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Law Library News for Oct. 11, 1999

Mary Whisner, editor

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Finding Your Way

Someone recently remarked that he hates to ask help doing research and mentioned the stereotype about men in general not wanting to ask for directions. Whether the stereotype is true of all men (I doubt it) or is more often true of men than women (possibly), it does seem clear that some people are reluctant to seek help. This is as true in a library as it is on the highway.

The problem, of course, is that even people who do not like to ask for directions can get lost and waste a lot of time. The research world (like the street grid) can be confusing.

We try to help. The Library has signs to help you find your way (F. Supp. over here, U.S. over here). The Reading Room map shows you the locations of major sets. Even the way the Library is arranged helps you use materials more efficiently -- many Washington primary materials, for instance, are close together in the end of the Reading Room called the Washington Alcove. Hornbooks, Nutshells, and other books you�ll use often for your classes are kept on Reserve. The Code of Federal Regulations and the Federal Register are shelved close together because you use them together.

We also have posted a variety of research guides on our website. And our list of Internet Legal Resources page is an excellent place to start if you want to look for legal material on the Web.

Even if you generally don�t like to ask for directions, you might give Reference a try sometime. Come to the Reference Office or telephone 543-6795. The Reference Office is open Monday-Thursday 9 am - 8 pm, Friday 9-5, Saturday 1-4, and Sunday 1-6. Don�t worry about bothering us: it�s our job to help you use the Library and do research. And don�t worry that we�ll think you�re dumb if you don�t know all there is to know about legal research. We know this stuff can be complicated and we don�t expect law students to know every source and database. Legal research is our specialty and we are happy to share with you what we know to help you find the information you need.

Trivia Contest

The Seattle Times recently ran several stories about gay history in Seattle. See Sherry Stripling, Mainstream Groups Vie for Gay and Lesbian Archives to Help Tell the Whole Northwest Story, Seattle Times, Oct. 3, 1999 (available at Taking off from there, this trivia contest features some local gay legal history. (It also gives you an opportunity to look up some interesting cases, if you are so inclined.)

To enter the contest, drop off your entry in the Reference Office by 2:00 Wed. Oct. 13. Students submitting correct answers will be eligible for a drawing for a (modest) prize. Include your email address so that you can be notified if you are the winner.

Match the statements below with the cases they describe:

  1. Army estopped from refusing to reenlist gay soldier who had been open about his homosexuality.
  2. Denial of marriage license to gay male couple upheld.
  3. Discharge of homosexual teacher upheld.
  4. Parenting plan provision restricting father�s residential time with his children on the requirement that he "not practice homosexuality" struck down.
  5. Discharge of typist for "openly and publicly flaunting his homosexual way of life," while identifying himself as a member of a federal agency upheld.
  6. National Guard ordered to reinstate lesbian nurse.
  1. Cammermeyer v. Aspin, 850 F. Supp. 910 (W.D. Wash. 1994), dismissed as moot sub nom., Cammermeyer v. Perry, 97 F.3d 1235 (9th Cir. Wash. 1996)
  2. Gaylord v. Tacoma School Dist., 88 Wash. 2d 286, 559 P.2d 1340, cert. denied, 434 U.S. 879 (1977)
  3. In re Marriage of Wicklund, 84 Wash.App. 763, 932 P.2d 652 (1996)
  4. Singer v. Hara, 11 Wash. App. 247, 522 P.2d 1187 (1974)
  5. Singer v. United States Civil Service Com., 530 F.2d 247 (9th Cir. 1976), vacated, 429 U.S. 1034 (1977)
  6. Watkins v. United States Army, 875 F.2d 699 (9th Cir. 1989) (en banc)

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