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Law Library News for January 10, 2000

Mary Whisner, editor

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Research Guides on the Web

One of the features of the Gallagher website is our series of research guides. To see the list, choose Reference and Legal Research from the contents bar on the left of the screen, then choose Legal Research Guides. Many of the guides are handouts that reference librarians have prepared for classes or other presentations, such as the annual program for summer clerks, Bridge the Legal Research Gap. Topics include the basics (e.g., secondary sources, the digest system) and advanced topics (e.g., international environmental law, Japanese legal research)

Washington Lawyers Practice Manual

The Washington Lawyers Practice Manual is a handy set to get to know. It is a project of the Young Lawyers Division of the King County Bar Association and is filled with the sort of information that is useful to know in practice (but generally is not covered in the classroom).

Volume 1, chapter 1, gives an overview of Civil Trial Practice, then has sample forms. For example, if you need a sample complaint or a sample certificate of service of process, check here. Chapter 4 is a guide to local courthouses, telling you helpful details about, for instance, the King County Courthouse. Later chapters cover specific subject areas -- Personal Injury, Collecting Claims and Enforcing Judgments, Domestic Relations, Employment Discrimination, and so on -- generally with sample forms. The chapters are all written by practicing lawyers and are usually updated annually. They are not exhaustive treatments, but are the sort of good, basic introduction you need to get started.

The Washington Lawyers Practice Manual is kept on Reserve. Ask for KFW80.W27 1986.

For more about the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual and other great sources, see Chapter 6, "Washington Practice Materials" in the Washington Legal Researcher�s Deskbook, 2d, KFW75.W37 1996 at Reserve & Reference Office. (The Deskbook is also available for purchase for $30 from the Library Administration. See the Publications page for more information.) See also the Washington Practice Materials research guide on the Library�s website.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The Law Library will be open from 8 to 6 on January 17, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. The Reference Office will be staffed 1-4.

In addition to a day off classes, the holiday provides an opportunity to reflect. Here are a few resources:

  • The Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project at Stanford University, Here you can find the text of many of King�s famous works, including the "I Have a Dream" speech and the "Letter from Birmingham Jail."
  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc., According to this site, the official theme for the 2000 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday is "Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off!!" The site links to a database listing MLK events nationwide, state by state.
  • David Benjamin Oppenheimer, Martin Luther King, Walker v. City of Birmingham, and the �Letter from Birmingham Jail,� 26 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 791 (1993).
  • Anthony E. Cook, Beyond Critical Legal Studies: The Reconstructive Theology of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 103 Harv. L. Rev. 985 (1990).
  • David Luban, Difference Made Legal: The Court and Dr. King, 87 Mich. L. Rev. 2152 (1989).
  • Randall Kennedy, Martin Luther King's Constitution: A Legal History of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 98 Yale L.J. 999 (1989).