Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Good Reads in the Law Library

 You know that the Law Library has tons of great resources for research, such as practice manuals and treatises, not to mention all the study aids. And, golly, the databases! 

But there's more! The Law Library also has a collection of books that we think might appeal to you for leisure reading. This Good Reads collection is on the low shelving across from the Law Student Lounge. Recent additions include a memoir (The Watergate Girl), a novel (The Coyotes of Carthage), and a comic-book-style book about the Constitution (Constitution Illustrated). Take a look!

cover art for 3 books
Book jackets: The Watergate Girl,
The Coyotes of Carthage
, Constitution Illustrated

Friday, September 17, 2021

Library Reopening! Woo-hoo!

After a long closure for the pandemic, the Law Library is reopening to the UW Law community, Monday morning, September 20. We're excited to see you again, and we hope you'll be happy with the study spaces, collections, and services available.

neon open sign in window

Photo by Alex Knight on Unsplash

There's still a pandemic going on, though, so we all need to be careful.

  • UW Law students, staff, and faculty may visit the library in person. Just swipe in with your Husky card. 
    • One person at a time, please!
    • No guests allowed: just UW Law.
    • Your Husky cards will open the door 24-7. Remember that Gates Hall is closed 1-6 a.m., and of course you have to be in the building to open the library door.

  • Mask up! 
    • Beverages are allowed (in covered containers). You may pull down your mask to take a sip.
    • The only library space where food is allowed is the student lounge on L1. Obviously, you'll need to unmask to eat. But don't sit too close to others.

  • Socially distance!
    • You can now reserve your seat at a table or study carrel.
    • Tables in the Reference Area and soft seating are available to the first sitter.

  • Library staff will be here M-F, 8-5. You'll have remote reference service 9 am to 7 pm Monday-Thursday and Sunday afternoon.
  • Self-service Course Reserves
    • New check-out stations enable you to check out books to yourself with your Husky card.
    • Course reserves may be checked out for four hours at a time, for use in the library only.
    • Check them back in and reshelve them.

  • Self-service Checkout
    • You can check out books from anywhere (except the Reference Area and Reference Office) at the self-service checkout.
    • Return those books to book drops.
  • Contact us
    • Email (UW Law community only)
    • Phone 206-543-6794
    • Chat (coming soon!)
    • Zoom--use the new terminal at the Information Desk to be connected directly to a reference Zoom Room!


What if you're not a UW Law student, staff member, or faculty member? We can serve you remotely. 

  • Ask Us! service (You ask a question via a web form and get an answer via email.)
  • Phone 206-543-6794
  • Chat (coming soon!)


Let's have a great school year!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Access to Justice Speaker Series (Sept. 21—Nov. 30)

Angélica Cházaro, UW Law

Sports fans know that the Pac-12 is an athletic conference of major universities in the West. But the universities are much more than their sports teams. Most of them also have law schools (all but WSU* and Oregon State). 

The law schools don't face off on the football field or volleyball court (although that might be fun to see). Instead, they've gotten together to plan a speaker series on access to justice, featuring big thinkers from around the conference. 

The series runs Tuesdays throughout the fall, and concludes on November 30 with Angélica Cházaro from UW Law.

Tuesday, September 21, 6 pm Pacific Time
Jody Armour
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: Race, Language, Unequal Justice, and the Law

September 28
David Oppenheimer

University of California Berkeley School of Law
Responding to the Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan 

October 5
Margaret Hagan
Stanford University Law School
Justice Innovation

October 12
Anna Carpenter
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Judges in Lawyerless Courts

October 19
Stacy Butler and Christopher Griffin
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Developing and Simulating Non-Lawyer Models of Medical Debt Advocacy

October 26
Scott Skinner-Thompson
University of Colorado Law School
Identity By Committee 

November 2
Laura Gomez
University of California Los Angeles School of Law
Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism

November 9
Justin Weinstein-Tull
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Title coming soon 

November 16
Kimberly Johnson
University of Oregon School of Law
This is My America: Stories, Storytelling and Access to Justice

November 30
Angélica Cházaro

University of Washington School of Law
Due Process Deportations? The Limits of Universal Representation for Immigrants

Right now, registration is only available for the first presentation. Check the series website for the following lectures' times and registration as they become available. 



* The legislature decided back in 1917 that only the UW would have a law program and only WSU would have programs in agriculture and veterinary science. 1917 Wash. Laws ch. 10, Regulating Courses of Instruction in State University, College, and Normal Schools. By now the list exclusive to UW includes law, medicine, forest products, logging engineering, library sciences, and fisheries. RCW 28B.20.060

Speaking of "library sciences": the UW Information School is home to a terrific program in law librarianship. If you're curious about this rewarding field, ask a law librarian, or start with this online essay.