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September 25, 2015

WSLL Recommends: Criminal Practice and Procedure

Criminal Practice and Procedure, by Christine M. Wiseman and Michael Tobin, provides attorneys and lay users with current, in depth information and commentary regarding Wisconsin criminal practice in an easy to read and accessible format. This single volume guides the reader through the myriad steps of criminal procedure, and thoroughly engages the practice of criminal law - from the commencement of prosecution (including arrest), motion practice (pretrial and discovery), and defense (including competency hearings and the insanity defense).

This book includes detailed analysis and commentary on a wide range of subjects including search and seizure, preliminary hearings, confessions, speedy trial, and more.  Yearly supplemental materials are added to the back of the volume to address new issues, and update existing issues, as they develop. This book is shelved in our libraries as volume 9 of the Wisconsin Practice Series

Pair this with the Criminal Defense Manual from the Wisconsin State Bar for a head start on your next case.

September 22, 2015

In Memory of Justice N. Patrick Crooks

Flags have been ordered to fly at half staff to honor Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks. Justice Crooks passed away on September 21 at the age of 77. Library staff remember Justice Crooks fondly and have always appreciated his support of the library during his many years with the court. We extend our sincere condolences to his family.

Justice Crooks was a member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court for 20 years, having been elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court twice. The Wisconsin Court System has released a statement about his passing as well as more biographical information coinciding with his recent decision to not run for re-election.

Justice Crooks began his judicial career nearly 39 years ago when he was appointed to be a Brown County circuit court judge in 1977. You can read more about Justice Crooks' long career in Portraits of Justice.

Source: Stevens Point Daily Journal August 3, 1977
Justice Crooks authored numerous opinions during his time on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. You can find them in a Google Scholar author search or by searching WestlawNext for advanced: JU("Patrick Crooks").

September 15, 2015

September is Library Card Signup Month

Library cards are a great way to help streamline your legal research. Check out practice materials from any of our three libraries. Use your card to sign in to online databases and research primary law, legal news and articles, and even genealogy.

Learn more on our Library Card Sign-Up page and find out what a Wisconsin State Law Library card can do for you.

September 8, 2015

Become a Public Records Pro

Learn first hand how to find public records on individuals and businesses in our September 18 class on Finding Wisconsin Public Records.

Discover criminal records, state and local court records, business entity records, liens, foreclosures, real estate records, and more. We'll help you find the government agency sources for Wisconsin public records. You'll learn what you can get online and which records can be requested from an agency.

This hands-on class takes place from 9 to noon and registration is limited to 8. Sign up on our class registration page.

September 3, 2015

Libraries Closed on Labor Day

The Wisconsin State Law Library, Milwaukee County Law Library, and Dane County Law Library will be closed on Monday, September 7 for the Labor Day state holiday. We will respond to questions and requests on Tuesday, September 8. 

To submit a question to the Wisconsin State Law Library while we are closed, you may call us at 608-267-9696 or Ask a Librarian online.

September 2, 2015

WSLL at Your Service: September 2015

In our latest issue of WSLL @ Your Service, get great tips for legal podcasts to download and listen to when you don't have time to read. In our feature article this month learn where to find registered agent information for companies with business in Wisconsin. We go over the databases you need and what information you can - and can't - find online.

In this issue:

  • What's New: New brochures; Upcoming classes in Madison and Milwaukee; Labor Day closings
  • Click to it: Finding a registered agent
  • This Just In: New & updated library materials; Monthly list of new titles
  • Tech Tip: Legal podcast suggestions
  • WSLL Recommends: Bankruptcy Law Reporter
  • Odds 'n' Endings: Using your mobile phone as your library card 
Your comments are always welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Carol.Hassler@wicourts.gov.

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