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WISCONSIN LEGAL RESOURCES

Administrative Law Sources | Case Law Sources | Government Resources | Legislative Sources | Practitioner Sources

Wisconsin Administrative Law Sources

Recent Opinions of the Attorney General of the State of Wisconsin
-- recent formal and advisory opinions

Opinions of the Attorney General of the State of Wisconsin

-- searchable database of opinions from 1983 - Revisor of Statutes Bureau.

Wisconsin Administrative Code and Register - Revisor of Statutes Bureau
-- searchable database. Also contains table of contents and index.

Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission - WERC Decisions
(http://www.wisbar.org/werc/cd/archive.html)
-- searchable database of decisions and grievance awards from 1989 - present from the Wisconsin State Bar Association. Also indexed by decision number, employer, examiner/tribunal and date. Cautionary notes about WERC decisions are found here.

Wisconsin Labor and Industry Review Commission - LIRC Decisions
(http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/lirc/default.htm)
-- website of the Wisconsin Labor and Industry Review Commission. LIRC is an independent administrative agency which decides appeals in cases involving
Unemployment Insurance (UI), Worker's Compensation (WC), and Equal Rights (ER).

Wisconsin State Agencies
(http://www.wisconsin.gov/state/core/agency_index.html)
-- alphabetical listing of Wisconsin goverment agencies, boards, commissions, and departments.

Wisconsin Tax Appeals Commission Decisions
(http://www.wisbar.org/witaxop/)
-- searchable database of decisions from 1995 present from the Wisconsin State Bar Association.

Wisconsin Case Law Sources

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Western District)
(http://www.wiwb.uscourts.gov/)
-- provides links to case information, filing fees, forms, local rules, and opinions (coverage varies).

U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
(http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/)
-- contains opinions, filing tips, forms, Practitioner's Handbook, rules, and examples of briefs.

Wisconsin Court of Appeals
(http://www.wicourts.gov/about/organization/appeals/index.htm)
-- provides links to internal operating procedures, opinions and rules, oral argument schedules, published and unpublished opinion orders, and unpublished opinion table.

Wisconsin Court System
(http://www.wicourts.gov/)
-- provides full text of opinions for the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals from 1995 - present. Official site for the Wisconsin Court System.

Wisconsin Supreme Court
(http://www.wicourts.gov/about/organization/supreme/index.htm)
-- links to opinions and rules, oral argument schedules, oral arguments from September 1997 to the present, court calendar, and internal operating procedures.

Wisconsin Goverment Resources

City of Madison
(http://www.ci.madison.wi.us/)
-- official website of the city of Madison.

City of Milwaukee
(http://www.milwaukee.city.gov/)
--Official website of the city of Milwaukee

Codes and Ordinances
(http://www.wilawlibrary.gov/ordinances.html)
-- Includes links to nearly 200 Wisconsin city and county codes and ordinances.

Milwaukee County
(http://www.county.milwaukee.gov)
-- Official website of Milwaukee County

Office of the Governor
(www.wisgov.state.wi.us/)
-- this site contains links to executive orders, speeches, and appointments of the governor.

Ozaukee County
(http://www.co.ozaukee.wi.us/)
-- Official website of Ozaukee County

Waukesha County
(http://www.co.waukesha.wi.us/)
-- links to code of ordinances and departments.

Wisconsin Cities, Towns, and Villages
(http://www.wisconsin.gov/state/core/wisconsin_cities_towns_and_villages....)
-- alphabetical list of links to Wisconsin Cities, Towns, and Villages

Wisconsin Legislative Sources

Wisconsin Acts
(http://www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/2acts.html)
-- searchable database of Wisconsin Acts from 1995 - present. Also provides subject index.

Wisconsin Constitution
(http://www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/2wiscon.html)
-- search or browse the Wisconsin Constitution. Provides link to United States Constitution.

Wisconsin Legislative Drafting Records (http://library.law.wisc.edu/eresources/draftingrecords/index.html)
Drafting records include written materials, letters, and memoranda created during the drafting of a bill, resolution, or subsequent amendments.
-- 1999-2005 drafting files are available at the above legislative site.
-- 1927-1998 files are available at Marquette University Law Library on microfiche.

-- For more information and sources of legislative history, see:
Researching Legislative History in Wisconsin (http://www.legis.state.wi.us/lrb/pubs/wb/06wb10.pdf) by Michael J. Keane, Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau.

Wisconsin State Legislature (http://www.legis.state.wi.us/)
-- official site of the Wisconsin Legislature.

Wisconsin Statutes - Revisor of Statutes Bureau (http://www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/Statutes.html)
-- searchable database of Wisconsin statutes. Includes searchable index. Coverage 1995 - present.

Wisconsin Practitioner Sources
U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Eastern District) (http://www.wieb.uscourts.gov/)
-- contains court calendars, local rules, electronic filing/case management information and links to judges' policies, procedures, and standing orders.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Western District) (http://www.wiwb.uscourts.gov/)
-- provides links to case information, filing fees, forms, local rules, and opinions (coverage varies).

U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit (http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/)
-- contains opinions, filing tips, forms, Practitioner's Handbook, rules and examples of briefs.

U.S. District Court (Eastern District) (http://www.wied.uscourts.gov/)
-- links to forms, local rules, and fees schedules.

U.S. District Court (Western District) (http://www.wiwd.uscourts.gov/)
-- provides general information about the court and links to other relevant web sites.

Wisconsin Appellate Briefs (http://library.law.wisc.edu/eresources/wibriefs/)
-- Includes full-image briefs for Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals cases from 173 Wis.2d (November 1992). This collection is generated from scanned images created by the Wisconsin State Law Library and placed on the UW Law library web site.

Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Program - WCCAP (http://ccap.courts.state.wi.us/internetcourtaccess/)
-- provides access to Wisconsin Circuit Court records. Coverage varies by county and date.

Wisconsin Circuit Court Forms (http://www.wicourts.gov/forms1/circuit.htm)
-- links to general, civil, traffic, small claims, family, juvenile and probate forms.

Wisconsin Circuit Court Rules, by county
(http://www.wisbar.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Circuit_court_rules2)

Wisconsin Self-Help Family Law
(http://wicourts.gov/services/public/prose.htm)
-- developed by the Wisconsin Court System for use by people representing themselves in divorce and legal separation actions.

Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Access - WSCAAi (http://www.courts.state.wi.us/wscca/)
-- contains status of appeals filed with the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Coverage begins in 1993.


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FEDERAL LEGAL RESOURCES

Case Law Sources - United States Supreme Court | Case Law Sources - Other Federal Courts | Administrative | Court Rules | Executive | Legislative | Miscellaneous

Case Law Sources - Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court (official site) (http://www.supremecourtus.gov/)
-- Provides access to opinions (1991 - present), dockets, calendar, and rules.

U. S. Supreme Court Opinions (Cornell) (http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/index.html)
-- Provides full text access to opinions from 1991 - present. The Legal Information Institute also offers a free current awareness bulletin.

U. S. Supreme Court Opinions (Findlaw) (http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/supreme.html)
-- Provides full text access to opinions from 1893 - present.

United States Reports (Creative Commons) (http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/US/)
-- Provides full text access to the United States Reports - September 1754 - March 25, 1998 (vols. 1-524) (vols. 525-546 are sporadic)

FindLaw Constitutional Law Center (http://supreme.lp.findlaw.com/supreme_court/briefs/index.html)
-- Full text of briefs organized alphabetically by name of first party. Coverage 1999 - 2007.

Oyez Project (http://www.oyez.org/)
-- Provides audio of important United States Supreme Court arguments. Also contains a virtual tour of the Supreme Court building.

Solicitor General Government Briefs (http://www.usdoj.gov/osg/briefs/search.html)
-- Full text of briefs searchable by keyword type and subject. Coverage July 1998 - present and selected briefs from 1982-1996.

Case Law Sources - Other Federal Courts
Federal Reporter 2d (Creative Commons) (http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F2/)
-- November 16, 1949 - August 6, 1993 (vols. 178-999).

Federal Reporter 3d (Creative Commons) (http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F3/)
-- February 17, 1993 - (vols. 1- ).

U.S. Bankruptcy Courts (http://www.bankruptcydata.com/Courts/Bankruptcy_Links.htm)
-- This resource provides links to all U.S. Bankruptcy court websites. In addition, the web site provides PACER links, publications and a research center.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Fed.Cir.) (http://www.fedcir.gov)
-- Provides Court opinions & orders, Rules and forms, Calendar & dispositions, and a website search engine.

U.S. Court of Federal Claims (http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov)
-- This web site contains a searchable database of decisions called WINSTAR, full-text recent opinions, court rules, and general court information for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

U.S. Court of Military Appeals (http://www.armfor.uscourts.gov/Opinions.htm)
-- This resource provides an index of military appellate decisions (HTML) from Oct. 1, 1997 - current and an online digest of military appellate decisions

U.S. Tax Court
-- Provides Tax Court and Memorandum Opinions from 1995 and Summary Opinions from 2001; includes Rules, forms, fees, as well as Judges' biographies, and a website search engine.

Federal Case Law (lexisONE) (http://www.lexisone.com)
-- Provides full text of Court of Appeals decisions from the past 5 years. Searchable by circuit or combined database with all circuits. Registration is required (free).

History of the Federal Judiciary (Fed'l Jud. Center) (http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/index.html)
-- Provides a search engine for all federal judges or alphabetical retrieval by last name, links to courts of the fed'l judiciary, a timeline of landmark judicial legislation, topics in judicial history and a courthouse photographic exhibit.

Immigration Law Virtual Library (U.S. D.O.J.) (http://www.usdoj.gov/eoir/vll/libindex.html)
-- This virtual library provides access to Immigration & Naturalization, Board of Immigration Appeals decisions, administrative decisions, practice materials and links to recent decisions of the court.

Case Law Sources - Other Federal Courts - Wisconsin
U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Eastern District of Wisconsin) (http://www.wieb.uscourts.gov/)
-- contains court calendars, local rules, electronic filing/case management information, and links to judges' internal procedures and decisions.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Western District of Wisconsin) (http://www.wiw.uscourts.gov/bankruptcy/)
-- provides links to case information, filing fees, forms, local rules, and opinions (coverage varies).

U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit (http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/)
-- contains opinions,filing tips, forms, Practitioner's Handbook, rules, and examples of briefs.

U.S. District Court (Eastern District of Wisconsin) (http://www.wied.uscourts.gov/)
-- links to forms, local rules, and fees schedules.

U.S. District Court (Western District of Wisconsin) (http://www.wiw.uscourts.gov/)
-- provides general information about the court and links to other relevant web sites.

Administrative
Administrative Code Register (Fed'l and State) (http://tinyurl.com/b9454y)
-- Provides links to all 50 states and correlating registers, administrative codes, and administrative manuals, if available online.

Code of Federal Regulations (http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-table-search.html)
-- Search by title, citation or keyword. Coverage from 1997 - present.

Federal Register (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html)
-- Search the full text of the Federal Register by keyword, date and section. Coverage 1994 - present.

List of Federal Agency Web Sites (http://www.lib.lsu.edu/gov/index.html)
-- Provides list of links to federal agencies and departments.

Other administrative actions outside the scope of the CFR or FR. (http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/govtinfo/fed_decisions_agency.html).
-- Provides links to "administrative actions which are outside the scope of the CFR or the FR. What is available via the Internet varies from agency to agency."

Securities & Exchange Commission (http://www.sec.gov/divisions/enforce.shtml)
-- This web site provides access to SEC federal court actions, administrative proceedings, administrative law judge decisions & orders, and commission opinions & orders, back to 1995-96.

Court Rules
Court Rules, Forms and Dockets (llrx) (http://www.llrx.com/courtrules/)
-- Provides access to federal and state court forms, rules and docket websites. In addition, users can browse by jurisdiction, type of resource, and state, or may utilize a keyword search engine.

Federal RuleMaking (US Courts.gov) (http://www.uscourts.gov/rules/)
-- Provides links to proposed rules amendments, pending rules amendments, meetings and hearings, local court rules, rules committee records, archived rules amendments, and legislation.

U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit (http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/)
-- contains opinions, filing tips, forms, Practitioner's Handbook, rules and examples of briefs.

U.S. District Court (Eastern District) (http://www.wied.uscourts.gov/)
-- links to forms, local rules and fees schedules.

Executive
Codification of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders (http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/)
-- This is an on-line version of the out-of-print Codification of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders, spanning the administrations of Harry S. Truman through Ronald Reagan (April 13, 1945 - January 20, 1989).

Executive Orders Disposition Table (http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/disposition.html)
-- This web site, created by the National Archives, provides links to all of the executive orders, from FDR to present, and provides a subject index for access to George W. Bush and William J. Clinton's presidential executive orders.

National Archives Guide to Presidential Documents (http://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/research/guide.html)
-- This governmental guide provides a list of available online resources for presidential documents, including executive orders, proclamations, memoranda, speeches, and press conferences.

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/wcomp/index.html)
-- Search by keyword or browse by date. Coverage 1993 - present

Legislative
Congressional Universe - Provides the CIS index for congressional publications from 1970 to present, full-text of recent Congressional publications and abstracts for earlier materials, bill tracking reports, legislative histories, federal regulations, and committee information. Through the CIS index, researchers can search laws by subject, citation, committee, witness, or other document numbers assigned during the legislative process.

THOMAS (http://thomas.loc.gov/)
-- Provides access to various Congressional documents including bill summary and status (1973 - present), bill text (1989 - present), public laws (1973 - present), Congressional Record (1989 - present), Committee Reports (1995 - present) and Committee information for the House and Senate.

U.S. Code (Cornell) (http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/)
-- Search the U.S. Code by keyword or browse list of titles or popular name table. Currency is the same as the House version. Use Classification Tables http://uscode.house.gov/uscct.htm to update.

U.S. Code (Findlaw) (http://guide.lp.findlaw.com/casecode/uscodes/)
-- Search U.S. Code by keyword or citation or browse list of titles or popular name table. Use Classification Tables http://uscode.house.gov/uscct.htm to update.

U.S. Code (House of Representatives) (http://uscode.house.gov/)
-- Search the U.S. Code by keyword or citation. Provides link to Classification Tables that list sections affected by recently enacted legislation.

Miscellaneous
Findlaw (http://guide.lp.findlaw.com/10fedgov/)
-- Provides links to federal judicial, legislative, and administrative web sites.

Firstgov.gov (http://firstgov.gov)
-- Official government portal to federal web sites. Browse by topic or search by keyword.

GPO Access (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/index.html)
-- Provides links to full text of key government documents including Supreme Court opinions, Congressional bills, hearings and reports, U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, and Federal Register.

U.S. Guides to Federal Law Online (L.O.C.) (http://www.loc.gov/law/guide/us.html)
-- Provides detailed research guides and explanations of the origins of federal judicial, executive, legislative, and administrative law. In addition, provides research guides for states and miscellaneous current legal issues.


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LEGAL RESOURCES FROM OTHER STATES

Administrative
Administrative Code Register
(http://www.llsdc.org/state-leg/)
-- Provides links to all 50 states and correlating registers, administrative codes, and administrative manuals, if available online.

Case Law (LexisOne)
-- Search full text of state case law from the past 5 years. Registration is required (free).

Electronic Reference State Law & Government (Emory)
(http://www.ncsc.org/Web%20Document%20Library/IR_CourtSites.aspx)
-- This web site provides an alphabetical listing by state of judicial branch links for each state.

FindLaw State Resources
(http://guide.lp.findlaw.com/11stategov/)
-- List of resources for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Includes links to primary and secondary resources.

LLSDC's State Legislative Sourcebook (Law Librarians Society of Washington D.C.)
(http://www.llsdc.org/sourcebook/)
-- This web site provides links to state legislatures, state laws and state regulations, as well as phone numbers for state governmental offices.

State and Local Government
(http://www.statelocalgov.net/)
-- Links to state and local government web sites by state. Includes tutorials, checklists, resource links, glossary, and a showcase of county websites.

Uniform State Laws
(http://www.law.upenn.edu/bll/archives/ulc/ulc.htm)
-- This web site contains full-text access to the National Conference Commission on Uniform State Laws databases which are searchable by title, state, committee or archive.


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INTERNATIONAL LEGAL RESOURCES
"ECOLEX" (A gateway to international environmental law) (http://www.ecolex.org/ecolex/index.html)
--a source for treaties, national legislation, court decisions, and literature.

"EISIL" (Electronic Information System for International Law) (http://www.asil.org/system/eisil.htm)

"ENTRI" (Environmental Treaties and Resource Indicators) (http://sedac.ciesin.org/entri/)

"EUR-Lex" (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/en/index.htm)
---A portal to European Union law, including full-text treaties, directives, regulations, preparatory acts, and case law published in the Official Journal (O.J.).

Fletcher's Multilaterals Project (http://fletcher.tufts.edu/multilaterals.html)
-- A resource for multilateral treaties of a variety of different subjects, as well as a chronological list of treaties.

GlobaLex
--A resource for guides on foreign, comparative and international law as well as information for building foreign, comparative and international law library collections.

International Court of Justice (ICJ) (http://www.icj-cij.org)
-- Access to the basic documents, decisions since 1947, docket, and general information of the ICJ.

International Criminal Court (ICC) (http://www.icc-cpi.int)
-- A resource for information about the International Criminal Court and press releases since its inception.

Legal Information Institute's Law by Source: Global (http://www.law.cornell.edu/world/)

LOC's "Nations of the World" (http://www.loc.gov/law/guide/nations.html)
-- A portal to the digitized laws of nations of the world, which are organized alphabetically. Use link to Nations of the World located in middle of page to click through to the database.

NAFTA Legal Texts and Resources (http://www.nafta-sec-alena.org/en/view.aspx?x=206)
-- A source for NAFTA legal texts, including the agreement, panel decisions and reports, and other reference resources.

"NATLEX" (International Labor Organization (http://www.ilo.org/dyn/natlex/natlex_browse.home)

Project on Int'l Court and Tribunals (PICT) (http://www.pict-pcti.org)
-- A resource for international and supranational courts and tribunals and publications by those bodies.

Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General (http://treaties.un.org/Pages/ParticipationStatus.aspx)
-- A source for multilateral treaties through the UN, which are organized by topic or full-text searchable.

Senate Treaty Actions (http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/legislative/one_item_and_teasers/trty_a...)
-- A resource for treaties with floor status actions in the current Congress.

Treaties in Force (TIF) (U.S. Dep't of State) (http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/143863.pdf)
-- A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force on January 1, 2010. A source for the index by the Dep't of State to bilateral and multilateral treaties where the U.S. is a party (Part I - Bilateral Treaties and Other Agreements and Part II - Multilateral Treaties and Other Agreements)

Treaty Actions (Dep't of State) (http://www.state.gov/s/l/treaty/c3428.htm)
-- A resource for the most current actions taken by particular nations related to international bilateral and multilateral agreements to which the United States is a party. Treaty Actions are indexed by year. Information provided by the Department of Treaty Affairs.

Treaty Text and Treaty Status (THOMAS) (http://thomas.loc.gov/home/treaties/treaties.htm)
-- A source for treaty texts and treaty status with complete coverage back to the 94th Congress.

UN Treaty Series (http://treaties.un.org)
-- A resource for full-text treaties in the United Nations Treaty Collection.

UNBISNet (UN Bibliographic Records) (http://unbisnet.un.org)
-- Access to the bibliographic records, voting records, and index to speeches, which are all keyword searchable or browsable through a list search.

UN-I-QUE (United Nations Info Quest) (http://lib-unique.un.org/lib/unique.nsf)
-- A database for searching UN documentation, which provides access to document symbols and sales symbols and links to online material (if available).

UN Resolutions and Documents (UN Documentation Centre) (http://documents.un.org)
-- A resource for full-text General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, and Secretariat documentation.

World Bank Doing Business Law Library (http://www.doingbusiness.org/LawLibrary/)
-- A World Bank resource for business laws and regulations that cover over 183 economies. Focus is on 10 select topics ranging from "starting a business" and "employing workers" to "paying taxes."

World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII) (http://www.worldlii.org)
-- The World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII) is a free, independent and non-profit global legal research facility developed collaboratively by Legal Information Institutes and other organizations.

Yale's Avalon Project (http://avalon.law.yale.edu/)
-- Full-text access to digitized documents in law, history, and diplomacy from pre-18th century to the present, including treaties and international agreements.


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