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May 5, 2003
Sarah Hollingsworth, Editor

Future Interests:  Update on the Big Move

Orbis + Cascade = Orbis-Cascade Alliance (ORCA)

Book of the Week:  Gates Argues for Estate Tax

Trivialities:  On Leaving the Bench

Closing Thoughts:  On Barking Up the Wrong Tree


Future Interests

Orbis + Cascade = Orbis-Cascade Alliance (ORCA)
--Judy Davis 

Hopefully you�ve enjoyed the convenience of Cascade, requesting books online from six other state-supported colleges and universities in Washington. Beginning in the Fall of 2003, the pool of libraries will dramatically increase to twenty-six as Cascade merges with a similar service called Orbis to become Orca---the Orbis Cascade Alliance. These added libraries will greatly expand the scholarly information available to students, faculty, and staff.


Like Cascade, Orca will feature a union catalog, representing the holdings of the twenty-six member libraries. That�s over 22 million books, sound recordings, films, maps, and more.  University of Washington School of Law community will happily note that three law schools are included in Orca: the University of Oregon, Willamette University, and Lewis and Clark College (Northwestern School of Law).


However, to get Orca up and running Cascade services will be phased out at the end of Spring Quarter, 2003. The last day to request material through Cascade will be June 6, 2003. Plan ahead because after June 6 you will no longer be able to place a request through Cascade.


Also, all Cascade books will be due no later than June 20, 2003. Although outstanding items will no longer be visible to you when you view your patron record, information about outstanding items will be retained. You will continue to be held responsible for the return of all Cascade materials. 


By late June the new Orca catalog will be available. At first, only records from the current Orbis sites will be in Orca. Then, one by one, the Cascade libraries will be added. As soon as a library�s records are added, the materials will become available through Orca. Because of our upcoming move, Gallagher Law Library's records will be loaded last.


Items needed from member libraries which haven�t yet loaded their records into Orca can still be requested through traditional interlibrary loan once Cascade is shut down.


We look forward to the expansion of Cascade to Orca and hope that it proves useful to you in your scholarly endeavors. For more information about the merger of Cascade and Orca, see the link on the Cascade catalog homepage: or go to



Book of the Week:  Gates Argues for Estate Tax

-- Mary Whisner


Perhaps you missed the talk by William H. Gates, Sr., and Chuck Collins when they were in Condon Hall in January, 2003. Or maybe you were there and you would like to know more about their views on the estate tax. Either way, you might want to take a look at their book, Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes (HJ5805 .G38 2002 at Classified Stacks). This short, readable book explores the policy and politics of the federal estate tax.


By the way, one of the authors is alumnus William H. Gates, �50, for whom our new building will be named.


Ed. Comment:  Take just half a minute and run a title search on Wealth and Our Commonwealth and check out two great new features that are in the process of being added to Marian, our online catalog.  Prominently displayed directly above the Location, Call Number, and Status information are links to the publisher's information and the table of contents provided by the Library of Congress about this book. Now, is that great or what?



TriviTrivialities:  Leaving the Bench

This Justice left to accept the Republican nomination for President.
This Justice left to become Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Assistant President" during World War II.
This Justice left because of ill health, but survived another twenty-five years.
This Justice left to become the Chief Justice of South Carolina.

Closing Thoughts:  On Barking Up the Wrong Tree



We thought that we would never see
A suit to compensate a tree.
A suit whose claim in tort is prest
Upon a mangled tree's behest;
A tree whose battered trunk was prest
Against a Chevy's crumpled crest;
A tree that faces each new day
With bark and limb in disarray;
A tree that may forever bear
A lasting need for tender care.
Flora lovers though we three,
We must uphold the court's decree.



1  Fisher v. Lowe, 122 Mich. App. 418, 419, 33 N.W.2d 67, 67 (1983).