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If you’re an art enthusiast, a history buff, or simply a lover of Madison, head to the Goodman South Branch of the Madison Public Library this Thursday, Sept 9th from 6-7:30 for a talk by Doug Haynes, local artist, and creator of the State Street Adult Coloring Book.
This coloring book depicts a central intersection in Madison, Wisconsin from multiple points of view.  All the art was created between November 2020 to May 2021.  In that short
Continue Reading State Street Adult Coloring Book Captures Life on UW Campus, Downtown Madison, 2020-21

In response to the rising need for eviction defense, the University of Wisconsin Law School is launching a new Eviction Defense Clinic this fall.  This new clinic will join five other civil, anti-poverty clinical programs (listed below) as part of the University of Wisconsin Law School’s Economic Justice Institute (EJI).  The funding for the program comes as part of federal emergency rental assistance funding.
From UW Law News:
“Through the existing work we do in EJI, we have
Continue Reading In Response to Rising Need, UW Law School Launches New Eviction Defense Clinic

The University of Wisconsin Law School is thrilled to welcome two new faculty members:
Nate Atkinson is an assistant professor whose research focuses on the fields of corporate misconduct, contract law, and social choice theory. As an economist, Atkinson applies quantitative analysis to the study of the law. Atkinson’s current research projects include examining how prosecutors’ concerns for collateral consequences affect their assessments of corporate penalties; estimating corporations’ profits from violating environmental laws; the behavioral effects of efforts clauses in
Continue Reading Two Law Scholars Join UW Law Faculty: Nate Atkinson (Business Law) & Stephanie Holmes Didwania (Criminal Justice)

HeinOnline recently introduced a new feature called PathFinder that offers more robust subject searching.  PathFinder is a multi-level subject taxonomy in which broad research concepts are divided into increasingly granular levels.  Both text and graphical interfaces are available as shown below.

PathFinder is available as a search option from the HenOnline Law Journal Library page or in the advanced search form.  PathFinder subjects appear in the search results, on document pages, as well as on author profile pages.
Continue Reading HeinOnline Enhances Subject Searching with New PathFinder – But Still Has a Few Bumps

Have you ever been puzzled by the results from a Google search?  Found yourself wondering how Google connected those results to the words you typed, especially if you didn’t get exactly what you were expecting to find?  Fortunately, the newly enhanced About This Result panel offers some contextual insight into your search results.

To view the About this Result panel, click on the three dots next to most Google search results as shown below.  This will open a new
Continue Reading Google’s “About This Result” Panel Offers Insight into your Search Results

After raising numerous concerns from the legal academic community, Brian Leiter reports that U.S. News has decided not to produce its own scholarly impact ranking.  Chief among these concerns is that the exclusion of interdisciplinary scholarship and books in the ranking would create an incomplete representation of law faculty scholarly impact, skewing especially heavily against schools with strong interdisciplinary scholarship.
Other concerns included encouraging an overemphasis on scholarship to the detriment of instruction, undervaluing the academic contributions of junior and
Continue Reading Responding to US News’ Decision Not to Create Scholarly Impact Ranking – Law Librarians Still Play a Key Role in Maximizing Scholarly Visibility

Last week, our UW Law Librarians teamed up with our External Affairs team to put on a very well-received in-house program for our faculty and staff on Increasing Scholarly Visibility: Social Media & Discoverability.  It was the second of a two-part series on scholarly visibility.  Part one, which our librarians presented in July, covered scholarship distribution and author profiles.

In this latest session, the EA team discussed the use of Twitter to promote scholarship and offered some great tips
Continue Reading Increasing Scholarly Visibility: Busting Myths about Marketing & Discoverability

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

Continue Reading Recent UW Law Faculty Scholarship

The State Bar of Wisconsin has recently released a revised edition of the Wisconsin Guide to Citation.  The new Tenth Edition contains the following updates:

  • Table T2 (Foreign Jurisdictions) has moved online (http://www.legalbluebook.com) with the 21st edition of The Bluebook. This provides two benefits: (1) the material can be updated more frequently online, and (2) the book is substantially thinner. (p. 5)
  • While it is easier to look to one table for citations to case names,

Continue Reading What’s New in the Wisconsin Guide to Citation, Tenth Edition

When researching a legal issue, local laws are an often overlooked resource.  Municipal and county governments pass ordinances on a variety of topics, including administrative procedures, standards of conduct, and zoning.  Although many of these laws are available online through local government websites or through services such as eCode or municode, they can be difficult to locate.  Fortunately, the Wisconsin State Law Library has created a comprehensive guide to Wisconsin Ordinances and Codes.

Some larger municipalities and counties
Continue Reading Researching Local Law – Municipal & County Legislation, Tracking, & Legislative History

Who knew that you could borrow seeds from the Madison Public Library?  A lot of people, apparently.  So far this year, the Madison Public Library’s Seed Library has given away nearly 2,000 seed packets, including flowers, herbs, and produce seeds.

Here’s a sampling of the seeds available at participating Madison libraries (Lakeview Library or Goodman South Madison Library):

  • Bush Green Beans
  • Beets
  • Collards
  • Cucumbers
  • Flowers: Cosmos, Marigolds, Nasturtiums, Pansies, Sunflowers, Zinnias
  • Herbs: Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary,

Continue Reading How Does Your Garden Grow? With a Little Help from Madison Public Library’s Seed Library

In response to concerns raised by the Citing Slavery Project, the Bluebook has made a rare between-edition change to rule 10.7.1 on citation to cases.  This change is reflected in the 2021 printing of The Bluebook Twenty-First Edition was first published in 2020.

According to the Bluebook’s Noteworthy Changes to the 2021 Printing:
Rule 10.7.1(d) now covers slave cases. For cases involving an enslaved person as a party, use the parenthetical “(enslaved party).” For cases involving an
Continue Reading Bluebook Revises Rule for Citing Cases Involving Enslaved Persons

Reuters reports that Google will soon show its search engine users more information about why it found the results they are shown.  Users will be able to click into details such as how their result matched certain search terms, in order to better decide if the information is relevant.

Google has been making changes to give users more context about the results its search engine provides. Earlier this year it introduced panels to tell users about the sources of
Continue Reading Google Will Soon Explain How It Found Search Results

The UW Law Library has been creating beautiful READ Posters highlighting our amazing faculty as a part of National Library Week for the past 15 years.  Thanks to Covid, this year’s poster was delayed, but the wait was certainly worth it!
This year, the poster features Professor Mitra Sharafi. Check it out below or visit the physical version at the entrance to the Law Library, where it hangs in a place of honor. Thanks for taking part, Mitra!
Continue Reading UW Law Library Unveils 2021 Faculty READ Poster Featuring Professor Mitra Sharafi

On the latest episode of the WI Law in Action podcast from the UW Law Library, host Emma Babler interviews Sumudu Atapattu, Director of the Research Centers at UW Law School.  Atapattu discusses discusses her journey from Sri Lanka to UW-Madison and her passion for environmental law.  She also describes the new book that she edited and contributed to, “The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development,” and its first chapter, “Intersections of Environmental Justice and Sustainable
Continue Reading WI Law In Action Podcast: Sumudu Atapattu on a Holistic and Intersectional Approach to Environmental Justice

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

Continue Reading Recent UW Law Faculty Scholarship: Clinical Education at WI, Race-Based Remedies in Criminal Law, the Federalist Constitution, and the NCAA in the Supreme Court