Author Profile Pages Now Available In HeinOnline

HeinOnline has added a new author profile feature in their Law Journal Library that allows readers to to view more information about authors and allows authors to showcase their work.

To access the profile page for a particular author, open the Law Journal Library and search for an author.  From the search results, click the author’s name to view their profile which contains information about the author, a list of their articles available on HeinOnline, and data on how many times their articles have been cited and accessed in the last year.

Authors may further enhance their profiles by adding a photo, biography, university/affiliation, and links to profile and social media accounts.  Simply click the “submit author profile” link at the top of your author profile and complete the form.

Below is an example of my enhanced author profile:

author profile

HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library is available to anyone at the UW Law Library, as well as at the State Law Library, the Dane County Legal Resource Center, the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center, and Marquette Law School.  It is also available remotely to Wisconsin State Law Library cardholders who work at a firm or organization with fewer than 25 attorneys (for more information, see WSLL website).


Info on the New Session of the Wisconsin Legislature

Eileen Snyder of the Wisconsin Historical Society has put together a useful post on the new session of the Wisconsin Legislature.

It includes information such as a list of state officers, salaries of state elected officials, a guide to the legislative process, and budget and informational papers.  It also includes a link to the 2015-16 Wisconsin Legislator Briefing Book which provides background on policy areas, the budget process, legislative service agencies, and other information on Wisconsin government.

UW Law Library Website and WisBlawg Redesign

Within the next week, the UW Law Library will be introducing a new website redesign. The new site features a slimmed-down look and a more user friendly design – we hope! Here’s a sneak preview.


In conjunction with the new library website, WisBlawg will also be getting a facelift along with a new URL. The new URL will be although using the older one, will redirect you to the new one. Email and RSS subscriptions should migrate automatically. If you experience any problems, please contact me at

We hope that you enjoy the new design of both our website and blog. Comments are welcome.

Mobile Legal Dictionaries

Looking for a legal dictionary for your mobile device? Law Technology News has a good review of apps for both the legal professional and the non-lawyer. Apps are available in both iOS and Android and range from free to $55.
Here’s a sneak preview of the review

First, some words of advice on downloading law dictionary apps: don’t get snookered. Many law apps come from developers with no expertise in law or legalese, just a clever idea for exploiting free online archives of public domain law dictionaries…
Judge a dictionary app by its publisher. Some app developers appear better suited for cool action games, fashion runways and wildlife refuges… Stick with dictionary apps from reputable legal information publishers with names we know and trust like Barron, Black, Merriam-Webster and Wolters Kluwer.

Hat tip to Virtual Library Cat’s Eye View.

Water Law in Wisconsin

My colleague, Jenny Zook, has written a great piece on Water Law in Wisconsin for the latest Inside Track from the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Here’s the abstract:

The Great Lakes Region, at about 20 percent the world’s surface fresh water, stands to play an important role in the world’s global water market. Jenny Zook suggests this future demand for water is an opportunity for lawyers to effect policy and help safeguard Wisconsin’s natural resource. Here are some resources to get you started.

Kris Turner Wins WLA Rising Star Award

The UW Law Library is happy to announce that Kris Turner, our Reference and Technology Services Librarian, has been selected by the Wisconsin Library Association’s New Member Round Table as the recipient of its 2014 Rising Star Award.
Kris jointed the library staff in 2012. He has become a skilled guide for students, faculty and staff through the wide range of changes that have taken place in the technologies of legal research. He currently is involved in re-designing the Law Library website, developing an in-house repository for faculty scholarship, and re-thinking how technology can be used to better market library resources and services. Kris regularly authors postings for the library’s website as well as reviews of books on aspects of law librarianship. He has become an expert on legal apps and has been interviewed by U.S. News and World Report and the Wisconsin Law Journal on this topic.
Kris serves as the Chair-Elect of the Association of Wisconsin Special Libraries as well as the secretary of the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin. He has been invited to give presentations at numerous professional meetings, including meetings of the Wisconsin Library Association, the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin, the American Association of Law Libraries, and the UW Madison campus libraries.
We are delighted to see Kris’s professional accomplishments recognized by librarians across the state. Please join us in congratulating Kris on this well-deserved honor!

Will Including an Abstract and Table of Contents in your Law Review Article Increase Citations to It?

There is an interesting article on SSRN about whether including an abstract and/or table of contents in your law review article can have an impact on your scholarly influence.
The authors observed that “on average both abstracts and tables of contents associate with large increases in scholarly influence. Compared to articles that use neither document element, articles that include just an abstract are cited on average roughly 50% more, and articles that include just a table of contents roughly 30% more. Including both document elements corresponds to the largest increase in citation, over 70%.”
Here is the article:
Should Your Law Review Article Have an Abstract and Table of Contents?
Lee Petherbridge & Christopher A. Cotropia

WI Voters to Consider Constitutional Amendment relating to Transportation Fund

On November 4th, Wisconsin voters will decide whether to adopt a constitutional amendment relating to a transportation fund and a department of transportation.
From the Brief prepared by the Legislative Reference Bureau:

Currently, the revenues generated by use of the state transportation system may be deposited into any fund as provided by law. This proposed constitutional amendment, proposed to the 2011 legislature on first consideration, requires that such revenues be deposited into a transportation fund, and requires the legislature to create such a fund and a department of transportation.

Why is this amendment being proposed? Here’s an excerpt from the Attorney General’s Explanatory Statement as it appears in the LRB Brief:

At times, the Legislature has transferred moneys initially deposited into the transportation fund to programs with non-transportation-related purposes. Such transfers have typically been to general revenue funds, which are used for state programs such as education, health care, and shared revenue. The Wisconsin Supreme Court has suggested that these transfers are permissible under current law.
In essence, the proposed amendment would change the Wisconsin Constitution to require that revenues generated by specified uses of the state transportation system be deposited into a transportation fund and expended only for transportation-related purposes.

The US Code gets a slight reorganization

Starting on September 1st, the US Code added a new Title. Sections concerning the voting and elections that were previously found in titles 2 and 42 are now being moved to a new Title 52. The idea behind the addition is to both simplify the existing sections of 2 and 42 and make a more coherent Title that pertains only to voting and elections.
For online versions of the code, you can now cite Title 52. For print editions, the change will take effect with the publication of supplement II of the 2012 edition.
For more background on the change and resources to check on during the transition, visit the USC webpage that discusses the update in more depth.

New features on Congress.Gov

As continues to evolve into Congress.Gov, more features are being added. Recently, In Custodia Legis, the Law Library of Congress Blog, announced some of most recent bells and whistles that were added:
*You can now search for presidential nominations back to 1981.
*Congress.Gov also allows you to create an account so you can save customized searches and other bookmarks on the site.
*Possibly most importantly, the About Section has been expanded to be more user-friendly and transparent.
Check out Congress.Gov here and read the original In Custodia Legis post on the updates here. Happy Searching!