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Law Library News for March 26, 2001

Ann Hemmens, editor

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Feeding Time at the Fed

Come explore the information hors d'oeuvres and main course material offered by the U.S. Government on the Internet. This virtual information feast will explore primary law sources (cases, bills, statutes, and regulations) and secondary sources (topical reports, databases, and statistics). Let us whet your appetite for fast facts and gourmet government information, much of it not available on LEXIS-NEXIS or Westlaw.

Why the foodish lingo? Because the program will be offered over the noon hour, 12:30-1:20pm on Wednesday, April 4th. Bring you lunch and munch while Ann Hemmens and Cheryl Nyberg mouse around in Room 139.

Need a Good Laugh?

Enjoy the unique customer book reviews of Indiana Rules of Court: State and Federal, 2000, found at, Who says lawyers have no sense of humor?

Printing to the LEXIS & Westlaw Printers

by Nancy McMurrer

Everyone seems to have discovered the LEXIS-NEXIS and Westlaw stand-alone printers in the Computer Lab. Remember, however, that printing to those two machines is limited. When you print from Westlaw, for example, you are told how many of the 375-page limit (since January 1, 2001) you have already used.

LEXIS-NEXIS does not give you a running tally of the amount you have printed. LEXIS-NEXIS, in addition, counts documents rather than pages. You may send to the LEXIS-NEXIS stand-alone printer a total of 15 documents (of any length) from the date that printer was installed until the end of this school year. Our LEXIS representative, Alison Friend, or one of the LEXIS student representatives, JB Im or Kiana Sarraf, will warn you when you are close to hitting your print limits, but your wisest course is to keep count yourself.

There are plenty of alternatives for you to get a copy of a document from Westlaw or LEXIS-NEXIS even if you have used up your stand-alone print limits. You can print documents to an attached printer. You can send a copy of a document to yourself via email so you can read it later. Or, you can download a copy to you personal hard drive or to a floppy disk. There are lots of advantages to having an electronic copy of a document that you might wish to quote later!

Take Your Kids to Work

by Nancy McMurrer

Calling all parents: students, faculty, and staff! Tuesday, April 10 is the date set for the fifth annual Take Your Kids to Work Day, sponsored by the Law Library. Our program is based on the one developed by Ms. Foundation to expose adolescent girls to the many career possibilities awaiting them; their day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in April. Here at the Law School, we have expanded their idea to include all school-age boys and girls and have moved the date to coincide with the week of spring break for most Seattle area schools.

What do your children know about the law? What do they imagine law school is like? The Take Your Kids to Work Day is a great opportunity for them to experience first hand a bit of what you do every day. In the past, boys and girls have explored such legal concepts as statutory interpretation (does the sign "No Vehicles Allowed in the Park" includes bicycles, strollers, ambulances?), had first hand experience at being "eye witnesses" to crime, and grappled with reasons why the contract between Rumpelstiltskin and the miller's daughter should or should not be enforced.

This year's program will consist of two classes, one at 10:30 and one at 11:30. We will ask parents to bring their school-age children to the second floor by the Circulation Desk at the Library's main entrance by 10:25. You will pick them up again at 12:20 in Room 29 after the second class. More details about the classes will follow in next week's Condon Crier. Hope your children can join us!