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    Vol. 77, No. 11, November 2004

    Legal News & Trends

    2003 - 04 Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations bound copies ready early

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    Visit WisBlawg for the latest legal research and Internet news

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    On a Web site, a blog, short for weblog, is a personal journal that is typically updated daily, informal in style, and intended for general public consumption.

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    A blawg is a weblog with emphasis on law-related issues and concerns.

    The U.W. Law Library is pleased to introduce WisBlawg, a new blog offering legal research and Internet news and information with an emphasis on Wisconsin. WisBlawg will report new Web research resources and technologies, legal research news, announcements of local workshops and events, and more.

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    Marquette Law School completes move to full-time legal writing faculty

    Several years ago the Marquette University Law School transformed its legal writing program, moving from a program staffed primarily by part-time adjunct faculty to one staffed entirely by full-time faculty. The move was prompted by a desire to provide students with full-time, on-site teachers dedicated to legal writing and available for one-on-one conferences. Last spring the law school hired the last of its six full-time Legal Writing and Research faculty members.

    "The program requires students to complete six credits of legal writing and research during the first year," says Marquette Law School Professor Shirley A. Wiegand. "It uses the same grading scale as other law courses and now is fully integrated into the law school curriculum. Students benefit by the increased availability, expertise, and full-time commitment of their writing professors, and the rest of the faculty benefit from their new colleagues' expertise."

    The Legal Writing and Research faculty include: professors Rebecca Blemberg, a former prosecutor with the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office; Melissa Greipp, a former litigation associate at Kravit, Hovel, Krawczyk & Leverson, S.C.; Jill Koch Hayford, a former shareholder at Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren S.C.; Alison Julien, a former litigation associate at Schott, Bublitz & Engel; Lisa Mazzie, formerly in private practice; and Jessica Price, a former litigation associate at Foley & Lardner. Three of the six faculty served as law clerks to justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    Law School Dean Joseph D. Kearney supported the program changes early on, and he could not be happier with the result. "The new program has exceeded even our high expectations. Our search for the best and brightest paid off. We've been able to hire an entire team of smart, talented, energetic, committed legal writing and research faculty." Kearney added that Wisconsin's legal community also benefits. "Good legal writing and research skills are essential to good lawyering," he noted.

    State Law Library after-hours subscriptions expire Dec. 31

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    The Wisconsin State Law Library (above) is located at 120 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in downtown Madison. Hours are weekdays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m, except for those with after-hours subscriptions. For more information call (608) 266-1600 or visit wsll.state.wi.us.

    The State Law Library's After Hours Service, available by subscription to all Wisconsin-licensed lawyers, allows access to the library from 7 to 8 a.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Regular library hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Subscribers can access the library's print resources as well as the catalog and Web site, the Internet, and a variety of electronic research tools.

    After Hours Service is available by calendar-year subscription. Lawyers must subscribe individually. Current subscribers will automatically receive a renewal reminder for $72. The cost for a first-time subscription is $80, which includes a convenient access tag that fits on a keychain. State government lawyers with programmable ID or building access cards may be eligible for a slight discount.

    To obtain a subscription form, contact Tammy Keller, State Law Library, at (608) 261-7553 or gov tammy.keller wicourts wicourts tammy.keller gov.