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On the latest episode of the WI Law in Action podcast from the UW Law Library, election law expert Dean Dan Tokaji joins us to discuss free speech, the 2020 election, and the effect of misinformation on democracy.  Tokaji discusses two recent pieces: Truth, Democracy, and the Limits of Law, a 2020 Saint Louis University Law Journal article and #2DaysOut: Ten Things to Watch for on (and after) Election Day, a  contribution to the Election Law Blog published right before Election Day, 2020.  Below are a few excerpts from our discussion. Tokaji on the essential norms of our democratic system:…
Earlier this month, Bloomberg Law announced that it is offering free access to all legal aid organizations supported by the Legal Services Corporation.  See Dewey B Strategic for more on this partnership.  In Wisconsin, LSC supports Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. and Wisconsin Judicare, Inc.  See the map of other LSC supported organizations. Yesterday, Bloomberg Law also announced that it was also offering 90 days of complimentary access to lawyers who take pro bono cases through the Paladin platform. This offer applies to any pro bono lawyer, not just Paladin users.  Dewey B Strategic and LawSites offer…
Photographs can present powerful evidence, but beware of images that have been Photoshopped or otherwise manipulated.  How to Geek, Electrons, and FindLaw offer some tips on spotting an altered image: Images that look a little too perfect may reveal use of airbrushing Look beyond the subject of a photo for signs of warping, which is when someone uses a tool to grab an area of an image and move, shrink, or enlarge it Scan the image for patterns and repeated objects which may indicate cloning, or duplicating part of an image and pasting it over another part Missing…
On the latest episode of the WI Law in Action podcast from the UW Law Library, we talk with Professor Emeritus Stewart Macaulay, an internationally recognized leader of the law in action approach to the study of contracts – and an amazing storyteller. Macaulay’s legacy was recently highlighted in the new book, “Stewart Macaulay: Selected Works,” which contains some of his best-known research from the last 60 years, as well as some of his more obscure publications. Professor Macaulay on inspirations for the law in action approach to the study of contracts. I used the contracts casebook…
In response to new measures to enhance the safety of the campus community during the spring semester, on-site access to the UW Law Library will be limited to UW Law School students, faculty, and staff as of January 19, 2021. However, the Law Library remains committed to remotely supporting our campus and community members to the best of our ability.  Please contact our reference librarians using the chat now feature on our website, emailing  askuwlaw@law.wisc.edu, or calling 608-262-3394 for assistance.  Library cardholders can still request that Law Library materials be delivered to Memorial Library for pick up.  …
For a while now, HeinOnline has assigned topics to each article in the Law Journal Library database.  This allows researchers to get a general idea of the scope of the article before they dive in any further or to search or browse for additional articles on that topic.  Over 1,500 topics are available and are assigned using a combination of human curation along with natural language processing and machine learning, Hein recently announced that they had broadened this topical taxonomy.  The same topics are available, but they’re now organized into a logical hierarchy that allows users to drill down from…
Today, legal publishers Casemaker and Fastcase announced their merger thereby creating the largest legal research platform by subscriber count – over one million.  According to the press release: The two companies will combine their teams and technologies to innovate research, analytics, and workflow offerings that empower lawyers with powerful digital solutions for their clients. The two companies have taken a similar trajectory in creating an affordable and widely accessible alternative to the global publishers that dominate American law, offering subscriptions to bar associations, who subscribe on behalf of their members. Each company offers its subscribers different products, and this…
Here is the latest faculty scholarship appearing in the University of Wisconsin Law School Legal Studies Research Papers series found on SSRN. Targets of Opportunity? The History, Law and Practice of Affirmative Action in University Faculty Hiring by Jason W. Yackee Development is Not a Dinner Party: A Hurstian Perspective on Law and Growth in China by John K.M. Ohnesorge To access all the papers in the University of Wisconsin Law School Legal Studies Research Paper Series, please use the following URL: http://www.ssrn.com/link/u-wisconsin-legal-studies.html
The American Association of Law Libraries reports that academic librarians may now qualify for exemption from FOIA request fees as educational institution requestors.  From the AALL Washington Update: The  Office of Management and Budget (OMB) accepted AALL’s recommendation that federal agencies should consider librarians at educational institutions, including academic law librarians, as eligible for fee exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The FOIA requires federal government agencies to disclose government information upon request unless it falls under a specific exemption, such as to protect national security. Federal agencies are permitted to charge fees for responding to FOIA requests,…
On the latest episode of the WI Law in Action podcast from the UW Law Library, Professor R. Alta Charo, a leading expert in bioethics, discusses the development of COVID-19 treatments and vaccines and the procedural and legal issues that surround them.  She explores how vaccine distribution can be expected, how a vaccine gets approved, and how federal, state, and local laws and agencies come into play. Professor Charo on the role of government in research: What really made a difference in COVID-19 truly, was the research that wasn’t on COVID-19. It was the basic science research in genomics…
From UW Law School News: A new book showcases the work of Stewart Macaulay, the University of Wisconsin Law School professor known for pioneering the “law-in-action” approach to contracts. “Stewart Macaulay: Selected Works“—edited by the leading British contracts scholar David Campbell—highlights Macaulay’s six decades of contributions to contract theory and to the sociology of law. The book contains some of Macaulay’s best-known research, as well as more obscure publications. Included in the book is Macaulay’s 1963 landmark work, “Non-Contractual Relations in Business: A Preliminary Study,” which would become one of the most cited in the law…
Legal Tune Up Wisconsin from LIFT Dane is a new app that uses publicly available data (driver’s license, criminal, eviction, court, and child support records) to help people identify and address legal issues on their own. From LawSites: In its initial launch, the app enables users to see if they have past eviction or criminal records on Wisconsin’s online public records database that are eligible for removal.  If so, the app automates creation and filing of the appropriate paperwork with the court to request removal (including sending the paperwork by regular mail). LIFT Dane, a social justice collaboration…
Today’s New Faculty Focus from UW News features one of UW Law’s newest professors, Franciska Coleman.  Coleman is an Assistant Professor of Law and Associate Director of the East Asian Legal Studies Program. Coleman has her J.D. from Harvard Law School and Ph.D. in Literacy, Culture and International Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the faculty of UW Law School, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and also held a Visiting Scholar appointment at Harvard Law School. She also taught American Constitutional Law I and II at Yonsei Law School…
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, the UW Law Library has created a web display celebrating the accomplishments of members of the Native community in the legal profession.  See the UW Madison Native November site for more information on campus-wide virtual events. This display is the creation of the Law Library’s Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity subcommittee and is the latest in a series of displays recognizing and celebrating diversity in the legal profession.  We’ve also celebrated Asian Pacific​ Islander Desi American ​Heritage Month, Black History Month, Latinx Heritage Month, and Middle Eastern ​North African ​Heritage Month. The Libraries at the University…
On the latest episode of the WI Law in Action podcast from the UW Law Library, Professor Cecelia Klingele discusses her work in the area of criminal justice reform, particularly on managing human behavior and conceptions of deviance.  She recently published two articles in this area: Labeling Violence published in the Marquette Law Review and Making Sense of Risk published in Behavioral Sciences and the Law. Professor Klingele on the use of actuarial risk assessment tools in criminal justice to predict whether individuals will engage in particular behavior: “It’s really essential that people within the criminal justice system, lawyers, judges,…
The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting the constitutional right to vote for women.  In honor of the anniversary, the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress launched a traveling exhibit tracing the movement that not only secured passage of the 19th amendment, but also its influence on subsequent movements related to equal rights. The UW Law Library is proud to host the 19th Amendment traveling exhibit which features archival images, mainly from the Library of Congress, and supporting text that tell the story of the…