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New Immigration Law Clinic at KCLS

April 30, 2019

In cooperation with the Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP), The Welcoming Center at the Kent branch of KCLS is sponsoring a new immigration law clinic to assist with questions about green cards, seeking asylum, filing out immigration forms, immigration court hearings, bringing family members to the U.S. and more.  To… Read more

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Responding to a Petition for Visits

April 17, 2019

The Northwest Justice Project, via its self-help site, has released a new guide to help custodial parents respond to a petition from a third-party–such as a grandparent or another relative–for visitation rights.  It’s titled You Have Been Served with a Petition for Visits and includes a complete set of… Read more

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Debt Collection Laws in Washington Make It Easy for Collectors

March 25, 2019

An in-depth article in the Seattle Times takes a look the laws and rules that permit collections firms to make life painful for debtors in Washington State.  With the addition of court-sanctioned fees and the highest post-judgment interest rates in the county, lawmakers are finally taking another look the industry.… Read more

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Public Defenders to Help Vacating Eligible Convictions

March 13, 2019

The King County Office of Public Defense has announced a new initiative to help people remove eligible convictions from their record.  Eligibility depends on the type of conviction (many misdemeanors and non-violent Class B & Class C felonies) as well as the amount of time that has passed since the… Read more

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WSBA Members To Get Access to Fastcase!

January 17, 2019

Beginning in “early 2019,” the Washington State Bar Association is going to give all active members access to Fastcase as part of their bar membership.  Once it goes live, bar members will have full access to their extensive collection of caselaw, statutes, regulations, court rules, and other materials.  The arrangement… Read more

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Washington State Assists Furloughed Federal Employees

January 8, 2019

The Washington State Employment Security Department has announced that Federal workers furloughed due to the partial shutdown of the Federal government may apply for unemployment benefits.  Interested workers can apply online or by phone at 800-318-6022.  They will need to provide verification of their wages in the event ESD cannot… Read more

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How to Nullify Your Property’s Discriminatory Covenants

January 8, 2019

Many Seattle homeowners are unaware that their property may have restrictive covenants (dictating what types of people can own the property) attached to it that are based on outdated, unenforceable and racist policies from the past.  But beginning January 1st of 2019, homeowners can ask the King County Recorder’s Office… Read more

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November 26, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission’s online resource,, can help you recover from identity theft.  The site uses a three-step process to gather information about your situation, create a recovery plan for immediate action and follow-up steps and, if you choose to create a personal account, to help you track the… Read more

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Infographics Help Explain Legal Research Visually

October 25, 2018

Thanks to LeighAnne Thompson, Reference Librarian at Seattle University School of Law, our site now has copies of the following legal research guides, presented as infographics created with Piktochart. Many people are visual learners so using the infographics format leverages this fact and can help people better understand information, even… Read more

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Public Law Library of King County – 2017 Annual Report

October 4, 2018

The Public Law Library of King County’s 2017 Annual Report is here.  Highlights include discussions of our expanded Subscriber Program services, a new lunch-time CLE series and the remodel of our web site. Read more

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Beware of Casemaker Imposter Site

September 26, 2018

According to the Washington State Bar Association, there is an impostor site masquerading as the official Casemaker site at casemakerpro-dot-com.  If you have accidentally provided your logon credentials to this phishing scam, please change your Casemaker password right away through Read more

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“Can I Vote?” Flowcharts to Help You Understand Voting Rights

September 21, 2018

The Washington State office of the ACLU has posted helpful “Can I Vote?” flowcharts to help people with criminal convictions figure out if they are eligible to vote.  The flowcharts are written in seven languages–English, Chinese, Korean, Oromo, Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese.  A person convicted as an adult of a… Read more

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