Category Archives: Presentations & Workshops

The University of Wisconsin Law School announces the Bhopal Digital Repository

Last week, the UW Law School hosted a symposium on the Bhopal Disaster, which killed thousands of people in the Bhopal region of India, left a long legal trail, and is still controversial to this day.

As a part of that symposium, the UW Law Library, in conjunction with faculty members Mitra Sharafi, Sumudu Atapattu and Marc Galanter, launched “Bhopal: Law Accidents and Disasters in India: A Digital Archive initiated by Marc Galanter“.  This digital archive, housing nearly 3,500 scanned items related to Bhopal, is freely available for anyone to use.  The resources range from court documents and newspaper clippings to embedded video and other secondary resources. The court documents can be downloaded as full-text PDFs from anywhere in the world, while the newspaper clippings can be downloaded at the Law School.

Professor Marc Galanter, who was involved in the Bhopal legal case in the United States, provides pertinent background history and context for new researchers, and his collection is what both inspired and formed the foundation for the digital archive.

Researchers can quickly do a full-text search across the entire collection or narrow down to search only newspaper clippings or court documents. A bibliography of related Bhopal resources is also included.

Potentially the most exciting part of the Bhopal archive is that it will continue to grow. As other Bhopal scholars volunteer their unique material, it will be reviewed and added to the collection, thereby strengthening the usefulness of the collection itself.

The Bhopal collection is the first special collection of the UW Law School Digital Repository.  If there are any questions about the Bhopal collection or the repository itself, please feel free to contact Kris Turner, or more information can be found at the UW Law School Library website.

Workshop Series on Global Legal Issues and Wisconsin

The UW Law School has announced the 5th annual outreach workshop series on the theme Global Legal Issues and Wisconsin.
The workshops explore the legal and policy implications of global legal issues on Wisconsin. This year’s workshops focus on: renewable energy, global health law, and emerging economies. See the detailed descriptions for more information.
The workshops are open to Wisconsin attorneys, policy makers, state agencies, civil society groups and others. Participants are welcome to register for one or more workshops.
The workshops are sponsored by Global Legal Studies Center (GLS) and Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) and co-sponsored by the International Practice Section, State Bar of Wisconsin.

Law School Forum Tonight on “The Role of Organized Labor in a Democracy”

The University of Wisconsin Law School is sponsoring a forum this evening on “The Role of Organized Labor in a Democracy.”
It will be held Wednesday, March 30, 2011 from 6-8 pm in the Godfrey and Kahn Hall (Law School Room 2260). The forum is open to students, the legal and academic communities, and the public:

  • 6:00-6:10 Overview and Introductions
    Moderator: Heinz Klug, UW Law School

  • 6:10-7:10 The Place of Workers in a Democracy
    “Economics and Quality Jobs”
    Laura Dresser, UW Center on Wisconsin Strategies (COWS)
    “Budget Impact on Working Families”
    Vicky Selkowe, Chief of Staff, Rep. Cory Mason
    “Public Pensions – A solution to public deficits?”
    Paul Secunda, Marquette University Law School
    “Worker Rights as Human Rights: International and Constitutional Perspectives”
    Jonathan Rosenblum, Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice
    Moderated Q&A: Questions to the panel by Prof. Carin Clauss and audience

  • 7:10-7:15 Panel Introductions: Heinz Klug
  • 7:15-8:00 Public Sector Collective Bargaining – Practitioners’ Panel
    Union Perspective: Rich Saks, Hawks Quindel SC
    Employer Perspective: Shana Lewis, Lathrop and Clark LLP
    Neutral Perspective: Howard Bellman, Mediator and Arbitrator
    Moderated Q&A: Questions to the panel by Prof. Neill DeClercq and audience

  • 8:00 Adjourn

Who Owns My Body and Where Is It Now?

UW-Madison is sponsoring a capstone event to bring the campus and community together around the important questions regarding race, research involving human subjects and the business of commercializing human-derived biomaterials raised in the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Co-sponsored by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, UW Law School, the UW-Madison Libraries and WARF, this free 2-day conference features discussions, keynote lectures and films. See the detailed agenda.
Highlights on Friday, April 15 include an exploration of who owns human specimens and materials and why it matters, a keynote lecture by Ruth Faden, Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics on the controversies raised in the Skloot book, and a showing of “Made in India” (as seen at the Wisconsin Film Festival) followed by a moderated discussion.
On Saturday, April 16 panelists including UW-Madison’s Alta Charo, Pilar Ossorio and Norm Fost will explore whether Henrietta Lacks and her cells would meet with the same fate in today’s environment. The day will conclude with a keynote lecture by Vanessa Northington Gamble, University Professor of Medical Humanities at the George Washington University entitled, “Henrietta Lacks Beyond Her Cells: Race, Racism, and American Medicine,” and additional film showing and discussion following.
Registration is preferred for this free event.

Conference – Legal Education Reform after Carnegie: Bringing Law-in-Action into the Law School Classroom

Next month, the University of Wisconsin Law School and the Institute for Legal Studies is hosting conference for faculty, staff, law students, and visiting scholars entitled Legal Education Reform after Carnegie: Bringing Law-in-Action into the Law School Classroom. The conference will be held October 22-23, 2010.
Intellectual Overview: This conference takes its impetus from a current wave of interest in reforming legal education. Recent publication of both the Carnegie Report and a statement of Best Practices for Legal Education have drawn attention to innovative pedagogical efforts in law schools across the country. We continue the conversation in this conference, focusing in particular on how the law works in action, and on how a law-in-action perspective can inform our teaching. This is a unique moment in the history of the legal academy, when interest in pedagogical reform is arising simultaneously with renewed attention to social science. At the same time, many law teachers are experimenting with new teaching methods designed to bring law to life in the classroom. Today there is the potential for a kind of synergy not seen since the rise of legal realism and the push for clinical education in law schools.
Carnegie Report authors join law school deans and law professors at a two-day conference in Madison, home of the law-in-action approach with a longstanding tradition of combining social science and law. But we seek to highlight the advances at other institutions as well. This is just a beginning — we invite you to share your wisdom and ideas as we continue the process of rethinking legal education, working together. Stay tuned for plans to launch a national website, hosted by the American Bar Foundation, where examples and ideas from all law schools will be welcomed.
Program Chair: Elizabeth Mertz, John and Rylla Bosshard Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and Senior Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation; Visiting Research Scholar, Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University (2010-11).
Location: The Conference will take place in room 325 at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison.

Friday, 10/22: Coffee 9:30 am; Sessions 10:00-5:30 (followed by a reception and dinner for panelists and speakers.) Saturday, 10/23: Coffee 8:30 am; Sessions 9:00-4:30 (followed by post-conference session for planning group 4:45-6:00).
Registration Required / Deadline Oct. 11th: Due to space constraints, attendance is limited to faculty, academic staff, law students, and visiting scholars. If you are interested in attending this event, please email Pam Hollenhorst, Associate Director, Institute for Legal Studies, including your full name and institutional affiliation, indicating which days or half days you wish to attend.

Program on Researching Patent and Trademark Information

Milwaukee Public Library will be hosting a program presented by the U.S. Patent and Trade Office on Researching Patent and Trademark Information. The program will cover:

  • Overview of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets / Making the Best Use of the USPTO Website
  • Conducting a Patent Search, Step by Step
  • Invention Promotion Firms: How to Ask the Right Questions
  • Conducting a Trademark Search, Step by Step

The all day program on Wednesday September 8 is free, but registration is required. To register, contact Judy Pinger – Business and Technology Coordinator at 414.286.3247 or email

Workshops on Current Issues in International Law: Implications for Wisconsin

The UW Law School Global Legal Studies Center, the UW-Madison Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy, and the International Practice Section of the State Bar are co-sponsoring three workshops on Current Issues in International Law: Implications for Wisconsin
The workshops are free for attorneys, policy makers, state agency personnel, civil society groups, students and others interested in global legal issues. Continuing legal education credits are pending.
Description of the workshops:

Due to globalization, international society is rapidly shrinking with the line between international law and national law becoming increasingly blurred. Given the increasing importance of international law and how close it has become to our day to day lives, we are organizing a series of workshops on the following topics:
February 18: Innovation: Role of the University, Industry and Intellectual Property Law
March 22: Beyond Copenhagen: Climate Change and Wisconsin
April 15: Legal Aspects of Doing Business in India

Click on the individual titles to view the agenda of a particular workshop.
Click here to view a full overview of the workshops and access the registration form.
All workshops run from 2:45-6:00 pm (reception from 5:30-6:00 pm) and are held in Lubar Commons (7200 Law) at the UW Law School.
Registration is free but space is limited. If you would like to register, please fill in the registration form and fax, email or mail it to Sumudu Atapattu (see below for contact details) before the date indicated for each workshop in order to facilitate planning. Registration is requested by 2/17 for Innovation, 3/15 for Beyond Copenhagen, and 4/9 for India. Access registration form here.
Questions? Contact: Sumudu Atapattu
Associate Director, Global Legal Studies Center
University of Wisconsin Law School, Room 6222 975 Bascom Mall,
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 890-1395, fax: (608) 262-5486

Seminar on Lawyers, Lobbyists and Legislators

The State Bar is offering an interesting seminar/webinar next Friday entitled Lawyers, Lobbyists and Legislators.
The morning is devoted to Legislative Resources for Lawyers. The program kicks off with a session on “Researching the Legislative History of a Bill” with Jason Anderson and Steve Miller of the LRB. The remainder of the morning is on useful resources from the various Legislative agencies plus a primer on the Administrative Rule Making Process.
The afternoon will cover When a Lawyer Runs for Elected Office. Participants will explore the conflict of law between Supreme Court Rule 20 and the Government Accountability Board rules. This seminar will help you gain a better understanding of the choices and dilemmas a lawyer faces while holding a public office.
See the full program schedule for more details.
Thanks to my law librarian colleague, Mary Koshollek, for the notice.

Legacies of Lincoln Conference & Database of Materials from Lincoln’s Law Practice

From the Marquette Law School Faculty Blog:

This year marks both the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and the sesquicentennial of his visit to Milwaukee to speak at the Wisconsin State Fair… To commemorate these events, Marquette University Law School, together with the Department of History, will host a conference entitled “Legacies of Lincoln.” This conference, occurring on October 1 & 2, promises to be a very fine event.

For more information, see the website. Note that CLE credit is available for a fee.
One of the sessions on Friday is entitled “Lincoln as Lawyer” which reminds me of a database I learned about at the AALL Annual Meeting last month. The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln is a free database containing records, letters, documents, contemporary printed accounts, or after-the-fact recollections that relate directly to Abraham Lincoln’s law practice during the years 1836 to 1861.