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 September 2002

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 service.

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 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.

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New and Notable Library Materials

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Library Roundup

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 law.

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 community.


Updated Faculty Services Guide

Distribution 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

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

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:

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 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.

Westlaw KeyCite

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.

Construction Update

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.

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