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Library Closed 1/15

2018 MLK

We will reopen Tuesday, January 16, at our regular hours of 8:30-6:00 pm.

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Coming soon to California…REAL ID

Real IDCalifornia will offer REAL ID cards beginning January 22, 2018. Do you need a REAL ID card? Here are the answers to common questions about REAL ID.

What is REAL ID?

The REAL ID Act of 2005 requires state-issued driver’s licenses and personal ID cards to meet certain standards in order to be accepted by a federal agency. This includes domestic air travel and entry to military bases and many federal facilities. The DMV will offer federally compliant REAL ID cards beginning January 22, 2018.

How does it affect me?

TSA will begin requiring REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses or other acceptable form of identification on October 1, 2020. Other TSA-approved forms of ID such as U.S. passports will still be accepted. See TSA’s website for a complete list of accepted forms of ID.

According to the DMV, you will not need a REAL ID to do the following:

  • Drive
  • Apply for or receive federal benefits (Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, etc.)
  • Enter a federal facility that does not require ID (i.e. a post office)
  • Visit a hospital or receive life-saving services

(DMV, REAL ID Act.)

You will also not need a REAL ID to vote, register to vote, “participate in law enforcement proceedings,” or access “constitutionally protected activities (including a defendant’s access to court proceedings).” Department of Homeland Security, Real ID Frequently Asked Questions for the Public.

How do I apply for a REAL ID?

Beginning January 22, 2018, the DMV will offer REAL ID driver’s licenses and ID cards. The following steps are required by the DMV:

  • Make an appointment to visit a [DMV] field office on or after January 22, 2018.
  • Provide proof of identity, such as a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, employment authorization document, permanent resident card or foreign passport with an approved form I-94.
  • Show a California residency document.
  • Present proof of your Social Security number.

(DMV, Real ID Act.)

I heard that the State of California was not in compliance with the REAL ID Act. What does that mean?

California is not in compliance with REAL ID. It was granted an extension by the Department of Homeland Security, and therefore California driver’s licenses and IDs may be used for domestic air travel until October 1, 2020.

What if I hold a driver’s license or ID from a state other than California?

Information on state compliance is available on the Department of Homeland Security website, https://www.dhs.gov/real-id.

Where can I find more information on REAL ID?


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FREE MCLE January 17 at Noon: Advanced Research on Westlaw

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Noon to 1:00pm, Advanced Research on Westlaw
Presented by Amy Dhall, Esq.
Government Account Manager, Thomson Reuters
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit – An Email address is required to receive the MCLE certificate from Thomson.

This program will build on the introductory overview on 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.

Jan 17 2018 Adv Research on Westlaw MCLE Flyer


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Free Competence MCLE January 10

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018, Noon to 1:00pm, Substance Abuse in the Legal Community
Presented by Amy Dhall, Esq.
Government Account Manager, Thomson Reuters

1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit in Competence – This is a repeat of the June 28, 2017 Program. An Email address is required to receive the MCLE certificate from Thomson.

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.

Jan 10 2018 Westlaw Competence MCLE Flyer


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January 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 January. 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.

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Extreme Speech and Democracy
Edited by Ivan Hare and James Weinstein
$53, Paperback, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-19960-179-0

Demonstratives

Demonstratives: Definitive Treatise on Visual Persuasion
Written by Daniel Bender and Robert Jason Fowler
$89.95, Paperback, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-63425-951-4

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 and Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz, part of our September and October Book Drives.

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!


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January Book of the Month: My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

My Own WordsMy Own Words
By Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Reviewed by Ruth Geos, Reference Librarian

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, now 84, has been on the US Supreme Court—as of 2017—for 24 years. Deferring her own biography until after her court years are complete, her new book My Own Words (with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams) sketches out her life in vital strokes, first as a student already aware of inequities in the world, then as an advocate, professor, mother and wife, federal appellate court judge, and since 1993, Supreme Court justice. Far from dry and dusty, this collection of her writings, speeches, and other talks are laced with humor and personal perspective. They create a fascinating sidelong view of the life and mind of a sitting Supreme Court justice and the Court itself—with an added sideline into opera.

In a compelling preface, Justice Ginsburg writes that the Supreme Court’s main trust is to repair fractures in federal law and to step in when other courts have disagreed on what the relevant federal law requires. As the book closes, she makes clear her own intentions, and says that she will continue on the Court as long as she can do the job full steam.

Some of the charms of this collection include glimpses into the personal development of who we think we know as Justice RBG. At Cornell as an undergraduate, she had Vladimir Nabokov as her professor of European literature, and learned about the creative power of words well-chosen. Voted unanimously out of the kitchen by her family in favor of her husband’s culinary skills, her work ethic of long and extended hours continues. She also details how the Supreme Court actually works, day to day and session to session, giving an outline of the “workways” of how the justices share the workload, the collegiality among the members of the Court even in the face of doctrinal differences, and the distinct value of dissents.

My Own Words is highly recommended reading that happens to be both enjoyable and informative. It is a view into one of our most scintillating members of the Supreme Court—a woman of substance and style, with an enduring dedication to equal dignity under the law.

As a bonus, take a look at the interview with Justice Ginsburg earlier this year at the Aspen Institute, where she answers questions about her life, the court, and her special views of how the court makes a difference to all of our lives. http://www.scotusblog.com/media/justice-ruth-bader-ginsburg-discusses-book-words/

The Law Library thanks Shannon K. Mauer of Duane Mauer LLP for generously donating this title. To learn how you can donate, please see our Donation Guide.