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1.5 Hours Free Participatory MCLE on February 9

PDF iconThursday, February 9, 2017, Noon to 1:30pm, Moskovitz and Stein on Writing Winning Appeals and Writs
Co-sponsored with CEB Logo
Presented by Myron Moskovitz and Court of Appeal Justice William Stein (Ret.)
1.5 Hours of free participatory MCLE Credit in person at the SF Law Library, including 1.5 hours in Appellate Practice and 1.5 hours in Writ Practice Specialization
Also available via WebEx live stream by CEB

Attorneys who think strategically and creatively when writing an appellate brief or a petition for writ significantly boost their chances of winning.  Appellate expert Myron Moskovitz and retired Court of Appeal Justice William Stein provide practical insights and real-life lessons to help you better your position.  Learn how to craft legal arguments that will engage and persuade an appellate justice to rule in your client’s favor.

You will learn how to:

  • Evaluate which issues are worth appealing or petitioning for writAdvise your client on whether to appeal or file a writ
  • Write to persuade an appellate justice
  • Change your way of thinking as you draft
  • Use new, practical tools in your writing approach
  • Assess your legal arguments strategically
  • Apply your strategy consistently
  • Use techniques designed to change the justice’s mind at oral argument

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January Book of the Month

Immigration Law & The Family

By Sarah Ignatius & Elisabeth Stickney,
under the auspices of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild

Against all obstacles of time, place, and circumstance, the major source of immigrants to the United States in any given year is comprised of the spouses, parents, children, and other relations of American citizens and legal residents. Indeed, as the authors explain in this clear and well-structured presentation of the legal labyrinth of immigration law, policy, and procedure, the stated Congressional objective of the Immigration & Nationality Act is family reunification. While the system gives preferential treatment to family members over all other classes of immigrant applicants, there is still a deep and wide sea to navigate of rules, regulations, changes in the law, special provisions for specific countries, myriad agency publications and instructions, and a welter of definitions. For immigration purposes, for example, there are six different categories for who is eligible as a “child” to acquire legal status through a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. Enforcement policies raise other issues and concerns, disrupting families, through deportation or removal. All of these policies and procedures have historically evolved in the face of social, political, and humanitarian pressures and will most certainly continue to change.

Immigration Law & The Family provides a framework to analyze the INA preference system, immigration based on marriage, conditional residents, derivative beneficiaries and special cases, children, adoption, and orphans, along with procedures such as filing the visa petition, consular processing, revocation, rescission, and waivers. Useful appendices include charts outlining changes in the law and the dates within which they apply to certain classes of visas applicants, as well as forms such as sample cover letters to accompany visa petitions. A final chapter covers the rights to citizenship and naturalization.


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December Book of the Month

Collaborative Reform Initiative: An Assessment of the San Francisco Police Department

(The COPS Report)

By Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice

In response to community concern about recent SFPD officer-involved shootings, Mayor Ed Lee and former Police Chief Greg Suhr asked the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Policing to assess the SFPD’s policies and practices. The Collaborative Reform Initiative is now available in print in the Law Library and also online. In the study, the Department of Justice (DOJ) analyzed SFPD incidents and made 94 findings and 272 recommendations.

The DOJ found that the SFPD had a “lack of accountability” and used antiquated “use of force” policies. In the report, the DOJ concluded that there were “numerous indicators of implicit and institutionalized bias against minority groups.”

Disturbingly, between 2000 and 2015, the report found that there were 95 officer-involved shootings, 40 of which were fatal, but no charges were filed against officers for any of the shootings.

The report noted that there were six fatal police shootings in 2015—double the year before and the highest count in 15 years—and of the eight people fatally shot by SFPD officers since last January, four were Latino, two were black, and two were white. More than 60 percent of fatal police shootings since 2010 involved suspects with a history of mental illness. About 160 officers, or roughly 7 percent of the 2,200-strong force, were involved in the shootings. Six officers were involved in more than one.

The report includes an executive summary and detailed analyses, findings, and recommendations. For more information about police conduct and liability, the Law Library’s collection includes Police Misconduct: Law and Litigation and Police Civil Liability.

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1 Hour Free Participatory MCLE in Prevention of Bias, Feb. 8 at SFLL

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Noon to 1pm, American Justice on Trial: Famous Trials of the 20th Century and the Developing Recognition, Identification and Prevention of Bias
Presented by Judge Lise Pearlman (Ret.)
1 hour of free participatory MCLE Credit in Elimination of Bias

Never has getting your required credit been more fascinating! You will be on the edge of your seat as Judge Lise Pearlman (Ret.) discusses thirteen of the most famous trials of the 20th Century, and how the lessons learned from these trials can help to eliminate bias from the legal profession. Judge Pearlman provides a riveting account of the 1968 Huey P. Newton trial, the case that revolutionized the jury of one’s peers. Included in this program is a reenactment of Charles R. Garry’s voir dire in this landmark 1968 trial, a scene still discussed in law schools today.

Judge Pearlman discusses the famous trials of:

  • OJ Simpson
  • Leon Czolgosz (the McKinley assassination)
  • Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson (under the Mann Act)
  • Leo Frank (for the murder of Mary Phagan)
  • Sacco and Vanzetti
  • Henry Sweet (NAACP test case on defense of one’s home)
  • Charles Manson
  • The 1931 Thalia Massie Rape Charges and 1932 Tommie Massie “Honor Killing”’
  • Black Panther Co-Founder Huey P. Newton
  • Black Panther Co-Founder Bobby Seale
  • Angela Davis
  • Bernhard Goetz (the New York subway vigilante)
  • Timothy McVeigh (The 1997 Oklahoma City Bombing Trial)