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Oct. 18, 2004
Mary Whisner, editor.

Website of the Week

Each week during the school year, we post a description of an interesting law-related website. Look on the right side of the Law Library’s home page, To surf through the archive of websites we have featured, go to You’ll find descriptions of diverse sites, including:

  • Washington State Sex Offender Information Center
  • websites commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
  • First Amendment Center
  • Pew Research Center, Internet & American Life
  • National Congress of American Indians
  • Project on International Courts and Tribunals

Book of the Week: The Washington State Constitution: A Reference Guide

-- Mary Whisner

Everyone knows at least a little about the U.S. Constitution, whether it’s “taking the Fifth” or “exercising your right to free speech.” But what about our state constitution?

In The Washington State Constitution: A Reference Guide, Robert F. Utter and Hugh D. Spitzer present an overview of Washington State constitutional history, and then analyze the constitution, section by section. What’s Washington’s take on religious freedom? See Article I, Section 11 (discussed at pp. 25-26). Why can voters in Washington legislate via initiatives? See Article II, Section 1 (pp. 48-51). Did you know that Washington was the first state to include tidelands provisions in its constitution? See Article XVII (pp. 211-17).

The Law Library has three copies of the book: KFW401 1889.A6 U95 2002 at Reference Area and Reference Office.

By the way, both authors are alumni of this law school. Robert Utter served as a justice of the Washington State Supreme Court from 1971 to 1995. Hugh Spitzer is an Affiliate Professor of Law at the UW and a partner at Foster Pepper & Shefelman. This quarter he is teaching (guess what?) Washington Constitutional Law.   


OK, we all use computers for lots of things, including finding news stories. But the old technology of newspapers -- in print, on paper -- still works very well for many purposes!

Leafing through a paper, scanning the headlines and reading articles that catch your eye, is a good way to get a sense of the news.  Many people also find it a pleasant break from staring at a computer screen or a casebook.

The Gallagher Law Library has a selection of general and legal newspapers on the wooden shelves just east of the stairwell on L1.

National Newspapers

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal

Local Newspapers

  • Puget Sound Business Journal
  • Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Mon-Sat)
  • The Seattle Times (Mon-Sat)

Legal Newspapers (Local And National)

  • Bar Bulletin (King County Bar Ass'n)
  • Legal Times (Wash., DC)
  • The National Law Journal
  • Trial News (Wash. State Trial Lawyers Ass'n)

Asian Newspapers

  • The Nikkei Weekly
  • Si Fa Zhou Kan
  • Nihon Keizai Shinbun (American ed.)
  • Hōritsu Shinbun
  • Ren Min Ri Bao – People’s Daily (Overseas ed.)
  • Pomnyul Sinmun