KCLL Blogs – From the Director

 

A collection of KCLL Director Barbara Engstrom’s

KCBA Bar Bulletin columns

FROM THE DIRECTOR: NOVEMBER 2022

October 31, 2022

Free to Roam the Cabin By Barbara Engstrom, Executive Director King County Law Library This is your captain speaking:  “We have turned off the fasten seatbelt signs.  You are now free to roam the cabin.” Back in the Stacks For those of you who have been itching to get back… Read more

FROM THE DIRECTOR: OCTOBER 2022

October 7, 2022

Lawyer TikTok? Yes, It’s a Thing. By Barbara Engstrom, Executive Director King County Law Library An article titled “How Lawyers Can Benefit from TikTok Without Being ‘Cringe’”[1] recently came across my inbox. My first thought was: Wait, how does a lawyer even have a professional presence on TikTok?  From my… Read more

FROM THE DIRECTOR: SEPTEMBER 2022

September 2, 2022

The New Supreme Court Paradigm: Legal Research Post-Roe Barbara Engstrom, Executive Director, King County Law Library Many people have used the term consequential to describe the October 2021 U.S. Supreme Court term.  Somehow, the word “consequential” doesn’t seem adequate to describe the seismic shift in jurisprudence that just happened and… Read more

FROM THE DIRECTOR: August 2022

August 5, 2022

Moments of Joy – Art in the Law Library Tamara Hayes, Technical Services Librarian Those who visited the downtown courthouse in the before times and entered on Third Avenue should be quite familiar with the murals that cover the first floor of the King County Courthouse, but did you know… Read more

FROM THE DIRECTOR: June 2022

June 10, 2022

Fantastic Beasts of Administrative Law and Where to Find Them Barbara Engstrom, Executive Director, King County Law Library Unless the focus of one’s practice is a heavily regulated area of law, most attorneys don’t engage with Washington administrative law very often. If the occasion arises where one must enter this… Read more

FROM THE DIRECTOR: APRIL 2022

April 12, 2022

The Lies of Executive Order 9066 Barbara Engstrom, Executive Director, King County Law Library February 19, 2022 marked the 80th anniversary of FDR’s signing Executive Order 9066, which authorized the forceable removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II. Most of us were likely… Read more

FROM THE DIRECTOR: MARCH 2022

March 11, 2022

Wait! That’s Mine: Getting Stuff Back with Replevin By Barbara Engstrom and Stephen Seely For attorneys, replevin is likely not a question that comes across their desks very often. At county law libraries however, “How do I get my stuff back?” is asked with regularity. In order to help our… Read more

FROM THE DIRECTOR: FEBRUARY 2022

February 4, 2022

Open the Pod Bay Doors HAL Barbara Engstrom, Executive Director, King County Law Library While the public patron computers at the law library weren’t quite as old as HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey, they were close. The law library’s first public computers were purchased for the grand opening of… Read more

FROM THE DIRECTOR: JANUARY 2022

January 11, 2022

Fighting Word(s): Using Microsoft Word More Effectively in Your Law Practice Barbara Engstrom, Executive Director, King County Law Library There are certain documents that I find drafting on Microsoft Word unendingly frustrating. From unwanted autocorrections to automated formatting issues, it can often feel like a wrestling match to get a… Read more

FROM THE DIRECTOR: NOVEMBER 2021

October 29, 2021

Ransomware Attacks and Your Practice Barbara Engstrom, Executive Director, King County Law Library Ransomware attacks on Colonial Pipeline, JBS (the world’s largest meat processing plant), and various hospitals and schools became major news stories over the last year. Law firms were no strangers to cybersecurity risk either. The first well-publicized… Read more

FROM THE DIRECTOR: OCTOBER 2021

September 27, 2021

Keeping Up with the Law Librarians Barbara Engstrom, Executive Director, King County Law Library Yes, Keeping up with the Kardashians has been cancelled, but never fear, the law library has you covered for the newest trends (at least in law library land.) As we transition into fall, it’s a good… Read more

From the Director: August 2021

July 30, 2021

Climate Change and Your Law Practice Barbara Engstrom, Executive Director, King County Law Library In the past, a climate change practice might have been primarily limited to environmental laws dealing with technical, regulatory aspects of carbon emissions. The collapse of the Surfside condominium tower, the “heat dome” that brought Las… Read more

From the Director: March 2021

March 31, 2021

Let the Law Library be Your Alexa Barbara Engstrom, Executive Director, King County Law Library Imagine having a remote assistant like Alexa but focused squarely on helping you with your legal practice. As a subscriber to the King County Law Library, you essentially have your very own virtual legal assistant… Read more

From the Director: February 2021

February 26, 2021

Skip Tracing: What It Is and How to Do It Ethically Barbara Engstrom, Executive Director King County Law Library with Stephen Seely, Outreach Services Attorney King County Law Library One of the most popular CLEs that we offer at the King County Law Library is on the topic of skip… Read more

From the Director: January 2021

January 29, 2021

Contact Tracing: Tracking Legislation in Washington State in a Pandemic Session Barbara Engstrom, Executive Director King County Law Library While the vaccine is producing some light at the end of the dreadful tunnel that was 2020, the effects of the pandemic are still going to be felt for the foreseeable… Read more