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May 24, 2011

Non-legal Factors Affecting Judicial Decisions

From LegalMatch Law Blog:

Lawyers frequently have to explain to clients the myriad reasons why their cases didn't go as expected. In any given civil or criminal case, there are usually a range of legal factors to consider, many beyond the control of the parties.

But what about non-legal factors? A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), suggests that these non-legal factors matter more than you might think. Impressively, the study concludes that a significant factor in getting a favorable decision is when the judge last had a lunch break.

See the full article for more on this study of Israeli judges.

New Features for WisBar's Books UnBound

Books UnBound, the database of online CLE Books from the State Bar of Wisconsin, has added some new features recently.

My favorite new feature is the ability to search across your entire Books UnBound library from the home page. BuB_3.jpg

You can also now access Books UnBound from your mobile device. Other features include the ability to add notes, turn footnotes on and off, contribute to forums, keep track of time spent for billing purposes, and pick your font size.

Challenges Facing Law School's New Dean

The Wisconsin Law Journal has a thoughtful article on the challenges facing new UW Law School Dean, Margaret Raymond - specifically the issues of economics and autonomy.

May 23, 2011

UW Law School dean named

Margaret Raymond has been named dean of the University of Wisconsin Law School. See the press release for more info.

May 20, 2011

WI Briefs Database Turns a Page

Access to the appellate briefs and appendices in the Wisconsin Briefs database has been brought to you by the successful and collaborative effort of the staff at the State Law Library, who generates the scanned images, and the staff at the UW Law Library, who host this database on their website.

Due to the adoption of appellate electronic filing by the Wisconsin Court System, on July 1, 2009, we will discontinue the expansion of the Wisconsin Briefs database. You will continue to have access to the database, as it is, on the UW Law Library's website for briefs and appendices from published and unpublished cases found in 173 Wis.2d through 317 Wis.2d but we will not be adding new documents to this webpage in the future.

You will now be able to retrieve briefs from 318 Wis.2d forward by way of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Case Access database (WSCCA). You can access electronically filed and scanned briefs by using the "Document Search " tab or by accessing the "Case History" page from an individual case's summary. Be aware that the "Full Text Search" from the "Document Search" tab will only retrieve the text of e-filed briefs. Please feel free to contact the State Law Library's reference staff with access questions as we continue to fill in the gaps between what is available on the WI Briefs webpage and what is currently available through WSCCA.

The largest difference in access between the WI Briefs webpage and WSCCA is the absence of appendices. The court system has adopted a more restrictive access policy for the appendices of appellate cases on WSCCA to protect sensitive personal information. However, appendices are public record and will be made available through the fee-based document delivery service of the State Law Library.

Post written by Angela Humiston of the WSLL

May 17, 2011

Federal Court Opinions to be Available on FDsys

Some federal court opinions will available for free on FDsys as part of a yearlong pilot program between the U.S. GPO and the federal judiciary.

Federal court opinions are already available for free on PACER, but an account is required. The pilot project will allow users to access them without a login in FDsys.

Twelve federal courts will participate in the pilot phase: the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 8th Circuits; the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Minnesota, Rhode Island, Maryland, Idaho, and Kansas; the Northern District of New York; the Northern District of Alabama; and the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Maine, the Southern District of Florida, and the Southern District of New York.

Source Law Technology News

May 11, 2011

Finalists for UW Law School Dean

The University of Wisconsin Law School has narrowed its search for dean, naming three finalists for the position.

The finalists are Nicholas W. Allard, Gene Nichol, and Margaret Raymond. See the Law School press release for more information about each of the candidates.