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July 31, 2011

WSLL at Your Service: August 2011

The August issue of the library newsletter, WSLL @ Your Service, has been published. Highlights include: 

July 24, 2011

New Classes for Fall

Start planning for your fall CLE training now and sign up for any of the 3 free CLE classes on offer from the Wisconsin State Law Library. 

  • Westlaw @ WSLL
    August 10, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Google Scholar
    Sept. 21, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • HeinOnline: The Information Source You Need, Where You Need It
    October 12, 9:00-10:00 a.m. 
More details are on our Classes page. Space is limited so register online or print and return a registration form to claim your seat early.

July 17, 2011

WSLL Recommends: Federal Practice and Procedure

Are you looking for expert commentary on federal court rules? Or are you hoping to find legislative history or a committee report on a rule change? Turn to a classic: Wright & Miller's Federal Practice and Procedure.

This set spans over 70 volumes, covering criminal and civil rules; rules of evidence; judicial review of administrative actions; and jurisdictional matters. The set also includes the Federal Practice Deskbook, a one-volume reference on venue, pleadings, process, discovery, trials, judgment and appeals, etc. in federal court.

The library provides both print and electronic access to this essential staple of legal research. Printed volumes circulate to all authorized borrowers but patrons can also access Federal Practice and Procedure through our Westlaw subscription. Westlaw is available free to any on-site user on six computers throughout the Wisconsin State Law Library in Madison, as well as the Milwaukee and Dane County Legal Resource Centers.

July 15, 2011

Notary Public Commissions, Trademarks Transferred to WDFI

As discussed in a July 15, 2011 WI State Bar Practice Tip:
"Under the recently passed 2011-13 biennial state budget act, responsibility for issuing notary public commissions and registering trademarks and trade names has transferred from the Secretary of State to the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (WDFI)."

Source: State Bar of Wisconsin practice tip: WDFI will now issue notary public commissions, register trademarks

Links to forms, directories, and other information have been updated on our Notaries / Electronic Signatures / Authentication and Trademarks legal topic pages.

July 10, 2011

Monthly New Book Lists

Did you know that we compile a list each month of new additions to the library? We link to each new book list at the end of the "This Just In" column in our newsletter, WSLL @ Your Service. You can also get regular updates via an RSS feed reader, or catch up on any of the previous year's new book lists through our online catalog.

July's new book list includes:

July 6, 2011

WSLL at Your Service: July 2011

The July issue of the library's newsletter, WSLL @ Your Service, has been published. 

Highlights include: 

July 4, 2011

New Small Claims Limits

Effective July 1, 2011, 2011 Wisconsin Act 32 (ss. 3484k-3484q) raises the limit for money judgments, replevins, attachments and garnishment actions to $10,000. It also creates a new category of small claims case - Tort/Personal Injury ($5,000 or less). Third-party complaints, personal injury claims, and tort claims may be brought up in small claims if the amount claimed is $5,000 or less.

Our Small Claims legal topic page includes links to several guides and forms from around Wisconsin, some of which may not yet be updated to reflect this new information. We have included the above information at the top of our Small Claims page for reference.

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