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Law Library News for April 23, 2001

Ann Hemmens, editor

Law Library News Archive


Who Knew?

by Lisa Wagenheim, Reference Intern

When I was in law school, I had an amazing ability to be distracted by almost anything when it was time to study. During the exam period, I spent countless hours reading Coke can labels, watching my dog breathe, and recalculating how many pages per hour I would have to read in order to finish my Property outline before the exam. I am quite sure that my house could have passed the strictest military white glove test at the end of every semester.

Recently, a friend alerted my attention to some of the �distractions� that can be checked out at the Circulation desk in the Library. As exam season nears, you may want to keep some of these items in mind:

  • The sun is shining, I think, and you have been sitting in a carrel studying for hours. What is there to do? Soccer, of course. After all, it�s the sport of the future. Circulation has a soccer ball available for check out, now you just have to find some coordinated friends.
  • Soccer�s not your game? Are you still reeling from the NCAA tourney excitement? There are four basketballs available for check out as well. There are hoops across the street at Terry Lander. If this law career doesn�t pan out, there�s always the NBA or WNBA.
  • Are you a budding Linda Tripp? Follow your friends around and tape-record them! Circulation has portable cassette recorders just like your old A.V. Department. Cassette not included.
  • Do you get nostalgic for Stuart, Arnie, or that girl from the Partridge Family? No need to worry, you can check out the L.A. Law board game at the reserve desk. It's "the game that proves that all�s fair in law and order."
  • Too many microfiche, too little time? As you probably know there are microfiche readers on each floor of the Law Library, but you might not know that you can check out the portable microfiche reader.
  •  Have you ever found yourself up on the 7th floor late at night looking for that certain law review and felt a little nervous about being alone in the stacks? Well, next time check out a Shrill Alarm from Circulation before you head on up. The Shrill Alarm is your �pocket size bodyguard, against attackers, robbers, muggers, drunks, thieves, etc.� as well as pesky fellow students gunning for the same book.

Hopefully, you will find some of these items useful when exam time arrives. Unfortunately, I already finished school, because that L.A. Law board game would surely have shaved several hours off of my study time.

Resources for Starting a Solo Practice or Locating Alternative Careers

The Career Planning and Public Service Center offered sessions on "Starting a Solo Practice" and "Alternative Careers for Lawyers" last week. If you are interested in learning more about these topics, there are several resources available in the Library that you can consult.


  • GPSOLO (American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section). KF297.A1 C65 at Classified Stacks
    This resource has changed its' name several times over the years (GP Solo & Small Firm Lawyer, Complete Lawyer, and Compeat Lawyer). But don't worry, the journals are all found in the same location in the Library, even though the name changed. Selected issues are available online for free at the ABA website,
  • Solo (American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section). F300.A1S65 at Classified Stacks
    This journal contains solo law office information for solo and small firm practitioners.


  • Breaking Traditions: Work Alternatives for Lawyers, Donna M. Killoughey, editor (American Bar Association, 1993).  KF297.B67 1993 at Classified Stacks
  • The Business of Practicing Law: The Work Lives of Solo and Small-Firm Attorneys, by Carroll Seron (Temple University Press, 1996). KF318 .S47 1996 at Classified Stacks
  • Everything Solo Practitioners Need to Know about Computers, by Henry H. Perrit, Jr. (Practising Law Institute, 1995). KF320.A9P474 1995 at Classified Stacks
  • Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo Lawyer, Joel P. Bennett, editor (ABA, Section of Law Practice Management, 1994). KF300 .F58 1994 at Reserve
  • How To Go Directly Into Your Own Solo Law Practice and Succeed: Into the New Millennium and Beyond, by Gerald M. Singer (West Group, 2000). KF300.S56 2000 at Reserve
  • Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers, by Gary Munneke & William D. Henslee (American Bar Association, Law Student Division, 1994). KF297.M85 1994 at Reserve
  • Successful Solo and Small Firm Practice: May 20, 1992 (Washington Law School Foundation, 1992). KF318.A2 S83 1992 at Classified Stacks. This was a Continuing Legal Education seminar presented by the UW School of Law.
  • What Can You Do With A Law Degree? A Lawyer's Guide to Career Alternatives Inside, Outside & Around the Law, 4th ed. by Deborah Arron (Niche Press, 1999). KF297.A872 1999 at Reserve