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March 31, 2011

Workshop Series on Global Legal Issues and Wisconsin

The UW Law School has announced the 5th annual outreach workshop series on the theme Global Legal Issues and Wisconsin.

The workshops explore the legal and policy implications of global legal issues on Wisconsin. This year's workshops focus on: renewable energy, global health law, and emerging economies. See the detailed descriptions for more information.

The workshops are open to Wisconsin attorneys, policy makers, state agencies, civil society groups and others. Participants are welcome to register for one or more workshops.

The workshops are sponsored by Global Legal Studies Center (GLS) and Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) and co-sponsored by the International Practice Section, State Bar of Wisconsin.

Use of Government Data Online

From a new Pew survey on Government Online:

Government agencies have begun to open up their data to the public, and a surprisingly large number of citizens are showing interest.

Some 40% of adult internet users have gone online for raw data about government spending and activities. This includes anyone who has done at least one of the following:

  • look online to see how federal stimulus money is being spent (23% of internet users have done this);
  • read or download the text of legislation (22%);
  • visit a site such as data.gov that provides access to government data (16%); or
  • look online to see who is contributing to the campaigns of their elected officials (14%).

Source: Law Librarian Blog

March 30, 2011

Law School Forum Tonight on "The Role of Organized Labor in a Democracy"

The University of Wisconsin Law School is sponsoring a forum this evening on "The Role of Organized Labor in a Democracy."

It will be held Wednesday, March 30, 2011 from 6-8 pm in the Godfrey and Kahn Hall (Law School Room 2260). The forum is open to students, the legal and academic communities, and the public:


  • 6:00-6:10 Overview and Introductions Moderator: Heinz Klug, UW Law School

  • 6:10-7:10 The Place of Workers in a Democracy

    "Economics and Quality Jobs"
    Laura Dresser, UW Center on Wisconsin Strategies (COWS)

    "Budget Impact on Working Families"
    Vicky Selkowe, Chief of Staff, Rep. Cory Mason

    "Public Pensions - A solution to public deficits?"
    Paul Secunda, Marquette University Law School

    "Worker Rights as Human Rights: International and Constitutional Perspectives"
    Jonathan Rosenblum, Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice

    Moderated Q&A: Questions to the panel by Prof. Carin Clauss and audience

  • 7:10-7:15 Panel Introductions: Heinz Klug

  • 7:15-8:00 Public Sector Collective Bargaining - Practitioners' Panel

    Union Perspective: Rich Saks, Hawks Quindel SC
    Employer Perspective: Shana Lewis, Lathrop and Clark LLP
    Neutral Perspective: Howard Bellman, Mediator and Arbitrator

    Moderated Q&A: Questions to the panel by Prof. Neill DeClercq and audience

  • 8:00 Adjourn

March 23, 2011

Who Owns My Body and Where Is It Now?

UW-Madison is sponsoring a capstone event to bring the campus and community together around the important questions regarding race, research involving human subjects and the business of commercializing human-derived biomaterials raised in the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Co-sponsored by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, UW Law School, the UW-Madison Libraries and WARF, this free 2-day conference features discussions, keynote lectures and films. See the detailed agenda.

Highlights on Friday, April 15 include an exploration of who owns human specimens and materials and why it matters, a keynote lecture by Ruth Faden, Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics on the controversies raised in the Skloot book, and a showing of "Made in India" (as seen at the Wisconsin Film Festival) followed by a moderated discussion.

On Saturday, April 16 panelists including UW-Madison's Alta Charo, Pilar Ossorio and Norm Fost will explore whether Henrietta Lacks and her cells would meet with the same fate in today's environment. The day will conclude with a keynote lecture by Vanessa Northington Gamble, University Professor of Medical Humanities at the George Washington University entitled, "Henrietta Lacks Beyond Her Cells: Race, Racism, and American Medicine," and additional film showing and discussion following.

Registration is preferred for this free event.

March 22, 2011

Zotero Development Workshop

Are you a Zotero user looking to contribute to the community? Need to make Zotero work for you? [What is Zotero?]

On Monday, April 11th, join Zotero community developer Avram Lyon, the primary translator reviewer who's helped to create many translators and has developed for Multilingual Zotero, to learn more about Translator Creation, Citation Style Language, the Zotero API, and using Zotero for your own scholarly endeavors.

Join him for one or all of the following sessions:

Translator Creation
Monday, April 11th
10:00am - 11:30am
Room 126, Memorial Library, UW Madison

Translators allow Zotero to detect and pull in citation information from web sites, including library catalogs, databases...you name it. The great thing is that if you create a new translator or make changes to an existing one, these updates can be bundled with subsequent Zotero releases to help others with their scholarly endeavors. You can also use the translators you create locally on your computer.

Citation Style Language
Monday, April 11th
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 126, Memorial Library, UW Madison

CSL is an XML language that allows you to create new citation and bibliographic styles. Many of the styles you know and use now within Zotero are created by community developers. If you need one that is not currently present in Zotero's CSL library, you can create your own - and this portion of the workshop will show you how to do that.

Mashups using Zotero's API and Leveraging Zotero for new scholarly endeavors
Monday, April 11th
3:00pm - 4:30 pm
Room 126, Memorial Library, UW Madison

This session will show talk about manipulating parameters to feed various items and collections into other applications like Omeka, Wordpress, Googlereader, or one you create yourself! Some neat possibilities with Zotero include the crowdsourcing of transcription, metadata creation or the cleaning up of "bad" metadata as a group project.

To fully participate in these workshops, we ask that participants are comfortable with HTML.

All sessions are open the public, but please email aerauh@engr.wisc.edu if you plan to attend.

March 8, 2011

Latest UW Law School Faculty Scholarship

Here is the latest faculty scholarship from the UW Law School Legal Studies Research Paper Series via SSRN.