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

Need Info on a WI Corporation? Ask CRIS

Not new – but worth repeating:
The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) offers a nifty free search tool called CRIS(Corporate Registration Information System) for locating information about corporations in Wisconsin.
CRIS provides the official corporate name, registered agent address, principal office, state of incorporation, type of entity, prior corporate names, and notifications of merger or acquisition.
For more information on CRIS, see the recent article in the Wisconsin Law Journal, “Free Information in Wisconsin: Getting What You [Don’t] Pay For — CCAP & CRIS” by Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin (LLAW) member Jennifer Dedolph.
For more information on finding other company information, see “Mining for Company Nuggets” in the Wisconsin Lawyer by Carol Bannen, another LLAW member.

Cell Phone Viruses on the Horizon

PCWorld has an interesting article about a virus that can infect cellular phones.
“[The virus] spreads between mobile phones using a specially formatted Symbian operating system distribution (or SIS) file disguised as a security management utility… Once it has infected a mobile phone, [the virus] scans for other phones using Bluetooth wireless technology, then sends a copy of itself to the first vulnerable phone it finds”
Source: TVC Alert