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Feb. 13, 2006.
Kristy Moon, editor.

Casemaker Is Here!

The Washington State Bar Association recently joined the Casemaker Consortium. What is Casemaker and what does this mean for you? Casemaker is an online legal research system that was originally developed by the Ohio State Bar Association in 1999, and marketed only to bar associations by Lawriter. Twenty states have joined the Consortium so far, and bar members of those states have access to it at no cost.

All WSBA members (including inactive members) can now access Casemaker by going to and entering a bar membership number and a password (call 800-945-WSBA, 206-443-WSBA, or email to obtain the password).

The WSBA is also making this available to UW law faculty and students for educational purposes only. So stop by the Reference Office to obtain an ID/Password and give it a try!

The log in page has links to the latest Casemaker news, a PowerPoint Tutorial, and FAQs. If you want detailed information on what is included in Casemaker, click on the link for the User Guide. For a handy 2-page guide on how to construct your searches, click on the link to the Quick Reference Guide.

To send comments and feedback to WSBA about Casemaker, use the contact information above.

For a detailed review of Casemaker, see

Book of the Week: Washington Administrative Law Practice Manual

--Cheryl Nyberg

Washington Administrative Law Practice Manual (Lexis Publishing, 1991-date). KFW440 .W36 1991 at Reference Area.

Law students read and discuss court opinions daily and most become acquainted with statutes in substantive courses on the environment, labor, securities, tax, etc. But administrative law is the least understood category of the American primary law. And state-based administrative law is even less likely to be covered in the law school curriculum.

So when you enter practice in Washington State and need to know something about this state’s administrative law system, your new best friend will become the one-volume Washington Administrative Law Practice Manual. Experts have written chapters covering the basics from public meetings and records to the rule-making process, and agency adjudications to their enforcement and judicial review. In fact, the chapter on “Judicial Review of Administrative Procedure Act Decisions” was written by our own UW Law Professor William Andersen (who served on the WSBA task force that drafted the Washington Administrative Procedure Act).

Other chapters address the appearance of fairness doctrine, ethical issues, administrative investigations, equal access to justice, local administrative law, judicial review of administrative proceedings not covered under the Administrative Procedure Act, and the intersection of administrative remedies and the federal civil rights laws. The final chapter provides an overview of the Washington State government, with a very useful description of each administrative agency, its basic functions and responsibilities, statutory creation, and citations to major laws and regulations.

The book is updated annually and its contents are available on LexisNexis (WASH;WAADPM).

For more information, see the Gallagher Law Library’s Administrative Law Research guide and the links to Washington rules, regulations, and administrative decisions on our Internet Legal Resources page.