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Pro Bono work eligible for CLE credit

For several years now, the Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules have allowed Pro Bono work to be eligible for CLE credit.  Under Chapter 31 , attorneys may claim one general CLE hour for every five hours of pro bono legal services provided in a qu ...

Posted May 9, 2022 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

Summer Associate Tip: Getting Your First Assignment

Library Tips: Getting your first assignment First, no one expects you to know everything, relax. Always have a pad of paper and pen on you to write down questions as well as make notes regarding the assignment. For bill tracking purpose ...

Posted Apr 27, 2022 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

More than books: helpful items and resources for law student wellness

The snow has (mostly) melted. Birds are singing. The Law Library is currently limited to law students and legal researchers. It must be spring in Wisconsin! Like most people, I get a little antsy at this time of year. Finals are approaching, t ...

Posted Apr 20, 2022 by Turner,Kristopher

The New 2021-2022 Wisconsin Blue Book

The new 2021-2022 Wisconsin Blue Book is here! First published in 1853 as a manual for legislators, the Blue Book's mission today "is to furnish the legislature and the public with information on state officers and governmental organization ...

Posted Apr 13, 2022 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

Play Ball! Resources on Sports Law

It’s Opening Day for baseball!  If you’re a fan like me, you watched the lock out with trepidation, speculating whether this day would ever come.  As a strident White Sox fan, I still remember the heartbreak of the 1994 st ...

Posted Apr 7, 2022 by Manriquez,Elizabeth

Understanding the War in Ukraine

With the war in Ukraine more than one month old, you may be looking for sources that discuss the conflict--its history, causes and consequences--in some depth. To that end, below is a selective list of online materials and recent books held in t ...

Posted Mar 30, 2022 by Sunil Rao,

Supreme Court Nomination Hearings: A (Racist and Controversial) History

The United States Supreme Court was established by the United States Constitution and the passage of the Judiciary Act of 1789, and had its first meeting on February 2, 1790. It handed down its first opinion on August 3, 1791 (West v. Barnes ). ...

Posted Mar 24, 2022 by Babler,Emma

The Law of War

We've had an unfortunate opportunity to learn more about a special area of international law in recent weeks. As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, there have been reports of war crimes, and probes by the International Criminal Court in ...

Posted Mar 9, 2022 by Turner,Kristopher

Research Tools on Human Rights, Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes, War Crimes Trials

It's happening again, war in Europe, and with it possible human rights violations and war crimes .  In this case, Russia's invasion of Ukraine may have included intentionally directing attacks against a civilian population, a possible viola ...

Posted Mar 3, 2022 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

The New Federal Civil Rules Handbook (2022)

Federal Civil Rules Handbook , West, 2022 Law Library Reserve Collection: KF8816 .A193 Effective Dec. 1, 2021, new rules to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP) came into force.  The rules affected are Rule 3 (Appeal as a Ri ...

Posted Feb 23, 2022 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, the Law Library has compiled the following links to UW-Madison and local community events and resources: UW Law School & Library Resources UW Law Library Celelbration of Black People in Legal Com ...

Posted Feb 9, 2022 by Sunil Rao,

Is There a Maus in the House?

We’ve recently been hearing a lot about banned books in the news. Is it Banned Books Week? (No, that is coming up: September 18-24, 2022, so plenty of time to mark your calendars!)  Unfortunately, the reason why banned books have be ...

Posted Feb 4, 2022 by Babler,Emma

Business Databases for Law Students

If you are researching transactional law, you'll have to develop a research stragegy to include locating information on a business, finding market data, and if it is a public company, you might want to chart the company's stock performance, and ...

Posted Jan 30, 2022 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

Welcome to the Website of Tomorrow! A guided tour of the Law Library's website

Welcome to the seemingly futuristic year of 2022! Sure, it isn’t quite what we were promised in the movies, but regardless of a lack of flying cars, the Law Library does have a top-of-the-line website that pretty much transports you to a ...

Posted Jan 19, 2022 by Turner,Kristopher

Santa on Trial? Breaking and Entering in Wisconsin

The fact pattern is familiar by now: an elderly adult man with a beard and a red suit performs hundreds of thousands of counts of breaking and entering into family residences in one single night. (We’ll leave out the flying reindeer.) His ...

Posted Dec 21, 2021 by Emma E Babler

Milestones: On The Road To Knowledge

We end the semester on an easygoing note.  Seven books on display covering great spans of history and human knowledge for your reading and visual delight.  Their titles alone give away a certain wanderlust to explore unknown realms, at ...

Posted Dec 7, 2021 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

Extended Hours and Limited Access at the Law Library...What are those?

The calendar says December 1st. Fall classes will be wrapping up soon and exams will be upon us. As always, the Law Library is here to support you and help you excel as you progress through your law school career. To that end, we've already star ...

Posted Dec 1, 2021 by Kristopher Turner

Make Research Simpler: Google Scholar Tips

Do you find searching the web with Google frustrating?  Have you entered keywords and received off target hits, ads at the top of the list, and links to unreliable sources that you don't have time to scroll through?  Are you searchin ...

Posted Nov 24, 2021 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

World Constitutions Illustrated -- Constitutional Texts and More from Around the Globe

Are you beginning a project involving comparative and/or historical constitutional research? HeinOnline's World Constitutions Illustrated (WCI) is a great place to start. WCI makes available the current constitution for every country in its ori ...

Posted Nov 19, 2021 by Sunil Rao,

Let's Get Meta: What is Antitrust?

Facebook is in the news again recently- this time not about misinformation or whistle-blowers. This time, it’s because Facebook is no longer Facebook: it’s now Meta .  (For an interesting take that this new “Metaverse ...

Posted Nov 10, 2021 by Emma E Babler

Save Time with Research Guides!

You’ve probably heard the term “research guide” or “libguide” in your classes, or bandied about by one of our librarians when you visited the reference desk, but do you truly understand what a fantastic tool for res ...

Posted Nov 3, 2021 by Elizabeth Manriquez

Book Review: The Authority of the Court and the Peril of Politics by Stephen Breyer

Stepen Breyer, The Authority of the Court and the Peril of Politics , Harvard University Press (2021) Law Library - New Book Shelf - Call number: KF8742 .B7279 2021 In late September, Justice Breyer was interviewed by Judy Woodruff on the PB ...

Posted Oct 27, 2021 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

Legislative History Research? Start here!

One of the most daunting forms of legal research is legislative history. What does it even mean, you ask? A legislative history is a way to collect documents that are produced by Congress as a bill is introduced, studied, and debated. That col ...

Posted Oct 20, 2021 by Kristopher Turner

Wisconsin Law - Secondary Resources

Resources to begin researching Wisconsin law  When starting legal research, it's best to begin with secondary sources that will lead you to primary law on your issue.  Listed below are just a few valuable resources on Wisconsin law ...

Posted Oct 13, 2021 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

Law Student Wellness Kick Off Hosted by the Law School and Law Library

On Thursday October 7th, in recognition of National Law Student Mental Health Awareness Day, the Law Faculty Committee on Student Wellness and the Law Library Wellbeing Committee are hosting several student activities, some of which we’d l ...

Posted Oct 5, 2021 by Sunil Rao,

Celebrate Constitution Day on Friday, September 17th!

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Pos ...

Posted Sep 12, 2021 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

Welcome back to the UW Law Library! Policies, tips, support and more!

Today is the first day of the Fall 2021 semester and honestly, the Law Library staff has rarely been happier to see the start of classes. After 18 months of closures, limited access, seat reservations, social distancing and remote classes, we we ...

Posted Sep 8, 2021 by Kristopher Turner

The Little Book of Holiday Law and Title 36 of the U.S. Code

Ursula Furi-Perry, The Little Book of Holiday Law , American Bar Association (2013) As graduation nears and summer is almost here, it's time to holiday! So, we begin with Law Day.  Charles S. Rhyne, president of the ABA in 1957, promote ...

Posted May 5, 2021 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

Finals Time! Expanded Law Library hours and more support as the semester ends and summer begins

It's hard to believe that today is the last day of classes for the semester. This semester in particular has felt enormously long and yet oh-so-short. As I and other librarians have mentioned before, we've missed seeing many of you in-person ...

Posted Apr 21, 2021 by Kristopher Turner

New Law Library Research Guide on Repair and Reparations

Research Guides are online bibliographies to key resources by topic available through the UW library system. The latest research guide by the Law Library is on Repair and Reparations for African Americans .  A recent federal bill sponsored ...

Posted Apr 15, 2021 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

The Future is Now : Legal Practice and Technology in the Time of COVID

No other technology may better represent the changes we've all been through in the past year than Zoom. Law firm offices and law school classrooms emptied like nobody's business a year ago in March. The whole world was literally in lockdown. Rem ...

Posted Apr 6, 2021 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

Give some Structure to Your Research

Google has changed the way everyone researches, including legal researchers.  The universal search box has become ubiquitous in nearly all databases.  It’s also affected the way we fill those boxes.  Natural language searchi ...

Posted Mar 31, 2021 by Elizabeth Manriquez

Accessing Foreign Legal Gazettes Online

Foreign legal gazettes are one of the central sources for locating foreign law- a term that generally refers to the domestic law of any country outside of the United States. An official gazzette is a legal "newspaper" of a country that publish ...

Posted Mar 25, 2021 by Sunil Rao,

Hidden Gems: Underappreciated Law Library Resources

As the calendar wends it's way towards St. Patrick's Day, we start dreaming of spring - but also of finals and papers and presentations as the semester winds down. The secret is to not stress out - there are plenty of amazing resources right her ...

Posted Mar 10, 2021 by Kristopher Turner

Help Me, Librarian

*There's a famous line from a space fantasy film of some renowned,  "This is our most desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope." Have you ever wished you knew someone with superpowers to help you in a desperate ...

Posted Mar 4, 2021 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

Recent A.L.R. Annotations - get your research going

The American Law Reports (A.L.R.) are a great place to start your research.  First appearing in 1919, the title's focused articles have offered expert guidance on legions of legal topics to generations of lawyers for over a century now. E ...

Posted Feb 23, 2021 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

Survey Says...

Are you stuck looking for a topic for an upcoming Note or paper?  State comparison surveys, or 50 state surveys, are a popular method for exploring how laws on a specific topic vary across the country.  50 state surveys can be cumberso ...

Posted Feb 19, 2021 by Elizabeth Manriquez

World Treaty Library: You May Not Need to Venture Anywhere Else ...

Looking for a 19th century treaty between the United States and China? Or perhaps an Obscure treaty between Great Britain and Prussia in the late 18th Century? You may want to check out HeinOnline's World Treaty Library . If there is s ...

Posted Feb 10, 2021 by Sunil Rao,

UW Law Library Celebrates Black History Month (This Month, and Every Month!)

“Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.”  Now more than ever, it is important for us to celebrate the accomplishments o ...

Posted Feb 4, 2021 by Emma E Babler

PowerNotes - updates and improvements to a great notetaking and organization tool

There are plenty of new things with the start of the 2021 spring semester. That means changes in the Library (as Jenny Zook detailed in her post last week ), but also improvements to one of the Law Library's favorite tools: PowerNotes! If y ...

Posted Jan 27, 2021 by Kristopher Turner

Welcome Back Students to Spring Semester: Library Changes & Tips

Welcome law students, as the spring semester begins, the Law Library is here to help you with your research.  For reference help, you can contact a librarian three ways: Email asklawref@law.wisc.edu Chat In-person by appoint ...

Posted Jan 21, 2021 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

"Now is the Winter of Our Discontent"

"Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York," is a line from Shakespeare's play, Richard III, that you may have read during an English literature lesson. That line is meant to remind us that, although we have fa ...

Posted Dec 17, 2020 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

Wisconsin Elder Law 2020/2021 Edition

Jay E. Grenig, Elder Law , West (2020/2021) Law Library Reserve Collection: KFW2480 .W57 v.18                        Also avail ...

Posted Dec 8, 2020 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

Vaccine News- The (Possible) Whens, Hows, and Other Issues

The COVID-19 pandemic has had huge impacts on all of our lives over the past nine months and will continue to shape our lives in the future. We’ve changed how we provide library services, teach law school classes, and how we communicate wi ...

Posted Dec 4, 2020 by Emma E Babler

The Law Library: In-person support and remote assistance during Thanksgiving and Finals

As the calendar prepares for turkey and a turn to December, the Law Library will remains ready to support you as you begin to prep for finals. The Law Library is ready to help in a number of ways. Whether you are still on-campus or working ...

Posted Nov 24, 2020 by Kristopher Turner

Juriglobe: A Great Spot to Kick Off Foreign Law Research

When beginning any legal research problem involving a country other than the United States, it's good to keep in mind that foreign legal systems may treat particular types of law very differently in terms of importance. For example, civil law sy ...

Posted Nov 18, 2020 by Sunil Rao,

Citators, More than Meets the Eye

No one would argue against the importance of citators.  They help us determine whether our law is good, distinguished, or overturned.  But they do so much more!  Much like the gooey cake under a rich frosting, the beauty of citato ...

Posted Nov 12, 2020 by Elizabeth Manriquez

Top legal databases that offer blog posts, podcasts & newsletters

For current news, legal trends, and practice tips from legal experts, check out the blog posts, newsletters, and podcasts from the library's top legal databases: Here is a link to the library's Top Law Databases : https://library.law.wisc ...

Posted Nov 4, 2020 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

Wisconsin Civil Rules Handbook 2020/2021 edition

Jay E. Grenig and Daniel D. Blinka, Wisconsin Civil Rules Handbook , West (2020/2021) Law Library Reserve Collection: KFW2480 .W57 v.3B                        ...

Posted Oct 26, 2020 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

Supreme Court Nominations - Read all about it!

As if all the other ground-shaking political and legal events weren't enough, this week also saw the start of the Confirmation Hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Many political wonks are expecting this to be a contentious debate with an el ...

Posted Oct 13, 2020 by Kristopher Turner


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