Thursday, September 18, 2014

Printing to the Library Printers from Your Laptop

Printing to the Library Printers from Your Laptop

If you would like to send print jobs to the law library printers, here is some information that will likely come in handy for you:

How do I print from my laptop?

You need to download the printer driver software. Here's how you do that:

1. Go to the DawgPrints site: You first need to download the printer driver software from the University of Washington Creative Communications Department website. Here is a link to their printer locations page.

2. Find your printer: Scroll down the list to "Gates Law School" and download the software for L111 or L114 (once you download it for one of them, you'll be able to print to both).

3. Choose your OS: Be sure to select the appropriate software for the kind of computer and operating system that you are running.

4. Install the software: be sure to allow popups from the Dawgprints site, save the software to your computer, and install it.

I tried to download the drivers but something's not working! What do I do?

Here is a link to the DawgPrints troubleshooting page with some suggestions. If you still can't fix the problem, email Creative Communications with your question:

How much does it cost to print?

It costs $.12 per page (you can print either double-sided or single-sided) to print in the library. It's $.75 per page to print in color, which you can only do in the alcove next to the law student lounge. You pay for printing with funds that you have added to your Husky Card

Where does my document print out?

There are two printers in the law library in our two Copy Alcoves. We have a new copy alcove in the Reference Area between the Circulation Desk and the microfiche cabinets. The other is next to the Law Student Lounge.

Where can I find even more information about printing and scanning in the law library?

Check out the library's Printing and Scanning page for a wealth of information about printing and scanning in the library.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Commemorate Constitution Day!

September 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, to "commemorate the formation and signing on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution and recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens" (36 USC 106).

Because UW is not in session in mid-September, our public commemoration, a complete reading of the Constitution will be held on October 2, 2014, outside the Suzzallo Library 3rd floor Reading Room. You can find more information about the reading and sign up to be a reader here. It's fun, it's moving, it's quietly dramatic. Definitely worth a lunch hour!

If you are interested in something really big in the meantime, take a look at The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation. This massive 2,789 page volume includes an analysis of cases decided by the Supreme Court to June 28, 2012. The digital version on GPO'sFDsys includes cases decided through July 1, 2014.

For more information on the Constitution and its commemorative day, see:
  • Library of Congress American Memory's Today in History for September 17.
  • Law Library of Congress Constitution Day and Citizenship Day guide.
  • Gallagher Law Library guide to the U.S. Constitution & Related Sources.
And for a bit of fun, test your knowledge and take a short Constitution quiz or find out 'which founding father are you?'

The Law of Cheese

If you're a new 1L at UW Law, you likely visited the law library for some pizza earlier this week.  As you munched on your cheesy pizza while surrounded by legal resources, did you stop to think about how the law and cheese might interact?  Either way, today's Westlaw Headnote of the Day might be illuminating in this regard:

Sale of cheese of "excellent" quality implies no special warranty, and purchaser must rely upon his implied warranty that it is merchantable.Maggioros v. Edson Bros., 164 N.Y.S. 377, (N.Y. Sup., 1917)

 We've blogged about Westlaw's Headnote of the Day before but would like to point it out to our new 1Ls!  Have an excellent year!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Careers, Careers, Careers!

What sort of law do you want to practice? And what's the practice of law like, anyway?

We have just updated our guides, Learning About Legal Careers & the Job Search and Learning About Legal Specialties & Practice Areas, highlighting recent books on those topics. Check 'em out!

From Lemons to Lemonade in the New Legal Job Market:
Winning Job Search Strategies for Entry-Level Attorneys
by Richard L. Hermann,
Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks (KF297 .H437 2012)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Screen Star or Social Media Trainwreck?

How do you present yourself online: insightful and professional? or not so much?

To help you use email and social media to advance your career rather than derail it, NALP (the leading association of legal career specialists) has created e-guides on e-professionalism for law students and lawyers:

Social media sites displayed on a PC, two iPads, and an iPhone.
You can connect with the Gallagher Law Library on this blog, of course. We're also on Twitter and (less actively) Facebook and Instagram.

Photo credit: Grace Feldman

Monday, September 8, 2014

Leisure Reading for You!

Did you stay up late reading when you were a kid? Did you get totally absorbed in terrific books? Do you still? Good books are still out there for you, if you just pick them up.

The Good Reads section of the Gallagher Law Library, just west of
the Student Lounge. Note that this area doesn't include all of our "good reads":
we have thousands of books that might fit your interests.
Kendra Albert, now a 2L at Harvard, tried to recapture her enthusiasm for reading in the months before she started law school. You can hear her describe "The Great Book Project of 2013" at the Boston Quantified Self Meetup here. She discusses books, technology, and more in her blog, Lawspeak for L33t Speakers. (If you aren't enough of a techie to know what L33t speak is, see this Urban Dictionary entry.)

Albert's top nonfiction recommendation from her book project is The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander. I thought it was great too. See this blog post.

Even though the workload in law school precludes reading huge stacks of unassigned books, many people still find it helpful to keep a book or two going—either to offer a break from all the other reading or to complement it. I could go on and on about this. Oh, wait! I already have! See Good Reads in the Law Library?, 93 Law Libr. J. 517 (2003) and Bitten by the Reading Bug, 105 Law Libr. J. 113 (2013).

And our library has a variety of lists to get you started. See, e.g.,

A few of the books from our Good Reads section:
  • Gordon S. Wood, Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic,
    catalog record
  • Stephen L. Carter, The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln: A Novel,
    catalog record
  • Bradley Glenn Shreve, Red Power Rising: The National Indian
    Youth Council and the Origins of Native Activism
    , catalog record
  • Bonnie J. Rough, Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA,
    catalog record
  • James C. Freund, Smell Test: Stories and Advice on Lawyering,
    catalog record
  • Rodney R. Jones & Gerald F. Uelman, Supreme Folly: Hilarious
    Excerpts from Actual Court Cases
    , catalog record
Photo credit: Mary Whisner

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Free Advice: Succeeding in Law School

Who doesn't want to do well in law school? No one! But there's a lot to figure out, from how to manage your time to how to tackle exams. Law School Materials for Success, by Barbara Glesner Fines, is a short (89 pages in PDF) book that is packed with tips and advice. Even better: it's free, from CALI! (It's free in various ebook formats. You can buy a paperback copy for $5.14.)

Law School Materials for Success cover
The first year of law school is, for many people, one of the most significant transitions of their adult life. Law school demands a lot as it helps you make the transition from your prior identity as student (or as some other occupational role) to your new identity as an attorney. To meet the demands of law school, it is often helpful to have the big picture before you begin – a sense of what it is you are trying to do as you prepare for classes, participate in those classes, review and prepare for exams, take exams, and then begin the cycle once again.

Law School Materials for Success is designed to give you the essentials of that process. It is purposefully brief – most law students do not have the time for an extensive examination of the study of law school. Rather, they need a source for some basic, critical advice and some pointers on where to go for more if necessary. That is what this book and the accompanying podcasts are designed to provide. 
The podcasts are available from

Monday, August 25, 2014

Reference Office Closures

Although the Law Library will be open Tuesday, August. 26, the Reference Office will be closed.

The Reference Office will re-open at 9am on Wednesday, August 27.

And one more reminder, in observance of the Labor Day holiday, the Law Library and Reference Office will be closed Friday, August. 29 through Monday, September 1st.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Legality of Prisoner-for-Hostage Swap

Congressional Republican leaders asked the Government Accountability Office to review the Department of Defense's actions in releasing five prisoners from Guantanamo to Qatar in exchange for the Taliban releasing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

In a report released yesterday, the GAO concluded that the actions violated a section of the Defense Appropriations Act and the Antideficiency Act. News coverage:

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Environmental Rights in Constitutions

A lot of countries have constitutional provisions establishing a right to a clean and healthy environment. Which ones? And what language do they use?

A political science and public policy professor has put together information from several sources to create Envirorights Map, an interactive page that answers these questions.

Map of Africa shows which countries have environmental provisions
in their constitutions. Blue marker indicates Kenya,
and pop-up quotes the beginning of relevant provision in
the Constitution of Kenya (2010) with a link for more.
The map has nothing for the United States, since our federal constitution does not have such a provision. Montana's state constitution, though, devotes an entire article to Environment and Natural Resources. And other states also have environmental provisions in their constitutions. See James May & William Romanowicz, Environmental Rights in State Constitutions, in Principles of Constitutional Environmental Law 305 (James R. May ed., 2011). (The link is to the chapter on SSRN. The book is at Classified Stacks (KF3775 .P748 2011). The catalog record lists the chapters, most discussing federal constitutional law.)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Conflicts Among Wash. Court of Appeals Divisions

Unlike the federal circuits, the Washington Court of Appeals is a "unitary system"—one court that sits in three divisions, not three separate courts. But sometimes panels from two divisions disagree with each other, so there can be conflicting precedent. What's a trial judge to do? And how should counsel frame their arguments to the trial court?

Learn more about the problem and possible solutions in: Mark DeForrest, In the Groove or in a Rut? Resolving Conflicts Between the Divisions of the Washington State Court of Appeals at the Trial Court Level, 48 Gonz. L. Rev. 431 (2013).

Map of Washington Court of Appeals divisions from Washington Courts website
For practical help on working with precedent in Washington, see Kelly Kunsch, Stare Decisis—Everything You Never Realized You Need to Know, 52 Wash. St. B. News, Oct. 1998, at 31, HeinOnline

Monday, August 4, 2014

Upcoming Library Hours Changes

When School of Law summer quarter exams end this Friday, August 8th, the Law Library and the Reference Office will begin interim hours of operation.

The Library will be open weekdays, Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm.
The Reference Office will be open weekdays, 9am - 12noon and 1 - 5pm.

The Library and the Reference Office will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

In addition, the Library and Reference Office will be closed on Monday, August 11th, and from Friday through Monday, August 29th through September 1st, for Labor Day.

These hours will be continue from Saturday, August 9th, through Sunday, September 21st.

Reference librarians will respond to questions submitted through the Ask Us link on the Law Library website when the Reference Office is open.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

History of Securities Regulation

Check out the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society, a virtual museum with lots of fascinating content: a timeline, original documents, oral histories, and more. It even includes film clips, such as a newsreel of SEC chairman Joseph Patrick Kennedy (1934) and an educational film, "What Is a Corporation?" (1949).

SEC Commission congratulations Commissioner William O. Douglas on his nomination to U.S. Supreme Court (March 20, 1939). Standing, left to right: Robert E. Healy, Jerome Frank, Edward C. Eicher, and George C. Mathews.
From SEC Historical Society.

Thursday, July 24, at 2 pm Eastern time, 11 am Pacific time, the site will broadcast a live audio program on the roles of women in securities regulation.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Reference Office Hours Change for Tuesday, July 22

The Reference Office will be closed for a short time on Tuesday, July 22, from 12:30- 2pm so that staff may attend a meeting.

The Law Library will be open its full schedule that day, 8am - 5pm.

Monday, July 14, 2014

When to Stop Researching

Many legal researchers struggle with the question: When can I stop researching?
graphic of traffic signal with question marks in red, yellow, and green circules

No one answer is appropriate for all situations. Consider:
  • Costs. If you're handling a case worth millions of dollars, it is worth spending extra time looking on the off chance that you'll find a crumb of information or an obscure precedent that will help. But if you're trying to collect $20,000 from an insurance carrier for a car accident, you need to keep your costs down.
  • Knowledge. If you've been practicing in an area for several years and feel familiar with the field, you can probably stop sooner than a summer associate who is just learning about it.
  • Time. If you're working on a tight deadline, you might need to stop researching before you feel you've covered everything thoroughly, in order to allow time to prepared your motion, memo, or other document.
  • Resources. No one has access to all the databases, books, or journals that might be useful. Your research will need to stop before you consult the resources you don't have.
Appellate lawyer Jay O'Keeffe offers these guidelines (Legal Research: How Do You Know When Enough Is Enough?, De Novo: A Virginia Appellate Law Blog, July 11, 2014): 
  1. What kind of appeal are we handling? It takes more research to find authority for a case urging the court to develop the law rather than correct an error based on well-established law.
  2. Have we checked the obvious boxes? Has he (or his associate) followed a research process based on reliable secondary sources, plus keyword searches and citators.
  3. Am I bored yet? 
  4. Can I answer the tough questions?
  5. Can I explain it to my eight-year-old?
For more on when to stop (as well as the research process generally), see

Graphic: Mary Whisner

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ukraine Crisis and International Law

Would you like to get some historical and legal perspective on the crisis in Ukraine? Dan Wade, longtime foreign and international law librarian at Yale, surveys recent and not-so-recent books in a blog post, The Wart on Russia's Nose (that was a phrase Prince Potemkin applied to Crimea, a region he helped Russia annex in the nineteenth century). He leads with Crisis in Ukraine, a 128-page compilation of opinions pieces from Foreign Affairs, 2005-14 (available in several electronic  formats as well as print) and moves on through many other works.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mary Whisner Receives Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award

Mary Whisner (one of the reference librarians here at Gallagher Law Library) has received the Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award for her work with the Youth Tutoring Program sponsored by Catholic Community Services of Western Washington.

 From the nominating letter:
Since 2004 [Mary] has tutored youth on a weekly basis offering academic support and serving as a role model and friend to the students. The program targets six low and middle income housing communities in Seattle. Thus, most of Mary’s work has been with immigrants from eastern Africa and Southeast Asia. Mary’s commitment to this program and her volunteer work make a difference in many kids’ lives. 
Please join us in congratulating Mary for receiving this well-deserved honor!

Baseball napper suing MLB and ESPN for defamation and IIED

While most of us are excited when we catch the attention of the cameras at baseball games, a Yankee fan was not amused when the cameras caught him dozing and ESPN commentators Dan Shulman and John Kruk proceeded to comment during an April 13 Yankee and Red Sox game.

The indignant (and perhaps no longer drowsy) fan, Andrew Robert Rector has retained legal counsel and is suing Major League Baseball, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) as well as Dan Shulman and John Kruk for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.  Damages are sought by Rector in the amount of $10 million.  See the full complaint here.

Baseball seems to intersect with the law a bit more often than expected, see our other baseball blog posts here!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

U.S. Courts July Fourth Video

What does our independence mean to you? How do U.S. Courts protect our freedoms?

Consider the observations of attorneys, judges, and regular people featured in this video posted by the U.S. Courts.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Educating Homeless Kids

Nearly a quarter of homeless people are children.* Over a million children were homeless at the start of the 2010-2011 school year. And being homeless can make it tough to get an education. To address some of the problems, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (1987) set up the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program.

The ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty just published Educating Children Without Housing: A Primer on Legal Requirements and Implementation Strategies for Educators, Advocates and Policymakers (Gallagher Law Library Classified Stacks KF4217.H6 D84 2014). One of the coeditors is Casey Trupin, the Coordinating Attorney for the Children and Youth Project at Columbia Legal Services and also a lecturer in UW Law's Legislative Advocacy Clinic.
Casey Trupin

Here are some links if you want to learn more about these issues:

* See p. 1 of HUD's 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.

Strawberry-Flavored IP

Did you know that more than half of the strawberries in the supermarket trace their roots to strains patented and licensed by UC Davis? It's in the news because a couple of researchers are leaving the university and strawberry growers want assurance that the breeding program will continue there. Breeding Battle Threatens Key Source Of California Strawberries, All Things Considered (NPR), July 1, 2014.

Here are two illustrations that accompanied the patent application for Strawberry Plant Named 'Mojave', one of UC Davis's patented cultivars.

black and white photo of leafy plants
Fig. 1 from PP 22,589

black and white photo of strawberries next to ruler
Fig. 4 from PP 22,589

When you're having a nice dish of strawberry shortcake at your Fourth of July picnic on Friday, give a quick thought to tech transfer, patents, licensing, and agribusiness. And then get back to enjoying your dessert.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Library Hours Change

On Thursday, July 3, the Law Library and the Reference Office will close at 2pm. We will also be closed on both Friday and Saturday, July 4 and 5, as previously announced.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Cause' I'm the taxman...

Summer just began and you are hopefully basking in your freedom from law school though you should keep in mind that September (and classes) will be upon you before you know it.  Former Reed Smith tax partner, James Kleier is also hopefully soaking in his freedom, since he is expected to begin serving a one year sentence in prison in September.

Kleier's tax law work in big law firms including Preston Gates & Ellis, Reed Smith, and Morrison & Foerster in addition to his work as the American Bar Association Section of Taxation's Chair of the Special Project Task Force of the Administrative Practice Committee and past Chair of the San Francisco Bar Association's Barristers Club Tax Section and including his role as a tax professor at Hastings and Golden Gate make it all the more shocking that Kleier will be facing prison time for federal tax evasion.

Had Kleier heeded the 1966 Beatles song, "Taxman," before he began to neglect reporting earned income between 1999 and 2010, he might not be preparing for a year behind bars:

Now my advice for those who die - Taxman!
Declare the pennies on your eyes - Taxman!
Cause' I'm the Taxman, yeah I'm the Taxman
And you're working for no one but me

There is a laundry list of lessons one can draw from this sad story but perhaps the most obvious are:

  1. Pay your taxes, and
  2. Be grateful that your plans for September do NOT involve surrendering yourself to the authorities.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Marijuana Policy: Lessons from Tobacco?

In the "Perspective" section of the New England Journal of Medicine, two public health specialists suggest that regulators can learn some lessons about how to treat marijuana from experience with the tobacco industry. Kimber P. Richter & Sharon Levy, Big Marijuana — Lessons from Big Tobacco (June 11, 2014).

This might interest you if you're following Washington's (and Colorado's) new marijuana laws.

A broader lesson is that lawyers and legal scholars can find many useful policy pieces in non-legal journals.

For example, the New England Journal of Medicine has been covering the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, as well as other topics. You can sign up to get NEJM tables of contents in your email, and UW users have access to the full text.

New England Journal of Medicine logo

For more on research health law and policy, see our Health & Medicine guides.