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Law Library News for January 21, 2002

Ann Hemmens, editor

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What Stuff Can You Find on Reserve?

by Kristy Moon, Reference Intern

Now that you, the 1Ls, have finished a quarter term of law school, everyone probably knows what sorts of materials are kept on Reserve behind the Circulation Desk. Sure you know about the commercial outlines, flashcards, hornbooks, other study aids, and the stuff that your professors put on course reserve, but did you know that there are some unusual items back there? For example, if you need a break from all the briefing and outlining, you can check out a soccer ball or a basketball and take it outside for some fresh air and exercise. There are covered basketball courts across the street at the Terry-Lander dorms. Other interesting items are a L.A. Law board game (found on the top shelf above civil procedure materials, KF8915.Z9L3 1988) and a School House Rock video on how a bill becomes law (E178.3.S36 1988).

An item that I particularly recommend is a humorous book called The Law School Trip: The Insider�s Guide to Law Schools, by Andrew J. McClurg (PN6231.L4 M32 2001).It�s a fast read with a nice big font (you can read it probably in less than two hours) and you�ll laugh yourself silly. Chapter 9, "Law�s Greatest Hits: Best First-Year Cases" is a crackup (maybe not to the 1Ls right now but 2Ls and 3Ls can appreciate it).

Materials that you may find useful later on are the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (KF190.M3) (a listing of lawyers and law firms in all 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Territories), the Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory (KF190.M32) (lawyers and law firms located internationally), and the Student and Attorney Jobs Binders for when the Career Center is closed.

For you 3Ls, there are past bar exams. The 1992 Multistate Bar Examination Questions, with an answer key, can be found at KF303.N3; earlier versions are under the same call number in the Classified Stacks. Bar exam essays, with sample answers, are on Reserve for Washington (KF303.W37 print and microfiche), Alaska (KF303 .A43m in microfiche), and California (including the performance tests) (KFC76.E8 and KFC76.P4).

So next time you are curious about what might be kept on Reserve, ask one of the Circulation staff members or do a keyword search on the online catalog, MARIAN, by typing in a topic, for example, negotiat*, (the asterisk allows the computer to search for negotiate, negotiation, and negotiations) and limiting the search to the Reserve location. Once you find an item of interest, scroll down the record until you see subject headings. Clicking on a subject heading will take you to other items on the same subject.

Book of the Week: The Politics of Law

The Politics of Law: A Progressive Critique, 3d ed. David Kairys, editor (Basic Books, 1998). KF8700.P65 1998 at Reserve

What do the proponents of Critical Legal Studies (CLS) argue for? Against? What is CLS? According to Black's Law Dictionary, 7th ed. (KF156.B53 1999) Critical Legal Studies is "[a] School of thought advancing the idea that the legal system's manipulative nature masks its true function, which, according to the predominant Marxist wing of the school, is to perpetuate the socioeconomic status quo."

The Politics of Law is a collection of articles written by CLS proponents from academia (law, political science, literature, etc.) and the practicing bar. The book originated as a project of the Theoretical Studies Committee of the National Lawyers Guild and a subsequent joint project with the Conference on Critical Legal Studies. According to the Introduction, "[t]his book, in all three editions, is an attempt to develop a progressive, critical analysis of current trends, decisions, and legal reasoning and of the operation and social role of the law in contemporary American society."

The book is divided into three parts:

  1. Part I includes chapters on traditional jurisprudence and legal education.
  2. Part II includes chapters on selected issues and fields of law (e.g., Litigation and the Legal Process, Property, Equality, Labor and Social Welfare).
  3. Part III contains chapters discussing various progressive approaches to the law (e.g., "The Sex of Law" and ""Language and the Law: Literature, Narrative, and Legal Theory").

Authors include scholars such as Cornel West, Nadine Taub, and Alan Freeman.

For additional descriptions of selected books see the Book of the Week Archive.

Washington Legislature in Session

Great Constitutional provisions must be administered with caution. Some play must be allowed for the joints of the machine, and it must be remembered that legislatures are ultimate guardians of the liberties and welfare of the people in quite as great a degree as the courts.�
~~ Oliver Wendell Homes, in Missouri, Kansas & Texas Ry. Co. v. May, 194 U.S. 267, 270 (1904).

Want to see how a law is made in Washington State? Do you need to find out who represents your district in the State Legislature, so you can send them a letter with your opinion on a proposed law? Do you want to attend a public hearing or find out when a committee is meeting?

Washington State�s 57th Legislature began the 2002 regular session on January 14, 2002, in the state capitol, Olympia. For more information on the Legislature, check out the website, It contains information about the Members as well as free searchable databases of primary legal materials such as the RCW, WAC, current bills, and the State Register. To monitor developments in Olympia, you could join the Legislative Meeting Schedule Listserv (WALEG-SCHEDULE) and receive the Legislative Weekly and Daily Meeting Schedules via e-mail. These contain the dates and times for committee and floor sessions and agendas for House and Senate standing committees. At the website, you will find information on bills, initiatives, and referenda (from 1997 to present), the Daily Status Report and Daily Digest Supplements (for the current session), and information about the legislative process.

Select books on the Washington State Legislature in the Law Library include:

  • Legislative Manual, State of Washington (KFW421.5.R8 L5; current edition at Reserve & Reference Office, earlier at Classified Stacks). Includes the state constitution, sources of the Washington State constitution, joint rules, Senate rules, House rules, state officials, members of the Legislature, and standing committees.
  • Sine Die: A Guide to the Washington State Legislative Process, by Edward D. Seeberger. JK9271.S44 1997 at Reserve & Reference Office