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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

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

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,

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


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