Washington Legal Research, 2d ed.
by Julie A. Heintz-Cho, Tom Cobb, and Mary A. Hotchkiss
ISBN 978-1594607189 — $25
1Carolina Academic Press publishes a research guide for 28 states, as well as one for federal research. These research guides are compre- hensive and include both primary authority and
secondary authority research. The research guide for
Washington is in its second edition. Two of the authors, Mary Hotchkiss and Tom Cobb, are from the
University of Washington School of Law, and Julie
Heintz-Cho is an attorney in Washington.
Washington Lawyers Practice Manual
King County Bar Association
www.kcba.org/wlpm; Print — $650;
CD-ROM — $725; Print & CD-ROM
— $850; Individual Chapters,
CD-ROM — $65
2The Washington Lawyers Practice Manual is a multi- volume set that is published by the Young Lawyers Division of the King County Bar Association. It is available in both print and
electronic format (CD-ROM) and is
updated annually. This comprehensive secondary source covers 25 different areas of Washington law and
includes in-depth subject analysis
of the law, checklists, practice pointers, and forms. The CD-ROM version
includes the substantive discussions in PDF and the forms in
Word. It covers Washington subjects such as administrative law,
consumer law, criminal procedure, domestic relations, evidence,
land use and environmental law, real property, and tax practice.
Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal
3The Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (WSBA- CLE) currently publishes 15 different deskbooks covering various Washington-specific subjects such as appellate practice, civil
procedure, community property, legal ethics,
partnerships and limited liability companies,
real property, public records, and motor vehicle
accidents. A list of deskbooks published by the
WSBA-CLE can be found on its website along with
the table of contents for each. Deskbooks range in
price from $175 to $560 and supplements range in
price from $60 to $175.
West’s Washington Practice Series
4The Washington Practice Series is a multi- volume set published by Thomson West. It has over 34 volumes covering topics such as business law, civil and criminal jury instructions, construction law, contracts, DUI practice, environmental law, summary judgments, and
tort law. It includes in-depth subject analysis of the
law, checklists, practice pointers, and forms. Each
volume is updated annually. The entire set can be
purchased for approximately $8,000. Individual volumes range in price from $96 to $356. Each volume
is updated annually, and over time, those costs can
be significant. The Washington Practice Series can
also be found on Westlaw.
and Services Center of
5The Municipal Research and Services Center of Wash- ington is a private nonprofit agency that provides local
governments with research, information, and advice on subjects of
local concern including municipal
law, budgeting, public works, urban
planning, and finance. Its website
includes a comprehensive list of
Washington municipal codes and ordinances that is available to
the public for at no cost.
6Casemaker is a comprehensive legal research database made available to WSBA members and it contains case law, statutes, and regula- tions from all 50 states (including the District
of Columbia) and the federal government. It also
contains secondary authority for all jurisdictions.
The Washington library includes the Revised Code
of Washington, Washington Administrative Code,
Washington Supreme Court and Court of Appeals
opinions, ethics opinions, Washington Attorney
General Opinions, Washington Growth Management Decisions, Washington and federal court rules,
Washington Pattern Jury Instructions, Washington
Session Laws, and law reviews from the University of
Washington, Seattle University, and Gonzaga University.
Washington Legal Research Resources
selected by Patrick J. Charles