“The Lawyer is the official magazine of Seattle University School of Law, and is published for alumni and friends of the law school.” Perhaps you remember something you saw in an old issue of The Lawyer; or you want to look back at the history of the law school and the people who worked at and attended it. Back issues of The Lawyer are available online at the law school’s Digital Commons site. See (or remember) what was happening back in Tacoma when ties were wide and hair was big.
Ravel Law, a new legal research, analytics and visualization platform is available to the law school through December as part of a database trial. This new legal research platform spun out of Stanford University’s Law School, Computer Science Department, and d.school, with the support of CodeX (Stanford’s Center for Legal Informatics). Check it out and let us know what you think. You must be on campus to get access to all the available tools including judge analytics. Contact a reference librarian for assistance.
Have you ever wondered where to find a comparison of state laws governing the proceeds from the sales of all those lottery tickets you buy hoping to pay off your student loans? Or how various states’ laws on the use of cell phones while driving compare? If so, Cheryl Nyberg’s Subject Compilations of State Laws (LAW-Reserve KF1.N93) is the place to start.
Subject Compilations is an annual bibliography that is divided into legal topics as diverse as lotteries, traffic, taxation and hundreds more. This resource provides citations to legal publications (including law review articles, books, court briefs and opinions, federal and state government publications, loose-leaf services and websites) where multi-state information can be found.
In addition to the bound volumes of this set, the law library has a comprehensive searchable database of the entire set available through Hein Online. This database contains references to 50-state surveys and allows you to link directly to journals found within Hein Online or the Web. The Subject Compilations database is searchable across a number of fields, including subject, journal title, title, creator/author, added authors, court, or entry number (entry numbers are used in cross references and in the author and publisher indexes). It can be accessed on the library’s subscription database listings, under Hein Online.
Still looking? Westlaw and LexisNexis also offer fifty state survey products. Additionally, the book, National Survey of State Laws. (LAW-Reserve KF386.N38) provides detailed charts of state legislation on popular topics. The charts make it easy to compare state approaches. For assistance, please contact the reference desk at x4225 or email@example.com.
The Congressional Digital Research Collection is a database that includes comprehensive coverage of Congressional Research Service reports from 2004 to present. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a legislative branch agency that conducts policy research for members of Congress. Reports are prepared by nationally recognized experts on a wide variety of topics. The LexisNexis Congressional Digital Research Collection is available on the law library database page.
Hein Online provides digital access to the winning records and briefs from the 1st– 65th annual National Moot Court Competitions. Documents can be searched from 1950-2015 to find on point discussions from the briefs and records written by the winning teams. Check out Hein Online on the law library database page.
Bloomberg Law, in addition to providing exceptionally useful legal research materials, has a number of guides and tips for excelling in your internship, externship, or clinic placements. If you don’t already have a Bloomberg log in, go the site and register as an academic user using your .edu email address. Job info is found on the homepage of the site.
Did you know you can use your Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg accounts during the summer? Each service has different rules (especially about whether or not you can use your account for work purposes) and you might have to extend your password. Visit each providers homepage for more information.
Most SU law students are quite comfortable with WestlawNext and have some familiarity with LexisAdvance, but many don’t know about Bloomberg Law. This research service is incredibly useful, especially for business and transactional work. If you haven’t tried it already, sign up now.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has a free trademark search database. It’s worth knowing about as a research tool. Just for fun, we looked up “Beast Mode.” It came up with 41 documents, including some filed in the name of Marshawn Lynch. There is also one from some guy in the Netherlands for cat toys with the same name. The site doesn’t tell you if a trademark is enforceable; only whether it has been filed. To learn the latter, you can sign up for intellectual property with Professor Chon or Silverman.
As you are starting your new classes, we’d like to remind you about CALI lessons. If you are unfamiliar, CALI lessons are interactive, computer-based tutorials on a wide range of legal subject areas. Lessons are completely free for our law students. They are useful for mastering material during the semester and for exam preparation.
When registering a new CALI account, you must use our school’s authorization code to create the account. You can get the authorization code at the Reference Desk. You only need to use this authorization code once. After that, you will use the email and password you created when you signed up. CDs with the lessons are also available at the Reference Desk.