Law Library News for the Week of April 7, 2008

Cheryl Nyberg, editor

Two Librarians Walk into a Bar . . .

Write your own punchline now, or wait until Thursday, April 10th, when the staff of the Gallagher Law Library host TGIT and kick-off National Library Week a few days early.

Yes, a celebration this big cannot be contained by a mere seven days. National Library Week, April 13-18, honors the contributions of America’s libraries and library staff.

In a self-service, drive-through, automated-response filled world, libraries continue to be a humane environment where real people are dedicated to helping you.

As a profession, librarians subscribe to S. R. Ranganathan’s five laws:

  1. Books are for use.
  2. Every reader his [or her] book.
  3. Every book its reader.
  4. Save the time of the user.
  5. The library is a growing organism

In addition the Gallagher Law Library’s primary mission is “to support the curricular and research needs of the University of Washington School of Law.” In support of that mission and in the spirit of Ranganathan’s fourth law, we will soon be rolling out a new service to efficiently connect you to the best sources for your research. Watch for news about this exciting development and join us on Thursday for some fun.


9th Circuit Panel Visits Gates Hall

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit logoJudges Wallace Tashima, Margaret McKeown, and William Fletcher from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear oral arguments in three cases on Friday, April 11th, in Gates Hall

Judge McKeown has strong Seattle ties. She was in private practice here for more than twenty years, most of that time at Perkins Coie, where she was the first female partner.  Her expertise in antitrust and intellectual property was sought after by clients like Boeing and Nintendo. The King County Bar Association named her the Outstanding Lawyer of the year in 1992 and the National Law Journal included her in its list of the 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America in 1998. Judge McKeown taught Appellate Advocacy at the School of Law in 2000 and 2001.

Judge Tashima received is a Harvard Law School graduate and has served as a federal judge since 1980.  Judge Fletcher clerked for Justice William Brennan and was a law professor at UC Berkely prior to beginning his service on the Court.

Research Note: The online Biographical Directory of Federal Judges provides basic biographical information. More extensive information is found in:

  • The Almanac of the Federal Judiciary. KF8700.A19 A45, latest at Reference Office; earlier editions at Classified Stacks
  • The American Bench: Judges of the Nation. KF8700.A19 A47, latest at Reference Office; earlier editions at Classified Stacks

Website of the Week: JD Supra (part 2)

by Kelly AldrichJD Supra

Last week I wrote a piece about my experiences testing out JD Supra, a new marketing / work-product sharing tool. I said:

JD Supra is in Beta and it shows. The search engine leaves a bit to be desired—in part, I suspect, because there’s not a lot of data (yet) to search. On more than one occasion I saw error messages even when trying to run simple searches (e.g., for any document containing the words “motion to compel discovery” in any jurisdiction, federal or state).

I then received a call from the co-founder of JD Supra, who said that no one else has reported receiving error messages. She wanted to be sure to correct whatever was wrong. So I then tried to recreate some “simple searches” (including the one described above) and they worked this time – no error messages. (Who knows what happened during the few times I previously explored the site.)

So, check it out for yourself. (But, if you receive any error messages, take a screen shot of them – something I neglected to do – and send them to JD Supra. They’re eager to remedy any problems while they’re still in Beta.)

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