What's new in the Law Library . . .
People in the News
Kerry Fitz-Gerald was hired as the library's newest reference
librarian. Kerry has an A.B. with Distinction in Philosophy from
Duke University, a Masters in Chinese Philosophy from University
of Hawai'i at Manoa, a J.D. cum laude from University of Wisconsin
and most recently, an M.L.I.S. with certification in law librarianship
from University of Washington. She has been working as a reference
librarian at King County Law Library since 1999. She has also
worked as an associate at the LaFollette Godfrey Kahn Law Firm
in Wisconsin, interned at the Wisconsin Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission and the Wisconsin Center for Public Representation,
and clerked for Justice Bablitch at the Wisconsin State Supreme
Court. Kerry starts Wednesday, September 4th and will be located
in Room 202, near the reference desk on the second floor of the
law library. Please welcome Kerry.
Kristin Cheney, Executive Law Librarian, was named the
new Chair of the Association of Jesuit and Catholic Universities
(AJCU) Conference of Law Librarians for 2002-2003, while at the
American Association of Law Librarians (AALL) annual conference
in Orlando, Fl. Additionally, Ms. Cheney recently received a Certificate
of Appreciation from Curtis Senior High School, University Place
School District, for partnering with teachers to provide students
with information and inspiration to become involved with community
Ada DiSpaltro, our Acquisition's Specialist retired on
July 31st after twenty years of service to the law library and
law school. For those of you who were unable to attend Ada's going
away part, she was overwhelmed with the gifts (a Mariner's jacket,
gift certificates for Mariner's tickets and to Michaels, as well
as a scrapbook). When asked to say something, Ada actually said
she was "speechless"! Congratulations to Ada on her
twenty years of service and best wishes on her retirement! Charlotte
Parsons, our former Circulation Assistant, has been hired
to fill Ada's position as the library's Acquisition's Specialist.
Charlotte is now located in Ada's former workstation. You can
reach Charlotte by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or x4188. Congratulations to Charlotte.
Kelly Kunsch co-authored "A State Supreme Court in
Transition" with Professor Bond. The article was published
at 25 Seattle University Law Review 545. The authors studied the
Washington Supreme Court justices' voting patterns and analyzed
the trends for possible shifts in the balance due to changes the
court's makeup. Kelly also authored "The Way We Were and
What We 'B'" published at 21 Legal Reference Services Quarterly
97. The article is a retrospective on the past 20 years of legal
reference, and the movement toward immediacy, ubiquity, and universality.
Kelly concludes that the job is more difficult now than 20 years
ago because of one factor: increased patron expectations.
Kent Milunovich, the library's Systems/Technical Services
Librarian, has published an article in the Law Library Journal
titled "Designing and Maintaining Law Library Web Sites:
Some Practical Considerations" (Vol. 94, no. 3, Summer 2002,
pp. 487-508). The article describes a number of general law library
Web site design principles and identifies elements that are typically
included in such sites.
Brendan Starkey Update. July 12th marked Brendan
Starkey's last day as a SU reference librarian. On July 13th Brendan
began making the transition to his new role of University of Southern
California first-year law student! Yes, when Brendan left he was
leaning towards accepting Georgetown's offer, but his home state
of California eventually got the nod.
New and Notable Library Materials
Check out the New and Notable
page to see new resources we think might be of particular interest
to our users. The page includes synopses, information on the authors,
and links to available reviews of the titles shown above.
Research Materials of Leonard Schroeter
Leonard Schroeter, a local attorney with a national reputation
for outstanding public interest service, has generously donated
his collection of research materials to the library. The collection
encompasses many areas of social justice advocacy, and reflects
the thinking and scholarship of a highly successful activist lawyer.
The collection also includes unique materials for public interest
law scholarship, and complements Seattle University School of
Law's commitment to social justice.
Leonard Schroeter has received numerous awards for his distinguished
career as an access to justice activist. Mr. Schroeter's advocacy
has not been limited to the court room; he has also contributed
to progressive legal scholarship with numerous articles on constitutional
The library will begin processing the collection this Fall. Once
established, the collection will provide a valuable resource of
unique research sources for scholars and practicioners. Eventually,
certain parts of the collection will be digitized, allowing access
to the collection by researchers in the greater public interest
Updated Faculty Services Guide
of our "new and improved" FACULTY SERVICES GUIDE is
currently underway. This updated print guide not only describes
the many library services that are available to law school faculty,
but also provides the reader with assorted library and law school-related
maps, directories, calendars, etc. The GUIDE's looseleaf format
will facilitate adding and updating materials as the library expands
and refines its faculty services. A complete overview of faculty
services is also available online at http://www.law.seattleu.edu/Library/Services.xml.
Faculty members who have not received a copy of the GUIDE by
August 30th should contact Jane
Draney, ext. 4089.
New Faculty Research Assistants Program
Full-time and visiting faculty members who have short-term research
projects (approx. 20 hours) that do not require the continued
employment of a student research assistant are invited to use
the services of the Faculty Research Assistants Program. This
service will provide research support from a pool of students
hired, trained, and supervised by the Reference Librarians. Its
purpose is to deliver timely information for episodic projects.
To initiate a request, contact your law library liaison. (Liaison
list available online at http://www.law.seattleu.edu/Library/Services.xml.
7th Annual Bridge The Gap
Seattle University Law School, Sullivan Hall, hosted the 7th
Annual Bridge the Legal Research Gap program on Tuesday, June
25. A joint production by law librarians from Seattle University
Law Library and University of Washington Gallagher Law Library,
Bridge the Gap is a free program designed to give students a refresher
course on key research skills needed for summer legal employment.
The 179 registrants included law students from schools around
the country working at 61 local law firms, companies, not-for-profit
organizations, and government agencies. Presenters from Seattle
University included Law Librarians Kelly Kunsch, Bob Menanteaux,
Kara Phillips, Brendan Starkey, and Stephanie Wilson, and Law
School Career Services Director Erika Lim. Many of the research
guides and power point presentations are available at: http://lib.law.washington.edu/announce/2002btglaunch.htm
Blackwell Table of Contents Service
The library has worked with Blackwell's Book Services to add
tables of contents for 1,700 titles dating back to 1992. Representative
publishers of these titles include Aspen, Kluwer, Oryx, and various
university presses and smaller publishers. The tables of contents
are prominently displayed in our online catalog. To view examples,
access our online catalog at http://theo.seattleu.edu/
and search for the titles Sexual Harassment: Women Speak Out (which
includes author hyperlinks) and Free Speech in an Open Society
(which shows book jacket notes). We will continue to work with
Blackwell as they add tables of contents and book jacket notes
to new titles that we receive.
Law school students, faculty and staff have long had the advantage
of accessing KeyCite, Westlaw's citation checking software, for
academic purposes via Westlaw. Now, the law library is offering
Westlaw KeyCite to all patrons (alumni, main campus, and walk-in
patrons) for use within the law library. KeyCite can be used to
determine whether a case or statute is good law and to retrieve
citing references. It covers the West's National Reporter System
(federal and state appellate cases), selected unpublished cases,
ALR Annotations, USCA, CFR and statutes from all 50 states. Additionally,
KeyCite provides references from secondary sources such as law
reviews and AmJur. KeyCite is easy to use with a graphical web
interface and colored symbols to alert the reader to important
status information. KeyCite results may be sent to a patron's
personal e-mail address. Patrons may call Seattle University Law
Library at 206-398-4225 or stop by the Reference Desk for more
information. We are pleased to expand the availability of this
premiere cite checking service!
New Display on Islamic Law
A new display has been installed in the fourth-floor display case.
The display highlights the law of Islam and the library's materials
on this increasingly important subject. Pictorial materials, newspaper
articles and explanatory text are also included to provide a brief
overview of the sources and current impact of Islamic law.
Comments and questions about the materials displayed are welcome;
please contact Cynthia Burress
at ext. 4225 for information about the display.
This fall while construction proceeds on the new faculty office
space, legal writing faculty will occupy three library study rooms
on the 3rd floor. Rooms 302, 303 & 304 will not be available.
The remaining study rooms on the 3rd floor and all the 4th floor
rooms can still be reserved at the circulation desk for group
study. Be aware that construction might affect access to study
rooms throughout the semester. Check with staff at circulation
or reference for construction updates.
Newsletter written by law library staff.
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