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June 25, 2013

The DSM-V has Arrived!

The library has just received the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association. This manual is designed to assist mental health professionals in diagnosing patients. The DSM-5 (also known as the DSM-V) replaces the previous edition, known as the DSM-IV. A case search for "DSM-IV", "DSM-4", or "diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders" brings up several cases citing disorder descriptions from or use of this manual.

A cautionary statement on forensic use of the manual is included at the beginning of the DSM-5. While the manual may be useful as an established system of diagnosis for particular mental disorders, there is a risk that the information may be misused or misunderstood. It cautions: "These dangers arise because of the imperfect fit between the questions of ultimate concern to the law and the information contained in a clinical diagnosis. In most situations, the clinical diagnosis of a DSM-5 mental disorder such as intellectual disability (intellectual developmental disorder), schizophrenia, major neurocognitive disorder, gambling disorder, or pedophilic disorder does not imply that an individual with such a condition meets legal criteria for the presence of a mental disorder or a specified legal standard (e.g., for competence, criminal responsibility, or disability)."

The DSM-5 has been discussed in scientific and mainstream news in the past few years. Several law review articles anticipating the DSM-5 can be found via the library's subscription to HeinOnline or LegalTrac. A quick tip for those searching for articles: the manual is most commonly referred to in legal literature by the roman numeral abbreviation, DSM-V.

June 22, 2013

Catalog and Databases Briefly Unavailable

Access to the library catalog and databases will be unavailable from midnight to 8 am on Sunday, June 23rd. These services will be down for a limited time due to scheduled system maintenance.

If you have any questions or experience issues accessing our catalog or databases after the scheduled maintenance, please contact us via our Ask a Librarian service.

June 14, 2013

WSLL Recommends: Antitrust Law

Reportedly the most cited work in its field, Areeda’s Antitrust Law: An Analysis of Antitrust Principles and Their Application is clearly an authority on antitrust law.

This title comprised of 14 volumes, plus a standalone supplement volume and a table of contents, table of cases and index volume, is divided into four parts:
  • Preliminary and Pervasive Issues: Antitrust Goals, Coverage Procedure, and Economics, which covers the interplay of state and federal law, federal exemptions, reach of antitrust law in interstate and foreign commerce, litigation, and antitrust standing.
  • Market Structures, which covers market power; geographic and product markets; monopolies; exploitative, predatory and strategic pricing; vertical integration; and mergers. 
  • Restraints of Trade: Horizontal and Vertical, which covers commonly owned corporations, the “Rule of Reason” and the “Per Se” rule, tying arrangements, exclusive dealing, and horizontal agreements.
  • Collateral Antitrust Provisions, which covers the Robinson-Patman Act and state antitrust law. 

When researching antitrust law, you may also wish to consider two other titles within the State Law Library’s collection: Kintner’s Federal Antitrust Law and Antitrust Laws and Trade Regulation by Von Kalinowski.

Kintner’s provides analysis of federal antitrust statutes and citations to federal court opinions of all major areas of federal antitrust law. In June the library received an entirely revised volume (II) for this title on practices prohibited by the Sherman Antitrust Act. The 10 volume Von Kalinowski set provides analysis of business practices that may conflict with antitrust laws. This comprehensive work includes citations to federal, state and international primary law.

June 3, 2013

WSLL at Your Service: June 2013

Our June newsletter features new CLE class offerings in Madison and Milwaukee and a comprehensive rundown of services available to library users.

The full contents include:

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