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Law Library News for Dec. 6, 1999

Mary Whisner, editor

Law Library News Archive


Good News about LexisNexis and Westlaw Printing

by Nancy McMurrer

The Library, the Law School, and the SBA are trying to work out a way to provide students with some free printing from LEXIS-NEXIS and WESTLAW. Printing will be limited to the equivalent of 750 sides per year per vendor; students will only pay for WESTLAW and LEXIS-NEXIS printing done at the Law School if they exceed that limit.

Both services will be working as quickly as possible to set up this printing policy here, but neither has been able to give us a firm date for its installation. We will, however, keep you updated as we hear from the vendors.

Taking Exams

As you know, you may choose different places to take your exams. Possible locations in the Law Library include carrels on floors 4, 5, and 7; tables on floor 7; long tables in the Reading Room; and group study rooms on floors 4, 5, 6, and 7. The group study rooms are for UW law students only. Students wishing to study in a group have priority -- that is, one student taking an exam alone should defer to a group of students who are reviewing for their next test.

Over the years, Library staff members have occasionally heard student complaints about noise in the Library during exams. Please note that even though you will be totally absorbed by your exams, this remains a working law library. Your classmates and other users will look for material; shelvers will push booktrucks down the aisle and shelve books; other staff will file supplements in looseleaf services; people will come and go from the Copy Center; reference librarians will answer patrons� questions.

We will not disrupt your concentration intentionally, but you should be aware that some background noise is inevitable. If you do not want to hear people shelving books, then you might prefer to take your exams in a classroom. (There�s a stereotype that librarians are always shushing people in order to enforce an atmosphere of total silence, yet here I am telling you that the library has to be a little noisy. Says something about stereotypes, doesn�t it?)

Interim Hours

The last day of scheduled law school exams is Friday, December 17. After that, the Library will have shortened hours for interim:

  • Sat. and Sun. Dec. 18-19: CLOSED
  • Mon. Dec. 20: CLOSED (for staff projects)
  • Tues. Dec. 21 - Thur. Dec. 23: Library open 8-5; Reference open 9-4.
  • Fri. Dec. 24 - Sun. Dec. 26: CLOSED.
  • Mon. Dec. 27 - Thur. Dec. 30: Library open 8-5; Reference open 9-4.
  • Fri. Dec. 31 - Sat. Jan. 1: CLOSED.
  • Sun. Jan. 2: Library open 12-5; Reference open 1-4.
  • Mon. Jan. 3: Winter quarter begins. Regular hours resume!

Trivia Contest

Since you all have exams coming up, this trivia contest is pretty lightweight. Submit your answers to the Reference Office by Wednesday at 3:00 to become eligible for a prize. Include your email address so we can notify you if you win.

  1. What cartoon dog occasionally wears a hat and carries a briefcase to play a lawyer?
    1. Fred Basset
    2. Odie
    3. Snoopy
    4. Harry the Husky
  2. What was the legal device that made Alice (the homeless woman in "Doonesbury") rich?
    1. an award of damages in a medical malpractice case
    2. an inheritance pursuant to Lacey Davenport�s will
    3. a tax refund after thirty years of erroneous withholding
    4. graduation from the UW law school
  3. Speaking of "Doonesbury," where did Joanie Caucus go to law school?
    1. Walden
    2. Harvard
    3. Berkeley
    4. UW
  4. In what city does Ally McBeal practice law?
    1. Boston
    2. New York
    3. Washington
    4. Seattle
  5. Who is the District Attorney in "Law and Order?"
    1. Ben Matlock
    2. Adam Schiff
    3. Forrest Bedford
    4. Lis Wiehl

Click here for answers.