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New LibGuide: The SFLL Guide to Immigration Law

The San Francisco Law Library Guide to Immigration LawJust in time for Immigrant Heritage Month, the Law Library has a new LibGuide: Immigration Law. In this research guide you will find resources free to use in and out of the library – books, databases, and links to useful sites related to immigration matters at the local, state, and federal levels. Looking for an immigration lawyer? See Legal Services & Community Resources. Curious about Sanctuary City information, or trying to find the closest Asylum office in California? Take a look at Government Resources. And to find out what treatises we have in our collection, either in print or online, check out Library Resources. We will update the Guide regularly so be sure to check in, and don’t forget to take a look at our other research guides too!


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SF Pride Weekend! June 24-25

It’s SF Pride Weekend starting tomorrow, Saturday, June 24 with the Pride Celebration in Civic Center and culminating in the Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25.  The San Francisco Celebration and Parade is the largest gathering of the LGBT community and allies in the nation, and this year’s theme is A Celebration of Diversity.  See Celebration and Parade details below:

The Library will be open its regular hours on Saturday of 10-4, but be mindful of the fact that the area will be more crowded than usual.  You are also welcome to stop by the library and browse through our collection of LGBT related materials such as Out and About: The LGBT Experience in the Legal Profession, Sexual Orientation and the Law, or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Family Law.

Find more information about this weekend here.


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Upcoming Free MCLE Program July 12

PDF iconWednesday, July 12, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, Introduction to Westlaw

SFLL Westlaw MCLE July 12

Presented by Amy Dhall, Esq.
Government Account Manager, Thomson Reuters
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit

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.

Check our speakers guide or our website for more information about future programs.


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Free MCLE Program June 28, Noon-1:00 PM

PDF iconWednesday, June 28, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, Substance Abuse in the Legal Community

Substance Abuse Westlaw
Presented by Amy Dhall, Esq.
Government Account Manager, Thomson Reuters
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit in Competence

This event will include a discussion of the relevant professional rules of ethics. We will also discuss the effect of substance abuse on the legal practice within our micro-culture of the Bay Area.

You can email sflawlibrary@sfgov.org with “subscribe” in the subject line to receive our e-updates with information about upcoming programs. Programs are free and open to everyone. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


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App Alert: Adobe Scan

App Alert Adobe Scan

Turn your phone into an instant scanner!  Adobe recently released Adobe Scan, a free app which allows you to use your phone as a doc/PDF scanner.  Simply take a picture of the document you want and watch it automatically become a PDF.  And that’s not all!  Once scanned, the text on the page becomes searchable digital text which you can then highlight, annotate, and edit.  To use this feature you need to have the Adobe Acrobat app, which is also free to download.  You can access the document through your Adobe Document Cloud account (you can set one up for free) and then edit it on your desktop as well.

The Law Library is the perfect place to try out this useful and efficient tool.  There is no page limit to scanning, and the app even lets you capture nontraditional items such as whiteboards or presentation slides.  You can scan a wide range of our materials, from newspapers and practice guides to older volumes (such as our collection of historical San Francisco municipal codes and ordinances) which would otherwise be too fragile to scan.

Adobe Scan works on both Android and iOS platforms.  Take a look at the video below to see how you can use your phone as a portable scanner:


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Book Review: Checklist for My Family

Checklist for My Family

The thought of getting your affairs in order, including finances, legal documents, online accounts, wishes about medical care, etc. for your final days can be overwhelming and downright depressing. With her book, Checklist for My Family: A Guide to My History, Financial Plans, and Final Wishes, author Sally Balch Hurme makes it easy and even enjoyable to create a plan as she directs readers to look at it as a “gift to your loved ones, sparing them stressful decisions and needless frustrations when you’re ill or upon your death.”

Each chapter walks you through the steps and what to consider when putting an end-of-life plan together. Chapters cover everything from your personal history, assets and liabilities, to medical care and final wishes. Each chapter offers sample forms to record your personal data and checklists to help you determine what to include. Helpful tips are scattered throughout, such as taking advantage of family gatherings to compile family medical history; explanations of insurance policies; special items for Veterans; finances and assets to include; and all the optional personal considerations for your final wishes. Appendices offer additional reading lists and websites for further research into specific topics.

Give yourself and your family the gift of security and calm by getting your life in order today.