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Law Library News for October 2, 2000

Ann Hemmens, editor

Law Library News Archive


Cascade Expands Your Information Universe

by Judy Davis

As good as the Gallagher Law Library is, it just doesn't have everything. Now if you don't find what you want in MARIAN (the Law Library online catalog) you'll be able to search Cascade. Cascade is a library catalog that allows you to look for books at the University of Washington, The Evergreen State College, Western Washington University, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, and Washington State University.

Once you find the item you want you can request it online using your Gallagher Library barcode. The book will be sent to Gallagher. Law students can pick up their books at the Circulation Desk, and we will deliver books for faculty to their offices. The Cascade loan period is 3 weeks with 1 renewal for all borrowers regardless of status.

Note: For University of Washington items, law faculty and students who bypass Cascade to borrow directly from the UW libraries will receive the longer loan periods they currently enjoy. Patty Roberts will continue to borrow books for faculty by proxy for those who need the longer loans. If you are a faculty member who wants Patty to get a book from the UW libraries, you can email

You'll find a link to Cascade from MARIAN, the Law Library catalog . There is also a link to Cascade from the Gallagher homepage. If you have any questions about Cascade, please contact Judy Davis, Resource Sharing Librarian at 543-4262 or

First Monday Guide

by Cheryl Nyberg

On Monday, October 2, a nationwide project to end gun violence will hold events around the county, including here at UW School of Law. First Monday 2000: Unite to End Gun Violence, is an initiative of the Alliance for Justice and Physicians for Social Responsibility. First Monday 2000 is our Website of the Week.

A new legal research guide, Kids and Guns, provides additional information and sources on the topics of gun violence, with a particular emphasis on guns in schools.

U.S. Supreme Court Term Begins

The first Monday in October marks the beginning of the U.S. Supreme Court's Term. How can you find out about the cases before the Court this Term?

Information from the U.S. Supreme Court's automated docket (the Court's case-tracking system) is now available online at the Court's website. You can obtain information about cases, both pending and decided for the current (2000) and preceding (1999) Terms. You can search for cases by docket number, case name or keyword. The format for Supreme Court docket numbers is "Term year-number" (e.g., 99-123; 00-45; 00-5001). In addition to information on the current docket, this website provides access to the Court's slip opinions, "bench" opinions, orders, argument calendar, schedules, Rules, bar admission forms and instructions, visitors' guides, case-handling guides, special notices, and press releases.

Oyez Oyez Oyez is a multimedia website dedicated to the U.S. Supreme Court. The website contains biographies and portraits of the Justices, links to U.S. Supreme Court opinions since 1893, and digital audio of important oral arguments and speeches by various Justices. Information on the current Term is found through the On the Docket link, that provides access to the 2000 Term docket and the oral argument calendars. For visual entertainment, the website provides a virtual tour of the Court!

United States Law Week is a weekly newsletter that follows legal developments around the country. The Supreme Court binder gives detailed coverage of the Court, listing cases for which petitions for certiorari have been filed, granted, and denied and -- once the Court gets rolling -- summarizing oral arguments and printing the opinions. United States Law Week is available in print (KF105.1 .U5 at Reserve & Reference Office) and on LEXIS-NEXIS (BNA;USLW) and WESTLAW (BNA-USLW).

Covered Mugs

Attention 1Ls -- if the Gallagher Law Library covered mug you received during Orientation has a defective lid, please turn it in at the Circulation Desk (2nd floor) to receive a replacement.