Category Archives: Presentations & Workshops

Seminar This Week on Internet Research in Wisconsin

Repost / Reminder:
If you are looking to brush up your Web-based legal research skills this summer, you might want to consider attending a one day seminar entitled, Internet Research in Wisconsin. The seminar, put on by Lorman Education Services, will be held in Brookfield on August 16th & again in Madison on August 17th.
I’ll be presenting at both seminars along with my colleague, Bev Butula of Davis & Kuelthau, S.C. in Milwaukee.
Here’s the blurb about the course from Lorman:
This course will introduce attendees to online legal research, improve their searching efficiency by developing better strategies and create a list of reliable online resources. The sessions will promote cost-effective searching and offer a look at the most current approaches to capitalizing on information available via the Internet.
Seminar highlights:
* Searching smarter – source selection and search strategies
* Search engines and meta engines
* The invisible Web
* Legal search engines and portals
* Primary law sources on the internet
* Investigating individuals
* Company research
* The new kids on the Web – blogs, RSS, alerts and podcasts

Seminar: Internet Research in Wisconsin

If you are looking to brush up your Web-based legal research skills this summer, you might want to consider attending a one day seminar entitled, Internet Research in Wisconsin. The seminar, put on by Lorman Education Services, will be held in Brookfield on August 16th & again in Madison on August 17th.
I’ll be presenting at both seminars along with my colleague, Bev Butula of Davis & Kuelthau, S.C. in Milwaukee.
Here’s the blurb about the course from Lorman:

This course will introduce attendees to online legal research, improve their searching efficiency by developing better strategies and create a list of reliable online resources. The sessions will promote cost-effective searching and offer a look at the most current approaches to capitalizing on information available via the Internet.
Seminar highlights:
* Searching smarter – source selection and search strategies
* Search engines and meta engines
* The invisible Web
* Legal search engines and portals
* Primary law sources on the internet
* Investigating individuals
* Company research
* The new kids on the Web – blogs, RSS, alerts and podcasts

Legal Technology & Research Workshops at the State Law Library

Once again, the Wisconsin State Law Library has a great slate of workshops scheduled. Registration forms are available on their Classes & Tours webpage.

– 25 Legal Tech Tips in 90 Minutes

Wednesday July 12, 2006 10:00-11:30 a.m.
During this fast-paced romp through technology tips for the law office, you’ll learn how to recover fast from a computer crash; discover a free tool to find lost client documents in a flash; see how to keep track of your legal research website passwords without post-it notes; learn an easy way to create fill-in legal forms; and more! And, bring along your computer questions and see if you can “Stump the Geek!” Don’t miss this class – it might just change your relationship with your computer. The instructor is Art Saffran, technology consultant and former State Bar of Wisconsin IT Director. Fee: $50.00.
– Using Loislaw.com @ the State Law Library: How Does It Work?
Wednesday, September 6, 2006 9-10 a.m.
Here’s an opportunity to become more familiar with the various Loislaw.com databases provided on our public access computers and how they can save you research time and money. Learn the basics of searching and printing while exploring everything from the primary law of all state and federal jurisdictions to the wealth of information in the State Bar of Wisconsin CLE books. Tired of slogging through print digests? There’s a better way! FREE Class. 1 CLE credit applied for.

– Mining for Company Nuggets: Locating Corporate Information on the Internet

Friday, October 6, 2006 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Join guest instructor and law librarian Carol Bannen as she demonstrates the skills of finding company information on the Internet. Learn how to locate background information, financial data, litigation history, and more. Whether your law firm is courting new clients or investigating an opposing party, this class will help you find the facts you need. Learn how to access Securities and Exchange Commission filings, navigate the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institution’s Corporate Records Information Service, uncover Standard and Poor’s ratings, and discover corporate news sources. Fee: $50.00. 1.5 CLE credits applied for.
– Introduction to Google Scholar and Google Book Search
Wednesday, November 1, 2006 9-10 a.m.
This one-hour class will explore new tools from Google: Google Scholar and Google Book Search. Learn searching techniques and discuss the pros and cons of using these tools for law related research. FREE Class.

– Wisconsin Briefs Online

Wednesday, December 6, 9-10 a.m.
Streamline your search for briefs! This class covers Wisconsin Briefs available on the Internet. Learn how to access Wisconsin Briefs on the UW Law Library’s website, and gain a basic understanding of how to best use WSCCA in your search for Wisconsin Briefs. FREE Class. 1 CLE credit applied for.

Live from the UW Showcase

This morning I’m at the UW Showcase speaking to people about WisBlawg. I’ve had a lot of people interested in starting their own blogs, but, so far, no one has taken me up on the offer to start a Blogger blog on the spot. But there’s still time!
There are a number of other great projects on display, including some on podcasting, survey tools, and much more. Lots of great ideas.

WisBlawg at UW-Madison Showcase 2006

The Law Library has been invited to take part in UW-Madison Showcase 2006 by presenting a poster featuring WisBlawg. In addition to sharing details about the blog, I’ll offer participants on-the-spot guidance in creating a blog of their own. Wonder if I’ll get any takers?
The annual UW-Madison Showcase is a best practices fair where members of the university community learn from each other in order to improve work processes, learning environments, and the campus climate in both academic and administrative areas. All members of the university community are encouraged to attend Showcase 2006. The event is free, but registration is required.
The Showcase also features hands-on technology demonstrations, concurrent breakout sessions and presentations by Chancellor John D. Wiley; Provost Pat Farrell; Athletic Director Barry Alvarez; Vice Chancellor Darrell Bazzell; Frances Westley, Director of the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Joanne Berg, Registrar and Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management. Showcase has expanded this year to include a noontime roundtable with Don Beck, who has advised world leaders including Nelson Mandela, Tony Blair, U.S. presidents on problem solving.

Transforming Your PowerPoint Presentation Web Seminar & Highlights

From Bad to Great: Transforming Your PowerPoint Presentations is the title of a free Web Cafe seminar from Office Depot. Although the live semimar was offered in January, you may replay it at any time.
Of, if you are like me and don’t want to take the time to listen to the whole thing, take a look at the highlights for some quick tips on improving your PowerPoint presentations. From the highlights:

Top Audience Complaints:
#1 – When a presenter stands there and reads the PowerPoint slides.
#2 – Text that is too small. Don’t rely on PowerPoint automatically resizing the text for you, because the program doesn’t know if the text is big enough. Test it out to make sure it’s large enough for audiences to read.
#3 – Poor color choice. Choosing colors with little contrast makes it hard to see what’s on the slide.
#4 – Full sentences instead of bullet points are boring and lead to presenters reading the slide.
#5 – Swirls and twirls. Excessive animation is annoying and does not serve a purpose.
#6 – Diagrams and charts that are too complex. If you need to use a pointing device to explain the diagram or chart, it’s too complex.

Other Web Cafe seminars available are on the following topics: office makeover, data security, tracking money. Check back in March for a new series.
Source: inter alia