Legal Research

Hon. Jeh Charles Johnson, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and ABA Task Force for American Democracy co-chair, speaks on “The Threat to Democracy.”

July 11, 2024 – A dozen speakers recently gave sobering presentations on the threat to democracy during a nonpartisan event from the American Bar Association’s Task Force for American Democracy, in partnership with the State Bar of Wisconsin.

The program, called
Wisconsin: Elections in the 21st Century (watch now) was held in-person July
Continue Reading American Bar Association Brings Democracy Listening Tour to Wisconsin

The State Democracy Research Initiative and the Elections Research Center at UW-Madison invite you to join them for the “Year in Review: Democracy Litigation in SCOTUS and the States” on Thursday, July 11th from 3:00-4:15pm, with a reception to follow. The event will take place at the UW School of Education in the Wisconsin Idea Room, with the option to attend virtually. This panel is approved for 1.5 CLE credits.

The panel will serve as a case law year
Continue Reading Free CLE Event: ‘Year in Review: Democracy Litigation in SCOTUS and the States’

As generative AI tools become increasingly sophisticated and widely used, the ability to distinguish between AI-generated and human-written text has become a hot topic. While AI can be an incredibly powerful tool for writing and research, it’s important to understand its strengths, limitations, and potential “tells” that may indicate its use. Below are some tips for detecting AI-generated text and, more importantly, how to improve and personalize AI-assisted writing to make it truly your own.

Last week’s Inside Higher
Continue Reading Tips on Detecting & Improving AI-generated Text

A new statue honoring Vel Phillips, a pioneering figure in Wisconsin’s legal and political history, will be unveiled at the Wisconsin State Capitol on July 27, 2024, at 5 p.m. This monument marks a significant milestone as the first commemoration of a Black leader on the Capitol grounds.
Vel Phillips, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1951, achieved many firsts in her career:

  • First Black woman to graduate from UW Law School
  • First woman and

Continue Reading Vel Phillips Statue to be Unveiled at Wisconsin State Capitol on July 27th

Wisconsin is home to 12 tribal nations, each with its own unique history, culture, and government. As sovereign entities, these nations have the inherent right to create, enforce, and adjudicate laws to protect and enhance the well-being of tribal members within tribal territory. This authority is an intrinsic right that has been present since time immemorial.
However, under the mainstream conception of American law, tribal governments are often overlooked. This narrow perspective fails to acknowledge the significant contributions of
Continue Reading Exploring and Teaching Indian & Tribal Law

Here is the latest faculty scholarship appearing in the University of Wisconsin Law School Legal Studies Research Papers series found on SSRN.

Election-related litigation is soaring. Litigants regularly challenge every aspect of an election cycle, from who can vote to how votes are cast and counted to the certification of results. Courts
Continue Reading Recent UW Law Faculty Scholarship: Standing for Elections in State Courts; White-on-Black Crime: Revisiting the Convict Leasing Narrative; Function Versus Consequence in Restraint of Trade Analysis; and Judicial Biography of Australian Justice, Sir Gerard Brennan Book Review

Here is the latest faculty scholarship appearing in the University of Wisconsin Law School Legal Studies Research Papers series found on SSRN.

Community supervision agencies and officers do not just supervise people on probation and parole. They also play a unique and privileged role at sentencing. In nearly every state, community supervision officers investigate and write the presentence report, which is often the judge’s
Continue Reading Recent UW Law Faculty Scholarship: Supervising Sentencing; Robust Electoral Competition: Rethinking Electoral Systems to Encourage Representative Outcomes; Independence Reconceived; Is the Constitution of 1787 a White Supremacist Document? Against Essentialism in Constitutional Interpretation; and May 30, 1787

On April 12 and 13, the UW Law School Indigenous Law Students Association will host the Coming Together of Peoples Conference, the longest-running student-led Indigenous law conference.  It is open to both in-person attendance and virtual participation via Zoom.
Registration Information: The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is now available. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits are currently pending for Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Conference Highlights:

  • Keynote Address: JoAnn Jones, a former Ho Chunk Judge and the tribe’s

Continue Reading UW Law Hosts Coming Together of Peoples Indigenous Law Conference on April 12-13

Here is the latest faculty scholarship appearing in the University of Wisconsin Law School Legal Studies Research Papers series found on SSRN.

303 Creative purports to resolve a tension between freedom of speech and public accommodations laws as applied to “creative professionals” whose products or services are expressive.
Continue Reading Recent UW Law Faculty Scholarship: Making Sense of 303 Creative: A Free Speech Solution in Search of a Problem; The Lost Promise of Private Ordering; Time & Punishment; Pooling and Exchanging Competitively Sensitive Information Among Rivals: Absolutely Illegal Not Just Unreasonable; The Constitutional Case Against Exclusionary Zoning

Last week in our Advanced Legal Research course at UW Law, we delved into the topic of legislative research including 50 state surveys.  Inevitably, there are a few students every year who have been tasked with compiling and comparing laws across states and spent hours searching the laws of each state.
Then we show them the various 50 state survey tools and they shake their heads at the amount of time they could have saved if they had known
Continue Reading Save Time on Comparative State Statutory Research with 50 State Surveys

Last week, the University of Wisconsin Law School was recognized by Bloomberg Law in the 2023-24 Law School Innovation Program. The program recognizes law schools and their faculty and staff that have implemented and led innovative programs into their curricula that advance new methodologies and approaches to student instruction, legal technology implementation and usage, experiential learning, and other facets of legal education.
The UW Law School was recognized in the “Beyond the Law” category for the Law Library’s
Continue Reading UW Law School & Library Recognized for Law School Innovation

On Friday, April 12th, and Saturday, April 13th the Indigenous Law Students Association (ILSA) at the University of Wisconsin Law School will host the 38th Coming Together of Peoples Conference (CTOPC).  Registration is now available.
This is an excellent conference and I encourage any attorneys, professionals, and students interested in Indigenous law to attend.  In-person and Zoom options are available.
[For more information, see WisBlawg post dated 3-19-24]
Continue Reading Save the Date for the Coming Together of Peoples Conference at UW Law

Here is the latest faculty scholarship appearing in the University of Wisconsin Law School Legal Studies Research Papers series found on SSRN.

This report unpacks state legislative vetoes and aims to prompt renewed conversation on this largely overlooked state governance tool. Evaluating the significance, legality, and desirability of legislative vetoes must start
Continue Reading Recent UW Law Faculty Scholarship: Unpacking State Legislative Vetoes; How to Break Up Amazon; Specialist Directors; Mandatory Equity Issuances as a First-Best Solution to Punishing Corporate Misconduct

Once again this year, UW Law School is offering free Ethics CLE seminars. The live Zoom sessions will be held next week, Wednesday, January 24, Thursday, January 25, and Friday, January 26. Attendees will receive up to 3 Wisconsin EPR Credits (1 per session) pending approval by the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners. Register for each session you wish to attend to receive the appropriate Zoom link(s).
Two of the three sessions will address the use of generative
Continue Reading Free Ethics CLE Sessions on Generative AI in Law Practice and Legal Research

Applications are now open for the Fall 2024 William H. Hastie Fellowship Program at the University of Wisconsin Law School.  The two-year fellowship, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, provides aspiring scholars an outstanding opportunity to prepare for a career in law teaching.
Under the guidance of mentors and with faculty support, Hastie Fellows will:

  • engage in intensive research and writing,
  • participate in the hiring process of law schools, and
  • gain teaching experience.

Fellows pursue a scholarly agenda
Continue Reading Hastie Fellowship Seeks Aspiring Scholars for a Career in Law Teaching

The recent release of Netflix’s “The Railway Men,” a series centered on the 1984 gas leak at the American-owned Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, India, has reignited global interest in one of the most devastating industrial accidents in history. The lethal gas killed several thousands immediately and many more in the succeeding weeks and months. The series narrates the efforts of railway workers and others who played a crucial role in rescue operations during this crisis.

Continue Reading Beyond Netflix’s ‘The Railway Men’: UW Law’s Digital Collection Explores the Aftermath of the Bhopal Tragedy