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March 6, 2006.
Kristy Moon, editor.

Library Code of Conduct

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Secure Your Belongings

It is not a good idea to leave your laptop or backpack unattended in a public space, such as the Library, even for a short time – it takes only seconds for someone to steal your things. When studying in the Library, we recommend that you use a cable (available at the University Bookstore) to secure your laptop to an anti-theft loop that’s located underneath all carrels and tables. And we recommend that you take your wallet and cell phone with you when you step away, even momentarily.

The Docket on TVW

Did you know that the Washington State Bar Association is sponsoring a new TV program on legal affairs called The Docket and that our own Dean Knight is the host of the program? It airs on TVW, Washington State’s Public Affairs Network, on the first Sunday of every month at 8 PM. You can also watch or listen to some of the recent programming at Read an article about The Docket in Seattle-King County Bar Association’s Bar Bulletin (Feb. 2006, p. 20) located in the Newspapers area of the Library and soon to be available online at

Book of the Week & Trivia Contest

-by Christopher O’Byrne, Law Library Intern

Protocol: The Complete Handbook of Diplomatic, Official, and Social Usage by Mary Jane McCaffree & Pauline Innis (BJ1853 .M23 1985a in Reference Office).

You may have attended an etiquette class and know when to use which fork, but are you aware that when you address a prospective employer, client, or government official, the title that you should use could vary significantly depending on the context (e.g., in a conversation, in a letter, or to introduce someone)?

If not, then Protocol is the book for you! In this comprehensive guide to proper diplomatic, official, and social usage, the authors define and describe the forms and procedures for a wide range of settings. Twelve chapters provide detailed information on the following subjects: 1) Order of Precedence, 2) Titles and Forms of Address, 3) Calling and Calling Cards, 4) Invitations and Replies, 5) Official Entertaining and Private Parties, 6) Places to Entertain, 7) Table Seating Arrangements, 8) White House Entertaining, 9) The Diplomatic Corps, 10) Ceremonies, 11) Flag Etiquette, and 12) Women in Official and Public Life.

Each chapter begins with an explanation of the terminology and rules for each type of situation, and concludes with practical examples illustrating proper compliance. For example, the chapter on “Titles and Forms of Address” includes tables that identify the proper “form” to use for various individuals (e.g., members of the judiciary, legislative branch of government, military, clergy, etc.) in the context of: i) Envelope –official, ii) Envelope –social, iii) Salutation, iv) Complimentary Close, v) Invitation, vi) Place Card, vii) Introductions, and viii) Conversation.

If you intend to pursue a summer job or a career in Washington, D.C., you would do well to familiarize yourself with the subtle distinctions that exist in these circumstances. Even if you intend to practice in a less cosmopolitan location, the authors’ treatment of state and local government officials should serve you well.

The following trivia contest is based on the information contained in this book. Answer at least three questions and send your answers to by Friday, March 10th. Submissions with at least three correct answers will be entered in a drawing for small prizes.

1. How should an envelope be addressed when sent to an office of a deceased senator?

2. What are the proper dimensions of a female naval officer’s personal calling card?

3. What are the only four valid excuses for declining an invitation to a White House function?

4. In the Appendix entitled “Dealing with the Press,” what advice do the authors give regarding the acknowledgement of “unpleasant circumstances” (e.g. divorce, alcoholism, arrest, etc.)?

5. What is the rank of the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in the “Protocol Order of Precedence?” What is the rank of an Associate Justice?

6. Do Retired Associate Justices of the Supreme Court retain their title? Do those who resign?

7. What are the two proper forms of salutation for an Archdeacon (Protestant Episcopal)?

8. Under what circumstances is it appropriate to request an invitation to a formal event for oneself?

9. When George Washington was inaugurated, the U.S. Supreme Court had not yet been formed. Who administered George Washington’s Oath of Office?

10. How many guns are included in the salute honoring the Chief Justice of the United States? How many guns for an Associate Justice? What music should be played?