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March 31, 2015

Spring Webinars for Wisconsin Residents

BadgerLink provides free access to many specialty article and research resources for Wisconsin residents. From local newspapers to industry reports, company profiles, and health articles, BadgerLink helps Wisconsin research a wide range of topics.

On Thursdays from April 2 to May 14 you can attend a 20 minute webinar (3:30-3:50 pm) featuring several of BadgerLink's resources. Check the full schedule for more information and registration details. Our users may be particularly interested in the following sessions:

April 23 | Business Source Premier

Stay competitive in the marketplace. Learn how to find market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses, & full-text articles.

April 30 | Access NewspaperARCHIVE

Explore your roots. Learn how to find full-text PDFs of local and national historic newspapers in Access NewspaperARCHIVE.

May 7 | Newspaper Resources

Save time when you are searching for newspaper articles. Learn about about the newspaper resources available in BadgerLink.

March 25, 2015

WSLL Recommends: Special Needs Trusts Handbook

This book covers special needs planning for the estimated 43 million Americans who have one or more physical or mental disabilities.

The Special Needs Trusts Handbook enables attorneys to handle the complex requirements of drafting and administering trusts for clients who are mentally or physically disabled, or who wish to provide for others with disabilities.

The one-of-a-kind reference helps determine which trust is appropriate, how to draft each trust to cover specific issues, and how to administer each trust making certain that clients maintain public benefits while still receiving funds from the trust.

Updated semi-annually, the Handbook also covers a broad range of issues that lawyers in the fields of elder and disability law confront, including specific types of disabilities, the various public and private benefits that are available to person with disabilities; estate planning for parents of children with disabilities; specific types of special needs trusts, and structured settlements in personal injury cases.

Also included is a CD containing appendixes with practice forms and other practice aids. This single volume loose leaf binder is authored by Certified Elder Law Attorney Thomas D. Begley, Jr and Wisconsin Elder Law Attorney Angela E. Canellos.

March 17, 2015

New Law Practice Books

We are adding several new books on the practice of law to our collection this spring. In The lateral lawyer (ABA), get tips for switching firms with a focus on partners moving firms. The lawyer's field guide to effective business development walks readers through the process of setting up and maintaining a business. Get into discussions of the future and current status of the law profession in the ABA's The practice : brutal truths about lawyers and lawyering.

We also added Ethics for the Wisconsin lawyer (UW Law School, CLEW) and Legal ethics : top challenges (NBI). We'll continue to post new additions to this collection to this blog and a special list in our catalog

All of these books are available to read in the library or check out. If you don't have a library card yet, you can sign up for a card on our website. 

Sign up for Spring Classes

We have several CLE legal research classes coming up in March and April:


  • Intro to Wisconsin Legislative History, April 17


  • WSLL Web Tour, March 25

  • What's New on WestlawNext, April 8
  • Advanced Legal Research with WestlawNext, April 8

Check our classes page for more detail about each class and registration information. 

March 6, 2015

WSLL at Your Service: March 2015

Read the March issue of WSLL @ Your Service!

In this issue:
  • What's New: DCLRC Hosts State Agency Librarians; Upcoming Classes; Start Here: A Guide to State Law Library Services, Part 1;
  • This Just in: New & updated library materials; Monthly list of new titles
  • Tech Tip: Search Within A Website With Firefox;
  • WSLL Recommends: Mental Disability Law Civil and Criminal
  • Odds 'n' Endings: Perfect Pairing: Online and Print Versions of State Bar of Wisconsin's CLE Books; Making it Easier to Log in to Remote Services
As always, your comments are welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Lisa.Winkler@wicourts.gov

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