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Law Library News for May 8, 2000

Mary Whisner, editor

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Summer Access to LexisNexis & Westlaw

by Nancy McMurrer

Access to LEXIS-NEXIS and WESTLAW is limited to academic purposes only. This contract restriction means that you may not use either service for any outside job or clerkship. Each summer, the two services have traditionally limited your access to their career files only. However, full access may be extended during the summer in certain circumstances. The procedures and rules for WESTLAW and LEXIS-NEXIS are different, so read the instructions carefully.

To extend your LEXIS-NEXIS ID, go to The top listing in the column on the right is titled Summer Offers. Click on Summer Access to if you are on Moot Court, Law Review or Pac Rim; working as a research assistant for a professor; taking a law class during the summer session; or satisfying your public interest externship requirement (unpaid). Fill out the online form BEORE THE END OF THIS QUARTER for uninterrupted full access to LEXIS. Note that LEXIS has changed its policy this year to allow those in unpaid externships to use LEXIS!

To check the WESTLAW summer access policy, go to The notice about AUTOMATIC password extensions is the second announcement in the middle of the web page. You will have full access to WESTLAW during the summer. However, note the restrictions carefully:

Passwords may NOT be used for research for internships, externships, law firms, government agencies, corporations, public interest, pro bono or other purposes unrelated to law school course work.

Do not, that is, use WESTLAW for any externship or summer job. If you are on Moot Court, Law Review or Pac Rim; working as a research assistant for a professor; or taking a law class during the summer session, then you will have full access to WESTLAW for your research. One final point � our WESTLAW representative, Anna Guerra, has informed us that the 2-hour-per-month limit on use is not applicable here at the University of Washington; instead, you may use WESTLAW as many hours as needed!

If you have any questions about your specific situation, you must contact the vendor's representatives. Our LEXIS rep, Jennifer Del Grosso, may be reached at; WESTLAW's Anna Guerra may be reached at

Administrative Law Research Session

by Cheryl Nyberg

Fed. Reg., CFR, WAC . . . Do you recognize those abbreviations? Do you know when and how to use the legal research sources they represent?

If your future job will involve agriculture, banks, corporations, defense contractors, the environment, health services, highways, labor, pollution, securities, taxation, telecommunications, utilities, or any other regulated activity or profession, then you should consider attending "Introduction to Administrative Law Research." The session will be Friday, May 12th, from 12:30-1:20, in Room 105.

You'll learn how to

  • locate proposed and in-force regulations from federal and Washington State executive branch agencies
  • determine the current status of regulations
  • locate administrative agency decisions and orders.

Low Cost Alternatives to LexisNexis & Westlaw. Part 1, Loislaw

by Nancy McMurrer

Not everyone who goes to law school ends up working in a law firm or other organization that has access to WESTLAW and LEXIS-NEXIS. These premier online legal research services have extensive coverage and are correspondingly expensive to use. Recently, several free or low-cost alternatives have emerged to offer researchers some of the information available through LEXIS-NEXIS and WESTLAW. This week and next week we will highlight three low-cost services that provide access to cases, statutes, regulations, and more. All are available to you as students, and two of the services may be used by you in your jobs.


The first, Loislaw, encourages you to use its service both for your academic work and in your job. To access Loislaw, you will need to register. Go to and click on the Registration button at the top, or the Register Now hotlink in the center of the page. Be sure to read the terms of the User Agreement, found below the registration form. You will need to enter the law school's Special Access Code. I will send that code directly to you via email; if you miss it, stop by or call the Reference Office (543-6794).

What does Loislaw cover? It contains all federal court of appeals cases and those from the U.S. Supreme Court; federal district court decisions are not available. Cases from all fifty states can be searched, as well as the state codes and session law compilations. The U.S. Constitution is there, but the U.S. Code is not. (A contact at Loislaw indicated the absence of the U.S.C. is only temporary.) Loislaw contains state administrative codes and registers and the C.F.R. and Federal Register. State and federal court rules are available, as well as state attorney general opinions and miscellaneous other state documents, such as jury instructions; coverage varies by state. Some state deskbooks and practice guides produced by state bar associations and CLE organizations are included. The Loislaw commercial product includes all Washington State Bar Association deskbooks; unfortunately, these are not part of our academic contract.

To check the coverage of databases, click on the button on the left side of the page. At the next screen, click on the Products and Pricing button. If you then choose the State Products hotlink at the top of the page, you will see a map of the states. Clicking on Washington will show you what Washington databases are available and dates of coverage.

Would you like an overview of Loislaw? We will demonstrate Loislaw and VersusLaw, another low-cost alternative, next week. Please grab your lunch and join us on Monday, May 15, at 12:30 in Room 139.

Japanese American Internment

Gordon Hirabayashi, who challenged the curfew imposed on Japanese Americans during World War II, is speaking at the Law School Monday afternoon. The next day, he will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Arts and Sciences.

You might be interested in reading the cases: Hirabayashi v. United States, 320 U.S. 81 (1943) (upholding his conviction); Hirabayashi v. United States, 828 F.2d 591 (9th Cir. 1987) (vacating convictions). See for a study guide for discussing the case in middle school classes, including a timeline and background information on the case.

A profile of Dr. Hirabayashi ("Hirabayashi Was One Who Wouldn�t Give In," Nov. 26, 1999) is on the Seattle PI�s website at See also "Abundant Dreams Diverted," (click on the link for more photos to see a picture of Dr. Hirabayashi as a young man); "The Stand He Took,"

Many materials about Japanese American internment and related issues are available in the University of Washington Libraries. For example, the Manuscripts, Special Collections, and University Archives Division has many collections of papers and other materials, including oral history interviews with Hirabayashi and papers from one of his lawyers, Arthur G. Barnett (an alumnus of this Law School). See " Materials Related to the Japanese American Incarceration," An online exhibit about Camp Harmony (an internment camp in Puyallup) is at A video about Hirabayashi�s case is also available: A Personal Matter: Gordon Hirabayashi versus the United States, Odegaard Media Videorecord CCM 021.

For more information about Japanese American internment, see:

  • Peter H. Irons, Justice at War (KF7224.5 .I76 1983 at Classified Stacks).
  • Peter H. Irons, ed., Justice Delayed: The Record of the Japanese American Internment Cases (KF7224.5.J87 1989 at Classified Stacks).
  • Leslie T. Hatamiya, Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and the Passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 (D769.8.A6 H38 1993 at Classified Stacks).
  • Mitchell T. Maki et al., Achieving the Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Obtained Redress (D769.8.A6 M29 1999 at Classified Stacks).
  • "Japanese-Americans Internment Camps During World War II" (photographic exhibit, University of Utah),
  • "Children of the Camps" (website for PBS documentary; includes timeline, historical documents),
  •  "Internment of San Francisco Japanese" (website from Museum of the City of San Francisco; includes articles from San Francisco Chronicle from March and April 1942),