables for August:

1 - On this day in 1996, Shirley Abrahamson became Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

2 - 2005 National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

3 - National Watermelon Day. Find out why “watermelon just got better” at this USDA Sci4Kids page.

13 - Macabre filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock was born in 1899. See this brief biography.

26 - On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, was formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution. Source

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Connie Von Der Heide 608-267-2202 Comments welcome!