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November 20, 2012

Discussion by Authors of "Lawyers Who Shaped Dane County"

Lawyers Who Shaped Dane County is a new book from the University of Wisconsin Press that tells the story of the legal profession in Dane County, Wisconsin, from the 1850s to the early 1980s. Featuring short biographies of attorneys, judges, and law firms, this book also discusses the training, practice, public roles, work climate, and perspectives of lawyers during more than a century of change. This book is available at the UW Law Library is and currently on our new book shelf.

Authors Paul Humphrey, a Dane County Assistant District Attorney, Tom Ragatz, who practiced law in Madison for 31 years at Foley & Lardner, LLP, and Sally Garbo Wedde, a local writer and editor, will be speaking about the book next week at the Sequoya Public Library in Madison. They will talk about the changes in the practice of law and law firms, the emergence of women lawyers, the UW Law School, the courthouses and the Dane County Bar. Come and hear stories and interesting facts about lawyers over the years.

Event details:
Monday, November 26, 2012
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sequoya Public Library
4340 Tokay Blvd
Madison, WI 53711

For more information, contact Elena Spagnolie at 608-263-0734

November 9, 2012

UW Law Library Welcomes Kris Turner as new Reference & Technology Services Librarian

I am pleased to report that Kris Turner has been appointed as the new Reference & Technology Services Librarian at the UW Law Library.

Kris has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from UW-Madison has worked at the UW Law Library as the Circulation Services Assistant since January. He's also worked at the Madison Public Library and the UW Madison Forest Products Laboratory Library, and was a secondary school teacher for several years.

Kris has lots of enthusiasm and is full of great ideas for enhancing service to our patrons. Please join me in welcoming him to his new role at the library.

November 2, 2012

Article About Law Library's Curry mural, "The Freeing of the Slaves"

UW-Madison News has posted a very interesting story about John Steuart Curry's mural "The Freeing of the Slaves" which is housed in the UW Law Law Library.

From the article:

"The Freeing of the Slaves" adorns the north Reading Room wall of the UW Law Library on Bascom Hill. The central figure -- a black man with arms upheld -- is almost 11 feet tall. At his feet lie two soldiers: one Confederate, one Union. Recently-freed slaves crowd around, while in the background the Union army marches off victorious, in perfect formation.

"It's tempting to read this as the classic story of how the Union Army freed the slaves, and the dead soldiers as the cost of that freedom," says history professor Steve Kantrowitz. "But at the center of this mural are the slaves themselves, who have essentially set in motion their own liberation."