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Free Westlaw MCLE Feb. 13

Thursday, February 13, Noon to 1:00pm
Introduction to Westlaw
Presented by Jonathan Dorsey, Esq.
Client Representative, Government, Thomson Reuters
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit*
*This is a repeat of the 7/12/17 and 12/13/17 programs. An Email address is required to receive the MCLE certificate from Thomson.
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This comprehensive overview will teach you how to retrieve documents by citation, navigate through the search interface, and use KeyCite. Learn how to search with WestSearch, advanced search functions, Boolean terms and connectors, the West Key Number System, and how to retrieve specific content.

Download this free Westlaw patron access user guide.

Feb 13 2020 Intro to Westlaw MCLE Flyer

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Online San Francisco Municipal Codes Have a New Home

By Andrea Woods

The website for the San Francisco Municipal Codes is switching to a new URL. Update your bookmarks before March 1st, when the redirection from the old site to the new site will cease functioning. The new URL is:


The new site has a new look, and the search function is slightly different. You can still search across all of the codes, of course, but to search only a particular code or codes, click the drop-down menu arrow on the location filter, scroll down to San Francisco (which will already be selected), and then click on the edit pencil:2020-02-04 12_03_03-Code Search

This opens a pop-up box where you can select the code or codes you want to search by unchecking the boxes next to the codes that you do not want to search:

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Only the current version of the San Francisco Municipal Codes is available online. The San Francisco Law Library has an extensive archive of prior codes and superseded pages, so contact us if you need an earlier version of a code section.

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February Book of the Month: Stories from Trailblazing Women Lawyers

Stories from Trailblazing Women LawyersStories from Trailblazing Women Lawyers: Lives in the Law
Written by Jill Norgren
Reviewed by Ruth Geos, Reference Librarian

Bracketed by the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment and the burst of voices and action from the #MeToo movement, Stories from Trailblazing Women Lawyers: Lives in the Law sketches in the period in between, when the blunt view of the profession was that law was exclusively a “guy’s game.” The 100 women interviewed though this oral history project of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession are lawyers, judges, Presidential cabinet members, law school deans, and civil rights pioneers who graduated from law school in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s—women who have become leaders in the profession, and models of achievement through persistence, daring, humor, and brilliance in a time that did not welcome their excellence or even their presence.

Stories from Trailblazing Women Lawyers draws from these detailed interviews to interweave their voices and stories, looking at the bigger story these women shared, starting with tales of childhood, their ambitions forward, barriers, job interviews, first legal position, and ultimately the personal and professional choices they made. Many of these women speak of their determined, mostly solitary way forward. They struggled with decisions about which sexist comment to challenge and which to let go, where to push and where to pull, when to marry, divorce, have children, what to wear and what to say, and how to best make use of their love of the law. Transcripts of the extensive interviews themselves (along with video interviews) are available online; the interviewers are also eminent women in the law.

It may be unbelievable to those of us in 2020 to hear that Harvard Law School did not admit women until 1950, and then deliberately failed to support them, with overt acts of humiliation, contempt, isolation, and complete disbelief that women could be real lawyers. It was not just Harvard, of course. Former New York Solicitor General Shirley Adelson Siegel was the only woman to graduate from Yale Law School in 1941. Shirley Hufstedler, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge and later Secretary of Education under Jimmy Carter, was one of two women at Stanford Law School in 1949. Even by the 1960s, only 10% of the class at UC Berkeley were women.

When it came to finding a job, the doors were closed, even for graduates of the most prestigious law schools. In 1949, Judge Hufstedler graduated fifth in her Stanford class. The Dean offered her a recommendation for a position as legal secretary. In 1952, Sandra Day O’Connor, also one of the best in her Stanford class, was also offered work as a legal secretary. In contrast, her classmate, William Rehnquist, was offered a position as a law clerk with a Justice on the Supreme Court.

Neither woman accepted the secretarial offer.

As Judge Hufstedler said: “What may startle people today is that nobody would hire a female lawyer. Nobody….”

Perhaps the most well-known trailblazer of this period, documented in film and books, is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

[W]hen I was a new justice on the court, for the 12 years that I sat together with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, invariably one lawyer or another would call me Justice O’Connor. They had been accustomed to a woman on the Court, and Justice O’Connor was THE woman, so if they heard a woman’s voice, well, that must be the lady justice, even though we don’t look alike, we don’t sound alike. But last year no one called Justice Sotomayor “Justice Ginsburg” or me “Justice Sotomayor” and I am certain that lawyers will perceive the differences among the three of us, and we will each have our individual identities.

Many other women speak here, including Pauline Schneider, the first female African-American president of the District of Columbia bar and the first female partner at Orrick; Dorothy Nelson, the first female dean of an accredited law school (the University of Southern California); Barbara Babcock, first woman appointed to the regular faculty at Stanford and a scholar of women in the law; Elizabeth Cabraser, who had early ambitions to be a professional drummer and became a renowned plaintiffs’ class action lawyer; Janet Reno, Attorney General in the Clinton administration; Judge Joan Dempsey Klein; Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson; and many other women who pushed the landmark line ever further ahead.

We are now up to the language of “electability,” but it bears looking back at the shadow of exclusion that was cast and is still with us, and the bold trailblazing of all these women, and more.

Related materials in the SF Law Library collection:

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Candyland in the Senate: Understanding the Basics of the Impeachment Process

Chocolate impeachment

Under U.S. Senate Rules, during all the hours of the impeachment trial, no food or drink is allowed in the Senate Chamber other than water: and yes, still or sparkling [brought to the Senator by a page], milk, and the sugar rush of candy. Candy is said to have slipped in from many years of tradition, available also at the Clinton impeachment proceedings, with a plentiful supply kept on hand for all. Senators sitting through the late night of motions Tuesday night could stop by Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey’s desk, and choose between: Hershey’s bars with almonds, Rolo caramels, Milky Ways, 3 Musketeers, Palmer Peanut Butter Cups, and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews [all from Pennsylvania candy manufacturers]. Certainly there were no San Francisco makers represented, no Recchiuti, no Dandelion: and nary a banana or energy bar in sight—sadly, no coffee.

To keep an eye and all ears on the proceedings, as a free livestream, take a look at these two sources: and let us know your own favorites:

· The PBC News Hour YouTube channel on impeachment.

· And the Senate’s own livestream of Floor activity

For deeper information on the impeachment process itself, multiple guides provide the constitutional structure and break down the process, including : Impeachment Guide

A listing of impeachment documents collected by the House is easily accessed through: https://libguides.scu.edu/c.php?g=980592&p=7091077

And the Constitution itself, with analysis and interpretation, here: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/GPO-CONAN-2017

Finally, for a more encompassing view of executive powers and the constitutional check of impeachment, the San Francisco Law Library has deeper resources to ponder: including the Lawrence Tribe & Joshua Matz book, To End a Presidency : The Power of Impeachment and the Cass Sunstein, Impeachment : A Citizen’s Guide

Whatever happens in the end will be history, and history, as they say, has its own view of what we see as the present. In the meantime, we can follow, as we can. Chocolate always helps.

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Free Post-Conviction Relief MCLE Jan 29

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, Noon to 1:00pm
Post Conviction for Lawyers and Their Clients

Presented By Jo-Anna Nieves Esq.
Managing Attorney and C.E.O.
The Nieves Law Firm, APC
1 Hour free MCLE
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Attorneys zealously represent clients within their practice areas; yet, often a client has an unrelated criminal conviction in their past that can cause snags for their case or their future. Clients are finding that even a small unlawful mistake can come back to haunt them, whether it’s securing employment, starting a business, seeking funding, travel, immigration relief, or family disputes. Attorneys therein must consider how their client’s criminal history can affect their chances of a favorable case or personal outcome. “Post Conviction for Lawyers and Their Clients” navigates California’s many programs for relief from criminal convictions and explores how various motions can effectively resolve the issues that a criminal rap sheet entry can present. It will inform lawyers across all practice areas of the potential consequences, client eligibility, and benefits that each Post Conviction Relief petition provides. This presentation is based on The Nieves Law Firm’s experience successfully litigating many of these motions in Criminal Courts all over California.

January 29 2020 Post Conviction MCLE Flyer

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Free HIPAA MCLE Wednesday 1/22

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, Noon to 1:00pm
HIPAA and Related Laws: Comprehensive Update
Presented by Cristina A. Collazo, Senior Benefits Advisor
United States Department of Labor
1 Hour free MCLE Credit
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The U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, enforces Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). This program offers a comprehensive look at The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA offers protections for workers and their families such as:

  • Opportunities for employees and dependents to enroll in a group health plan due to loss of coverage or certain life events
  • Prohibition of discrimination against employees based on any health factors they may have, including prior medical conditions, previous claims experience and genetic information.
  • Disclosures to plan participants

Common tips and tools for compliance will be discussed.

*Note: HIPAA privacy rules will not be discussed, as they are not enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Jan 22 2020 DOL HIPAA MCLE Flyer