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June 14, 2017

Milwaukee Job Opening: Library Associate

The Milwaukee County Law Library (MCLL) located in the Milwaukee County Courthouse is seeking candidates for a Library Associate Limited Term Employment (LTE) position. The MCLL is a branch of the Wisconsin State Law Library.

This position is approximately 16-24 hours a week between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday, Wednesday, and every other Friday. Willingness to work flexible hours is extremely important. Hourly wage is $14.70/hour.

Duties include assisting library users in person and on the phone, processing new materials, filing and shelving library materials, assisting with maintenance of the judges’ print collections, and maintaining equipment and supplies.

Highly qualified candidates will have excellent customer service skills, cash handling experience, be able to work independently, manage and complete projects on time, and be able to follow directions.

This would be a great position for someone interested in a library or legal career. Enrollment in a library program is preferred.

To be considered, submit a cover letter and resume by e-mail clearly stating your qualifications and the days/hours you are available to Jennifer.Haas@wicourts.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

The Wisconsin Court System is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants who request them.

June 9, 2017

Legislative History Classes in June and July

There's still time to sign up for our two free, CLE-credit classes on How to Research Legislative History. Learn how to research law sources, drafting files, budget bills, and Supreme Court rule orders in these free classes. The first class is offered on Wednesday, June 14th.

Introduction to Wisconsin Legislative History
Wednesday, June 14, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin State Law Library rare book room

I need the legislative history of a Wisconsin statute. Where do I start? What do I do? Get answers to these questions and more by attending, Researching Wisconsin Legislative History: Sources and Strategies. Participants will look at the primary resources used to research Wisconsin legislative history, navigate the online Wisconsin legislative drafting files, and learn some helpful tips and tricks along the way.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Register Online | Print Registration Form
Advanced Wisconsin Legislative History
Wednesday, July 12, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin State Law Library rare book room
I need the legislative history of a Wisconsin statute. Where do I start? What do I do? Participants will look at the primary resources used to research Wisconsin legislative history, learn about the online Wisconsin legislative drafting files, and learn some helpful tips and tricks along the way. This advanced class covers additional search strategies, budget bills, advanced use of drafting records, and Supreme Court rule order research.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Register Online | Print Registration Form


If you can't make our Madison sessions, don't miss our Milwaukee class:

Researching Wisconsin Legislative History: Sources and Strategies
Thursday, July 6, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee Public Library, Central Library

FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee Public Library and space is limited. Call 414-286-3011 to register. These are demonstration classes.

June 2, 2017

WSLL @ Your Service: June 2017

The June 2017 issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now online. As always, your comments are welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Kristina Martinez.

In this issue: 

raffle tickets Community Raffles: Resource Guide

As summer approaches we gear up for community gatherings and festivals. Our research guide to community raffles help you find the rules and regulations to follow from the State of Wisconsin. Read more

new books New Books

Marijuana Law in a Nutshell and Human Trafficking: Emerging Legal Issues and Application are our two featured titles this month. As always, don't miss our new book list. Read more

laptop Tech Tip

In recent weeks, the computer world has been rocked by a ransomware attack "WannaCry" and a new warning that cybercriminals are embedding dangerous links in social media posts. Read more

sparklers Library News

Summer tours and classes at the library, plus library closures for the July 4th holiday. Read more

sign photo June Snapshot

Street Sign in Alexandria, Virginia, May 2017; Photo by Julie Tessmer. Read more

May 26, 2017

Libraries Closed for Memorial Day

The Wisconsin State Law Library's three locations will be closed on Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day. We will respond to questions and requests on Tuesday, May 30th.

To ask a question while we are closed, call us at 608-267-9696 or Ask a Librarian online.

May 22, 2017

Information literacy (Fake News)

Fake news is not a new phenomenon (see Washington Post opinion article, "Fake news? That's a very old story." by Robert G. Parkinson, November 25, 2016) and can be construed as humorous (see The Onion). The most recent election raised issues that the library profession takes very seriously. Librarians hope to educate patrons on finding credible and reliable sources. The following resources relate to information literacy and explore the emergent issue of fake news coming into the courts.

According to the American Library Association, information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." When in doubt, contact the librarians at the Wisconsin State Law Library to assist in your research.

Educational resources

Law reviews

In the news

Case law


May 16, 2017

Job Posting: Library Assistant

Are you a detail-oriented individual looking for part-time work? The Wisconsin State Law Library is searching for a Library Assistant, 10 hours per week. Flexible scheduling available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Duties include: scanning, processing, and shelving appellate court briefs; data entry, bindery preparation, and other collection maintenance activities including shifting of library materials.

Skills include: exceptional organizational skills, above average computing skills, and the ability to follow written directions. Scanning experience is preferred. A demonstrated ability to do multiple tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail is required!

Pay: $9.67/hour.

Start date: As early as Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Location: The Wisconsin State Law Library is located on a bus line, just off the Capitol Square at 120 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Madison.

To apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to Angela.Humiston@wicourts.gov. You must include your hours available for work, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m..

Deadline for applications: Sunday, May 28, 2017

 

 

May 2, 2017

WSLL @ Your Service May 2017

The May issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now online. As always, your comments are welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Kristina Martinez.

In this issue:

national library week display What's New - Kristina Martinez

We recap National Library Week and the Wisconsin State Law Library's birthday. Plus, learn about library closures in May. Read more

new book table This Just In - Amy Crowder

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Law in a Nutshell and International Aspects of U.S. Litigation: A Practitioner's Deskbook are our two featured titles this month. As always, don't miss our new book list. Read more

keyhole Tech Tip - Heidi Yelk

World Password Day is May 4. Experts recommend four steps to protect your digital assets: strong passwords, different passwords for each site, password managers, and multi-factor authentication. Plus, get an introduction to search engine DuckDuckGo. Read more

newspaper Information literacy (Fake News) - Jaime Healy-Plotkin

The most recent election raised issues that the library profession takes very seriously: fake news. Read more

capitol May Snapshot

Enjoy a feature photo from our staff and readers. This month we feature the Wisconsin State Capitol and tulip star, a photo by Jaime Healy-Plotkin. Read more

April 25, 2017

Free Consultations with an Attorney

On Monday, May 1, 2017 volunteer attorneys will provide free consultations in English and Spanish at the Dane County Law Library. These clinics are drop-in only and do not take appointments. This special event only happens once a year on Law Day. Don't miss it!

Free consultations with a volunteer attorney:
English and Spanish Assistance Available!

When: Monday, May 1, 2017
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Where: Dane County Law Library, Room L1007
Dane County Courthouse
215 S. Hamilton St, Madison, WI 53703

Sólo sucede una vez al año…el Dia de la Ley!!
Consultas gratis con un abogado voluntario
Ayuda disponible en inglés y en español
Se atiende por orden de llegada, no aceptan citas

Cuando: Lunes 1º de Mayo 2017
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Where: Biblioteca Legal, Cuarto L1007
La Corte del Condado de Dane
215 S. Hamilton St., Madison WI 53703



April 24, 2017

Congratulations, Law School Graduates!

Did you know that all attorneys licensed in Wisconsin qualify for a free Wisconsin State Law Library card? A library card gives you access to legal databases, such as HeinOnline and Index to Legal Periodicals, plus the ability to check out books from our Madison and Milwaukee locations. 

The Wisconsin State Law Library invites law school graduates to stop by the library for a tour. Interested in obtaining a library card? You can apply for a library card online and learn more about what the Wisconsin State Law Library has to offer!


April 20, 2017

May CLE Classes

Don't forget to register for these three CLE classes in May!

Topics in International Law
Thursday, May 4, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Library, Central Library
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee Public Library and space is limited. Call 414-286-3011 to register. These are demonstration classes.
Advanced Westlaw
Tuesday, May 16, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin State Law Library training room
Learn how to best utilize Westlaw in this course by: Learning about advanced search and field searching on content category search pages; Harnessing the power of advanced annotation features such as highlighting and foldering; Incorporating Key Numbers and Key Number Searching into your research; Exploring headnotes and other editorial enhancements, such as notes of decisions and statutes index; Covering advanced options for Alerts and Automated searches; Utilizing advanced customization features for "Copy with Reference", Highlighted terms, Result list display, and Document Delivery; Learn how to access Westlaw from other devices.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form
HeinOnline - What's New and What's Improved
Wednesday, May 24, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Madison, Wisconsin State Law Library training room

HeinOnline offers an extensive legal research collection, including law reviews, legal periodicals, federal regulations, congressional record, classic treaties and more. In this session, participants will learn about the new features offered from HeinOnline.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

April 18, 2017

Come in for Cake on Wednesday, April 19

We're celebrating our 181st birthday on Wednesday! Stop by the library any time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a slice of cake to help us celebrate.

The Wisconsin State Law Library was established in 1836 by the same Act of Congress that created the Territory of Wisconsin and is the oldest library in Wisconsin. 
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April 17, 2017

National Library Week Recap

Thanks for joining us during our National Library Week celebration! The State Law Library had several activities happening this past week, including free CLE classes, a Q&A on Ballotpedia, and a fabulous pie and coffee social.











April 10, 2017

Happy National Library Week!

National Library Week is April 10-14 and the State Law Library has several free classes and social events. Stop by our downtown Madison location for a presentation and Q&A on Ballotpedia, happening Tuesday at noon. And on Thursday, head to the library for socializing, coffee, and pie from 1-3.

Every visitor to the library during the week can play our guessing game to guess the number of pretzels in the display at the circulation desk. The closest two guesses win a prize!


Don't miss these special events: 

Ballotpedia
Tuesday, April 11, Noon
Location: David T. Prosser, Jr. State Law Library rare book room
No registration necessary

Ballotpedia is an online encyclopedia of American politics and elections. A representative from Ballotpedia will present an overview of the website and field questions from the audience.

Stop by for Coffee & Pie
Thursday, April 13, 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: David T. Prosser, Jr. State Law Library

To cap off National Library Week we're hosting a coffee and pie social. Library staff will be available to give demonstrations of our new, free public scanner.

Download event flier

April 2, 2017

WSLL @ Your Service: April 2017

The April 2017 issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now online. As always, your comments are welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Kristina Martinez.

In this issue:

national library week banner What's New

April 10-14 is National Library Week. Join us for CLE classes, a special presentation from Ballotpedia, and on Thursday, coffee and a slice of pie. Read more

new books This Just In

Real estate transactions system and How to succeed as a trial lawyer are our two featured titles this month. As always, don't miss our new book list. Read more

alarm clock Tech Tip

If you're looking for an alarm that fits your wake up style, consider the many alarm clock apps available for your smartphone. Read more

grand canyon Odds 'n' Endings

Read about jokes, hoaxes, and April Fool's Day - including our own April Fool's jokes. Read more

April 1, 2017

LA Law reunion show

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Not since the filming of Public Enemies at the Capitol has a Madison film event been this anticipated. This April the library will host L.A. Law cast and crew as they film the much anticipated reunion show. This planned two hour television event will see half of the cast – old and new – stranded in time. In a desperate search for clues, the "2017" team – led by Blair Underwood's character Jonathan Rollins - will be filmed feverishly reading through classic legal texts looking for clues in old cases and scholarly tomes in order to find their missing coworkers.

Filming will take place in and around the library's rare book room, which also once served as film backdrop for Chad Vader. Filming is expected to begin on April 1st.

New edition of Law of Dollhouses

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With several newly revised chapters, the third edition of Law of Dollhouses is required reading for doll law practitioners. Updated chapters include:
  • Overview of new landlord-tenant laws and their impact on landlord entry, house repair responsibilities and building codes (is play-dough a suitable building material?), and ADA guidelines for rental dollhouses with second stories but no staircases.
  • New small business tips - includes a micromanagement checklist for clients.
  • Plus, an all new chapter: Help! There's a hand in my living room! Handy tips for recurrent home invasions.

New library dress code

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This month, library patrons will have the opportunity to participate in a new program to promote Mock Trial Awareness. Throughout the month of April, library patrons will be encouraged to conduct their research "robed" i.e. wearing a judge or barrister robe.

Don’t own a dress robe? No problem. As you enter the library, look for the "robe rack" to the right of the circulation desk. It will be stocked with various sizes of black robes and other traditional court dress. Library users may choose a robe and optional wig and then go about their business in the library. There will be one scarlet robe, available for "red letter days." Any patron celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other special day is encouraged to wear the scarlet robe during their time at the library. Other patrons are expected to "yield to the scarlet robe" while in line to check out books, scan books at the library’s new scanner, or take a drink at the bubbler.

March 27, 2017

Book a trip to the State Law Library

National Library Week is April 10-14 and the State Law Library has several free classes and social events. Stop by our downtown Madison location for a presentation and Q&A on Ballotpedia, happening Tuesday at noon. And on Thursday, head to the library for socializing, coffee, and pie from 1-3.

Every visitor to the library during the week can play our guessing game to guess the number of pretzels in the display at the circulation desk. The closest two guesses win a prize!



Here's the full schedule of events:

Public Records
Monday, April 10, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: David T. Prosser, Jr. State Law Library training room
Register Online | Print Registration Form

Learn first hand how to find public records on individuals and businesses in this information packed class. Discover criminal records, state and local court records, business entity records, liens, real estate records, and more. We'll help you find the government agency sources for Wisconsin public records. 1 CLE credit.

Ballotpedia
Tuesday, April 11, Noon
Location: David T. Prosser, Jr. State Law Library rare book room
No registration necessary

Ballotpedia is an online encyclopedia of American politics and elections. A representative from Ballotpedia will present an overview of the website and field questions from the audience.

Wisconsin Legislature Website
Wednesday, April 12, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: David T. Prosser, Jr. State Law Library training room
Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

In this hands-on overview of the Legislature's site you'll learn how to track legislative activity, locate bills and acts, and search the online Wisconsin Statutes. You'll also learn about the Legislative Notification Service, and where to find publications of the various Legislative Service Agencies. 1 CLE credit.

Stop by for Coffee & Pie
Thursday, April 13, 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: David T. Prosser, Jr. State Law Library

To cap off National Library Week we're hosting a coffee and pie social. Library staff will be available to give demonstrations of our new, free public scanner.

Download the event flier

March 23, 2017

Milwaukee CLE Classes

Plan your spring and summer CLE now! Attorneys and other interested individuals in the Milwaukee region can attend free CLE programming coordinated by the Milwaukee County Law Library (MCLL). MCLL continues its partnership with the Milwaukee Public Library to offer monthly CLE classes to attorneys and the public. The classes are led by law librarians from the Milwaukee legal community as well as Wisconsin State Law Library librarians. 

Upcoming classes include: 

Regulatory Research: More than the Code of Federal Regulations
Thursday, April 6, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee Public Library, Central Library
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee Public Library and space is limited. Call 414-286-3011 to register. These are demonstration classes.
Topics in International Law
Thursday, May 4, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee Public Library, Central Library
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee Public Library and space is limited. Call 414-286-3011 to register. These are demonstration classes.
Research Fundamentals on Westlaw
Thursday, June 1, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee Public Library, Central Library
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee Public Library and space is limited. Call 414-286-3011 to register. These are demonstration classes.
Business Law Research in Westlaw
Thursday, June 1, 1 - 2 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee Public Library, Central Library
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee Public Library and space is limited. Call 414-286-3011 to register. These are demonstration classes.
Researching Wisconsin Legislative History: Sources and Strategies
Thursday, July 6, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee Public Library, Central Library
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee Public Library and space is limited. Call 414-286-3011 to register. These are demonstration classes.
Google Tools to Enhance Productivity
Thursday, August 3, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee Public Library, Central Library
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee Public Library and space is limited. Call 414-286-3011 to register. These are demonstration classes.

March 14, 2017

Sign up now for our March Westlaw class

Space is still available for our March Westlaw class, "What's New on Westlaw," taking place next Tuesday, March 21 from noon to 1 p.m.

This 1 hour CLE credit class updates and refreshes attorneys on Westlaw, and shows new tools, features, and content available. The new tools and content enhancements also assist the attorneys in providing more cost effective researching to their clients.

What's New On Westlaw
Tuesday, March 21, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin State Law Library training room
The objective of this course is to update and refresh attorneys on Westlaw, and show new tools, features, and content available. The new tools and content enhancements will also assist the attorneys in providing more cost effective researching to their clients.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

March 13, 2017

Milwaukee County Law Library Closed until 10 am on Tuesday

The Milwaukee County Law Library, along with the courthouse, will close today at 1 p.m. for a snow emergency. The court house and library will reopen on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

March 6, 2017

WSLL @ Your Service: March 2017

The March issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now online. As always, your comments are welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Kristina Martinez.

In this issue:

Scanner What's New

Our new, FREE public scanner is available for use. Also, try out trial databases in HeinOnline, wish Pete Boll luck on his new adventure, and get an update on National Library Week. Read more

Books This Just In

Children's Justice: How to Improve Legal Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System and Worker's Compensation Handbook are our two featured titles this month. As always, don't miss our new book list. Read more

Calculator Tech Tip

We highlight web-based calculators that focus on judgments and deadlines. Read more

Capitol building Odds 'n' Endings

This year, the State Capitol Building celebrates its 100th anniversary. Read more

February 24, 2017

Trial Databases in HeinOnline

We're testing some new HeinOnline libraries and we want your opinion. Do you think we should subscribe to any of these libraries? Please tell us what you think by emailing us at wsll.web@wicourts.gov by April 14, 2017.

Getting to the trial libraries is easy. Simply log in to HeinOnline with your library card (or on one of our computers) and look for the red TRIAL flag next to the library. HeinOnline is available to most library card holders and everyone in our three libraries. Get to it from our Articles & Journals page.


Animal Studies: Law, Welfare and Rights
With titles from the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Animal Welfare Institute, this collection aims to establish the foundational laws pertaining to animals and follow the evolution of these rights throughout the years. It includes philosophical books dating back to the 1800’s, videos, periodicals, brochures, and more.

Congress and the Courts
This library, featuring William H. Manz's Congress and the Courts: A Legislative History 1787-2010, brings together materials reflecting congressional concern with the composition and structure of Article III Courts and provides all relevant documents prepared by various Congresses relating to the purpose, formation, organization, and restructuring of the federal government. Also included are Federal Judicial Center Publications, Periodicals, Links to Scholarly Articles, CFR Title 28 – Judicial Administration, Other Related Works, and much more.

History of Bankruptcy: Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III
The History of Bankruptcy includes legislative histories, treatises, documents and more related to bankruptcy law in America. It also includes classic books dating back to the late 1800s and links to scholarly articles that are related to the study of bankruptcy in America.

History of Supreme Court Nominations
This library features the complete print series Supreme Court of the U.S. Hearings and Reports on Successful and Unsuccessful Nominations of Supreme Court Justices by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Browse by Justice option allows you to see relevant works related to that Justice, including links to articles, a bibliography of other works, and links to Scholarly Articles.

Kluwer Law International Journal Library
Contains 23 Kluwer Law International Journals including: Air and Space Law, Arbitration International, World Trade and Arbitration Materials, International Journal of Comparative Labour Law & Industrial Relations, European Public Law, European Review of Private Law, and Legal Issues of Economic Integration.

National Moot Court Competition
Through an arrangement with the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, this collection offers digital access to the records, briefs, and related organizational materials from the 1st to the most recent (1950-current) annual National Moot Court Competitions.

February 22, 2017

Newsletter Survey

We hope to improve our newsletter, WSLL @ Your Service, by creating content that best suits you, our reader. Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey so that we may focus our efforts in the new year.

Thank you!


February 20, 2017

Vote on Tuesday

The 2017 Spring primary takes place this week on Tuesday, February 21st.

Sign in to My Vote Wisconsin to see your polling location, voter registration status, and sample ballot. If you voted absentee, you can check whether your ballot has been recorded as received on this website as well.

Voter photo ID is required. Visit Bring it to the Ballot to learn more.


February 16, 2017

Love Your Library Card: Renew books online

Renewing checked out books and other library materials is easy on our website.

Step 1: Log in to your account

From our home page or the Search drop down menu on our site, choose the Renew / Log In option. Enter the full barcode number on the back of your Wisconsin State Law Library card to log in.

Step 2: Select individual titles or click on "Renew All"

Use the "sort by due date" button to sort items on your screen. Then, check only the boxes next to the items you wish to renew and select "Renew Selected". You can also choose "Renew All" to renew everything checked out to you.



Step 3: Follow the prompts to renew your library materials

Your new due date will be listed on this screen, along with the number of renewals. If you owe overdue fines or if someone has placed a hold an your item, you may not be able to renew everything. If you have a problem, just give us a call at 608-266-1600. 



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