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Law Library News for April 8, 2002

Ann Hemmens, editor

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National Library Week, April 15-19

Join us in celebrating National Library Week, April 15-19. We will be offering a couple of noon-hour training sessions and a challenging Legal Research crossword puzzle. You may collect a prize for submitting a completed puzzle (or a good-faith attempt at a completed puzzle!). Answer one or all of our daily trivia questions, posted on the bulletin board outside the Library, and win another prize!

Watch for more information on flyers in the Library and via email. Or, just stop by the Reference Office to wish us a Happy National Library Week. You (and we) will be glad you did!

Washington Cases Online - Free!

There is a new source of free legal information on the Web specifically for Washington State legal researchers.,, contains searchable databases of Washington Supreme Court opinions (1939-current) and Court of Appeals opinions (1969-current), the Revised Code of Washington (current), the Washington Administrative Code (current), and numerous Washington city and county codes and ordinances. This website is a joint project of the Municipal Research & Services Center, the Washington State Bar Association, and the Washington State Office of the Code Reviser. You will find links to the website from the computer terminals in front of the Reference Office on the 2nd floor and the Internet Legal Resources guidel. If you have any questions about the new website, ask a reference librarian.

Take Your Kids to Work

by Nancy McMurrer

Calling all parents: students, faculty, and staff! Thursday, April 11 is the date set for the sixth 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. If your children would like to bring a friend or two along to share the experience, all will be welcome!

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?), questioned Goldilocks during the case involving her trespass at the bear's house, argued hypotheticals involving school absences, and grappled with reasons why the contract between Rumpelstiltskin and the miller's daughter should or should not be enforced.

This year's program, like past years', will consist of two classes on the morning of April 11. Parents, please bring your school-age children to the Reference Office on the second floor of the Library between 10:20 and 10:30. Reference Librarian Nancy McMurrer will meet them there for a quick tour of the Library before they head to room 125 for the first class. The boys and girls will stay in that room for the second class, led by Professors Lea Vaughn and Sam Donaldson. You parents will pick them up at the end of the second class (at 12:20pm), there in room 125.

Be sure to save the morning of April 11 for Take Your Kids to Work!