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WSLL @ Your Service   Feb. 2005
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library

Learn @ The Law Library -- Connie Von Der Heide   This Just In... -- Pete Boll

Research Tip o’ the Month: Citing Early Wisconsin Reports

Here’s a tidbit for your file on Wisconsin caselaw research. Thanks go to Sara Paul, librarian at the Wisconsin Department of Justice Law Library, for assistance in identifying sources of this information.

Question: What are “starred pages” (*) in Wisconsin Reports?

The first 22 volumes of the Wisconsin Reports are republications of the original reports, most of which quickly went out of print or for which the publisher’s plates were destroyed in the Chicago fire of 1871. (See Berryman, J.R. History of the Bench and Bar of Wisconsin. Chicago, Cooper & Co., 1898, 2 vols. (Chapter IX, “Wisconsin Legal Bibliography,” pp. 299-301.)

The early reprints of Wisconsin Reports have pagination differing from that of the original volumes. The reprints show the original pages in brackets scattered throughout the text; eg., "... that this was an original pro- [318] ceeding, and that this court had appellate jurisdiction only." (1 Wis. 277 (*317)) Exception: volume 5 of the republished edition does not utilize the “star-paging” device, and the cases it contains are cited directly. (See Danner, Richard A. Legal Research in Wisconsin. Madison, University of Wisconsin Extension Law Dept., 1980, p. 51.)

The inclination is to cite the reprints by the reprint page. Until 1959, the Wisconsin Supreme Court Reporter† cited to the original pages only. Since then, both the reprint and the original page numbers are cited; eg., 1 Wis. 277 (*317), with *317 being the original page. Further reference to this practice may be found in the current Wisconsin Supreme Court Style and Procedures Manual and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals Style Manual, both available at the State Law Library. It is also helpful to note that Shepards is keyed to the starred (i.e. original) pagination, not the reprint pagination.

Additional source: LLAW Newsletter (Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin), volume 1 no. 2, July 1983, page 8.

†The position of Supreme Court Reporter was eliminated by Supreme Court Order dated December 19, 1975 and effective January 1, 1976. (71 Wis.2d xxiii)

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This month’s featured titles include:

NEW! Code of Emergency Federal Regulations, July 1, 1965 (originally published by Office of the Federal Register, 1965; reprinted by Wm. S. Hein Co., 2004)
Call Number: KF 70 .A36 C63 1965-1981

In 1965, the Federal Government authorized the secret Code of Emergency Federal Regulations (CEFR), fearing that a nationwide crisis might arise as a result of the escalating Cold War with then-Communist States. Few people knew about the CEFR as its existence was never openly revealed to the public.

In effect until revoked by Executive Order 12656 in 1988, the CEFR outlined confidential rules and directives to allow post-disaster governance of the United States. Its stated goal was “to provide continuity in the publication of Federal statutes and regulations during a condition of enemy attack or threatened attack.”

Today, the prospect of a nationwide disaster has re-emerged as a major U.S. concern. While the CEFR no longer has legal standing, the adaptation of many of its rules for use in a potential crisis makes it a valuable study on American emergency policy.

UPDATED! Legal Handbook for Architects, Engineers and Contractors: Volume 20, Issues in Construction and Technology 2003/2004 / Albert H. Dib, editor. West, 2004
Call Number: KF 902 .A5 L43 v.20

This handbook serves as a “Construction Industry Law Review”. The topics covered are of interest to lawyers, law professors, insurance professionals, engineers, architects, contractors, and other industry professionals. All of the articles in this latest volume reflect cutting-edge thinking in the areas of construction litigation, contract administration, alternative dispute resolution and new technologies, to name a few.

UPDATED! COBRA Handbook, 2005 edition / I.M. Golub and Roberta K. Chevlowe. Aspen Publishers, 2005
Call Number: KF 3515.3 .C62 2005

All new for 2005, this single volume handbook gives detailed advice and information needed to solve everyday COBRA administrative problems. It provides the text of the final COBRA regulations, and offers guidance on how to comply with various new rules addressed in the regulations. The handbook also answers hundreds of the most complex COBRA questions, including:

  • What type of proof is required to establish that a COBRA notice has been sent?
  • When is a COBRA election considered to be timely made?
  • When is an employer permitted to increase the amount of the required COBRA premium?
  • What remedies are available under ERISA civil enforcement provisions?
  • What are the rules regarding obligations of multiemployer plans when a contributing employer withdraws from the plan?

The COBRA Handbook also provides complete citations, planning pointers, and valuable appendix resources.

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

Tech Tip in Brief -- Heidi Yelk Odds 'n' Endings -- Elaine Sharp

Just Plain Tired of Blogs, Blogging and Bloggers? Here’s a solution

Are you blogged out? Apparently many people are, as evidenced by the fact that the word blog is sitting on Lake Superior University’s 2005 List of Banished Words. Although you may be tired of hearing about blogs, it would be a mistake to banish them from your life. Blogs are great way to share information and keep up to date.

The main technical problem many people have with blogs is keeping track of them. Whether it’s in email or on various webpages, subscribing and keeping tabs on several blogs at once can be time-consuming. Enter Bloglines.com.

Bloglines allows you to find blogs, subscribe to blogs, track news feeds, search blogs and more, all at one website. At Bloglines, you set up a free account and then subscribe to the blogs that interest you. You can browse available blogs through the directory, or search for blogs with a keyword search. Your blog feeds are then stored on the Bloglines.com server for you to read whenever you wish: once a day, once a week, once a month – whatever works for you. You can save items that interest you and organize them in folders within your account. If you choose not to save a blog posting, it simply goes away after you’ve displayed it one time.

If you are currently not a fan of blogs, Bloglines may be just the thing to get you started. Two Wisconsin law blogs available on Bloglines are Bonnie Shucha’s WisBlawg from the UW Law Library, and Paula Seeger’s Dane County Legal Resource Center Blawg. Other law-related blogs (there are thousands to choose from) include JURIST Paper Chase, the Dennis Kennedy Blog, LawLib Tech, and beSpacific. For targeted blogs, try searching the Bloglines directory for specific terms, such as “corporate law” or “trademark law.”

For more information about using Bloglines.com, see Cindy L. Chick’s Using Bloglines tutorial, or Bloglines Step-by-Step from Alex Halavais.

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




February is...

American Heart Month - The President is requested to annually proclaim February as American Heart Month. Source: 36 USC 101

Black History Month - View history, timelines, and special features. Take quizzes on jazz, athletes, entertainers, etc. Try crossword puzzles on hip-hop & rap, writers, Motown, black history, and more.

… Library Lovers Month in Wisconsin! Governor Doyle will sign and present a proclamation at the Capitol on February 8 in conjunction with Library Legislative Day, an annual event sponsored by the Wisconsin Library Association and the Wisconsin Educational Media Association.

Notables for February

1 - National Freedom Day - On February 1, 1865 President Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery. In 1948 President Harry Truman signed a bill declaring February 1st as National Freedom Day. More...

4 - National Wear Red Day

6 - Super Bowl Sunday

7 - Beatles' first visit to U.S. in 1964 was followed 2 days later by their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. Source

9 - Chinese New Year Day - The Year of the Rooster begins. Find out more about the New Year celebration, its foods, decorations, and superstitions.

14-20 - Random Acts of Kindness Week - The Foundation's website provides numerous ideas and guides for both adults and children for practicing kindness. More...

21 - President's Day - Observed the third Monday in February, this federal holiday is designated as Washington's Birthday in the United States Code: 5 USC 6103(a)

23 - Iwo Jima Day - On this day in 1945, U. S. Marines raised the flag on Mt. Suribachi. For more about this event and the subsequent National Park Service memorial, continue reading.

28 - Public Sleeping Day - Michael Feldman's Whad'ya Know poll asks "Where do you plan on celebrating?" View results.

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