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Law Library News for Nov. 4, 2002

Ann Hemmens, editor

Law Library News Archive


Library Open on Veterans Day

Although there are no Law School classes on Veterans Day (Monday Nov. 11, 2002), the Law Library is open from 8am to 6pm. Study in the Reading Room, the individual study carrels, or the group study rooms on the upper floors.

Veterans Day is a federal holiday, established in 1926 (S. Con. Res. 18, 69th Cong., 44 Stat. 1982 (1926)) to commemorate the signing of the armistice in 1918, ending World War I. The Concurrent Resolution requests that the President issue a proclamation "inviting the people of the United State to observe the day ... with appropriate ceremonies expressive of our gratitude for peace and our desire for the continuance of friendly relations with all other peoples." Originally called Armistice Day, it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to honor the men and women of the United States armed services who have served in all wars.

Current Washington Legal News

by Ann Hemmens

Why do you need to know what is happening in the Washington legal community? Maybe you would like some conversation starters for the job interview you have scheduled with a Seattle law firm. Maybe you need ideas for your analytic paper or law review note. Bar association publications, legal newspapers, and legal association websites are great sources for current legal news. Listed below are select resources available in the Library.

Washington Legal News

  • Bar Bulletin, monthly newspaper from the King County (Seattle) Bar Association.
  • De Novo, the official publication of the Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.
  • Trial News, monthly newspaper from the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Washington Law & Politics, bimonthly magazine from a commercial publisher.
  • Washington State Bar News, monthly magazine from the Washington State Bar Association.

National Legal News

  • ABA Journal, monthly magazine from the American Bar Association.
  • The American Lawyer, monthly magazine from a commercial publisher with national coverage.
  • Legal Times, weekly newspaper from a commercial publisher focusing on legal developments in Washington D.C.
  • The National Law Journal, weekly newspaper from a commercial publisher.

Newspapers with a national or business focus also run stories about legal developments.

  • The New York Times
  • Puget Sound Business Journal
  • Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
  • Wall Street Journal

Online Scams

by Ann Hemmens

In an effort to fulfill its mission of protecting investors and maintaining the integrity of the securities market, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) created a non-existent company, a website for the fake company, and press release announcing the company. The goal was to educate consumers about how realistic investment scams can look online.

According to the website, "McWhortle Enterprises is an established and well-known manufacturer of biological defense mechanisms ... offering a product to the general public: the new Bio-Hazard Alert Detector ... [but] McWhortle Enterprises has had to stop accepting investors for Stage 1 of its Pre-IPO investment after the program was over-subscribed by nearly 200%." When the viewer selects the "click here" link for more information, they are taken to the SEC webpage explaining that this is an example of an investment scam online. Check out the website - it is very realistic.

WSBA's Humor Page

by Mary Whisner

Everyone likes to laugh sometimes, and lawyers are no exception. The Washington State Bar Association website includes a page with funny pieces from the Washington State Bar News and links to some other legal humor sites. Take a look: Note: this link is dead. For the same content, visit (CN, 12/28/05)