Excellent RSS Tutorial

Cindy Chick of LawLibTech has put together an excellent tutorial on RSS. She explains what RSS feeds are, why they are useful, how to subscribe to them, and more. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for anyone wanting to learn more about blogs and RSS.
What is RSS
Getting Started with RSS Aggregators
Using Bloglines
Bloglines Revisited – New Display Feature!!
Bloglines for Email Discussion Lists
News, News & More News
From What is RSS:

“RSS allows you to receive notification of current content without having to visit the web site of interest to determine if it has been updated. This is powerful stuff, since it means that with the right tools you can monitor a large number of sites in a relatively short period of time.
RSS became popular with the growth of blogs as a way for people to keep up with their favs. But it is being used increasingly by a variety of websites including those with commercial news content. For the researcher that’s what makes it so useful. More and more valuable content is becoming available via RSS everyday. Anyone who needs to monitor current news on a regular basis will need to understand and use RSS in some form going forward.”

CALI 2004 Conference Webcasts Now Available

Couldn’t make it to last month’s CALI Conference for Law School Computing in Seattle. That’s ok – the nice folks at CALI are making Webcasts of most programs available on their Web site.
From CALI News:
“Some 60 sessions dealing with topics from distance education to ABA standards to blogging are now linked through the 2004 Conference agenda. To view the webcast for a particular session, locate the session on the agenda and follow the webcast in the session description. All webcasts require Windows Media Player 9.
In addition to the webcasts, many sessions include Power Point presentations and/or other documents. Not all of the presentations are linked at this time, so check back if there are no slides available for the session you are interested in.”

More Free Workshops from the DCLRC

From the Dane County Legal Resource Center:
Free Legal Information Sessions will be held monthly on various topics related to legal research or court procedures. Presented by DCLRC staff in Room 315 of the Courthouse, no legal advice will be given at these sessions. The public is welcome to attend. Contact us for more information, 266-6316 or dclrc.ref@wicourts.gov.
Thursday July 15…12-1 p.m.: How to Find WI Primary Law: Statutes and Ordinances
Covers how statutes & ordinances are created, as well as how to find, update, & change them!
Coming Soon:
•August: How to find legal resources written for the nonlawyer
•September: Initiating a Court Action: Locating Court Rules & Forms
•October: Dane County Court Offices Tour
•November: Who ya’ gonna call? Finding legal services and resources in Dane Co.

Underneath Their Robes & Superhotties of the Federal Judiciary

A new blog called Underneath Their Robes has developed quite a following. “The mission of UTR is to get ‘underneath the robes’ of our federal judges, to find out what they are really like–not as impersonal guardians of the Constitution, or as disembodied legal minds analyzing complex legal disputes, but as human beings.”
To get a flavor of what UTR is all about, here are some recent topic of discussion:
Superhotties of the Federal Judiciary (with self-nomination from 9th Circ Judge, Alex Kozinski)
Judicial Divas
Bench-Slapped! Article III Infighting

Enhancements to Wisconsin Statutes on LexisNexis

From LexisNexis Information Professional Update, June 2004:
“LexisNexis Wisconsin Annotated Statutes are now available at www.lexis.com.
LexisNexis annotations include tens of thousands of LexisNexis Case Notes — updated quarterly — plus links to Lexis® Search Advisor and specialized Wisconsin sources to assist you in interpreting and applying the statutes.
When you select LexisNexis Wisconsin Annotated Statutes, you can browse the table of contents for topics. Or choose to search the table of contents (or full-text resource) for concepts. Once you display a section of interest, you’ll discover LexisNexis Case Notes as well as reference links directly to pertinent Wisconsin treatises/analytical materials and Wisconsin law reviews. These enhancements follow the section text.
Navigate easily among the document sections; click on the Explore button on the bottom left side of the screen. Also use the direction arrows next to each LexisNexis Case Note to select specific case notes and return to the case notes list. From each case note you can link to cited cases and statutes. You can also move from the notes to related Lexis Search Advisor topics where you can request more cases, LexisNexis® Headnotes, treatises and law reviews.”

Finding Expert Witnesses via the Web

The February issue Wisconsin Lawyer has an excellent guide to finding expert witnesses on the Web. Author, Diane Duffey, member of the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin writes:
“Whether one is trying to locate the least fallible expert for one’s case, or to unearth the weaknesses of an expert employed by the other side, there are many techniques for conducting expert witness research on the Internet. Further, expert witness directories simply abound on the Web. This article recommends some strategies and Web sites to consider using when looking for information on expert witnesses.”

Reaching the Gen X Jury

Law.com has an interesting article about changing demographics in juries and how law schools are adjusting their curriculum.
“Professor Steven Lubet, the director of Northwestern’s trial advocacy program, describes the use of high-tech trial techniques and their impact on case presentation to Gen X jurors as a fundamental shift, and he expects other law schools across the country to incorporate technology into their advocacy programs.”
Source: Stark County Law Library Blawg

Workshop: Using the Internet for Case Preparation

New Workshop from the Wisconsin State Law Library:
Using the Internet for Case Preparation
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Wisconsin State Law Library Computer Training Room
120 MLK, Jr. Blvd., Madison
In this hands-on class, guest instructors Diane Duffey, Librarian at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., Milwaukee and Theodore A. Potter, Associate Director at Marquette University Law Library will demonstrate websites, portals and search engines that may be used in case preparation. Participants will learn the difference between a legal portal and a search engine; how to evaluate websites; and how to use the Internet efficiently to track news relevant to your case and to find information on people, corporations, and expert witnesses.
1.5 CLE credits applied for.
Fee: $50.00
To register: Print out and complete this Registration form, and mail it with your payment as per the instructions on the form.
Please direct questions about registration to tammy.keller@wicourts.gov