All summer associates welcome!

13th Annual Bridge the Legal Research Gap Program

Two Dates
Two Locations
One Great Program

                                                                                                                                                       

Wednesday, May 21, 2008
8:30am - 12:45 pm

Seattle University    
School of Law

Tuesday, June 24, 2008
12:45 - 5pm,
University of Washington
School of Law

BTG Launchpad
(Will include PowerPoint slideshows)

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.

Registrants are encouraged to print the PowerPoint Presentations and research guides that will be found on the 2008 BTG Launch Pad. Only the handouts will be included in the packets distributed the day of the event.


Schedules

Seattle University, Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 8:30am - 12:45pm

Time Class Instructor(s)
8 - 8:30am Coffee & Registration  
8:30 - 9:05 Welcome & Panel of New Associates and 3Ls Barbara Swatt Engstrom & Mary Whisner
9:05 - 9:50 Research in the Real World Mary Whisner & Rita Kaiser
9:50 - 10 Break  
10 - 10:45 Federal Administrative & Legislative History Research

Tina Ching & Bob Menanteaux

10:45 - 11:30 Washington State Administrative & Legislative History Research Mary Whisner
11:30 - 11:40 Break  
11:40 - 12:25pm Lawyers' Practice Material (Washington & Federal) Barbara Swatt Engstrom
12:25 - 12:45 Your Legal Research Questions Answered  

University of Washington, Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 12:45 - 5pm

Time Class Instructor(s)
12:15 - 12:45pm Snacks & Registration  
12:45 - 1:20 Welcome & Panel of New Associates and 3Ls Ann Hemmens & Mary Whisner
1:20 - 2:05 Research in the Real World Mary Whisner & Rita Kaiser
2:05 - 2:15 Break  
2:15 - 3 Federal Administrative & Legislative History Research

Tina Ching & Bob Menanteaux

3 - 3:45 Washington State Administrative & Legislative History Research Mary Whisner
3:45 - 3:55 Break  
3:55 - 4:40 Lawyers' Practice Material (Washington & Federal) Kerry Fitz-Gerald
4:40 - 5 Your Legal Research Questions Answered  

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. Many of the presenters will be using PowerPoint presentations and/or showing websites and if you bring your laptop you can follow along.  Both institutions will provide day-of-the-event instructions for accessing their wireless networks.

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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 43d 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 to pay for a parking permit (Gate 2 on Memorial Way; Gates 1 and 5 on 15th Ave. NE).
Driving directions
Parking information
Public transportation

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FAQs

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 the event at Seattle University should contact Barbara Swatt, 206/398-4318. Nonlaw students and others who are interested in attending the event at the University of Washington should contact Ann Hemmens, 206/543-7672.
 
Do I have to be a UW or SU student?
No. Students from all law schools are invited. In fact, students from all over the country have attended previous Bridge the Gap programs in Seattle.
 
What is price of admission?
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 12:45pm for the UW program) please plan to arrive 15-20 minutes early. You'll want to collect your nametag, gather some refreshments, and find a seat.
 
Who do I contact to make a disability accommodation request?
To request accommodations for the May 21st session at Seattle University, please contact Barbara Swatt, 206/398-4318. For the June 24th session at the 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?
If you like. Many of the presenters will be using PowerPoint presentations and/or showing websites and if you bring your laptop you can follow along.  Both institutions will provide day-of-the-event instructions for accessing their wireless networks.
 
I'm an attorney. Is this program eligible for CLE credit?
The sponsors have not arranged for CLE credit for this program since it is intended for law school students. However, attorneys who receive approval to attend may elect to apply for CLE credits with the Washington State Bar Association.
 
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 lunch before the University of Washington program, check out the many restaurants in the University District, near William H. Gates Hall, home of the UW Law School.

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