A recent article from Madison’s local newspaper, The Isthmus, outlines some significant cuts to the staff and services of the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, particularly in the LRB research and library services department.
For example, the article cites a reduction in the number of “plain language” reviews of laws or court cases from 27 in 2014 to 11 last year. The number of reports produced by the LRB has also fallen in recent years from 22 in 2014, 16 in 2015, 5 in 2016, 1 in 2017, and none so far in 2018.
See the article for more information about the cuts as well as a bit of history of the LRB in Wisconsin.
Thanks to UW Law School Professor Elizabeth Mertz for alerting me that a new two-volume book series on New Legal Realism is available from Cambridge University Press. Numerous UW Law School professors were involved in the project.
The first volume, The New Legal Realism, Volume I: Translating Law-and-Society for Today’s Legal Practice, is co-edited by Mertz, Stewart Macaulay, professor emeritus at the UW Law School, and Thomas W. Mitchell, professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, formerly also of the UW Law School.
The second volume, The New Legal Realism, Volume II: Studying Law Globally, is co-edited by Heinz Klug, professor at the UW Law School, and Sally Engle Merry, professor at New York University.
From the press release:
The goal of the New Legal Realism (NLR) project is to develop rigorous, genuinely interdisciplinary approaches to the empirical study of law. The New Legal Realism volumes introduce readers to NLR scholarship, while demonstrating the value of thoughtful interdisciplinary translation between law and social science. This scholarship charts a new course for interdisciplinary legal research by synthesizing theory, empirical research, global perspectives, and law in action. The volumes together demonstrate the importance of the NLR project, not only for legal scholarship, but for law schools and practices.
The Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau has produced a nice 2-sided color pamphlet summarizing facts and figures about Wisconsin.
In celebration of its 25th year, the Harper’s Index-12,058 lines spanning 300 issues-is now open to all for searching and browsing, with more than one thousand linked categories. Slaw explains that “Harper’s Index is a collection of information set out in single lines as if it were statistical data and in a way that is meant to surprise and interest you.”
Harper’s Index is a product of Harper’s Magazine, which is also available online from 1850.
“After a century of continuous publication, The Christian Science Monitor will abandon its weekday print edition and appear online only,” reports the New York Times.
“The paper is currently published Monday through Friday, and will move to online only in April, although it will also introduce a weekend magazine.”
The article discusses the growing online only publication model, specifically mentioning The Capital Times and Superior’s The Daily Telegram, both of which have cut their print publications.
Beginning in 2008, the MBA Messenger will be published quarterly in a stand alone magazine format. Milwaukee Bar Association members will continue to receive it by mail, but it will no longer be included with the Wisconsin Law Journal.
Source: MBA Messenger, Dec 2007 – Thanks to Bill Ebbott for the tip.