July 3, 2012

New Publication: Lawyers Who Shaped Dane County: The History of the Practice of Law in the Madison Area

The Dane County Bar Association has announced publication of its book, "Lawyers Who Shaped Dane County: The History of the Practice of Law in the Madison Area."

From the DCBA website:

This 140 page hardcover book sketches the development of Dane County and the significant changes in the practice of law here, from Madison's first lawyers in the mid-1800s all the way to the mid-1980s. The book profiles the lawyers who became leaders in legal practice and in the community, leaving their imprint on our area and their names on streets, parks and buildings.

The book is available for $39.95 with a 20% discount to Bar Association members who buy through the DCBA. It will also be available at the UW Law Library.

July 8, 2010

Foundations in Wisconsin Online

From Bev Butula's Wisconsin Law Journal blog:

The Milwaukee Public Library announced today that they now provide an online version of "Foundations in Wisconsin." Many attorneys who work with nonprofits are very familiar with this directory published by Marquette University. Information available includes details on officers and directors of the foundation, number and amounts of grants, application information, limitations, and the purpose of the foundation. The database is only available at City of Milwaukee Libraries, there is no remote access.

However, firms can also obtain an online version directly from Marquette University's Funding Information Center. Their website clearly lists pricing for the online or standard print version. The Funding Information Center also provides some additional resources that may be useful. The Center's staff has compiled some great research guides that may be of assistance when conducting this type of research.

There are lots of other databases available from the Milwaukee Public Library, many of which may be accessed remotely with a library card.

May 18, 2009

Dickens & the Bookaneers: 19th Century Copyright Law

NPR has a very interesting interview with Matthew Pearl, author of The Last Dickens.

The story centers around the 19th century U.S. copyright laws which did not protect foreign authors, such as Charles Dickens. As a result, literary thieves called "bookaneers" would wait at the docks for new manuscripts to arrive from overseas, "ready to pilfer whatever they could get their hands on." (read more at the