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Jan. 16, 2006.
Kristy Moon, editor.


New Displays

Are your eyes tired from reading casebooks? Want to look at something that is visually interesting?

The next time you come into the Library, look to the right at our display cases. We have two new displays showcasing law student organizations – Public Interest Law Association (PILA) and Law Students for Choice (LSFC). And our “Law School Scholarship” display is constantly updated with new faculty publications. So if you’re interested in what our faculty has been publishing lately or need a break from reading cases, take a look at these wonderful displays created by our staff member Nikki Pike.

The Bluebook & the Washington Style Sheet

The Bluebook is your friend. No? I once heard of a law student who didn’t try out for the law review simply because she abhorred the Bluebook. Then I also heard of a law student, who happened to make law review, reading the Bluebook straight from cover to cover. Whether you take to the Bluebook or not, you’ll have to learn to use it sooner or later.

The eighteenth edition contains major changes from the seventeenth edition and is about sixty pages longer, mostly due to Table T.2 (Foreign Jurisdictions) doubling in size and the Practitioners’ Notes being supplanted with much lengthier Bluepages, “a how-to guide providing easy-to-comprehend instruction for the everyday citation needs of first-year law students, summer associates, law clerks, practicing lawyers, and other legal professionals.” http://www.legalbluebook.com/about18th.shtml.

Two other major changes are to Rule 18 (Electronic Media and Other Nonprint Resources) which has been “almost completely rewritten to account for increasing use of Internet citation,” and to Rule 21 (International Materials) which has been “completely rewritten to correspond to majority citation conventions in the foreign and international legal fields.”

For a summary of the changes, see http://www.legalbluebook.com/about18th.shtml. For a detailed list of changes, see http://www.legalbluebook.com/changes.shtml.

Many state and federal courts have their own local citation rules which take precedence over the Bluebook in documents submitted to those courts. For example, Washington State courts have its own Style Sheet at http://www.courts.wa.gov/appellate_trial_courts/supreme/?fa=atc_supreme.style. For a listing of jurisdiction-specific local citation rules and manuals, see Bluepages table BT.2 in the Bluebook.

Book of the Week

--Alicia Brillon, Reference Intern


Essential Lawyering Skills: Interviewing, Counseling, Negotiation, and Persuasive Fact Analysis, by Stefan H. Krieger and Richard K. Neumann, Jr. KF300 .E84 2003 at Reference Area

Whether you are a 3L who is eagerly anticipating entry into the full-time job market, or a 1L or 2L who is starting to think like a lawyer, you may find Essential Lawyering Skills to be a practical guide for taking your client skills to the next level. This book will help you to improve your skills in four key areas: interviewing, fact analysis, counseling, and negotiation.

The interviewing section will guide you through such topics as observation, memory, facts, and evidence, and then give you specific tactics to use when interviewing clients and witnesses. Detailed guidance on how to formulate questions and address embarrassing or sensitive topics are also covered.

The fact analysis section contains easy to understand explanations of various models of organizing facts, including the chronological model and the “story” model, and provides information on how to decide which model would be best for your particular situation. Most importantly, it provides information on how to respond to opposing counsel’s facts and/or the story he or she has created.

The counseling section takes you through all the stages of counseling a client. From preparing for an initial meeting to what to do if the client asks for a recommended course of action, this section will prepare you for an activity that will no doubt dominate your workday – interacting with your clients.

The last major section, negotiation, probably seems fairly straightforward. However, after just skimming the table of contents for this section, you will see that there is much more to this topic than you would initially think. You will find out how to assess the various parties and their interests, how to develop a negotiation strategy (adversarial? problem-solving?), and how to handle particularly difficult adversaries.

Essential Lawyering Skills will provide expert advice on the day to day legal skills that you will use as you embark on your new profession, and would be an excellent reference tool for any practitioner.

The current edition of this book is in the Reference Area and the previous edition is in the Classified Stacks under the same call number. KF300.E84.