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Coming to a Theater Near You: 2 Supreme Court Justice Biopics

SFLL FilmsComing attractions! If you are lucky, you will soon be buying a ticket for or watching on your home streaming service two new, exciting, and very different Supreme Court dramas. The films are about the paths of courage, imagination, and drive for equality pursued by Thurgood Marshall and by Ruth Bader Ginsburg in their early careers as lawyers—preludes to each of their years of service as Justices on the Court itself.

The first—with an anticipated release date of October 13, 2017—is Marshall. Called a thriller by Variety, Marshall tells the story of the bold defense by Thurgood Marshall, then a young lawyer of 32, of Joseph Spell, a black chauffeur accused by his Connecticut employer of rape and attempted murder. These lurid charges became infamous in the tabloids at the time. Co-starring Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall, and Josh Gad, as Samuel Friedman, a lawyer with no trial experience who offered to join with Marshall for the defense, the cast also includes Keesha Sharpe as Marshall’s wife, and Kate Hudson as the socialite accuser. For a spine-tingling advance peek of a drama of bigotry and truth in a dark time—with books as an ally—try the trailer.

My Own WordsThen, slated for 2018 is the Ruth Bader Ginsburg 1970s-set movie, On the Basis of Sex. This film highlights her championship of equal rights, focusing on her successful appeal of a landmark tax-gender-discrimination case, Moritz v. Commission of Internal Revenue, which stated that dependent care deductions allowed to single women and divorcées could not constitutionally be denied to single men. First announced to be played by Natalie Portman, the role of RBG will now be carried by Felicity Jones, with Armie Hammer cast as her husband and co-counsel, Martin Ginsburg. A narrative on the Moritz case, and their work together, by Martin Ginsburg, (including contentions as to who had the bigger room at home to work in), is also part of Justice RBG’s new book, My Own Words, found in our own San Francisco Law Library collection.

Stay tuned for the sflawlibraryblog film reviews, and if you see these films before we do, please do give us your own comments, reviews, or your own favorite Supreme Court movies from the past.

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Private Student Loan Dischargeability In Bankruptcy: A New Perspective – Free MCLE 10/19

PDF iconThursday, October 19, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, Private Student Loan Dischargeability In Bankruptcy: A New Perspective
Presented by James Michel
San Francisco Consumer Protection and Debt Relief Lawyer
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit

It is commonly believed that student loan debt is not affected by the bankruptcy discharge. A more correct statement would be that for most people who file bankruptcy petitions, some educational debts are not discharged unless the petitioner successfully obtains a finding from the bankruptcy court that the debt is a hardship to the borrower. In reality, some educational debt does not fit within the statutory definition and is discharged along with regular debt, without any finding of hardship. This talk will examine the categories of educational benefits or loans under the relevant statutes and a few recent decisions concerning privately guaranteed student loans.Oct 19 2017 Bankruptcy MCLE Flyer


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Passport Day 2017

Planning a trip? If you’re traveling abroad, take advantage of Passport Day this Saturday, September 23, 2017. Seven passport offices across the country will be open to assist travelers with either applying for or renewing a passport, no appointment necessary. Locations include San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, El Paso, and Tucson. September through November are good times to apply or renew, not only because September is National Passport Awareness Month, but also because there’s a quicker turnaround during this quiet period before January.

The San Francisco Passport Agency at the Phillip Burton Federal Building (450 Golden Gate Ave., 3rd Floor) will be open from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM this Saturday. You don’t need to make an appointment or bring proof of travel to apply for or renew your passport. Just complete your application online, then bring a printed copy of the unsigned form along with an acceptable passport photo. You can find applications here. See the flyer below, visit the U.S. Passports and International Travel website, or call 1-877-487-2778 for more details. Bon voyage!

 


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The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution and Freedom of Speech

Oxford HandbookThe Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution

Edited by Mark Tushnet, Mark A. Graber, and Sanford Levinson

The U.S. Constitution may be 230 years old, but it’s as relevant today as ever. Learn more about it in The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution, a collection of interdisciplinary essays edited by Mark Tushnet, Mark A. Graber, and Sanford Levinson. This title offers an overview and introduction to the Constitution, and is divided into sections on History, Political Science, Law, Rights, and Themes. The essay on Free Speech and Free Press, both hot issues, explores the history of freedom of speech, including its opposing traditions of dissent and suppression, initial Supreme Court cases and their impact on democracy and free expression, and recent developments in the field. Additional essays cover citizenship, emergency powers, constitutional authority, and more. Stay informed about current issues and the Constitution by reading this book at the Library today!


Interested in learning more on Freedom of Speech? Check out these websites for easy guidance on what free speech really means:

The U.S. Courts What does Free Speech Mean? page presents examples of the legal elements of free speech with links to landmark cases providing the legal context and reasons behind each issue. Use this site to understand your rights to free speech and what is considered a violation.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Free Speech site presents a timeline of free speech in America; a listing of guides to current issues such as Internet Speech and the Rights of Protesters; and coverage of free speech issues in the news. Use this site to gain understanding of current issues and happenings regarding free speech.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Free Speech site provides guidance on the “Internet as a platform for free expression through law, technology, and activism.” Included here are topics such as anonymity, bloggers rights, and current analysis of online free speech issues in the news. Use this site to understand free speech in the online world.


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New LibGuide: California Judges Benchguides

Along with our new look, we have a new LibGuide: California Judges Benchguides, a guide to all benchguides available in and outside the library, along with related materials.

California Judges Benchguides are reference materials on a variety of civil and criminal matters published by the Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER). Though intended for new judges, they are also useful resources for legal practitioners and researchers. Topics include child and spousal support, felony arraignment and pleas, and small claims court. Benchguides contain procedural checklists, forms, tables of statutes and cases, and also discuss the applicable law.

While we no longer carry benchguides in print, they are all available for free online. We have collected all current publications in this guide and arranged them alphabetically and numerically to make finding what you need even easier. In addition to benchguides, we also highlight judges handbooks and other CJER publications available at the library. Benchguides are often updated, so be sure to check back in with our guide to stay up-to-date. And don’t forget to take a look at our other research guides as well!


Other LibGuides you may be interested in:


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Employment Benefits Series Free MCLE 9/14

PDF iconThursday, September 14, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, Health Benefits Under COBRA
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), will cover basic information about COBRA, including eligibility, qualifying events, notice and disclosure regulations, duration of coverage, and common COBRA administration mistakes.Sept 14 2017 Health Benefits Under COBRA MCLE flyer


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LexisAdvance Week – Tip 4 and beyond!

Tip 4 – LexisAdvance has free training options available online:

Visit the LexisAdvance Support and Training Page

https://www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/support/lexis-advance/default.page

From this page you can watch training videos, such as this “Show me How” video:

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Download a Quick Reference Guide, Learn about common Research tasks, and explore practice centers—as described in guides on this link:

https://www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/support/lexis-advance/default.page

Download this 125 page  Lexis Advance User’s Guide

https://www.lexisnexis.com/pdf/lexis-advance/Lexis-Advance_User-Guide.pdf

Explore training videos on the LexisAdvance YouTube page:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwMCnTXUvIY

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