Writing a Paper this Semester?

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Martin Luther King Papers Project

In 1985, Coretta Scott King asked Clayborne Carson, a Stanford historian to edit and publish her husband’s papers.  Hosted by Stanford University, the King Papers Project is a joint venture of Stanford, the King Center and the King Estate.  The Project website contains the full-text of sermons, speeches, correspondence and other writings of Dr. King.

Corporations

So you decided to take Business Entities this semester and you’re feeling a burning desire to know more about corporate law, or maybe more about Washington-specific corporate law? This research guide, by Kelly Kunsch, is packed with everything you need, from where to find forms for corporate formation to useful journals relating to corporate law (check out the Securities Regulation Law Journal for possible vacation reading!) or where to find Washington corporation registrations online.

King County and MLK

King County was so named long before Martin Luther King was born. It was originally named after Vice President William Rufus de Vane King. In 2005, the Washington legislature enacted a law changing the county’s namesake to civil rights leader, Dr. King. In 2006, the County Council changed the county logo to reflect that change. You can find out more about William R. King and the process of the change at the county’s website.

Administrative Law

Written by Tina Ching, this research guide provides an introduction to Washington and Federal administrative codes and processes.  It is useful for general administrative law issues and questions, and features a number of secondary sources which can help you explore the subject further.

Today in Legal History: Law & Order Premiered

September 13, 1990 is when it all started–one hour, two “separate but equally important groups,” detectives, prosecutors, New York City crime, stories ripped from the headlines, and that sound.  Is it a Donk Donk?  A Clang Clang?  Where did they get that sound?  And what are we going to do after twenty solid years of knowing that we could spend at least one hour of our week (okay, by the end, almost every hour of our week if you include cable) engrossed in a perplexing criminal investigation and prosecution, trying to pretend it was somehow school-related?

Law_Order_Season_One_castIf your interest in Law & Order extends into the academic, or if you are considering a career in criminal defense law, check out Elayne Rapping’s Law and Justice as Seen on TV.  A professor  of both women’s and media studies, Rapping turned her analytical mind to the law on television when her son became a public defender and she wanted to figure out why there was so much negative reaction to his career choice.   She dedicates the book to all the public defenders who never appear on television, but still toil daily “in the Sisyphean effort to make our government live up to the democratic rhetoric of its own Constitution.”

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1L Information

We met many of the new students during the recent library 1L orientation, but if you were unable to attend, here is a summary of some of the most important things we covered:

Library Survival Guide
If you need information about law school in general, briefing a case, or outlining, consult our new student guide at http://lawlibguides.seattleu.edu/newstudent.

Study Aids

The library has a variety of study aids located in our reserve section including: Nutshells, Hornbooks, Examples and Explanations, Emanuel Law Outlines and Gilbert Law Summaries.  For specific titles see our Finding Study Aids Guide at: http://lawlibguides.seattleu.edu/studyaids.

Casebooks
The library maintains one copy of each required first year casebook in the Reserve area for two-hour check-out (no overnight checkouts).  The first year casebook collection is to be used for quick reference or limited photocopying and is not intended to be a substitute for purchasing casebooks.  The library does not purchase copies of required supplementary materials/handouts or upper division course materials.  

Study Rooms

Study rooms can be reserved for your study group.  It’s a two hour maximum per day per group.  For more information, visit: http://www.law.seattleu.edu/library and click on the links under Study Rooms and Equipment Requests.

Reference Help

reference help

Reference librarians can help with any aspect of legal research—finding sources, searching databases, and understanding search results.  If you have a reference question, please stop by the reference desk, call us at 206-398-4225 or email us at lawreference@seattleu.edu   We welcome your questions.

Our reference team consists of:

If you have a reference question, you can contact any of the above librarians directly.  Our reference desk hours are as follows:  Evening reference is offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am until 8:00 pm and Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. On Sunday afternoons from noon to 4:00 pm, we will provide reference services via email (lawreference@seattleu.edu ).  We look forward to working with you throughout the year.

Catalog Help

Need to know the ins and outs of searching the library catalog?  This research guide covers the basics of what is in the library catalog, basic searching, advanced searching, and where items are located.

First-Year Law Student Resource Guide

This is the authoritative guide to our favorite things here in the library to help you survive being a 1L.  It covers resources about law school, case briefing, and outlining.