News & Updates

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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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