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August 15, 2018

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August 2, 2018

WSLL @ Your Service August 2018

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

In this issue:

DataUsing WisConomy to find county profiles

Find local labor market, business, and population data for Wisconsin on the WisConomy website. Read more

new booksNew Books

Our featured new resources this month are Crafting Effective Settlement Agreements: a Guidebook for Attorneys and Mediators and Litigating Sexual Harassment & Sex Discrimination Cases. Check our new book list for more new titles. Read more

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One way to avoid seeing most ads is to install a blocker extension or add-on to your web browser. Read more

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speakerLibrary news

Library closures. There are also still seats available in our Madison location's August class, Introduction to Westlaw. Read more

guitartownAugust Snapshot

Did you know you can see several Bucky statutes near our Madison libraries? Bucky on Parade is a local art event featuring 85 individually decorated Bucky Badger statutes throughout Dane County. Read more

Read the full newsletter at: http://wilawlibrary.gov/newsletter/1808.html

Job posting: Library Assistant - Afternoon

The Wisconsin State Law Library is searching for a Library Assistant-Afternoon, 22.5 hours per week. Qualified applicants must be available to work Monday through Friday 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Duties include: staffing the circulation desk, filing looseleaf services, shelving, moving and shifting book collections and loaded book carts, creating invoices, issuing library cards, and other collection maintenance activities.

Skills include: excellent professional and friendly customer service skills in person and on the phone, working well independently and in pairs and teams, working in the circulation system and other computer tasks, cash handling, ability to follow written directions and to do multiple tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.

Pay is $11.00/hour.

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 submit a cover letter and resume to elspeth.gordon@wicourts.gov which must include your hours available to work.

July 9, 2018

Using alerts to keep up with new journals

HeinOnline is a favorite of many of our cardholders due to its large collection of full text journal articles. To make reading articles online even easier, HeinOnline offers a journal alert service, which will email you every time the journals you select have added a new issue. The emails include a summary of the table of contents of the latest issue added to HeinOnline.

Watch HeinOnline's training video (below) for a quick tutorial. You'll need to create your own myHein account in order to get automatic email updates when a new issue has been added to HeinOnline. Creating your own HeinOnline account (which is done AFTER you log in with your library card) is easy!

Follow these steps to set up a MyHein account and create your first journal alert

  1. Log in to HeinOnline with your library card (see our tutorial).
  2. Library computer users are logged in automatically – no card required
  3. Choose the "MyHein" link at the top
  4. Select the "Create an Account" link from the menu
  5. Make up a username, password, and fill in the rest of your information, including the email address to which you would like alerts sent.
  6. Now that you've created a MyHein account, follow these steps from HeinOnline to create and manage your journal alerts.
  7. To manage your MyHein account in the future, first login to HeinOnline using your library card number, then login to your individual MyHein account.

Embargo periods

Some journal publishers include embargo periods for their publications in HeinOnline. While the journal articles may be indexed (a summary and other information is searchable), the full text won't be available for a set period of time. When you are setting up a journal alert, you can check whether there is an embargo period, and how long it is, by checking the information link for the journal. Learn how to check a journal's publishing information in HeinOnline's quick guide.

Ask a librarian

We know that keeping up with the features in research databases can be difficult. Ask a librarian if you need help using HeinOnline, or learning more about the features you can use with a myHein account.

July 2, 2018

WSLL @ Your Service July 2018

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

In this issue:

Researching Municipal Boundaries
The State of Wisconsin preserves legal documents on the evolution of municipal boundaries. Most of these documents are found in the Municipal Data System. Read more

New Books

Our featured new resources this month are How to Draft Bills Clients Rush to Pay and Law of Asylum in the United States. Check our new book list for more new titles. Read more

Tech Tip

One way to avoid seeing most ads is to install a blocker extension or add-on to your web browser. Read more

Library News

Upcoming library events and news. Read more

July Snapshot

Did you know you can see several Bucky statutes near our Madison libraries? Bucky on Parade is a local art event featuring 85 individually decorated Bucky Badger statutes throughout Dane County. Read more

June 29, 2018

Time for (some) fireworks!

As the Fourth of July approaches, the Wisconsin Attorney General's office has released their annual reminder about fireworks laws

Wisconsin Statute 167.10 addresses the regulation of fireworks in Wisconsin and lists various firework-related devices that aren't regulated, such as sparklers or toy snakes. Anyone looking for a concise summary of fireworks laws should look at the WI Dept. of Justice's summary of Wisconsin Fireworks Law (2014), which is geared towards law enforcement. This guide includes a list of items that are generally legal in Wisconsin without a permit, as well as those that are illegal without a permit throughout Wisconsin.

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It's important to note that further restrictions and enforcement rest with local authorities, so be sure to check local ordinances. Permits are generally issued by local authorities (i.e. the mayor or person designated by the mayor). The press release also covers examples of laws and practices you might see for local fireworks regulation.

June 28, 2018

Libraries Closed on July 4th

Our three library locations will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th for the Fourth of July state holiday. We will respond to questions and requests on Thursday, July 5th. To ask a question while we are closed, you can call us at (608) 267-9696 or Ask a Librarian online.

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June 21, 2018

Databases and Catalog now available

Access to databases, such as HeinOnline, and our online catalog is now working following this morning's system work. Thank you for your patience!

Please call us at 608-267-9696 if you have any issues using our databases or library catalog

Databases Are Unavailable

Users outside of our libraries are unable to access databases, such as HeinOnline or Index to Legal Periodicals. We are working on fixing this issue and will post again when access to these databases is working again.

If you need help accessing information from these databases, please call our reference desk at 608-267-9696.

Circuit court fee waivers

We're often asked how much it costs to file a circuit court case, and whether there are any options to waive filing fees. Most cases require a filing fee, but there is a procedure to request the court waive filing fees and costs. The court will review the request and approve, deny, or order partial payment of fees and costs. (See the WI Circuit Court fee, forfeiture, fine and surcharge tables for more information about standard fees and costs.)
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The Wisconsin Court System has created a form to request that a civil court action begin without prepayment of filing fees or costs: Petition for Waiver of Fees and Costs - Affidavit of Indigency, CV-410A, and the accompanying Order on Petition for Waiver of Fees and Costs, CV-410B. (For prisoners' use, see: CV-438 and CV-440.)

For eFiling litigants, a fee waiver can also be requested and the court has created instructions for eFiling and waiving court fees and costs

A fee waiver request does not include other related fees, such as service of process fees from a private process server or Sheriff's Department. Check with your local county court for information on fee waiver requests for other programs, like this Outagamie County request for waiver of family court mediation fees. Some types of cases don't require filing fees, such as most temporary restraining order petitions alleging domestic abuse or stalking. Check the WI Circuit Court fee, forfeiture, fine and surcharge tables for more information on filing fees and costs for particular types of cases. Finally, check with your local county court for more information on procedures and fees.

June 20, 2018

Catalog and databases temporarily unavailable

Due to scheduled system maintenance, our catalog and access to online databases will be unavailable on Thursday morning beginning at 6 a.m. We anticipate full access to these resources will be restored by mid-morning.

Please ask a librarian if you need help accessing the library's collection during this time. Call us at 608-267-9696.

June 14, 2018

Observing Flag Day

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress authorized the creation of a new flag to symbolize the United States of America. 
"Resolved, That the flag of the ∥thirteen∥ United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation"
June 14, 1777, page 466, in Journals of the Continental Congress. A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

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You can read about the history of Flag Day and a little bit of history about the American flag in the Library of Congress' "Today in History" entry for June 14

Our Etiquette and Protocol page links to guides and several statutes about the proper use and display of flags. 

June 13, 2018

LGBTQ Start Here guide

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) and we've put together a short resource guide to help users who are researching legal issues for LGBTQ individuals. Our guide features books from our collection, recent law review articles and journals, and a short list of useful websites.

Find our LGBTQ research guide and other Start Here guides on our website.

June 4, 2018

WSLL @ Your Service: June 2018

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

In this issue:

Criminal Law Research Guides

The annual Wisconsin Court System Criminal Law & Sentencing Institute took place in early May. Librarians created several research guides for attendees. Read more

Bar Association Meeting Programs

We’re ready to speak at your next bar association meeting! Julie Tessmer, State Law Librarian, will present information about the library’s services and the materials which we provide for practicing attorneys. Read more

New Books

Our featured new resources this month are 2017 Tax Legislation: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and Renters’ Rights. Check our new book list for more new titles. Read more

Tech Tip

All drivers are aware of texting while driving laws. One way to avoid the temptation of using your phone while driving is to install an app that handles incoming calls and texts. Read more

Library News

Get information about Law Day in Dane County, staff news, and Fourth of July library closures. Read more

June Snapshot

Our new microfiche scanner is ready to use! Use it to scan, then email or save copies from microfiche or microfilm. Read more

May 29, 2018

Fastcase at the Library

One question we're frequently asked is where to find Wisconsin Jury Instructions online. As of this blog post, they're available through Fastcase.

Anyone can use Fastcase at our three libraries to access current and some prior Wisconsin Jury Instructions online. Jury instructions are keyword searchable and browsable. If you haven't used Fastcase to access a treatise-like collection before, a librarian can help get you started.

We recently added a new book on using Fastcase to our collection. Fastcase: the definitive guide includes tips and step by step instructions for getting the most out of the database with every search.

Contents include:
  • The nuts and bolts of searching
  • Case research
  • Bad law bot : is that case still good law?
  • Statutes and other legislative resources
  • Regulations and administrative law
  • Treatises, law reviews, and other secondary resources

Check out Fastcase: the definitive guide today!

May 22, 2018

Libraries Closed on Memorial Day

The David T. Prosser Jr. Library, and Dane and Milwaukee County Law Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day. We will respond to questions and requests on Tuesday, May 29th.

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

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May 21, 2018

New in HeinOnline: Prestatehood Legal Materials

Researchers trying to locate primary law materials from US colonies all the way to statehood can turn to a single source: HeinOnline's Prestatehood legal materials.

It's easy to use! From the main page of the collection, use the map to navigate to the geographical area (state) you're researching. You'll get an overview of the history and dates pertinent to your research, along with suggested sources for constitutional, judicial, legislative, and executive materials.

Sign into this database with your library card. HeinOnline is available to most cardholders outside of the library, and all visitors to our three libraries can use HeinOnline from a law library computer or wireless network.
Information has been adapted from the book, Prestatehood legal materials: a fifty state research guide, including New York City and the District of Columbia. The print edition is also available digitally from HeinOnline's prestatehood collection.

The author of Wisconsin's entry, Duane Strojny, notes in the conclusion, "A quick phone call to the Wisconsin State Law Library will confirm actual content and the existence or appropriate referral to obtain a copy of documents." Yes! Please call or email us with questions. We're happy to help.

May 17, 2018

Downtown Madison road closures on May 19

Potentially affecting our after hours users, there are a few street closures in downtown Madison on Saturday, May 19. 

The Judge Doyle Square Project will require a closure of E. Doty St. between MLK Jr. Blvd. and S. Pinckney St. from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

May 11, 2018

CBD oil in the news

CBD oil and industrial hemp have been in the news for the past couple of weeks. On May 10, the Wisconsin Department of Justice released an updated statement on Wisconsin's industrial hemp pilot program and CBD oil.
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This was prompted by discussion over a recent guidance statement from the Wisconsin Statewide Intelligence Center. (link updated 5/23/18)

This statement was briefly hosted on the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection's (DATCP) industrial hemp research pilot program website, where they linked to the document and included a brief statement. (Archived version of the DATCP page from May 3, 2018)

Here's an overview of sources and laws relating to these topics:

Wisconsin sources

The WI Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection has information on the industrial hemp program on their website Wisconsin DATCP Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program. This page includes FAQs and other information. 

Wisconsin statute 961.38 discusses cannabidiol. Read an overview of 2017 Wisconsin Act 4 which affected possession and distribution of CBD and of 2017 Wisconsin Act 100 which relates to industrial hemp.

Wisconsin statute index listings for "hemp" and "cannabidiol":

The Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board administers sections of chapter 961 of the Wisconsin Statutes.

Other sources

The US Department of Agriculture has a page on industrial hemp, which discusses section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill. Information on the pending 2018 Farm Bill, H.R. 2 can be found online.

US Drug Enforcement Administration final rule: Dec. 2016 Establishment of a New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract

Court rules CBD is Schedule 1 controlled substance, cannabidiol sales only where pot legal, Statesman Journal (May 4, 2018)

The National Conference of State Legislatures has an overview of other state industrial hemp statutes on their website.

May 8, 2018

Research guides for Criminal Law & Sentencing Institute

The annual Wisconsin Court System Criminal Law & Sentencing Institute is this week. Jennifer Waite, librarian at the Milwaukee County Law Library, will be available to share information about our three libraries to judges in attendance. 

For those who won't be at the conference, or can't stop by the table, here's a sampling of some of the information you can walk away with, in addition to our brochure and bookmark.

Legislative History Research in Wisconsin
Get an overview of legislative history research in a clear diagram. Links and coverage for online and print resources are included. 

Our Start Here research guides are short two page lists of books and articles which feature essential or newer sources on a topic. 

May 1, 2018

WSLL @ Your Service May 2018

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

In this issue:

Congratulations to New Graduates

The Wisconsin State Law Library congratulates May graduates of Wisconsin's law schools and invites new attorneys to sign up for library cards. Read more

New Flyer for Public Service Desks

The Library is making it easier to refer people to our services with our public service desk handout. Read more

New Books

Our featured new resources this month are Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court, Renters' Rights, and Gun Regulation and Legislation in America. Check our new book list for more new titles. Read more

Tech Tip

Learn how to jump to the top of the Wisconsin Legislature's website, and get general tips for skipping to the top of just about any website. Read more

Library News

Get information about a free legal clinic in the Dane County Law Library on Law Day, our new microfiche scanner, spring classes, and last month's National Library Week displays. Read more

May Snapshot

Lady Justice contemplates the National Library Week theme, The Art of Law. Read more

April 30, 2018

Congratulations new graduates!

The Wisconsin State Law Library congratulates May graduates of Wisconsin's law schools. In the legal profession access to information can mean the difference between success and failure. Our library card will help you to access information which will prove invaluable as you begin your new careers. All Wisconsin licensed attorneys are eligible for a free library card.

Cardholders can borrow books from the David T. Prosser Jr. State Law Library in Madison and our two other locations: the Dane County Law Library in the Dane County Courthouse and the Milwaukee County Law Library in the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Most items can be checked out for a one week loan. For card holders who are not able to visit us because they are practicing in other parts of the state, we offer a Borrow by Mail service to ship books to your office.

Cardholders are also able to access a number of online databases by logging in with their card number: HeinOnline (with some restrictions), Index to Legal Periodicals, and several others.

Visit our website and, if you are in Madison or Milwaukee, stop in and see what we have to offer. Call our reference line at (608) 267-9696 for help finding information - there is a good chance we have answered a similar question. We are the library for Wisconsin's legal professionals. Join us by applying for your free library card.

April 25, 2018

The Coogan Act

The following information on The Coogan Act was included as part of our library displays during National Library Week as we celebrated "The Art of Law."

Jackie Coogan did not have a typical childhood. Discovered by Charlie Chaplin in 1921, he co-starred with Chaplin in one of the film legend’s best known features, “The Kid.”

The role launched a film career that made him, arguably, the first truly marketable child film star. Appearing in about 35 silent features, he earned an estimated $2 million to $4 million. Decades later, he was incredulous when asked if his childhood had differed from that of a normal boy. “Normal boy?” he exclaimed. “How would I know what a normal boy would do?....Other boys went to see Babe Ruth. Babe Ruth came to see me.”
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When he turned 21, Coogan was informed that he had no right to the fortune he had amassed as a child – California law provided that “the services and earnings of [a] child” were the property of his parents. Coogan sued.

His lawsuit was marginally successful. He won a settlement against his parents, but the money seemed to have disappeared. His efforts, by his own account, netted $35,000.

Coogan’s movie career stalled. He believed his stepfather Arthur Bernstein, who was related to a number of film executives, had engineered a studio blackball against him.

He joined the Army during World War II, serving with distinction as a glider pilot. Coogan resumed his acting career after the war, primarily on stage and television, appearing in numerous productions and many different TV series. He is probably best remembered today for his role as Uncle Fester in the 1960s comedy series, The Addams Family. Coogan retired from acting in 1975, and died in 1984.

Public indignation over Coogan’s plight led to legislation in the State of California to protect child actors and other minors who may sign lucrative employment contracts.

Known as the Coogan Act, Chapter 637, Laws of 1939 required any court approving the contract of a minor child to include a provision setting up a trust fund for the child, to include “such portion of the net earnings of the minor, not exceeding one-half thereof, as the court may deem just and proper.”

The act gave the superior court jurisdiction over the trust, with the power of termination or amendment. A number of other states have enacted similar laws to protect child actors; such laws are generally known as “Coogan Acts.”

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