April 17, 2014

UW Law Library's Newest Faculty READ Poster

Each year, the Law Library creates a new Faculty READ Poster to be added to our collection. This year, we were lucky enough to have emeritus professors Bill Whitford and Stewart Macaulay grace the poster. If you are in the library, be sure to check it out, as it is on temporary display near the reference desk. Big thanks to Mike Hall (our photographer) and a gigantic thanks to Mary Jo Koranda for coordinating and creating the poster layout. It looks great, and we are happy to share it with the world! Check out our other faculty READ posters on our Pinterest page.

Whitford and Macaulay Read Poster

April 15, 2014

Legislation Relating to CCAP Dies

From the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin Government Relations Chair, Candace Hall Slaminski:

It appears all proposed legislation relating to CCAP has died this session.

AB 253 and SB 234, both relating to restricting access to and limiting information in CCAP, have failed this session.

AB 520, relating to removing certain information in CCAP, failed to pass this session.

SB 620, relating to removing from records and CCAP a criminal conviction if the person has been pardoned, failed to pass this session.

SB 526 and AB 685, both restricting information available on CCAP, have failed to pass this session.


March 12, 2014

UW Law School named 3rd Best School for Practical Training

National Jurist recently released their rankings of law schools for best practical training. The UW Law School placed third in the nation, receiving an "A+" for the experience it gives students.

Congrats to all the hard-working faculty and staff here at the law school! It is great to see such a great group of individuals be recognized for their hard work.

To read the full National Jurist article, click here.

March 11, 2014

The newest UW Law School Faculty and Staff Scholarship

Here is the most recent UW Law School Faculty and Staff scholarship from the UW Law School Legal Studies Research Papers series found on SSRN.

*Agricultural Cooperatives and the Law: Obsolete Statutes in a Dynamic Economy by Peter Carstensen, University of Wisconsin Law School

*Jim Jones: A Teacher, a Mentor, and an Inspiration to Law Students by William C. Whitford, University of Wisconsin Law School

*Short-Circuiting Contract Law: The Federal Circuit's Contract Law Jurisprudence and IP Federalism by Shubha Ghosh, University of Wisconsin Law School

*The Implementation of Exhaustion Policies: Lessons from National Experiences by Shubha Ghosh, University of Wisconsin Law School

*Commandeering, Coercion, and the Deep Structure of American Federalism by Andrew B. Coan, University of Wisconsin Law School

February 20, 2014

Legislative Reference Bureau Oral History Project still going strong

Several years ago, the Legislative Reference Bureau launched a very worthwhile project documenting the oral histories of Wisconsin citizens who worked in the Capitol and have helped facilitate the legislative process throughout the years, largely as representatives, senators or governors. While Bonnie wrote a post about the Project when it was first launched, it is certainly worth revisiting.

The LRB has now created 18 YouTube videos that capture these unique recollections, with all the interviews conducted by John Powell, formerly of Wisconsin Public Radio. The interviews run anywhere from one to two hours. You can view them either on the Oral History Homepage or on LRB's YouTube channel.

February 12, 2014

Celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday and read about his legal career

Today is Abraham Lincoln's birthday, our 16th and arguably greatest president. His legacy as president and leader during the Civil War has been covered in great detail over the past 150 years. Sometimes, his career as a lawyer before his ascension to the presidency is overlooked (though all aspects of Lincoln's life have been studied in detail!). One great way to get to know Lincoln beyond as president is to read about his experiences riding through the then-wilderness of the Midwest, serving as a lawyer for a variety of frontiersmen, farmers and small town residents.

One great book that the Law Library has in it's Lincoln Collection is "Lincoln's Own Stories", edited by Anthony Gross. Originally published in 1912, the book is a unique collection of stories that were told by Lincoln himself (and those who knew him) ranging from his childhood to his time as Commander-In-Chief. An entire chapter is dedicated to Lincoln's down-home musing and humorous remembrances of his time as a lawyer. That entire chapter is available online. You truly get a feel for Lincoln's sense of justice and humor by reading these stories. Here is a short excerpt that tells the story of Lincoln and his contempt for frivolous lawsuits:

It was a common thing for Lincoln to discourage unnecessary lawsuits, and consequently he was continually sacrificing opportunities to make money. One man who asked him to bring suit for two dollars and a half against a debtor who had not a cent with which to pay, would not be put off in his passion for revenge. His counsel therefore gravely demanded ten dollars as a retainer. Half of this he gave to the poor defendant, who thereupon confessed judgment and paid the $2.50. Thus the suit was ended, to the entire satisfaction of the angry creditor.

You can find more great books about Lincoln (and the Civil War) by perusing our Lincoln Collection,located in the Quarles and Brady Reading Room. Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln!

January 31, 2014

Another attempt at implementing CCAP legislation

In the most recent attempt to give CCAP (Wisconsin's online record system for circuit courts) a facelift, a new bill is being considered by the legislature. This time, the bill was introduced by Republican senator Glenn Grothman and Republican representative Mary Czaja and has initially found some support in both the Assembly and Senate.

If the bill passes, the State Court's office would be required to remove any information about felony cases on CCAP within 120 days of receiving notice that the charges were dismissed or the defendant was found not guilty. The same goes for civil forfeiture cases, except the window is reduced to 90 days.

As always, any legislation that attempts to remove information from CCAP may run into resistance. Previous CCAP legislation has lost support in the face of protests that range from land lords to law enforcement that support CCAP in it's current incarnation and would prefer that no information is removed.

It remains to be seen if this most recent bill will gain further traction. If you'd like to read the full text of the bill, click here.

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