All summer associates welcome!

10th Annual Bridge the Legal Research Gap Program

Two Dates
Two Locations
One Great Program


Wednesday, May 25, 2005
8:30am - 12:30pm
Seattle University     *
School of Law

Tuesday, June 21, 2005
1 - 5pm
University of Washington
School of Law

    * It was a success! Student comments about the May 25th session are below.

BTG Launchpad
(program handouts)

You are invited to attend either of these free programs, designed to enhance your legal research skills.  No matter which law school you attend, all law students working in the Seattle area are welcome.

The same program is offered twice to accommodate the schedules of both Seattle University and University of Washington law school students. Register for one program OR the other, not both.

Attendees can also visit with representatives of LexisNexis, Loislaw, VersusLaw, and Westlaw at information tables adjoining the program facilities.


KCLL = King County Law Library

June 21 at University of Washington School of Law, Room 138




12:30 - 1pm Registration  
1 -1:40 Legal Research in the Real World Mary Whisner (UW) & Rita Kaiser (KCLL)
1:40 -2:20 Legislative History--Washington & Federal Ann Hemmens (UW)
2:20 - 2:40 Break  
2:40 - 3:20 Administrative Law--Washington & Federal Cheryl Nyberg (UW)
3:20 - 3:35 Break  
3:35 - 4:15 Advanced Internet Legal Research Kerry Fitz-Gerald (SU)
4:15 - 5 Lawyers' Practice Materials Kelly Kunsch (SU)

Last year nearly 150 students attended the program; don't miss out on this opportunity to mingle with law students from around the country. Most employers encourage their summer associates and externs to participate.


Registration Form

Click on the link above to go to the registration form. When you click on the link you may be prompted to accept a UW certificate to enter the encrypted site.

Directions & Parking

Seattle University

Sullivan Hall (SU Law School) is located at 901 12th Avenue on the east side of Seattle University's Campus. It is on the corner of 12th and Columbia (between Cherry/James and Madison).  Metered street parking is available on 12th, Columbia, and the surrounding streets.
Driving directions
Public transportation

University of Washington
William H. Gates Hall is located near the northwest corner of the University of Washington campus near the intersection of 15th Avenue NE and NE 43rd Street. The closest UW parking lots are N1, N4, and N5. Parking is also available in the central parking garage. Visitors should check in at the parking gates (Gate 1 on Memorial Way; Gates 2 and 3 on 15th Ave. NE).
Driving directions
Parking rates and policies
Public transportation



In addition to the speakers, the following individuals from the Seattle University and University of Washington law school libraries assisted in planning and coordinating these events. Thanks (in alphabetic order) to:



Who may attend?
Any law student or WSBA Rule 6 law clerk who is working or studying in the Seattle area is welcome to attend. Nonlaw students and others who are interested in attending should contact Ann Hemmens at or 206.543.7672.
Do I have to be a UW or SU student?
No. Students from all law schools are invited. In facts, students from all over the country have attended previous Bridge the Gap programs in Seattle.
How much is registration?
The program is free. The law school libraries of Seattle University and the University of Washington cover the costs associated with planning and operating the event.
Will I receive any sort of confirmation about my registration?
You will receive an automated email message confirming that your registration has been received and an email reminder a day or so before the program.
When should I plan to arrive?
Because the program will start promptly (8:30am for the SU program and 1pm for UW program) please plan to arrive at least 15-20 minutes early. You'll want to collect your nametag and handout materials and find a seat.
Who do I contact to make a disability accommodation request?
To request reasonable accommodations for the May 25th session at Seattle University Law School, please contact Kara Phillips [(206)398-4220 or]. To request accommodations for the June 21st session at University of Washington, please contact Disability Services Office at least ten (10) days in advance: (206)543-6450 or 543-6452 (TTY),
Should I bring my laptop?
Yes. Both law schools maintain wireless networks to which registrants will have access during the Bridge the Gap program. Many of the presenters will be using PowerPoint presentations and/or showing websites. Look for specific instructions for accessing the wireless networks when you pick up your name tag and handout materials.
Where can I eat lunch?
We will provide light snacks. If you want to have lunch after the Seattle U program, visit SeattleCitySearch  and browse the restaurant listings under the Capital Hill/First Hill neighborhood. For the University of Washington, check out the many restaurants on University Avenue, from the UW Law School.