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November 15, 2010

WSLL Recommends: WI Attorneys Desk Reference

The Wisconsin Attorney's Desk Reference, published by the State Bar's division of Continuing Legal Education, provides the main substantive and procedural elements of 11 diverse subjects. General practitioners can use this as a quick reference on a particular point of law. It also provides a useful overview for attorneys expanding into a new practice area or for attorneys out of practice looking for a refresher.

The Desk Reference compiles the expertise of many authors into its 2 volumes. A list of additional resources can be found in the introduction of every chapter and legal authority citations are included throughout. There is no index for this resource; the best way to navigate the Desk Reference is to have a general familiarity with the topics covered and then skim the detailed tables of contents to find particular subjects.

Wisconsin Attorney's Desk Reference

The 11 main topics are
  • Administrative Law,
  • Appellate Procedure,
  • Business Law,
  • Civil Litigation,
  • Creditor/Debtor,
  • Criminal Law,
  • Estate Planning and Probate, Family Law,
  • Intellectual Property,
  • Real Estate and Property,
  • Miscellaneous (Mental Health Act, Animal Law, How to Cite)
Circulating copies of the current edition are available at the Wisconsin State Law Library, the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center, and the Dane County Legal Resource Center.

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