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Nov. 7, 2005.
Kristy Moon, editor.


Legal Scholarship Workshop

by Ann Hemmens

We invite you to spend your lunch hour talking with professors about what they do outside of the classroom – writing.

“How Do You Write? A Panel on Legal Scholarship" will feature UW Law School faculty members Steve Calandrillo, Peter Nicolas, and Sean O’Connor, who have recently published law review articles. Reference librarian Mary Whisner will moderate this discussion on the writing process --- from developing an idea to researching, writing, rewriting, submitting it to journals, working with editors, and, finally, seeing it in print.

Everyone is invited to attend. We hope that this will be of interest to students who are:

  • writing (or planning to write) their own scholarship
  • reviewing submissions to the journals
  • editing outside pieces
  • thinking of careers in teaching
  • curious about what law professors do!

Thursday, Nov. 10th, 12:30-1:20pm in Room 117.

(There will be giveaways!)

This panel is cosponsored by Gallagher Law Library and the three student journals: Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal; Shidler Journal for Law, Commerce & Technology; and Washington Law Review.

Cool General Reference Tools

by Mary Whisner

A law student recently asked if we had the current edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. We don’t have this great work in print, but we have access to an online version, courtesy of the UW Libraries, which subscribes to this for the entire UW community. (The Law Library is administratively separate from the UW Libraries.)

On the Law Library’s homepage, note the heading Other Links at the bottom of the middle column. Choose UW Libraries. Under Resources, choose Reference Tools. Look at all that great stuff: Britannica Online, Oxford English Dictionary, and more.

Links on the lower half of the screen lead you to all sorts of other useful tools.

  • Want to figure out exchange rates or prices adjusted for inflation? Choose Calculators and look under Money.
  • Want to find more dictionaries? Click on Dictionaries – language, acronym, quotations and you’ll find bilingual dictionaries, dictionaries of quotations, and even a dictionary with video clips of someone signing words in American Sign Language.
  • How about transit, weather, and other information about the community? Take a look at Seattle & Washington.

Some of the great resources linked from these pages are free to anyone. Others are limited to UW users because of the licenses with the content providers.

LexisNexis and Westlaw Printers

LexisNexis and Westlaw provide free printing to law students via the printers in Computer Lab (room 222). However, please use these printers wisely, not just to save paper and toner but to show consideration for others. Over 600 students print to these printers, so we ask that you don’t tie up the printers with humongous print jobs and do pick up your printouts promptly. And remember that you also have the option of emailing or downloading the documents from LexisNexis and Westlaw.