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.


Happy Trails to Two of SU’s Law Librarians

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


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.


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


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


Check it Out: The Reckoning – The Battle for the ICC

In 1998 more than 100 nations came together to form the International Criminal Court, the first permanent court created to prosecute perpetrators (no matter their positions) of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. The Reckoning follows prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo as he issues arrest warrants for the rebel leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, puts four Congolese warlords on trial in The Hague, charges the president of Sudan with genocide and war crimes in Darfur, challenges the UN Security Council to have him arrested, and shakes up the Colombian criminal justice system. Whether you are interested in human rights, international law, or would just like to see how the ICC works, check out The Reckoning from the law library.


Check it Out: The Amistad Revolt


This documentary is the history of the 1839 Amistad Revolt and the ensuing campaign to free the Africans jailed for murder and piracy. Amistad was a Spanish ship sailing to Cuba with 53 captive Africans aboard who captured the ship and demanded to be returned to their country. Instead of being returned to their home, the Africans were taken prisoner and jailed. The incident effected the U.S. Supreme Court’s first civil rights case, U.S. v. The Schooner Amistad, which resulted in the freedom of the captive Mendi and their eventual return to their homeland. Check out The Amistad Revolt from the law library.