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Last week, the Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced that the University of Wisconsin Law Library was awarded a three year National Leadership Grants for Libraries grant in the amount of $239,087 to improve access to tribal laws.  Our project, which was one of 38 projects that received an IMLS grant, is featured on the IMLS award announcement: The University of Wisconsin Law Library, in partnership with the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians, the UW Law School Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center, the National Indian Law Library, and the Open Law Library, will develop The Digital Publication…
As of last week, PACER, the website of the U.S. Courts Public Access to Court Electronic Records program is featuring a new look.  Note that the underlying PACER platform has not changed. According to LawSites: The new site includes features designed to make it easier for users to learn how to navigate the system, find what they are looking for more quickly, and better understand the fee structure for downloading records. The update also improves accessibility for people with disabilities. User manuals are available for guidance on using the new site.…
Starting today, June 25th, items from the UW Law Library collection may be requested for pick up by appointment at Memorial Library from 12-4 pm Monday-Friday. Materials from Art, Memorial, Music, and Wisconsin Historical Society libraries may also be scheduled for pickup.  Additional locations may be added later in the summer.  Not all library materials are available for pick up. This service is available to UW Madison users as well as those with a Law Library card or a Community Borrowing card from the UW Madison campus libraries. For more information, see UW Madison Libraries Pick Up By Appointment.  To…
This summer, the State Bar of Wisconsin is launching a new online community of Wisconsin legal bloggers, called WisLawNOW.  This community, which brings together blog content written by State Bar of Wisconsin members under a single website, has been developed in partnership with LexBlog, a legal blogging network. The State Bar is actively onboarding member-bloggers for a full launch in early July. To be included in WisLawNOW, members must complete a short online form.  Legal bloggers who join WisLawNOW will continue to publish on their regular platforms, and RSS technology will automatically pull their blog posts into the WisLawNOW website.…
Many databases and professional networking sites feature author profiles that compile an author’s scholarship and provide impact metrics such as citations, downloads, views, etc.  Among other things, these profiles can help authors engage with other scholars, identify new and seminal works, and enhance the visibility of and citations to their own scholarship. Some of these profiles are created automatically with no author interaction.  Others must be created and curated by the author.  And it takes time to curate these profiles to reflect one’s body of work as completely as possible. With so many different author profiles out there, it wouldn’t…
Last Friday, I attended a presentation by Robert Morse, Chief Data Strategist at U.S. News on law school rankings at the Texas A&M University School of Law’s virtual Conference for Associate Deans.  Among many other rankings-related topics, Morse provided an update on the upcoming U.S. News law school scholarly impact ranking.  Here are a few highlights: The ranking is still in development – the methodology has not yet been finalized It will use accepted bibliographic measures such as average number of citations, median number of citations, and average number of publications per faculty member The initial ranking, which…
In a special, remote-recorded episode of the WI Law in Action podcast from the UW Law Library, we talk with the outgoing and incoming editors-in-chief of the Wisconsin Law Review which celebrates its 100th anniversary next year.  Olivia Radics (outgoing EIC) and Anya Gersoff (incoming EIC) discuss the history of the journal, its recent publications, symposia, and upcoming plans. The Wisconsin Law Review was founded in 1920 and has been solely edited by law students since 1935.  It is a general-interest journal that publishes six print issues a year and as well as an online supplement called Wisconsin Law Review Forward
If you’ve been following WisBlawg, you know that I’ve periodically blogged about Badgerlink, a collection of amazing resources available for free to all state residents via Wisconsin’s libraries through funding from the DPI.  Badgerlink databases contain over 11,000 periodical titles and over 700 newspapers (including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and many Wisconsin newspapers), children’s and adult literature, business, medical, and education sources, and many other specialized resources not available through regular Internet search engines. If you haven’t checked it out yet, now is your chance.  The Milwaukee Bar Association is holding a “Badgerlink for Lawyers and Legal
Daniel P. Tokaji has been named dean of the University of Wisconsin Law School. From UW Law School News: He has been a professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law since 2003, serving as associate dean for faculty since 2018. Daniel Tokaji A graduate of Harvard College and the Yale Law School, Tokaji clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Before arriving at Ohio State, he was a civil rights lawyer in California for eight years. Tokaji is currently the Charles W. Ebersold and Florence Williams Ebersold Professor…
According to a new study by Clio, law firms have seen a drastic deceleration in new matter creation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the start of 2020, the number of new legal matters being opened each week has decreased by more than 30% compared to a baseline average of weekly matters opened during the first five weeks of 2020. When compared to the brief increase at the end of February, the number of new weekly matters dropped a total of 40%. Hat tip to Bob Ambrogi’s LawSites which provides further analysis of Clio findings.…
By Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian   The UW Law School has long been noted as a pioneer in the field of criminal justice research, reform, and practice.  Professors such as Frank J. Remington, Herman Goldstein, and Marygold S. Melli led the way forward. The current issue of the American Bar Foundation’s Researching Law (Spring 2020) is devoted in large part to UW Law’s impact on the practice of applying empirical research to real world situations and decision-making in studying the administration of the criminal justice system.  In particular, the seminal American Bar Foundation Survey on Criminal Justice…