Check it Out: Call Northside 777

Call Northside 777 is a film based on the true story of a Chicago reporter who had an 11-year-old murder case re-opened. P.J. McNeal (James Stewart) is asked by his boss to look into the story – their newspaper is carrying an ad offering a large reward for any information on the murder of the police officer 11 years ago. Frank Wiecek (Richard Conte) had been convicted of the murder and it is his mother who has placed the ad. As McNeal comes to the conclusion that Wiecek may be innocent he runs into opposition from the authorities who do not want the case re-opened.

September Library Tours!

What Reserve books can be checked out overnight?

Where do printouts actually print?

Where are study guides and course materials?

These questions and more will be answered during library tours, and the tour bus continues into the first week of September. The sign up page is a calendar- be sure to page forward to September. Tours are offered from 9/4 through 9/6.

FDA Changes Sunscreen Regulations

Thanks to new regulations that went into effect in June, it will now be even easier for Seattleites to maintain our beloved pasty complexions. The new regulations standardize the meaning of the term broad spectrum protection to have adequate amounts of UVA and UVB protection. There is also a proposed regulation that would cap the SPF value on sunscreens to SPF 50. Sunscreens can no longer make the claim of waterproof or sweatproof, they will now be labeled water-resistant. For more information see the FDA consumer update.

Witness the Fruits of Legislative Sessions from Around the Country

In many states, new laws take effect on July 1st. CNN highlights some of the more colorful laws in this article.

Imagine Life with the Rules on Your Mobile Device

Are you required to have a copy of the Bluebook, Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Bankruptcy Procedure, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure or Evidence? Tired of carrying the heavy bulky printouts from class to class? As a student, you have more options than we can review in this post. But as an example, if you’re looking for a free copy of the FRCP, you can:

If you’re looking for a mobile version of the Bluebook and you have an iOS device, you’re in luck. With rulebook, you can download copies of The Bluebook and various court rules. While the rulebook app download is free, you will pay through in app purchases for access to the rules. Most rules are $1.99, but access to the Bluebook will cost $39.99.

Of course, if you don’t need your own personal copy and just need to periodically refer to the rules, you can borrow one of several copies of The Bluebook in Reserve or one of the copies of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure also in Reserve from the law library.

Check it Out: The Pelican Brief

In this movie adaptation of John Grisham’s best-selling novel, Julia Roberts plays a law student who theorizes about the murders of two Supreme Court judges. She writes her theories into a legal brief that she gives to her law professor Thomas Callahan (Sam Shepard). When Callahan, her mentor and lover, is killed, she knows her theory is correct and the only person she can trust is investigative reporter Gray Grantham (Denzel Washington). Check out The Pelican Brief from the law library and watch as this thrilling story unfolds.


The law library attempts to purchase one copy of every casebook used in core first-year courses. Because it is only one copy, you should not plan on using it instead of finding access to your own copy. The law library does not purchase casebooks for any upper level courses unless requested by a professor. The number of offerings would make the cost prohibitive and would end up being passed on to our law students.

For a list, see our 1L Casebooks in Reserve list available on our First-Year Law Student Resource Guide.

Washington’s New Cottage Food Act

Home bakers are now legally able to sell “low risk food” such as cakes and jams in Washington state. The Cottage Food Operations laws are found in RCW Chapter 69.22 and the new regulations are in WAC 16-149. See the Seattle Times profile of a local baker who is now able to legally run her cake business from her home.

Library Security Gates

The Library uses electronic security gates to help protect our collection. These gates will beep when material that has not been properly checked out and desensitized are brought through. If the alarm sounds, please return to the circulation desk. In addition to Library materials, other items may set off the alarm, including textbooks purchased at the bookstore, inventory tags, and other electronic sensing devices; Circulation staff may be able to help you identify the source and can help desensitize those items.

Library Doors

Please enter and exit the Library from the main doors on the second floor of the Law School. All other doors are alarmed and for emergency use only. Using these other doors (including those into the internal stairwells) will trigger a loud audible alarm that can only be turned off by Public Safety.