What has your state bar association done for you lately?

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By , October 28, 2013 8:40 am

by Grace Feldman 
This post has been reposted on the Gallagher Law Library blog

What has your state bar association done for you lately? Quite a bit, actually! (Unless you’re in California, Delaware or Montana).  For attorneys in the other lucky 47 states, state bar associations provide access to Casemaker or Fastcase or InCite! If you’re curious to see which service different state bar associations provide, check out this fantastic map created by J. Michael Goodson Law Library at Duke University School of Law!

A screenshot of the State Bar Association - Provided Legal Research Services map.  Thank you Goodson Law Library!

A screenshot of the State Bar Association – Provided Legal Research Services map. Thank you Goodson Law Library!

Here in Washington, the WSBA provides access to Casemaker. Casemaker provides access to case law, statutes, and other materials from all 50 states as well as a large federal data set that includes Supreme Court Opinions, Circuit and District Court Opinions. More information can be found on the WSBA Casemaker page!

LLOPS bloggers wanted!

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By , October 21, 2013 8:19 am

Are you bursting with library-focused ideas?  Do you love to share news about the law library profession?  Do you find yourself spotting legal trends?  Would you like to connect with the rest of the LLOPS community?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above and you are a LLOPS member, then you should let Grace Feldman (the LLOPS Newsletter/Blog Chair) know that you’d like to contribute to the LLOPS blog or to LLOPSCited!  Both the LLOPS blog and LLOPSCited are always looking for new content by LLOPS members.  If you’d like to volunteer or if you have any questions, please contact Grace Feldman!



October 30 LLOPS Meeting

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By , October 14, 2013 9:29 am

Please join us on Wednesday, October 30th from Noon – 1:00 pm

  • Foster Pepper – 1111 Third Avenue – 30th Floor Conference Room

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LLOPSCited is Coming!

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By , October 4, 2013 8:22 am

by Grace Feldman 

I am excited to announce that the Newsletter/Blog Committee plans to supplement the LLOPS blog with quarterly issues of LLOPSCited. LLOPSCited will be emailed as a PDF attachment to the LLOPS listserv beginning today so keep an eye on your inbox!  More details can be found in the newest issue of LLOPSCited.  I encourage all LLOPS members to feel free to send submissions, photos and suggestions for either the LLOPS blog or LLOPSCited to contact me!

Book Review of the Foreclosure Manual for Judges

By , October 3, 2013 8:30 am

by Jennifer Hill 

The 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath left record numbers of U.S. homeowners facing foreclosure. While the current real estate market seems robust, with reports of bidding wars and rising home prices in the Seattle area, the reality is that as of March 2013, Washington State had experienced a 154 percent increase in foreclosure starts over the previous year. Foreclosures are still happening, and they are accompanied by complicated legal issues that can challenge even experienced legal researchers.

Foreclosure Manual for Judges

Foreclosure Manual for Judges

Washington Appleseed, a non-profit legal advocacy organization working to solve social and economic problems in Washington, recently published the Foreclosure Manual for Judges: A Reference Guide to Foreclosure Law in Washington State. The manual was written to help guide attorneys and judges through the maze of mortgage servicing, modification and foreclosure law. Although the target users are attorneys and judges, this guidebook is a great resource for anyone researching mortgage and foreclosure law in Washington.

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