Changes in Washington Practice Report (#9) / Making effective use of Methods of Practice

January 15, 2014

Washington State LawThis is installment #9 in a continuing series of Changes in Washington Practice Reports.

The four volumes of Methods of Practice by Mitchell and Mitchell (volumes 1 to 1C of Washington Practice) have been designed to expedite attorney access to and application of the entire Washington Practice series.

Attorneys can search for needed materials by reviewing the individual volumes of Washington Practice, or by starting with the summaries and search strategies available in Methods of Practice.

A modular approach has been used to present highlights and summaries for various volumes, while Resource Guides—enhanced for visual searches—are included throughout to maximize the effectiveness of search efforts.

All volumes of Washington Practice are covered.

Chapter 1 of Methods of Practice provides a detailed introduction to volumes 1 to 1C.

The materials allow “forward” searches based on extracts and commentary taken from other volumes, and rapid “reverse” searches that can start with a topic of interest. The Resource Guides are presented in a visual format that is easy to scan and search.

Part I of Methods of Practice covers court rules, while Part II covers evidence rules. Part III addresses civil procedure, while Part IV addresses criminal procedure. Part V covers all substantive areas of the law (and all of the remaining volumes of Washington Practice).

The four volumes of Methods of Practice have been designed based on a set of five principles:

  1. Maintaining a consistent level of detail throughout to support information searches;
  2. Seeking to convey major topics and concepts without duplicating the detailed analysis that appears in other volumes;
  3. Adding commentary by the authors of Methods of Practice where helpful for information searches;
  4. Using information modules to present key concepts for searches;
  5. Using Resource Guides to assist with rapid searches for topics of interest.

As discussed in Chapter 1 of Methods of Practice, these principles have been applied by merging insights from the learning processes used by professionals; background from behavioral and educational studies; insights from “speed reading” studies; and the visual development of search materials, as applied in online searches and display formats. For additional information regarding the extracts, summaries and other legal resource materials to be found in Methods of Practice, refer to volumes 1 to 1C of Washington Practice, by Cheryl Mitchell and Ferd Mitchell of Mitchell Law Office.