Free Washington Probate Forms

Hopefully, you never have to probate a will — unless that is your chosen area of law practice.  However, if you are a novice and do have to do a probate, check out this website that provides free advice and forms.  It is not the most visually pleasing site but the content is useful and worth knowing about.

Gifts for Law Grads

With graduation nearing, it is gift giving season.  For Counsel is an online boutique specializing in gifts for lawyers (which translates into law graduates).  You can find desktop accessories, “productivity tools,” clothing and other kinds of gifts–scales of justice abound.  Or . . . you can just give cash.  But don’t forget your law grad.

Today in Legal History: Memorial Day

Memorial Day, initially called Decoration Day, was first observed on May 30, 1868, to honor the Civil War soldiers who died in battle by decorating their graves. While Memorial Day was celebrated in the years following 1868, it was not declared a national holiday until 1971 when Congress declared it be celebrated on the last Monday of May. Today, Americans celebrate Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, participating in parades, and gathering with family and friends.

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Happy Trails to Two of SU’s Law Librarians

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Librarians Kristin Cheney and Bob Menanteaux are retiring at the end of this academic year.  Kristin is the Associate Dean for Library and Educational Technology and has worked at the law school for more then 20 years.  Bob is an Informational Services Librarian with specialization in international law and has worked at SU for more than 35 years–that is a loooong time.  We will miss them both and wish them long and happy retirements.

New Library Director

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Seattle University School of Law is pleased to announce the promotion of Kara Phillips to Law Library Director, effective July 1, 2014.  Kara has been the Associate Library Director at SU Law for several years and has extensive knowledge of the collection, budget and personnel of the library.  She also understands the many idiosyncrasies of the law school.  Congratulations to Kara and to the law library.

Today in Legal History: Norway’s Constitution Day


Syttende Mai (May 17th) is Norway’s Constitution Day. Norway had been a part of the Danish Autocracy for 400 years, and on May 17, 1814, Norway signed the constitution that declared the country an independent nation. The Norwegian Parliament held the first Syttende Mai celebration in 1836—even though they would not become fully independent until 1905—and from then on the day became Norway’s official National Day.

While Syttende Mai is a national holiday in Norway, it is also a big event here in Seattle. The holiday has been a popular Ballard neighborhood celebration since 1974, with food and activities for the whole family.

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Justice Scalia Gets His Facts Wrong??

OB-ZE637_scalia_D_20131007110802In what Berkley law professor Daniel Farber termed a “cringeworthy mistake” Justice Scalia attributed the position of the trucking industry to the EPA is his dissent in the EPA v. EME Homer City Generation L.P. case.

From the Volohk Conspiracy website: “Case Western Reserve University law professor Jonathan H. Adler notes the irony.

“The worst part of it is that Scalia should know this because the author of the Supreme Court’s decision in Whitman v. American Trucking Assns was none other than Scalia,” he said.”

To read more see the Wall Street Journal Law Blog.

Recommended Reading from the Walkover Collection: Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The Walkover collection is located on the 2nd floor of the library under the staircase. 

Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, (Ecco 2012)  LAW-Walkover Collection (2nd Floor)  PS3606.O844B55 2012  (National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2012)

51Ktw9J6YxL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_“Though the shellshocked humor will likely conjure comparisons with Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse Five, the debut novel by Fountain focuses even more on the cross-promotional media monster that America has become than it does on the absurdities of war. The entire novel takes place over a single Thanksgiving Day, when the eight soldiers (with their memories of the two who didn’t make it) find themselves at the promotional center of an all-American extravaganza, a nationally televised Dallas Cowboys football game. Providing the novel with its moral compass is protagonist Billy Lynn, a 19-year-old virgin from small-town Texas who has been inflated into some kind of cross between John Wayne and Audie Murphy for his role in a rescue mission documented by an embedded Fox News camera. In two days, the Pentagon-sponsored “Victory Tour” will end and Bravo will return to the business as usual of war. In the meantime, they are dealing with a producer trying to negotiate a film deal (“Think Rocky meets Platoon”), glad-handing with the corporate elite of Cowboy fandom (and ownership), and suffering collateral damage during a halftime spectacle with Beyoncé. Over the course of this long, alcohol-fueled day, Billy finds himself torn, as he falls in love (and lust) with a devout Christian cheerleader and listens to his sister try to persuade him that he has done his duty and should refuse to go back. As “Americans fight the war daily in their strenuous inner lives,” Billy and his foxhole brethren discover treachery and betrayal beyond anything they’ve experienced on the battlefield. War is hell in this novel of inspired absurdity.” Review from Kirkus Reviews

Email Updates from Washington Courts

The Washington Courts’ website contains quite a bit of useful information including court rules, cases, forms and more. You can also sign up for email alerts from the site. You can choose what you’d like to get, including notifications of changes to court rules and/or jury instructions.

Recommended Reading from the Walkover Collection: 2666, Roberto Bolaño

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The Walkover collection is located on the 2nd floor of the library under the staircase.

2666 by Roberto Bolaño
PQ8093.12.O38A12213 2008

“The American mirror, said the voice, the sad American mirror of wealth and poverty and constant useless metamorphosis, the mirror that sails and whose sails are pain.” From 1993 to 2003 there have been over 1000 unsolved murders of young women in the Mexico-US border city Juárez, this is the backdrop of Roberto Bolaño’s enormous, 900 page novel 2666. 2666 is far from your typical detective novel. For one, despite the many murders, no one seems to care. In fact, the murders are not substantively discussed until the second half of the novel. Bolaño divides the novel into five parts and each vary greatly in tone and point-of-view. Word of caution: getting adjusted to Bolaño’s writing style takes time, but is well worth it. If you’re in the mood for a mind-blowing novel that you can spend months studying, then 2666 is a must read. – Justin Abbasi, Law Library Intern