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June 28, 2009

Upcoming Classes - Register Now!

Plan now to attend free classes at the Wisconsin State Law Library.

Explore WILawLibrary.gov

We have a new website! Join us for a one-hour class showcasing the design, content and functionality of the new Wisconsin State Law Library website. Get reacquainted with website favorites, such as Legal Topics and article access and learn about new features, such as online document requests, Library Highlights, video tutorials and our county resources database.

Thursday, August 20, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 25, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
FREE Class. 1 CLE credit applied for
Pre-register online for this class or print a registration form.

Using Westlaw at the State Law Library

Come learn about FREE Westlaw at the Wisconsin State Law Library! This class will showcase WestPack, a Westlaw service offered on the library's public access computers. This service includes free searching of state and federal primary law - cases, statutes, codes and legislation. Library patrons also have access to KeyCite, online forms and treatises, such as McQuillin: The Law of Municipal Corporations; Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice 2d; Fletcher Cyclopedia of the Law of Private Corporations; and much more. This class will include tips on Boolean and Natural Language searching.

Thursday, September 10, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
FREE Class. 1 CLE credit applied for
Pre-register online for this class or print a registration form.

Please tell us what additional classes we should offer! To make a suggestion, contact Heidi Yelk, Reference/Electronic Services Librarian.

June 22, 2009

Warm Sunshine and a Good Book

As June 21st was the summer solstice, welcome to the heart of summer. What's better than a picnic, some sunshine, and a good book this time of year? If you're looking for something lighter to read, the library offers a collection of legal fiction and movies relating to courts and the criminal justice system.

Here are some of our recent additions:

Lethal Legacy, by Linda Fairstein
Assistant district attorney Alex Cooper and her crew are drawn into the strange and privileged world of rich collectors, eccentric library trustees, and the treasures of the great New York Public Library after a librarian disappears and a woman's corpse turns up in the missing librarian's abandoned apartment.

The Lottery Winner: Alvirah and Willy Stories, by Mary Higgins Clark
Six crime stories featuring Alvirah Meehan, a former cleaning woman using the $40 million won in a lottery to sleuth for justice. Also appearing is her ex-plumber husband, Willie.

Point No Point, by Mary Logue
Deputy Sheriff Claire Watkins is faced with a difficult case when a friend of the family is suspected of killing his wife. Her investigation puts a great stress on her relationship with her husband. Things are further strained when the suspect attempts suicide, solidifying his guilt in Claire's mind. But what if she's wrong?

Red Knife: a Cork O'Connor Mystery, by William Kent Krueger
O'Connor is caught in the middle of a gang dispute between the Aurora Anglos and the Ojibwe Reservation Red Boyz, a situation that turns deadly when the Red Boyz leader and his wife are found murdered.

Sleeping Murder & the Murder at the Vicarage, by Agatha Christie
Includes the first and last case of the popular character, Miss Jane Marple.

West Wing
This boxed set includes the pilot script and a richly colored episode guide.

Books and audio books in the Prose & Cons Collection circulate for 30 days; videos circulate for 7 days. Eligible borrowers may contact our Reference Staff to check out these and other circulating library materials.

Please keep us in mind as a place to donate gently used legal fiction books, movies and TV shows. We’ll gladly add them to the Prose & Cons Collection for others to enjoy.

June 15, 2009

New Tutorial: Help! I'm Facing Foreclosure

The number of properties facing foreclosure rose about 21% in 2008 over 2007. That's according to a recent Community Indicators report on the topic from the UW Center for Community Economic Development. Are you or someone you know facing foreclosure? Our newest tutorial introduces basic Wisconsin resources for avoiding foreclosure and getting help.

Watch Help! I’m Facing Foreclosure now.

That's not all we've added to the Learning Center, however. With HeinOnline, over 1200 law journals and other legal resources are available at Wisconsin State Law Library locations – and at your home or office. Learn how to use this valuable resource with two of our recent tutorials:

June 8, 2009

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June 1, 2009

WSLL @ Your Service: June Issue

The June issue of WSLL @ Your Service has been published at http://wilawlibrary.gov/newsletter/0906.html

In this issue:

Westlaw Classes @ MLRC

The Milwaukee Legal Resource Center will be holding two free Westlaw classes on Wednesday, June 24th. A special class for attorneys only will be held from 12:00 - 1 PM. A general admission session will be held from 1:30 - 2:30 PM. Both classes will be held in the law library, Room 307 A of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. One CLE credit will be applied for. There is a limit of 8 per session so register early by stopping in the MLRC, calling 278-4900, or e-mailing Rebecca.Knutson@wicourts.gov.

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