February 2012 Bar Bulletin
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Subscribing to the Public Law Library Makes Economic Sense

By Rita Dermody


Given the economic climate, everyone is looking for ways to spend their dollars wisely. Signing up for to the Public Law Library of King County subscriber program is one way to spend effectively.

The subscriber program costs $65 per attorney per year. (All attorneys in the firm must subscribe.) One benefit to a subscriber is the ability to check books out of the library for use in your office. The cost of purchasing legal materials continues to rise astronomically. It is not unusual to see prices from the publishers increase 15% or 20% over the previous year. The cost of a single volume more than exceeds the subscriber fee for one attorney.

A recent volume of American Jurisprudence Proof of Facts costs $397.50. The annual edition of Courtroom Handbook on Evidence (part of Washington Practice) costs $185. We paid $167 for a replacement volume for Wright and Miller on Federal Practice and Procedure. Replacement pages for Washington Business Entities: Law and Forms were $158; the annual subscription for Collier on Bankruptcy is more than $4,500. As a subscriber, you have access to all of these materials and more.

Membership also has other benefits. We provide access to Washington databases and Shepard's Citations from Lexis, and 50-state coverage on Westlaw. Searching for law reviews has never been easier than with using HeinOnline. All of these are available to you and all you pay is printing costs.

Check us out. We can have a positive impact on your bottom line.


Law Library Scanning Service. If you are having problems properly scanning documents for e-filing or need to scan something while in the courthouse, stop by the Law Library. For the low price of only $2 per document, we will scan your documents to a USB drive in a format suitable for e-filing. We also sell USB drives for $10 each. With our new fancy photocopier, we can complete most scanning jobs in 10 minutes or less.

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