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Law Library News for May 27, 2002

Ann Hemmens, editor

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PDA Tips for Law Students & Lawyers

by Mary Whisner

Many law students use PDAs (handheld personal digital assistants � by Palm, Handspring, Sony, Compaq, or other manufacturers). Some people rely on the calendar and address book to keep themselves organized. Some use them to take notes in class. Some have attachments that make their PDAs into mobile phones.

If you are thinking of getting a PDA � or if you have one but want to learn how to use it better � take a look at JurisPDA,, a website hosted by New York Law School. Two law professors and a law librarian created this site to offer tips and recommendations for law students and lawyers who use PDAs. They offer links to sites for downloading software to help you work more efficiently (everything from �flashcards� to help you study to graffiti shortcuts for legal terms). They even include links to documents you might want to download, such as the Constitution or the Federal Rules of Evidence.

Summer Use of LexisNexis & Westlaw

by Nancy McMurrer

LexisNexis and Westlaw academic contracts do not permit you to use their products during your paid clerkships during the summer. In fact, the two vendors cut off your access to their products during the summer months. However, if you are taking a class, working in an externship for which you receive law school credit, are on one of the law review/journal staffs, are on the Moot Court Honor Board, or working for a professor during the summer, you can extend your password or ID for full access this summer.

To extend your access to LexisNexis this summer, go to and look for the ID Registration link. Just follow the directions there. All students continue to have access to the LexisNexis career databases during the summer.

For full access to Westlaw this summer, go to and look for the Extend link. Even if you do not meet the full-access criteria for Westlaw, you will have two hours access to Westlaw per month during the summer, just to keep your skills active. Remember, however, that use of Westlaw or LexisNexis is for academic purposes only and may not be used in connection will your paid jobs!

Bridge the Legal Research Gap

The buzz about this year's event is growing! On Tuesday, June 25th, more than 100 law students from around the country who are working in Seattle this summer will attend the 7th Annual Bridge the Legal Research Gap Program. The free event will be held at Seattle University's Sullivan Hall from noon to 6pm.

Program topics include:

  • Administrative Law Research
  • CALR (including several low-cost vendors in addition to LexisNexis and Westlaw)
  • Legal Drafting
  • Legal Research on the Internet
  • Researching Job Opportunities
  • Secondary Sources
  • Washington Legislative History
  • Washington Practice Materials

and 50 can't miss tips and tricks in 50 minutes.

We are very excited to offer a Law Firm Table Talk session from 5-6pm. This first-time event is sponsored by Seattle Area Legal Recruiting Administrators and will feature representatives from medium and large law firms. We also hope to have several government and public interest employers participating.

Watch the Gallagher Law Library's website for your chance to register.

Memoirs of a Supreme Court Spouse

In a recent Morning Edition segment, National Public Radio's Legal Affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg interviewed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. During the segment, Justice Ginsburg discussed her experiences on the U.S. Supreme Court and her efforts to find a publisher for the memoirs of Malvina Shanklin Harlan (1828-1916), the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan. The memoirs describe the Harlans� lives during the Civil War and developments on the Supreme Court between 1877 and 1911. Justice Harlan dissented from Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896), in which the Court ruled that racial segregation in public accommodations did not violate the 13th and 14th Amendments.

The memoirs are reprinted in the Journal of Supreme Court History: Malvina Shanklin Harlan, "Some Memories of a Long Life, 1854-1911," 26 J. Sup. Ct. Hist. 109 (2001) (KF8741.A15 Y43 at Classified Stacks). Recently, with urging from Justice Ginsburg, Random House agreed to publish Some Memories of a Long Life, 1854-1911. Listen to Justice Ginsburg�s discussion of Supreme Court spouses and pioneers in women�s rights or watch an excerpt of her interview on the PBS television show NOW with Bill Moyers, both via the NPR webpage, Justice Ginsburg's article about Supreme Court spouses is also published in the Journal of Supreme Court History; see, Ruth Bader Ginsburg &Laura W. Brill, "Remembering Great Ladies: Supreme Court Wives' Stories," 24 J. Sup. Ct. Hist. 255 (1999).