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Law Library News for January 24, 2000

Mary Whisner, editor

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Printing in Law Firms

by Katie Drake

[Katie is one of our part-time evening reference librarians. She also has a full-time day job as the librarian at Graham & Dunn. Here she offers some information to bear in mind when you go to work in firms. � Ed.]

One of the most common questions law firm librarians and WESTLAW and LEXIS-NEXIS reps get from new attorneys is "How much will it cost to get this document off of the computer?" This is like asking us to explain the US Tax Code in one or two sentences. The short answer? "A lot!"

Both LEXIS-NEXIS and WESTLAW have responded so well to the demands of their customers that there are a multitude of cost plans that law firms or solo practitioners can use. Also, there are hourly and transactional billing rates, plus printing options, that make answering the cost question complicated.

For example, here�s just a sampling of answers to the question "How much will it cost to get this Washington state case from LEXIS-NEXIS or WESTLAW?"

  1. If you Lexsee the case using your Transactional I.D. on LEXIS-NEXIS, it�s $5.00 per citation, plus $5.00 to print the document. That�s if you�re using the Lexis website. If you�re using the LEXIS-NEXIS software and you Lexsee the case using your Transactional I.D., it�s $5.00 per citation, plus $10.00 per document.
  2. If you Find the case using the Transactional Billing Method from WESTLAW, it�s $5.00 per citation, plus $5.00 to print the document.
  3. If you search the Washington case law database on LEXIS-NEXIS and you use your Transactional I.D., you will be charged $32 per search, plus 2 cents per line for printing.
  4. If you search the Washington case law database on LEXIS-NEXIS using your Hourly I.D. you will be charged $4.67 per minute, plus 2 cents per line for printing.
  5. If you search Washington case law database on WESTLAW using the Transactional billing method, you will be charged $33 per search, plus 2 cents per line for printing.*
  6. If you search Washington case law on WESTLAW using the Hourly Billing Method, you will be charged $4.85 per minute, plus 2 cents per line for printing.*

*You can change the printing default on WESTLAW to an option where you are only charged $5.00 per document. This is a great deal for law review articles, not a great deal for a one page list of citations.

For attorneys new to practicing law, it�s important that you find out what kind of contract the organization you work for has with LEXIS-NEXIS and WESTLAW and to plan carefully before you jump on the computer. Even under popular "flat rate" plans, which many Seattle law firms have, each search you do is calculated fully. You will want to keep your on-line searching skills sharp and to focus on the bottom line.

New Lexis Sign-on Procedure

by Nancy McMurrer

Starting January 23, you will notice a change in how you sign on to LEXIS-NEXIS on the web. You are used to typing your seven-character LEXIS ID in the first window, appropriately named LEXIS-NEXIS ID, and then entering your last name in the next window, titled Password. LEXIS has now eliminated the requirement for a password, so only your ID is required.