News & Updates Archive

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 checked out, automatically, for two … Read more

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 who preserve our shared heritage … Read more

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 perhaps parks) that are as … Read more

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 prosperity.” The movement has attracted … Read more

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 and services, and our workplace … Read more

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 matters to be considered when … Read more

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 here. Citing reports from lawyers … Read more

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 agencies in line for total … Read more

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 law firm. The CPE noted … Read more

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 the state and federal case … Read more

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 the original page changes or … Read more

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 in Maryland to search the … Read more

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 with a new strategy. On … Read more

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 available through the University of … Read more

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 check out these awesome seven … Read more

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 site that allows undocumented immigrants … Read more

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 Figures depicts the story of … Read more

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 Appeals bench asked for more … Read more

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 institutions located across the United … Read more

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 at Highline College in Des … Read more

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 Ed. by Leonard D. DuBoff, … Read more

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 family and caregivers of seniors. … Read more

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 any warranties (guarantees) on my … Read more

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 of Commissioner are published in … Read more

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. Print PDF

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 Seattle Public Library partners with … Read more

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 information about the site, click … Read more

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 (206) 683-8277. Need more help? … Read more

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 eviction on my record? How … Read more

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 anxiety of filling out the … Read more

Legal Help Center Has New Expanded Schedule

October 18, 2016

The Rita R. Dermody Legal Help Center is now open for its full schedule.  Named in honor of retired Director Rita R. Dermody, the Legal Help Center (LHC) will operate on the following days: In the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle: Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings In the MRJC in downtown Kent: Thursdays from … Read more

Voting Rights Restoration in Washington State

October 18, 2016

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington has updated their information on the restoration of voting rights for those that have been convicted of felonies as an adult. The page includes answers to many important questions such as: How do convictions affect my right to vote? How do I know when I’m eligible to … Read more

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, TVW, with financial support provided … Read more

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 State history. Deputy Clerk Susan … Read more

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 your case Help you fix … Read more

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 15 years of experience in … Read more

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 there was no basis for … Read more

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 decision as unpublished and appends … Read more