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Free Wildfires Helping Handbook

MoFo Fires Handbook

For those affected by the Northern California fires, or those who want to help, the law firm Morrison & Foerster has created the free 2017 Northern California Wildfires Helping Handbook.  The Handbook provides general and practical information for people, small businesses, and other organizations affected by the fires, and covers many issues including FEMA, consumer fraud, housing, employment, SBA loan assistance, and insurance.  There is also a chapter on Lawyer Referral Services and Legal Aid if you find you need further information or assistance.

This handbook is current through October 20, 2017, and a Spanish version is forthcoming.  Check back in at www.mofo.com/norcal-fires for updates.  You can also download a copy of the handbook: 2017 northern-ca-fires-helping-handbook.

The firm is part of the Bay Area Resilience Collaborative, which provides free legal information to California fire survivors.  Information on other free or low-cost legal aid and resources can be found here:


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Special MCLE Event with Jeff Adachi 11/8

Adachi JusticeWednesday, November 8, 2017, Noon to 1:30pm, On Public Defense, Immigrant Rights, and Racial Justice

Presented by Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender 

1.5 Hours free Participatory MCLE Credit

Mr. Adachi will discuss the state of public defense in California and the United States, criminal justice reform, including recent efforts to reform bail, sentencing laws and eliminate racial disparities, and his office’s recent efforts to provide public defenders to immigrants facing deportation.

Keep up-to-date with all of our free programs here.

Nov 8 2017 Jeff Adachi MCLE at SFLL Flyer

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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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New LibGuide: Domestic Violence Resources

Since 1987, October has been Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the California Courts, domestic violence is “abuse or threats of abuse” between two people (the person being abused and the abuser) who “are or have been in an intimate relationship (married or domestic partners, are dating or used to date, live or lived together, or have a child together).”  Abuse can also happen when both parties are related “by blood or marriage.”  Abuse doesn’t necessarily have to be physical, and includes verbal (spoken), emotional, or psychological abuse.

The Library has many resources, both online and in print, on domestic violence, including our newest research guide, Domestic Violence Resources:

Our new LibGuide gathers together the library’s print and electronic collection of materials dealing with domestic violence and related issues, as well as local community resources. Domestic Violence Resources contains information on obtaining restraining orders (whether domestic violence, civil harassment, or other), the laws related to domestic violence, relevant library materials, how to find legal help, and community resources such as local shelters.

We regularly update our research guides, so check back to see what’s new. And don’t forget to take a look at our other guides as well:

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October Book of the Month: American Justice on Trial: People v. Newton

American Justice on TrialAmerican Justice on Trial: People v. Newton
By Lise Pearlman

Retired Judge Lise Pearlman’s American Justice on Trial: People v. Newton is the definitive book on the polarizing murder trial of Black Panther Party co-founder Huey Newton. One could not invent a better or more exciting film script than the cast of characters in this book—the attorneys, the jurors, Newton himself—all set amid the social movements of the 1960s.

Judge Pearlman revisits this riveting 1968 trial and the political upheavals of the time in light of the widely-publicized police shooting s of 2016. The book examines Newton’s murder trial in detail, delving into the Panthers’ roots, the trial, and its aftermath, including a behind-the-scenes look at jury deliberations, copies of the original courtroom drawings from the Bancroft Library collections, and extensive newspaper photos. Judge Pearlman’s thoughtful epilogue explores where Alameda County is today regarding policing issues, and how this reflects the Panther Party’s legacy, the lasting impact of the Newton trial, the struggles of civil rights advocates, and profound changes in recruiting and hiring practices in the Oakland Police Department. A phenomenal not-to-be-missed read!

The Library would like to thank the author for donating this title, as well as The Sky’s the Limit: People v. Newton.

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October 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 October. 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.


Beyond Smart

Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence
Written by Ronda Muir
$129.95, Paperback, 2017
ISBN: 978-1634259163

Woman Lawyer

Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz
Written by Barbara Babcock
$24.95, Paperback, 2017
ISBN: 978-0804786669

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 My Own Words, part of our September 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!