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March 27, 2006.
Kristy Moon, editor.

LexisNexis Printer in the Library

There is a new Lexis printer for students’ use in the Library. It is located in the copy alcove on L2, next to the elevator. So now you can send your print jobs to the Lexis printer in the computer lab (Room 222) or in the Library. But remember, you’ll be able to pick up your printouts in the Library only when the Lbrary is open.

To choose the printer destination (and to set it as the default printer), follow these instructions:

  1. Log onto LexisNexis.


  1. Run a search or Get a document.


  1. Click on the “Print” link at the top left on the screen.


  1. Use the drop-down menu to choose, for example, Printer 701208 Copy Alcove of L2.


  1. Click on the red “Print” button.



Trivia Contest Deadline Extended

There is a fun trivia contest based on the book, Protocol: The Complete Handbook of Diplomatic, Official, and Social Usage. Stop by the Reference Office through Friday, April 7 and submit an entry form for a chance to win small prizes.

New Display – Bricks & Bytes

Every three years, the ABA Section of Legal Education & Admissions to the Bar sponsors a conference on law school facilities. Law school deans, faculty, librarians, IT professionals, and architects come together to learn about designing or renovating law school space. On March 23-25, the conference took place here in Seattle and was hosted by the UW and SU Law Schools. Take a look at the Library’s display on this fascinating topic (located outside the Library entrance).

Book of the Week: Washington Appellate Practice Deskbook

by Nancy McMurrer

Washington Appellate Practice Deskbook, Third Edition (Washington State Bar Association, 2005- ). KFW584 .W38 at Reference Area.

Some attorneys limit their practice to appellate litigation; other litigators handle appeals infrequently. The editors-in-chief describe this two-volume book as a “cookbook,” designed for both experienced and beginner (or occasional) appellate advocates. Its goal is to guide litigators in the mechanics of an appeal so that the lawyers and the judges can focus on the issues. The scope is limited to cases brought to the Washington Courts of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court; the book does not discuss appeals from courts of limited jurisdiction or from administrative agencies to Superior Courts.

The first chapter presents a handy guide to using the book; it suggests starting with the two overview chapters that describe the general appeal process and the applicable rules of procedure. The first and the most significant question (i.e., should the case be appealed) is discussed in chapter 3. Remaining chapters cover the intricacies of appellate practice, including discussions of relevant statutes, rules of procedures, and court decisions.

The contributing authors, who include UW Law Professor Helen Anderson, have extensive backgrounds in appellate practice. In addition to explaining the process, these experts offer advice in the form of practice tips, comments, and caveats, which are set out in boxes scattered throughout the book. Some chapters include forms or careful descriptions of the required content of court documents.

Washington is fortunate to have this and several other resources for lawyers handling appellate cases:

  • “Chapter 2, Appellate Practice,” in 1 Washington Lawyers Practice Manual: Manual and Forms (KFW80 .W27 at Reference Area)
  • “Rules for Appellate Court Administration” and “Rules on Appeal,” in 2A & 3 Washington Practice (Rules Practice) (KFW80 .W3 at Reference Area). Available on Westlaw: WAPRAC-RP
  • The Art of Appellate Brief-Writing and Oral Argument in Washington (KFW584 .A78 at Reference Area).

Do other states have similar guides? Many do. You can find a bibliography of state appellate practice handbooks at the website of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Appellate Practice,