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   Articles on Wisconsin Legal History (Wisconsin Court System)
Madison Attorney Joseph A. Ranney authored 47 articles on Wisconsin's legal heritage in honor of the state's Sesquicentennial in 1998.
   Federalism (Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau)
   Pioneers in the Law: The First 150 Women (State Bar of Wisconsin)
Wisconsin women lawyers from 1879 to 1943. Not found on the Wisbar website when visited May 2013. Amazon was selling used copies. Check Google Books or library catalogs.
   The "Separation of Powers" Doctrine: Why Do We Separate the Powers of Government? (November 1, 2005) (Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau)
   The Northwest Ordinances: How the Act Influenced the Development of the Midwestern States (February 1, 2006) (Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau)
"More than two centuries ago, the Northwest Ordinances influenced the development of Wisconsin, its form of government, and even the shape of its towns."
   The Wisconsin Idea (Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau)
What exactly is the Idea and why is it important? Why is there a "Wisconsin Idea" but not an "Illinois Idea" or a "Minnesota Idea"? What concepts are reflected by the Idea and how do they distinguish us from the residents of other states?


The sharing of ideas and expertise between the university and state government has been a constant for over a century. That relationship,expressed by the phrase "Wisconsin Idea," has come to describe the partnership between the academic world and government for the benefit of the common good."

   Trusting Nothing to Providence: A History of Wisconsin's Legal System by Ranney, Joseph (University of Wisconsin Law School, Continuing Legal Education for Wisconsin)
Described by the publisher as "the first book on Wisconsin legal history, and it is believed to be the first comprehensive history written on the legal system of an individual state."

Book for sale. © 1999. 778 pages.

   University of Wisconsin Law School: Key Historical Events - 1848 - (University of Wisconsin Law School)

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