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October 14, 2013

Latest UW Law School Faculty and Staff Scholarship

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

2013 Wisconsin Law Review Symposium

The Wisconsin Law Review has announced that its 2013 Symposium will be held on October 31, 2013 from 8 am - 6 pm at the Madison Concourse Hotel.

This year's topic is "Safety and Sustainability in an Era of Food Systems." The symposium will draw together practitioners and scholars who are taking a broader systems-oriented approach to the issues of safe and sustainable food production. Topics include food safety, labor law, environmental law, property law and intellectual property.

The Keynote speaker is Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

Registration is free. Visit the website for more information, including a list of speakers.

October 8, 2013

THOMAS.gov Will Redirect to Congress.gov in November

Starting in November, the url THOMAS.gov will be redirected to Congress.gov. THOMAS.gov will remain accessible from the Congress.gov homepage through late 2014.

If you are unfamiliar with Congress.gov and want to learn more, trainings are available Oct. 17 and Nov. 14. Complete this form to register.

For more information about the transition, see In Custodia Legis.

October 7, 2013

1833 Indian Treaty and Other Native American Law Sources

On Sept 26th, On This Day in Wisconsin History reported:

On this date [in 1833], Indian tribes including the Ojibwe, Menominee, Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, Ottawa, and Sauk ceded land to the government, including areas around Milwaukee, especially to the south and east of the city. The ceded land included much of what is today John Michael Kohler and Terry Andrae State Parks.

This treaty, along with many other Indian treaties made with the US Government, appears in the United States Statutes at Large. For a copy of this treaty as it appears in volume 7 of the Statutes at Large, see the American Memory website. Go to page 431.

If you'd like to learn more about sources of tribal law, check out our guide to Native American Law & Legal Sources.

You may also be interested in reading 'Whatever Tribal Precedent There May Be': The (Un)Availability of Tribal Law available via SSRN.

This article explores the costs and benefits of publishing tribal law. Part I analyzes why tribal law is not more widely available; part II illustrates the benefits of making tribal law more accessible, and part III describes publication options for tribes. An appendix lists currently available tribal law collections.

Note also that at the next Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin meeting (Nov 12), Attorney Brian Pierson, Head of the Indian Nations Law Team at Godfrey & Kahn will giving an overview of Native American Law with emphasis on Wisconsin Tribes including the tribal court process, major laws and regulations, and big trends and issues affecting tribal law practice. Look for registration information on the LLAW website soon. Non-members are welcome.

Wisconsin Blue Book 2013-2014 Available Online

The 2013-2014 edition of the Wisconsin Blue Book is now available on the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau website.

What is the Wisconsin Blue Book?

The State of Wisconsin Blue Book remains the primary one-volume reference source about the state, documenting the organization of the state's three branches of government (legislative, executive, and judicial).

Typically, each volume includes extensive description and statistics on virtually all aspects of life in Wisconsin, including major sections on the state's population, geography, history, election data, educational resources, social services, finance, agriculture, industry, transportation system, etc. Various useful lists are also provided, such as of statewide associations, news media, local governmental units, post offices, political parties, etc. [from the UWDC]

Each edition contains a feature article. This time, the article is entitled "The Wisconsin Historical Society: Collecting, Preserving, and Sharing Stories Since 1846" A list of other feature articles is available on the LRB website.

Prior editions of the Wisconsin Blue Book are available at the LRB website from the 1995-1996 edition through present. Older editions from 1853 to the 2003-2004 edition are available at the UW Digital Collections website.