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May 4, 2021

WSLL @ Your Service May 2021

The May issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now online. Please send questions or comments to the editor, Carol Hassler.

In this issue:

Lexis Digital Library

We are excited to announce the launch of Lexis Digital Library, a collection of eBooks that you can read from home or the office. This includes popular books like Employment in Wisconsin and Corbin on Contracts. Read more

Welcome New Attorneys

May marks the time when many law school graduates are admitted to the Wisconsin Bar. Staff at the David T. Prosser Jr. State Law Library, the Dane County Law Library, and the Milwaukee County Law Library congratulate these new members of the legal profession. Read more

Legislative Council Issue Briefs

Beginning in 2019, the Wisconsin Legislative Council, the nonpartisan legislative service agency of the Wisconsin Legislature, began preparing a new series of research reports titled Issue Briefs. If you are at the start of a research project related to Wisconsin government or need to know the most recent updates, Issue Briefs are the place to start. Read more

New Books

Our two featured new books this month are Make your own living trust and Divorce taxation. Check out our May new book list as well! Read more

Tech Tip

This month’s tech tip explores issues surrounding technology, internet access, and working from home. Read more

Library News

Happy 25th anniversary Milwaukee County Law Library! We also spotlight upcoming webinars. Space is still available for our comprehensive class on getting the most out of HeinOnline. Read more

May Snapshot

A walk down memory lane at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Read more

April 30, 2021

Job Posting: LTE Library Associate

The Dane County Law Library, located in the Dane County Courthouse, is seeking two candidates for Library Associate Limited Term Employee (LTE) positions. There are 2, 20 hour per week appointments available. The successful applicants must be available to fill the 20 hour per week requirements during the normal business hours of 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Monday-Friday. There are two available shifts, Monday-Friday 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM or 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM. The Law Library’s intent is to hire one candidate for each shift.


LOCATION: Madison, WI

SALARY: $15 hourly.

BENEFITS: This position does not qualify for a State of Wisconsin benefit package.


RESPONSIBILITIES:

1) Assisting the librarian with maintenance of judges’ book collections by filing and shelving materials. 2) Filling weekly legal information requests from Dane County inmates. 3) Assisting library users with legal reference questions such as locating circuit court procedures and forms. 4) Processing, filing, and shelving library collection materials. 5) Maintaining physical library space. 6) Basic financial transactions including handling cash. 7) Other tasks as necessary.


QUALIFICATIONS:

REQUIRED: 1) Excellent customer service skills. 2) Detail-oriented. 3) Ability to work independently. 4) Ability to manage and complete projects on time. 5) Ability to follow directions.

PREFERRED: 6) Library experience.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

1) Employment will require a criminal background check.


TO APPLY:

Please submit a cover letter and resume in a single PDF document with the email subject line #21-1635 LTE Library Associate to human.resources@wicourts.gov. Please indicate in your cover letter what shift you prefer from the shifts listed above, and your availability for each. All materials should showcase your relevant education, experience, and skills. Failure to follow these application directions may result in your disqualification.


DEADLINE:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and will be reviewed as they are received. The Wisconsin Court System will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants when requested. For additional information on the court system, visit our website at www.wicourts.gov.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY and E-VERIFY EMPLOYER

April 6, 2021

Catalog and databases temporarily unavailable after 6 PM

Due to scheduled maintenance, our library catalog and remote databases may be unavailable this evening, starting at 6 p.m. 

Thank you for your patience! Please send an email to wsll.ref@wicourts.gov if you have any questions, and we will respond to your requests the next day. 

April 5, 2021

Civil Jury Instructions Updated for 2021

The Wisconsin Civil Jury Instructions have recently been updated, with a 2021 release approved by the Wisconsin Judicial Conference’s Civil Jury Instructions Committee. The fifty-second supplement to the Civil Jury Instructions updates the publication on legislative actions and judicial decisions through January 21, 2021.

Wisconsin Civil Jury Instructions cover sheet


The update includes revisions of ten existing jury instructions, as well as one new instruction. New to the set is:

The following instructions have been updated:

Earlier this year the Library partnered with the Office of Judicial Education to debut free access to the Wisconsin Jury Instructions on our website. While updated instructions can be downloaded at any time from our website, many readers may wish to keep their print sets up-to-date. Updating an existing set of print instructions works just as it has in prior years.

Download and print the fifty-second release. Blank pages have been inserted to make double sided printing easier. File new and updated instructions, along with the updated table of cases and index in your print set. A complete, printable file of all the current Civil Jury Instructions and finding aids is also available.

For information on the status of the Committee's work, please contact Bryce Pierson at bryce.pierson@wicourts.gov.

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