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Law Library News for November 6, 2000

Ann Hemmens, editor

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Veterans' Day Trivia Contest

by Cheryl Nyberg

As a November 11 baby, I have always been honored by the nation�s celebration of my birthday. Yes, you have me to thank for one of those wonderful three-day weekends. I was a little confused when, as a youngster, I didn�t see any cats or dogs during the parade that celebrates my birthday. I mistook Veterans� Day for Veterinarians� Day. *

But seriously, on November 11th we honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. To test your general knowledge of this holiday and your research abilities, try your hand at the following trivia contest. Win a prize!

Submit your answers by email to ( or in the Reference Office by Noon on Thursday Nov. 9th. Be sure to include your name and e-mail address with your answers! And win a prize!

  1. Veterans� Day was originally called Armistice Day. Who did Armistice Day honor?
    1. Veterans of the Revolutionary War
    2. Veterans of the Civil War
    3. Veterans of the War of 1812
    4. Veterans of World War I
  2. In what year did Congress formally create Armistice Day?
    1. 1812
    2. 1918
    3. 1926
    4. 1933
  3. What is the current statutory citation for the law establishing Veterans� Day as a national legal holiday?
  4. Identify one website that includes the names listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
  5. Which of the following U.S. Supreme Court Justices is not buried at Arlington National Cemetery, a military cemetery administered by the Department of the Army?
    1. Hugo Black
    2. William O. Douglas
    3. Felix Frankfurter
    4. Earl Warren

Click here for answers.

* Coming full circle, I was right as a child. There should have been dogs at least in the Veterans� Day parade since dogs have served in the U.S. military for many years. Among the books available on dogs in combat are:

  • John C. Burnam, Dog Tags of Courage: The Turmoil of War and the Rewards of Companionship. Fort Bragg, CA: Lost Coast Press, 2000.
  • Michael G. Lemish, War Dogs: A History of Loyalty and Heroism. Washington: Brasseys, 1996.
  • Paul B. Morgan, K-9 Soldiers: Vietnam and After. Central Point, OR: Hellgate Press, 1999.
  • William W. Putney, Always Faithful: A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of World War II. New York: Free Press.

Internet Legal Research

You probably use the Internet for fun things like e-mail, chat rooms, finding sport scores and even buying plane tickets. But how confident are you when it comes to using the Internet for legal research?

The Law Library is offering a course, "Internet Legal Research - Washington" just for you! It is offered during lunch (you eat, we talk) on Nov. 6th and 7th (12:30-1:20pm) in Room 139. The course is based on a CLE we conducted in September. You will learn how to develop strategies for locating free Washington primary law resources on the web.


by Mary Whisner

Formbooks are reference books that provide sample forms for attorneys to use in drafting legal documents. Some are limited to one special area of the law, and some are very broad, covering many aspects of law practice and many subjects. Some are tailored to one jurisdiction, and some are national in scope.

Several sets of general formbooks--including sets by AmJur, West, and Rabkin & Johnson--are in the Reference stacks (the rows of shelving in back of the Reference Office), call number KF170. Formbooks relating to practice and procedure are in the Reference stacks, call number KF8835. The Washington Lawyers Practice Manual (KFW80.W27 1986 at Reserve) is a very useful set which includes forms tailored to Washington State. You will also find forms for Washington in several volumes of Washington Practice (KFW80 .W3 at Reserve, Washington Alcove).

Many of these formbooks are now available online. Westlaw�s FORMS-ALL database includes AmJur Legal Forms, West�s Legal Forms, Nichols Cyclopedia of Legal Forms Annotated, and dozens of other sets, including some that are specific to certain states. LEXIS-NEXIS also includes many sets, generally state-specific. In, search for �forms� in the search window for �Find a Source.� Neither system has forms that are tailored to Washington State.

Treatises, practice manuals, and CLE (Continuing Legal Education) materials often include relevant forms. To find these, look in the catalog under the subject you want. Hint: books that have many forms are cataloged with the subheadings "forms" in the subject heading, for instance:

Bankruptcy -- United States -- Forms

So you can look for forms in MARIAN by using �forms� as one of your search terms � e.g.,  "bankruptcy and forms."

Note that you might also find one or several good forms in a book that is not predominantly a book of forms, so you should also look more generally if searching for �forms� in the Subject box does not work.

Some agencies and organizations make forms available on the Web. We link to some of these websites in our Guide to Using the Gallagher Law Library for Members of the Public.

Please be aware that formbooks are just samples to help you with drafting. Even though they might be very able attorneys, the authors did not know you or the particular facts of your situation. The authors may not have researched the law of your jurisdiction, and they could not foresee what changes in the law there would be in the years after their formbooks were published. Even if you use a published form to get you started, you may need to adapt it to fit your needs.

[Editor's note: See also our Guide on Drafting Contracts: Formbooks and Drafting Resources.]