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Staying Current

Resources for keeping up with new legal developments.

To Follow a Pending Case

Trial courts

  • Use docket alert in Bloomberg Law logo Bloomberg Law. First, find the docket (e.g., by searching for name or docket number). Then click Track Docket.

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  • Lexis logoLexisNexis and Westlaw also have trial court dockets. The coverage seems to be better on Bloomberg Law.

Appellate courts

  • Use dockets in Bloomberg Law logo Bloomberg Law, Lexis logoLexisNexis, or Westlaw. Find the docket, then click Alert. This will let you know when briefs and motions are filed.
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  • Run a search in a caselaw database (Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, or Westlaw) and set up an alert. E.g., in Westlaw, an alert for the search ti(smith & microsoft) will tell you when there's a new case with "smith" and "microsoft" in the title.

U.S. Supreme Court

To Find Citations to a Case

LexisNexis logoLexisNexis's citator, Shepard's

Click on the alarm clock.

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Westlaw logoWestlaw's citator, KeyCite

Click on the bell.

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Bloomberg Law logo Bloomberg Law's citator, BCite

Click on "Create Citation Alert."

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To Learn About New Cases in a Jurisdiction

Court Websites

Washington CourtsWashington Courts logo

Ninth CircuitUS Courts logo

Findlaw Newsletters

Daily email newsletters summarize new cases from selected jurisdictions (U.S. Supreme Court; 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, 9th, and Fed. Circuits; California Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and New York Court of Appeals). Weekly newsletters summarize new cases in about 50 topics.

Washington Case Summaries from Lexis

HeadsUp (from Lexis) is an e-mail case law reporting service that briefly summarizes opinions of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals of Washington. Each opinion is identified by case name, cause number and file date. In addition, the opinions are classified by legal subject matter (Business & Commercial Law, Courts, Criminal Law, Domestic & Family Law, Employment Law, Government Relations & Administrative Law, Personal Injury & Insurance Law, Property & Land Use Law). It is free until you click to see the full text of a case, and then you need a Lexis account.

Washington Case Summaries from WSBA

The Washington State Bar Association offers The Dailies: Washington Daily Decision Service, a fee-based daily subscription with summaries of the holdings for every published U.S. Supreme Court, 9th Circuit, Washington Supreme Court, and Washington Courts of Appeal opinion. The Law Library does not subscribe to the service, but you may skim or search archived bulletins free.

To Learn About New Cases in a Subject Area

BNA Law Reports

Available in Bloomberg Law and BNA website (linked from law library's homepage) (UW Law only).

Set up email notifications from Bloomberg Law:

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Or sign up for email updates from BNA website:

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Westlaw Bulletins and Topical Highlights

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Summaries of new cases with link to the full text. Bulletins cover different jurisdictions; Topical Highlights cover topic areas.

Skim recent entries or set up an alert to get new summaries emailed to you.

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View most recent entries.

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Set up alert. (Here, searched for "health" within Health Law Topical Highlights.)

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