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Law Library News for Oct. 22, 2007

Cheryl Nyberg, editor

Inside the Legal System – A Blawg

by Mary Whisner

Are you interested in trial practice? Even if you don’t want to be a litigator, you might be curious about this important part of our legal system. Maybe your interest was piqued on Friday when Judge Mary Yu convened King County Superior Court here to hear summary judgment motions.

If trials, courts, and litigation interest you at all, visit (or subscribe to) Trial Ad Notes. You’ll find a mix of items, from news stories about trials in Washington State and summaries of studies of juror behavior to information about proposed legislation or court rules.

Trial Ad Notes began as a way to inform the faculty and students in the Trial Advocacy Program of new developments, but it has grown to reach a wider audience with a wider range of information. Take a look!

It’s Greek (or Spanish or Russian) to Me!

Searching for an English language translation of another country’s law can be a frustrating experience. Now the premier source for this information is online!

Reynolds & Flores’ Foreign Law Guide: Current Sources of Codes and Basic Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World is available as a searchable database via the Law Library website’s “Find Legal Databases” feature. 

Use the “Countries and Jurisdictions” pull-down option to select a country of interest. Then browse the introduction, which describes the origin and history of the country, its legislative and judicial systems, introductory works, and major legal publications. Or scroll through the subject headings, including topics such as Abortion and Family Planning, Business Associations, Criminal Procedure, Environmental Protection, Immigration and Emigration, Industrial Property, Maritime Law, Property, Service of Process, and Wills. English-language translations are identified and many active hyperlinks deliver you to online sources.

Although the Foreign Law Guide has been available in the Reference Office in print, the new version offers improved searching options.

It’s a Small World, After All

The Foreign Law Guide is just the tip of the iceberg that is the Law Library’s mass of offerings on foreign, comparative, and international law research. The reference and East Asia Law librarians have prepared numerous legal research guides that address jurisdictions and legal systems outside of the United States.

The fastest way to find these helpful guides is to use the pull-down list under the “Conduct Research” heading on the Law Library website. One of the choices is “Foreign & International Law.”

Some guides focus on particular countries and intergovernmental organizations (Australia, China, the European Union, etc.) and others deal with topics (asylum law, human rights, law of the sea, etc.).  You will also find assistance in locating international cases, treaties, foreign language dictionaries, and multi-jurisdictional sources.

Where in the world can you find expert advice on foreign, comparative, and international legal research? On the Gallagher Law Library website!

Recent Statistical Reports

2006 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Arrest-Related Deaths in the United States, 2003-2005, U.S. Department of Justice.

Crime in the United States, 2006, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Juvenile Court Statistics Databook (covers 1985-2004), U.S. Department of Justice.

©2007, M.G. Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington