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Appellate Practice in Washington

This research guide is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather will list some of the major sources of law in the area and a variety of tools for the researcher to use when confronted with questions involving appellate procedure in Washington.

Periodical Articles

Law reviews and journals reflect the latest thinking on topical issues. Over a thousand are published in the United States and the law Library receives almost all of them. Abbreviations abound in this area so it is best to ask for help at the law library reference desk. Periodicals are located on the court level which is reached by the elevator inside the Library. Periodicals from Washington state, such as the Seattle University Law Review, are located in Reserve.

To find articles on particular topics use either of the online indexes LegalTrac or Index to Legal Periodicals. Both titles offer indexes by author, title, subject, case, and statute. For law school students, online indexes are available on Lexis and Westlaw.

The following articles are listed because they discuss recurring themes in Washington appellate practice. Hard copy volumes of the bound periodicals are located on the Court Level (shelved alphabetically by periodical title). Electronic copies may be available via Hein Online's Law Journal Library.

Continuing Legal Education Materials

Every year there are several continuing legal education courses offered on appellate procedure and appellate advocacy. The instructors are often practicing attorneys and judges. Continuing legal education materials may be the first to address new issues in an area of law. The quality of the course materials varies substantially.