The legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado has made the west attractive to entrepreneurs seeking their fortune in a new and potentially lucrative industry. See the Yakima Herald Republic article “Washington Prospectors Seek Fortune in Legal Pot” to see some of the faces of this new gold rush.
One “gift” of going to school in Washington is that we’re a community property state, which means there is specific law governing how marital assets and debts are distributed when the marital community is dissolved. You can learn more about both Washington community property law and the community property laws of other states using this research guide.
While the United States Supreme Court term begins on the first Monday in October, our state’s Supreme Court term does not. According to its website, the Washington Supreme Court has four, four-month sessions (although Summer’s session appears consistently light). If one had to define a new “term,” it would probably be the Winter session beginning in January of each year. That is the first session following judicial elections in November. It is also the time when the Chief Justice gives her State of the Judiciary address.
The website of the Washington state legislature is your best source for tracking the activities of the legislature. You can use the site to track bills or sign up for email or RSS alerts for particular bills, topics or committees. The site also functions as a legislative history repository–information from as early as 1991 is available through the Detailed Legislative Reports.
Washington state is way ahead of most states in digitizing and providing access to state and local records that might have legal, fiscal or historical value. The Digital Archives currently include 28 different collections ranging from those useful for genealogy purposes (marriage and death records) to those interesting to legal researchers (frontier justice and city council resolutions).
by Jason Giesler, Law Library Intern
If you are looking for Washington legal information, you can attempt to avoid the need for expensive subscription databases by examining the Washington Courts web page. The site contains a plethora of useful information for those practicing in our the state.
There are a number of useful primary legal resources available through the courts homepage. First, the site contains court rules for every court in Washington State. Court rules can be accessed via a search engine on the initial page, or through a topical index. Another great primary source is the pattern jury instructions. The jury instructions are divided between Civil and Criminal subjects and are presently being made available through a partnership with Westlaw. Finally, if you have lost your advance sheets, there is also a page that contains links to recent Appellate and Supreme Court Opinions. (more…)
The Washington State Bar has recently published a new deskbook on partnerships and limited liability companies. This much needed resource helps fill a gap in Washington business practice materials. You can find two copies in the Reserve section of the Library at KFW207.W37 2010.
Are you looking for discussion on current law related topics in Washington state? Mary Whisner from the University of Washington law library has recently updated her compilation of Law-Related Blogs in Washington State. Topics range from construction law to food law to gay rights to legal research. Most of the blogs are written by attorneys and professors in Washington state.
The 2010 Regular Session of the Washington State Legislature begins on January 11. From the legislature’s website, you can track particular legislators, committees or bills. RSS feeds make it easy to keep up with what’s happening in our legislature.
Simply Washington, produced by the Office of the Secretary of State, describes all aspects of Washington. The online publication describes Washington state history, government structure, key resources and businesses, our role in international trade, and much more.