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May 24, 2004
Sarah Hollingsworth, Editor



Mark your calendars for this once-a-year opportunity to immerse yourself in a power-packed afternoon overview of fundamental legal research skills.  The course content has been specially designed to cross a broad spectrum of legal research topics, as well as career planning and summer job advice.  This year's curriculum will include:

*      Plenary I

*   What You Always Wanted to Know About Legal Research But Were Afraid to Ask

*   Forming a Research Plan

*   Managing a Research Assignment

*      Legal Drafting

*      Federal Legislative History

*      Practicing Lawyers' Tools (formbooks, deskbooks, Washington legal materials)

*      Administrative Law Research

*      Washington State Legislative History

*      Internet Legal Research and Low-Cost CALR

*      Plenary II

*   Career Services

This free program will be held on Wednesday, June 23, 2004, from noon until 5:00 pm right here at Gates Hall.  Registration details are available on the Law Library's home page,


   -- Nancy McMurrer

Remember that if you need full access to Westlaw or LexisNexis this summer for a summer law course (including an externship for which you receive law school credit), or you will be working for a professor, Moot Court Board, or a law journal, you must sign up with those services NOW, before the summer.

For full access to Westlaw, go to and look for the blue box on the right side. Westlaw has a deadline of June 20, 2004. If you have questions, email Anna Guerra at

For full access to LexisNexis, go to and look in the column on the left side. Note that, for those who are working this summer, you can also choose to associate your academic ID with the commercial ID you might get at that summer job. If you have questions, email Ben Gresh at

Note: you may NOT use your academic password or ID for your summer job. Our contracts with Westlaw and LexisNexis limit use to academic purposes only.



Sooner or later, many of the items that are lost throughout Gates Hall find their way down to the Circulation Desk in the Library.  That's because the Library serves as the depository and coordinator of lost and found articles for the entire building.

So please take a moment in the next couple of weeks to think about some of the things you may have left in a classroom, one of the student lounges or study rooms.  The Circulation Department reports it is holding the usual collection of lost items---from sunglasses to umbrellas to textbooks to  . . . vacuum cleaners???  (Yes, it's true!)   A log is kept of all collected items and the staff is happy to check it for you---we are anxious to unite owners with their lost valuables before the summer break.



A library not, then, an article of mere consumption, but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, is their only capital.

---Thomas Jefferson