Featured Database: Subject Compilation of State Laws – Fifty State Surveys

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 lawreference@seattleu.edu.

Featured Database: ProQuest Congressional Digital Research Collection

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.

Featured Database: National Moot Court Competition Library

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.

Featured Database: WSBA Deskbooks through Loislaw

An indispensable fixture in many law offices, Loislaw now offers online access to all of the deskbooks published by the Washington State Bar Association. Loislaw provides access to deskbooks in 14 different topical areas, ranging from Estate Planning to Motor Vehicle Accidents. Coverage of prior editions is quite broad, as it includes all deskbooks published between 2001 and the present.

Each deskbook available through Loislaw can be accessed via two methods. First, there is a search engine that allows search each deskbook. Second, there is a link to the table of contents for each deskbook. Users browsing by subject can follow the links to the table of contents and search through the topics in order to find relevant sections.

Deskbooks are one of the first places to look when faced with questions that require research.  In addition to annotated statutes and case indexes, deskbooks are an excellent source for those looking for cases and statutes on particular topics. Nearly every deskbook section is heavily footnoted with cites to relevant cases and statutes. Further, Loislaw provides online access to the latest supplements for each deskbook, so that updated information is available.

The information in the deskbooks is broken into sub-topics in a way that makes it easy for the practitioner to answer questions that are frequently asked by clients.  Say, for example, that you have a client who wants to know whether he has a claim, where he totaled his car after running into a cow on the highway. The second edition of the Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook provides an answer to the question in Section 4.4 (1) One Car Collisions – Actions by the Driver – Collisions with Animals.

Overall, deskbooks are an invaluable resource for practitioners seeking information on Washington Law. The library is excited to provide online access to the deskbooks, so that you can obtain the information regardless of where you are located!

Human Trafficking Research

The Polaris Project offers a broad selection of resources for various actors within the anti-human trafficking movement. The site includes statistics, statutes, and pending legislation.

Check it Out: Writ Writer

Writ Writer tells the story of Fred Cruz, who became a jailhouse lawyer–writ writer in prison parlance–and the legal battle he waged to secure what he believed to be the constitutional rights of Texas prisoners. Check out Writ Writer from the Law Library, and follow Cruz’s courageous journey all the way to the Supreme Court.

Featured Database: Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP)

Are you looking for the most recent articles in a particular area of the law?  The Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) is an index of recently published legal periodicals that is maintained by the UW Law Library.  The CILP index is updated on a weekly basis and it includes an archive that stretches back to 1999.  CILP contains citations to articles divided by subject area and tables of contents for each periodical that is cited.  Individuals with access to Westlaw or Lexis will want to click on the html version of the weekly lists as they include links to the articles in those databases.  Check it out on our library database page.

Featured Database: BNA

The over 100 titles in the BNA library provide news, analysis, and cases on legal and regulatory developments on a variety of subjects.  BNA newsletters can also help with interview preparation because they are aimed at working professionals, with concise information in specific practice areas.  Interviewing for an IP position?  There are a variety of reports on different facets of intellectual property, including international.  There are dozens on tax topics, health law, and corporate law.  Read up before the interview and you will be able to talk intelligently about current developments in specific practice areas.  For those of you writing articles, BNA newsletters are also helpful for identifying possible paper or article topics.  BNA newsletters are available through the library’s Databases page.

Secured Transactions

So much law comes back to two things: tax law and secured transactions.  If you rent-to-own a TV or have a mortgage, you’re in a secured transaction contract right now.  It’s good to have a working knowledge of secured transactions even if you don’t want to go into business law, and this research guide by Kelly Kunsch can help you with just that.

Today in Legal History: FDR Wins 4th Term

Franklin Delano Roosevelt won a fourth term on November 7, 1944. Other than Franklin Roosevelt, no president has ever served more than two terms.  George Washington stepped down after two terms and many other presidents followed his example.  Teddy Roosevelt ran for a third term but lost that election.  After FDR’s tenure, the 22nd Amendment was ratified, limiting the term of a presidency.

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