News & Updates Archive

IdentityTheft.gov Helps You Recover from Identity Theft

November 26, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission’s online resource, IdentityTheft.gov, 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 mywsba.org. 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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New Washington State Service Animals Law Takes Effect on 1/1/2019

September 11, 2018

This past session, the Washington State Legislature passed SHB 2822, Chapter 176 of the Laws of 2018, to address growing problems with people misrepresenting ordinary animals as service animals.  In addition to changing the definition of “service animal”, the new law also creates a civil penalty for misrepresentation of a… Read more

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K & L Gates Creates Pro Bono Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project

September 11, 2018

K & L Gates has founded a pro bono project to help victims of “revenge porn” or nonconsensual pornography defend their “cyber” civil rights.  Assistance is available to victims both within the United States and abroad.  To contact the Cyber Civil Rights Project and K & L Gates, use this… Read more

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Sociologist Says Public Libraries are the Bedrock of a Civil Society

September 11, 2018

The disconnect between the perceived value of public libraries–particularly in the eyes of influencial policy-makers–and the vital role they play in supporting the social infrastructure of a civil society is real.  And it’s something that anyone concerned about equity, open access, and diversity should be prepared to confront.  So says… Read more

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New KCBA Volunteer Legal Services Records Project

August 21, 2018

King County Bar Association’s Volunteer Legal Services program has launched a new service for low-income people trying to vacate criminal conviction records.  The ultimate goal is to reduce the barriers to employment and housing created by convictions.  To be eligible to participate, you must be low-income and your most recent… Read more

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Upcoming Workshops: The Nuts & Bolts of Motions

August 8, 2018

Advanced Workshop for Self-Represented Litigants This advanced workshop is designed for those who have attended Civil Lawsuits without Tears: The Basics of Representing Yourself in Court or those who need more information on the process for drafting, filing, and responding to motions and orders. In this workshop you will learn about the… Read more

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Upcoming Workshops: Civil Lawsuits Without Tears

August 8, 2018

Representing yourself in court is a complicated process and can be overwhelming. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of the civil lawsuit process with a focus on court rules, court procedures, forms, scheduling, and deadlines. Attendees will be granted access to a password protected website with additional information… Read more

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Upcoming Workshop: Civil Lawsuits Without Tears: The Basics of Representing Yourself in Court

August 6, 2018

Representing yourself in court is a complicated process and can be overwhelming. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of the civil lawsuit process with a focus on court rules, court procedures, forms, scheduling, and deadlines. Attendees will be granted access to a password protected website with additional information… Read more

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Upcoming Workshop: The Nuts & Bolts of Motions — Dec. 12, 2018

August 6, 2018

Advanced Workshop for Self-Represented Litigants This advanced workshop is designed for those who have attended Civil Lawsuits without Tears: The Basics of Representing Yourself in Court or those who need more information on the process for drafting, filing, and responding to motions and orders. In this workshop you will learn about the… Read more

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Upcoming Workshop: The Nuts & Bolts of Motions — Oct. 11, 2018

August 6, 2018

Advanced Workshop for Self-Represented Litigants This advanced workshop is designed for those who have attended Civil Lawsuits without Tears: The Basics of Representing Yourself in Court or those who need more information on the process for drafting, filing, and responding to motions and orders. In this workshop you will learn about the… Read more

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Warrant Outreach at Seattle Municipal Court

August 3, 2018

Seattle Municipal Court is sponsoring a warrant outreach program on Thursday, August 9th from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Lake City Community Center.  The Warrant Outreach event is a partnership between the Seattle Municipal Court, King County Department of Public Defense, Seattle City Attorney’s Office, Seattle Police Department, Seattle Parks… Read more

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Upcoming Class: Civil Lawsuits Without Tears – The Basics of Representing Yourself in Court

July 19, 2018

Representing yourself in court is a complicated process and can be overwhelming. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of the civil lawsuit process with a focus on court rules, court procedures, forms, scheduling, and deadlines. Attendees will be granted access to a password protected website with additional information… Read more

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Affordable Legal Help from the Northwest Consumer Law Center

July 13, 2018

The Northwest Consumer Law Center offers programs to provide affordable legal help with foreclosure, bankruptcy, debt collection, credit reporting issues, automobile purchases and student loan issues.  To be eligible for this assistance you must be a Washington State resident and your total household income – before taxes, expenses, deductions, etc.… Read more

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Job Announcement: Legal and Reference Services Associate

July 10, 2018

The Public Law Library of King County is currently seeking applicants for a Legal and Reference Services Associate.  This new position will create innovative systems to develop, market, and deliver legal information and services in a variety of formats and platforms.  Responsibilities include the creation and maintenance of civil self-help… Read more

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New Forms for Grandparents and Relatives Seeking Visitation Rights

July 9, 2018

During the 2018 Regular Session, the Washington State legislature passed Senate Bill 5598, Chapter 183 of the Laws of 2018, which adds a procedure for grandparents and other relatives to petition the court for visitation rights.  The new law amends RCW 26.10.160, repeals 26.09.240 and adds a new chapter to… Read more

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Upcoming Class: The Nuts & Bolts of Motions

June 19, 2018

Advanced Workshop for Self-Represented Litigants This advanced workshop is designed for those who have attended Civil Lawsuits without Tears: The Basics of Representing Yourself in Court or those who need more information on the process for drafting, filing, and responding to motions and orders. In this workshop you will learn… Read more

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New Law Reduces Harsh Impacts of Criminal Debt (LFOs) for Defendants Living in Poverty

June 11, 2018

Indigent people can be spared court fees that result from a criminal conviction and cannot be sanctioned for their inability to pay restitution and fines, under the new Washington Legislature Bill E2SHB 1783. This bill will ensure that poor people are not unfairly jailed or tied for years to the… Read more

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Motor Vehicle Repossessions: Advice from NCLC

June 7, 2018

This article, Motor Vehicle Repossessions: Consumer Debt Advice from NCLC, is the third in a series of articles from NCLC (National Consumer Law Center) that provide advice for families in financial difficulty. The Consumer Debt Advice series, targeted directly to the consumer, includes information about legal rights and best strategies… Read more

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Real Change’s New Resource Guide for Homelessness

June 4, 2018

Real Change released Seattle’s The Emerald City Resource Guide in April 2018. This new pocket-size resource guide is intended to help homeless people navigate a spiderweb of resources in King County. You can download The Emerald City Resource Guide here. A common refrain in homeless services is that Seattle’s strength… Read more

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New Domestic Cause of Action Granting Relatives the Right to Seek Visits with a Child

June 4, 2018

Washington State SB 5598 (companion bill HB 2117) 2017-18 amends RCW 26.10.160 and adds a new chapter to Title 26. The new law allows for grandparents and other relatives by blood or marriage (including step-family members) the ability to seek an order regarding visits with a child who is not… Read more

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Dealing With Medical Debt: Advice from NCLC

May 29, 2018

This article, Dealing with Medical Debt: Consumer Advice from NCLC, is the first in a series of articles from NCLC (National Consumer Law Center) that provide advice for families in financial difficulty. The Consumer Debt Advice series, targeted directly to the consumer, includes information about legal rights and best strategies for… Read more

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Upcoming Class: Civil Lawsuits Without Tears – The Basics of Representing Yourself in Court

April 27, 2018

Representing yourself in court is a complicated process and can be overwhelming. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of the civil lawsuit process with a focus on court rules, court procedures, forms, scheduling, and deadlines. Attendees will be granted access to a password protected website with additional information… Read more

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New Domestic Violence Sealed Name Change Form Packet

April 25, 2018

In Washington State, if you are eighteen or older, you can choose and use any name you want, as long as you are not trying to defraud (cheat) someone. Example: it is not legal to change names to avoid paying creditors or child support. If you are a survivor of… Read more

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Business Resource Open House at Delridge Branch of the Seattle Public Library

April 23, 2018

Whether you are starting or growing a business, there are local assistance organizations that will help you succeed. Maybe you are looking for financial help, counseling on the viability of a business idea, or just advice on next steps. You’ll meet organizations like SCORE, which provides free one-on-one counseling, workshops,… Read more

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Upcoming Class: Civil Law Suits without Tears – The Basics of Representing Yourself in Court

March 26, 2018

Representing yourself in court is a complicated process and can be overwhelming. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of the civil lawsuit process with a focus on court rules, court procedures, forms, scheduling, and deadlines. Attendees will be granted access to a password protected website with additional information… Read more

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New Seattle Library Hours

March 1, 2018

Beginning Monday, April 2nd, the Seattle library branch, located inside the King County Courthouse, will observe new hours of operation: Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 4:30pm Please note that these changes will affect the Seattle library branch only. Should you have any questions about these upcoming changes, please do not hesitate… Read more

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New Class: Civil Litigation without Tears – The Basics of Representing Yourself in Court

February 26, 2018

Representing yourself in court is a complicated process and can be overwhelming. In this workshop you will learn the basics of the civil litigation process with a focus on court rules, court procedures, forms, scheduling, and deadlines. Attendees will receive blank copies of some of the most commonly used civil… Read more

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New Kent Library Hours

February 13, 2018

Beginning Wednesday, February 14th, the Kent library branch, located inside the Maleng Regional Justice Center, will close every day from 2pm – 3pm for lunch. Starting March 1st, the Kent library branch will observe new hours of operations: Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm; closed from 2pm – 3pm for… Read more

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DACA Legal Clinics and Resources

January 23, 2018

On Sept. 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it would be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as of March 5, 2018. Update – January 16, 2018: USCIS has posted instructions on how it will begin accepting DACA renewal applications in response to a federal judge’s… Read more

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Court Rules Published for Comment

January 3, 2018

The Washington State Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) have published proposed changes to the following rules and are seeking comments:     RPC 1.6 — Confidentiality of Information RPC 7.3 — Solicitation of Clients RPC 8.4 — Misconduct APR 8 — Nonmember Lawyer Licenses to… Read more

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Statement on Net Neutrality

December 15, 2017

American Association of Law Libraries Statement on Net Neutrality (AALL) Re: Law Libraries & Access to Justice The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) denounces today’s decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to repeal U.S. net neutrality rules. Today’s action undermines a fundamental principle of our democracy, and that… Read more

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Announcing New Subscriber Benefits

December 8, 2017

Big changes are afoot in the law library’s subscriber program, making it one of the best deals around. Beginning on November 15th subscribers receive the following new subscriber-only benefits:   “Let Us Do Your Research!” With this new service you can hand off your research question to our skilled reference… Read more

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Living with Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for Life in Washington State

November 9, 2017

Join Deborah Espinosa, documentary photographer and attorney, as she celebrates the conclusion of her collection, Living with Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for Life in Washington State at the Kent branch of the King County Library System on Friday, December 15th from 4pm – 6pm.   Living with Conviction: Sentenced to Debt… Read more

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Free Legal Help with Washington Web Lawyer

November 7, 2017

Washington Web Lawyer is a website where low-income clients with civil legal problems in Washington state post their legal questions online and receive advice from pro bono attorneys. You must register for free and create an account in order to use Washington Web Lawyer. To get free legal advice through Washington… Read more

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Putting Your Browser to Work: Extensions That Make You More Productive

October 6, 2017

Browser extensions are effective tools for enhancing productivity and improving web browsing. Whether you need help staying away from distracting websites, saving articles for later, or remembering passwords, there is an extension or add-on out there that can help. This article was originally published by Kris Turner on October 4,… Read more

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City of Seattle, King County Announce Immigration & Refugee Legal Defense Fund Awardees

September 12, 2017

This article was originally published in The Seattle Medium on August 30, 2017. You can read the original version here. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine recently announced the community organizations that have been selected to use $1.5 million in funding, granted as part of the Legal… Read more

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ELAP Family Law Fellowship Program Now Accepting Applications

September 12, 2017

The Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) Fellowship Program is currently accepting applications for its 2017 – 2018 Family Law Fellowship Program. ELAP’s work centers around providing free, high quality, civil legal services to low-income residents of East King County, and domestic violence legal aid to residents throughout King County. ELAP… Read more

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New Law Helps Property Owners Remove Squatters

August 2, 2017

On May 10, 2017, Governor Inslee signed a new law, which will allow property owners in certain circumstances to have squatters removed from their property by law enforcement immediately, rather than having to navigate the lengthy eviction process. SB 5388, which passed with unanimous, bipartisan support in both the House… Read more

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The Library Welcomes Two New Board of Trustees Members

May 25, 2017

The Public Law Library of King County would like to welcome its two newest Board of Trustees members: The Honorable Susan Amini and Miriam R. Gordon, Esq. Judge Susan Amini was appointed to the King County Superior Court bench on May 2, 2013, by Governor Jay Inslee. Judge Amini was… Read more

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New Library Catalog!

May 10, 2017

We have migrated to a new, more user-friendly library catalog! Check it out here. New features include: Mobile Friendly: A responsive mobile-friendly interface, so you can use the catalog on your smart phone. Two-Week Loan Period for Book Checkouts: We have also changed our loan periods – books are now… Read more

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New Art at the Library

May 8, 2017

The Public Law Library of King County has added new pieces to its art display, thanks to the generosity of the staff at 4 Culture. 4 Culture is the cultural services agency for King County, Washington. 4 Culture is committed to making our region stronger by supporting citizens and groups… Read more

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How Libraries Became Public

May 1, 2017

Written by Barbara Fister. You can read the original version of this article here. Of all of our cultural institutions, the public library is remarkable. There are few tax-supported services that are used by people of all ages, classes, races, and religions. I can’t think of any public institutions (except… Read more

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Librarians March for Science

April 20, 2017

On Earth Day, April 22, 2017, researchers, educators, students, and citizen scientists all over the world will take to the streets in celebration of science. The March for Science is an international, nonpartisan event organized to “champion robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and… Read more

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King County Welcomes All

April 19, 2017

King County government has recently released a poster supporting the motivation behind the County’s Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan for 2016 – 2022.  As described by the County, the Strategic Plan “is a blueprint for action and change that will guide our pro-equity policy direction, our decision-making, planning, operations… Read more

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New WestlawNext Content at PLLKC!

March 28, 2017

Subject Matter Forms More than 600,000 up-to-date national and state-specific forms and other drafting resources, including text forms, official PDF forms (eforms), along with checklists and clauses. Examples: Motion for Extension of Time to Answer Interrogatories; Prenuptial Property Agreements; Form Drafting Guide – Checklist – Information to be obtained and… Read more

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Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice sends letter to Department of Homeland Security regarding immigration enforcement activities in Washington Courts

March 23, 2017

In response to a recent uptick in immigration enforcement activities around Washington courthouses, Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst sent a letter to Secretary John Kelly of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security expressing concerns and possible solutions. Full text of the letter can be found by clicking… Read more

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Trump Budget Eliminates Legal Services Corporation Funding

March 17, 2017

President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget eliminates funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). In his first budget proposal released Thursday, Trump is cutting discretionary spending to pay for an increase in defense spending and the wall on the Mexican border, the Washington Post reports. The LSC is among 19… Read more

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The Ethics Of A Mobile, Virtual Law Practice: Washington Gives The OK

February 23, 2017

A Washington State Bar ethics opinion considered whether it was ethical for Washington lawyers to practice law from a virtual law office. In Opinion 201601, the Committee on Professional Ethics (CPE) offered a well-reasoned opinion in favor of allowing lawyers the mobility and convenience of practicing law from a virtual… Read more

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Introducing The New Tribal Court Indian Law Bulletin

February 22, 2017

The National Indian Law Library (NILL), in partnership with the University of Colorado Law School Indian Law Clinic, is pleased to introduce the new Tribal Courts Bulletin.  This new bulletin will feature selected tribal court opinions of value to Indian law practitioners, educators, and students.  The Tribal Courts Bulletin will complement… Read more

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If You See Something, Save Something – 6 Ways to Save Pages In the Wayback Machine

February 21, 2017

In recent days, many people have shown an interest in making sure that the Wayback Machine (also known as the Internet Archive) has copies of the web pages they care about most. These saved pages can be cited, shared, linked to – and they will continue to exist even after… Read more

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CIA Records Search Tool Now Available Online

February 21, 2017

The CIA recently announced that its CREST tool is now available online.  CREST is an electronic database of records that have been declassified under the CIA’s 25 year program.  While the CREST tool only contains a subset of the declassified records, researchers were previously required to visit the National Archives… Read more

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Are Lawsuits the New Strategy for Fighting the Opiod Epidemic?

February 17, 2017

Almost every day, the news reports alarming statistics on opioid use.  In 2015, 229 individuals died from heroin and prescription overdoses in King County alone. The current opioid epidemic is straining the budgets of law enforcement and courts across the country.  Now the city of Everett, Washington has come up… Read more

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University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center Launches #ImmigrationSyllabus

February 17, 2017

Earlier this year, immigration historians from across the country launched #ImmigrationSyllabus, a website and educational resource to help the public understand the deep historical roots of today’s immigration debates. Created in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and made… Read more

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Better Than Google? 7 Search Engines You Should Try

February 15, 2017

When you pop open your browser and prepare to do a web search, do you use Google? There is no argument about Google being a reliable and popular search engine. But if you are interested in one that suits your specific interest, search type, or desire to help others, then… Read more

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New Online Screening Tool Helps Undocumented Immigrants Learn About Options And Find Free Legal Help

February 8, 2017

The day President Donald Trump announced plans to move forward with construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and restrict immigration from Muslim-majority countries, Matthew Burnett launched his nonprofit’s new online tool for undocumented immigrants. The Immigration Advocates Network, where Burnett is director, has created immi.org, an online tool… Read more

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Black History Month and Race Relations in the United States

February 7, 2017

Each February, Americans honor both people and significant events in African-American history during Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month. Among the myriad reasons Black History Month is important is the under-representation of people of color in standard history classes. For instance, the recently released biographical drama Hidden… Read more

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The Ninth Circuit Faces Uncertain Future As Immigration Case Looms

February 7, 2017

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is receiving a large amount of attention in the battle over President Trump’s immigration executive order. If some lawmakers have their way, however, then the court could soon be split up into two courts. This weekend, two judges on the Ninth Circuit Court of… Read more

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New Search Tool for African American History

February 2, 2017

The University of Minnesota library recently launched Umbra Search African American History, a search interface that provides access to over 400,000 digitized materials that document African American history. These are freely available resources that are in the digital collections of more than a thousand partner libraries, archives, museums and other… Read more

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Immigration “Know Your Rights” Presentation at Highline College

February 2, 2017

WHEN? Saturday, February 4th, 2017 WHAT TIME? 10:00am – 12:00pm WHERE? Highline College, Student Union Building (Building 8), 2400 S. 240th Street, Des Moines, WA 98198 Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) is organizing a community education event to discuss changes to immigration policy for this Saturday, February 4th, at 10:00am… Read more

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New Databases and Titles in the Library (November/December 2016)

January 26, 2017

Slavery in America and the World: This database is a collection of books, papers, cases, etc. from various donor brought together to give a more rounded view of slavery. You can read more about it here. This database is available through HeinOnline. Art Law: Art Law in a Nutshell, 5th… Read more

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Handbook for Washington Seniors Updated

December 8, 2016

Legal Voice has updated the Handbook for Washington Seniors: Legal Rights and Resources for 2016 into 2017. The Handbook is a quick-reference guide covering legal rights, health care, housing, etc. The Handbook answers common questions about the issues seniors are likely to face. The Handbook may also be helpful to the… Read more

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Used Car Purchases

October 18, 2016

Used Car Purchases: What to do When Your Car Does Not Work Properly This link leads to a PDF document written by the staff at the Northwest Justice Project discussing the following issues related to the purchase of a used car in Washington State: The car dealer did not offer… Read more

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Washington State Employment Security Department (Unemployment) Precedential Decisions of Commissioner

October 18, 2016

Precedential Decisions of Commissioner are published by the Commissioner’s Review Office of the Washington State Employment Security Department. The Decisions are published pursuant to the statutory mandates of the Washington State Public Disclosure Act, specifically RCW 42.17.260, and the Washington State Employment Security Act, specifically RCW 50.32.095. The Precedential Decisions… Read more

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Appeal a “Good to Go” Penalty

October 18, 2016

How Do I Appeal a Good to Go Penalty This link points to a portion of the King County Superior Court Clerk’s Office web site describing how to appeal the results of unfavorable hearing about a Good to Go toll penalty. Read more

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Tax Help!

October 18, 2016

United Way of King County partners with many organizations in the Seattle area to provide people with free help in preparing their personal income tax forms.  Here is a link to a page that shows all the places where this help is available:  United Way of King County Tax Help… Read more

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New Website for Washington Case Law

October 18, 2016

Washington’s Reporter of Decisions has just announced that a new website makes Washington Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions available for free.  The Washington State Judicial Opinions Website contains the text of the published appellate opinions dating back to territorial days.  Click here for the site.  For more background… Read more

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Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy

October 18, 2016

The Seattle/King County/Snohomish County YWCA, through its campaign “Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women”, sponsors a domestic violence legal advocacy program which provides assistance with issues like obtaining a protection order, completing a parenting plan, starting a divorce process, etc.  The assistance is free of charge.  For more information contact Maria at… Read more

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What Can I Do About An Eviction On My Record?

October 18, 2016

This link leads to a guide written by the Northwest Justice Project on the WashingtonLawHelp website.  The guide describes what can and cannot be done to remove the record of any eviction from your court record.  It answers several key questions including: How do I determine whether there is an… Read more

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New Plain Language Forms Available for Use May 1, 2016

October 18, 2016

The WSBA Access to Justice Board in partnership the the Administrative Office of the Courts worked together to create forms for family law cases that use simpler language that is easier to understand for non-lawyers. The hope is that these new forms create less confusion and remove some of the… Read more

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Voting Rights Restoration in Washington State

October 18, 2016

According to the Washington Secretary of State (SOS): If you were convicted of a felony in a Washington State court, your right to vote is restored automatically once you are no longer under the authority of DOC (in prison or on community custody). If you have questions about your status… Read more

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Myths & Misperceptions About the Washington Courts

October 18, 2016

A video from Washington’s judicial branch challenges some mistaken ideas about how courts work by using real person-on-the-street interviews and responses from judges and justices. The video was produced by the Public Trust & Confidence Committee of the Board for Judicial Administration (BJA) in partnership with Washington’s public affairs station,… Read more

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Susan Carlson: Washington’s First Female Supreme Court Clerk

October 18, 2016

Our State Supreme Court recently appointed Deputy Clerk Susan Carlson as our State’s first female Supreme Court Clerk, replacing retired Clerk Ron Carpenter. The following is excerpted from the Supreme Court’s official announcement: “The Washington Supreme Court’s nine justices have appointed the state’s first female Supreme Court Clerk in Washington… Read more

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New Pro Se Bankruptcy Clinic at the Federal Courthouse

October 18, 2016

The Northwest Consumer Law Center, in partnership with the Federal Bar Association, launched a new Pro Se Bankruptcy Clinic at the Federal Courthouse. The clinic is a free walk-in clinic where experienced bankruptcy lawyers will help pro se individuals: Look through forms to catch things that may cause problems for… Read more

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PLLKC Hires a New Director

October 18, 2016

The Board of Trustees and the staff are pleased to announce that PLLKC has hired Barbara Swatt Engstrom as its new Executive Director.  Ms. Swatt Engstrom, who holds a J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington Information School, has over… Read more

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New Law Helps Tenants With Evictions

October 18, 2016

On June 9, 2016 Engrossed Senate Bill 6413 was enacted. This bill creates a procedure called “Order of Limited Dissemination” which would prevent tenant screening companies from disclosing an eviction on their report. A judge may sign your order if: You were wrongly named in an eviction/unlawful detainer action or… Read more

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Important Rule Change: Courts May Consider Unpublished Appellate Decisions

October 18, 2016

Beginning September 1 of 2016, Washington courts may choose to consider unpublished opinions of the Court of Appeals.  While such opinions would still be nonbinding, amendments to GR 14.1 would allow them to be “accorded such persuasive value as the court deems appropriate” – provided the citing party identifies the… Read more

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