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New Look for LibGuides

You might have noticed that our LibGuides look different, but don’t worry!  Even though they’ve had a small makeover, the same great content is still there, only now with new features like a side navigation layout and more search options and filters.

Our LibGuides are like mini websites on a specific topic, gathering together our print and online collection along with links to government and community resources. Browse through our subject guides on Intellectual Property, Immigration, or Cannabis Law, each with up-to-date information on these hot issues. Explore our popular MCLE and Law Practice Management Collections, and learn about upcoming free MCLE programs at the Library in our Lunchtime Speaker Series guide.

You can also search the guides of other California County Law Libraries, or the larger LibGuides Community to find what you are looking for.  We regularly update our guides and add new ones, so be sure to check back in!

Here is a list of our current LibGuides:

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Employment Benefits Series Free MCLE 8/16

PDF iconWednesday, August 16, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, What to Expect From a Health Plan Investigation

Presented by Christine Kerley, J.D.
Benefits Advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor

1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit

This presentation, developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), gives a general background about EBSA and its role in regulating employer-sponsored health plans. The presentation also provides information about the type and scope of health plan investigations, along with correction procedures and compliance resources.

This is one in a series of free MCLE programs on employment benefits at the Library. The next program in our Employment Benefits Series will be on Thursday, September 14 on COBRA. Learn more here.

Aug 16 2017 Health Plan Investigation MCLE Flyer

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Book Review: The Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing on the Internet

Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the InternetThe Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing on the Internet
By Gregory H. Siskind and Deborah McMurray

This long-awaited new edition smartly points out that buyers of legal services expect their lawyers to be just as Internet savvy as they are, and nowhere is this more apparent than with how a law firm presents itself online. Yet many lawyers drag their feet when it comes to creating an effective website and harnessing social media to attract clients. Fortunately, this book is designed for lawyers of all levels of technical know-how, and it explains how to analyze your firm’s skills and clients to develop a focused Internet marketing plan. Chapters cover best practices for website design, the technological and contractual aspects of building a website, social media, e-mail marketing, audio and video content strategy, search engine optimization, analytics, and the ethics of online marketing. This book is brimming with detailed, expert advice on how to cultivate a thoughtful internet marketing plan—essential reading for today’s lawyer.

The Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing on the Internet was part of the Law Library’s May Book Drive, and was generously donated by Shannon Mauer of Duane Morris LLP.

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Employment Benefits Free MCLE 8/9

PDF iconWednesday, August 9, 2017, Noon to 2:00pm, ERISA Fiduciary Responsibilities

Presented by Christine Kerley, J.D.
Benefits Advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor

2 Hours free Participatory MCLE Credit

The U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), developed this presentation to assist attendees in understanding their role and responsibilities in protecting employees’ retirement benefits and to avoid problems in managing retirement plans. In addition, the presentation provides information on EBSA’s voluntary compliance programs which allow self-correction of certain violations of the law.

This is one in a series of free MCLE programs on employment benefits at the Library. Learn more here.

Aug 9 2017 ERISA Fiduc MCLE flyer


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August Book of the Month: Building Rainmakers

August BoM

The ABA’s Book Division anointed this exceptional book as the “most comprehensive and most collaborative ‘How-To’ book on business development techniques for lawyers ever published.” Building Rainmakers gathers insights and wisdom from over 50 established business development professionals in short articles with an easy-to-read, conversational tone. But this book truly stands apart for its convenient organization. Each topic is presented alphabetically in the A to Z Business Development Guide, so simply scan the Index of Topic Titles and jump directly to those that you would like to read. This book also includes a chapter on how to avoid marketing disasters, as well as almost 30 exhibits that cover topics such as approaching potential clients, creating ideal target client lists, templates for business development plans, the sales process, and marketing and self-promotion.

This title is part of our Law Practice Management Collection, a wonderful resource for attorneys running a law practice.

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August Book Drive

Book Drive

Each month we will seek donors to purchase a new title for the Law Library. Here is our Wish List for the month of August. Growing our collection is about so much more than a single book—it is a living demonstration of how the Library expands the public’s access to justice and provides legal practitioners with the tools they need to represent members of our local community. Please see our Donation Guide for more ways to support the Law Library.


Black's Law Dictionary

Black’s Law Dictionary
10th ed.
Edited by Bryan A. Garner
$81.95, Hardcover, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-31461-300-4

Preparing for Trial in Federal Court

Preparing for Trial in Federal Court
3rd ed.
Written by Nancy Prigden
$278, Paperback, 2015
ISBN: 0-938065-91-2


To donate, please contact sflawlibrary@sfgov.org or call (415) 554-1791.  We appreciate your contribution!

Recent Book Drive Donations

Thank you to Shannon K. Mauer of Duane Morris LLP for donating The Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing on the Internet and The Music Copyright Manual, from our recent Book Drive Wish Lists.

Thank you to James Michel for donating Fair Debt Collection, part of the May Book Drive.

Please take a look at our Book Drive page to see Wish List items from prior months. We are still wishing for these books!

Thank you for your support!