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August 19, 2016

WSLL Recommends: Neighbor Law

Problems with neighbors can be fraught with emotion, as well as difficult to research. When we get questions about trees, boundary disputes, or fences one of our favorite books is Nolo's Neighbor Law: fences, trees, boundaries & noise. This book is written in plain language with the non-attorney reader in mind and provides overviews of the issues and sample letters.

Chapters on tree damage and boundaries include sample letters and agreements on particular aspects of each issue. This book is supplemented by FAQs and articles on Nolo.com's Neighbors legal topic page

If you just need a quick statutory reference, flip to the tables in the back with 50 state surveys on the following: 
  • Injury to trees
  • Private nuisance
  • Boundary fence disputes
  • Adverse possession
  • Right-to-farm
Check out Neighbor Law: fences, trees, boundaries & noise from the Wisconsin State Law Library and Dane County Law Library. 

School Buses to Display Flashing Amber Lights

Thanks to a new regulation, newer school buses in Wisconsin are now required to be equipped with amber lights which are flashed prior to coming to a stop. (Wis. Admin. Code Trans 300.54) A Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) press release explains:
"Flashing amber lights are a signal that the school bus is preparing to stop, so drivers need to slow down, pay attention and proceed carefully. Drivers are allowed to pass a moving bus with flashing amber lights, but they should do so cautiously."
Drivers are still prohibited from passing a stopped school bus with red flashing lights (Wis. Stat. 346.48). Watch a DOT video explaining the new regulation or read a brochure for more information about school bus warning lights. 

Photo credit: By Dickelbers (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons 

August 15, 2016

Environmental Law Books on Display

Our current Reading Room book display features several resources on environmental law. Browse these books in the library or check them out by mail

From left to right:

From left to right:

August 12, 2016

Meteoric Matters

Meteors are often used in legal literature as devices to describe an incredibly rare or unlikely event. The Perseid meteor shower, by contrast, is an annually spectacular show and is at its peak right now. Perseid meteors appear as the earth passes through the debris of the Swift-Tuttle comet  As you look up to enjoy the display (provided cloud cover dissipates), here's a quick roundup of law review articles that look at legal issues beyond the planet's borders.

Astronaut Scott Kelly posted this amazing photo of the Perseid meteor shower from space last August.
Photo from NASA archive.

All articles in this list are available full text through the library's HeinOnline subscription. Most library users can access HeinOnline from anywhere with their library card number. Ask a librarian for help logging in to HeinOnline or to sign up for a free library card

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