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Law Library News for January 2, 2001

Ann Hemmens, editor

Law Library News Archive

 

Welcome Back!

The break between fall and winter quarters always seems to fly by. Nonetheless, we hope you had a good break and are eager to start the new quarter.

Perhaps you did not have much occasion to use the Law Library during fall quarter. If so, you might like a reminder of the services we offer:

Website: The Law Library�s webpage has information about the Law Library�s services. Under Reference and Legal Research, you�ll find research guides on topics as diverse as Washington Legislative History and International Law of the Sea. The Internet Legal Resources page is a great starting point for legal research, since it links to many Washington State and federal sites, as well as to other legal indexes and search engines.

Web-based catalog: The Law Library�s catalog, MARIAN, is available on the web so you can search it from any computer where you have web access (as well as from terminals in the Law Library). You can follow the link to MARIAN from the Law Library�s webpage or go directly to MARIAN.

Circulation of books and other materials: Law students can check out most library materials for an academic quarter at a time. Be sure to have your Husky card with you when you want to check out anything. You can renew online (through MARIAN) or by calling or coming to the Circulation Desk (543-4086). If a book you need is checked out to someone else, you can place a hold on it (again, either online or by calling or coming to the Circulation Desk). When a hold is placed on a book, the loan period is reduced from a quarter to two weeks. This is an equitable way to share scarce resources among many library users.

Reserve collection: The Law Library maintains a collection of high-use items on Reserve. These can be checked out only for 2 or 4 hours at a time, to ensure their availability for the most users. Your professors often place materials on course reserve for your classes. You can search for course reserves using MARIAN (see the box that says "SEARCH COURSE RESERVES: By Course By Professor.)

Reference assistance: If you need help using the Law Library, come by the Reference Office. We�re happy to talk to you about how to use the books, how to search online databases, and when to choose which. You can also telephone for help if you are researching off campus (543-6794).

Assistance with East Asian legal materials: If you are researching Japanese, Chinese, or Korean law, go to the East Asian Law Department on the sixth floor or call 543-7447.

Interlibrary loan: If you need a book or article that is not available on campus, you can request it through interlibrary loan. (This service is available for your academic work only -- not for your part-time jobs.)

Equal Justice Project

You may be wondering where some of your law school professors are this week, if they are not at the front of the classroom. They may be at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), which is in lovely San Francisco this year (Jan. 3-6, 2001). AALS is a non-profit association of 162 law schools whose goal is "the improvement of the legal profession through legal education." It is a learned society for law teachers and is legal education's principal representative to the federal government.

The theme of the 2001 Annual Meeting is "Pursuing Equal Justice: Law Schools and the Provision of Legal Services." The AALS president, Mr. Milstein, poses the question "Can we, through our scholarship, teaching, and service, offer useful ideas to ensure that all people are accorded fundamentally fair treatment in the legal system and its adjuncts?" An AALS sponsored colloquium on Equal Justice--A Role For Law Schools, will be held January 19 & 20 at Seattle University Law School, http://www.law.seattleu.edu/AccessToJustice/aals.html.

To find materials on the issue of equal justice and the provision of legal services to the poor, consult the annotated bibliography at the AALS website, http://www.aals.org/equaljustice/bib.html. This bibliography includes descriptions of over 140 law review articles and is organized into the categories of lawyering, teaching, and scholarship.

A wide variety of agencies and organizations provide free or low-cost legal advocacy to persons in need. The Gallagher Law Library maintains a website of links to such organizations in the Seattle area, including the Northwest Justice Project. UW Law School runs several legal clinics in which law students provide supervised legal assistance to low-income people in areas such as child advocacy, immigration and criminal law. Check out the clinic websites.