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Oct. 11 – Free MCLE on reversing Citizens United

Thursday, October 11, 2018, Noon to 1:30
Corporations, Constitutional Law & Democracy: A Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission?
**Download Flyer Here**​
1.5 Hours Free Participatory MCLE

Presented by Jeff Clements, President of American Promise; former partner, Mintz Levin; former Asst. Attorney General & Bureau Chief, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office; Author, Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money & Global Corporations
In Conversation with Attorney John O’Grady of O’Grady Law Group

How is the U.S. Supreme Court encouraging global and other business corporations to claim First Amendment and other Constitutional rights to avoid regulation, spend unlimited money to influence elections, claim religious exemptions from health insurance laws, and block government investigations? What are the implications of cases such as Citizens United and Hobby Lobby, for Constitutional law, public policy and American democracy? With a growing movement in the States and in Congress to advance a Constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and related decisions, what would a 28th Amendment say, how would it work, and what are its prospects?


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New Titles: Important Topics

New Titles September 2018

As the law rises to meet the heightened social and political challenges of our times, our collection expands. Newly added to our print collection are three new titles in immigration law: the Law of Asylum in the United States, Immigration Trial Handbook, and Immigration Pleading & Practice Manual. Other titles include Hate Crimes Law, Lentz on School Security, the impressive Information Security & Privacy: A Guide to Federal and State Law and Compliance, and False Claims Act: Fraud Against the Government.  Ask the Reference Team for these and related titles.

Immigration:

Law of AsylumLaw of Asylum in the United States 2018 edition by Deborah E. Anker

Updated overview of legal protections to refugees under domestic and international law, with an analysis of types of persecution recognized as entitled to protection, including new categories such as environmentally displaced refugees fleeing the effects of climate change, along with rights and benefits of asylees. Appendix includes an outline of procedures for withholding and deferral of removal,  components of the asylum interview, and post-hearing remedies.

 

Immigration Trial HandbookImmigration Trial Handbook 2017-2018 edition, Maria Baldini-Potermin

A practical overview of grounds and procedures to challenge inadmissibility and deportability, including preparation for hearings, custody and bond proceedings, evidence and objections, BIA appeals including filing petitions for review and emergency motions for stays of removal, along with a discussion of ethics issues. Appendix includes executive orders, memorandum, and practice advisories issued under the Trump administration, lists of resources, and other current analyses.

 

Immigration P&PImmigration Pleading & Practice Manual 2017-2018 edition, Thomas Hutchins

Model pleadings paired with practitioner notes, including sample letters and pleadings before the BIA, federal district court, and federal courts of appeal, including model motions, petitions, habeas challenges, and briefs. Appendices include flow charts of where to file documents in removal proceedings, immigration court deadlines, citation guidelines, sample subpoenas, and other very useful resources.

 


Hate Crimes

Hate CrimesHate Crimes Law 2018 edition, Zachary W. Wolfe [also available on Westlaw]

Excellent discussion of federal and state protections against hate crimes, including criminal and civil rights statutes, prosecution policies, and legal theories under federal law, and provisions under state hate crime statutes, including protections against bias-motivated violence and intimidation, along with an analysis of private causes of action. Extensive appendices collect federal and state hate crime statutes, statistics, and related resources.

 


School Security

School SecurityLentz School Security 2017-2018 edition, Mary A. Lentz

As incidents of violence and aggression in the school setting, from elementary to higher grade levels, have increased, this 2-volume set offers a formidable analysis of the many kinds of safety concerns faced by school authorities, including an overview of national and state laws, and a discussion of issues such as school law enforcement partnership, criminal behavior, threat response, student conflict resolution and intervention, safety preparedness, bullying and other forms of harassment, negligence and liability, and the concerns of special needs children. Also included are useful forms, checklists, and guidelines for protocols to develop for the school community.


Privacy

Info SecurityInformation Security & Privacy: A Guide to Federal and State Law and Compliance 2018 edition, Andrew B. Serwin

In two volumes and 40 chapters, an impressive assessment of federal and state privacy protections, each chapter providing an overview of the privacy topic followed by specific state provisions on that topic. Topics include internet and social media privacy, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, computer crimes, restrictions on phones and credit cards, employee privacy, identity theft, insurance and financial privacy, health and genetic privacy, and many other developing areas of privacy concerns. Also included are issues to consider for company protocols, forms of policies and notifications, such as records management and retention policy and sample notification breach letter.


False Claims & Qui Tam Actions

False Claims ActFalse Claims Act: Fraud against the Government, 3rd edition, with 2018 supplement [also available on Westlaw]

Fascinating and in-depth discussion of the legal framework and goals of the False Claims Act, the history of American qui tam actions against fraud, stemming from Civil War days, with a definition of threshold requirements, procedure, role of relator, and available remedies (including triple damages, penalties, and prohibitions against retaliation).  Also included are discussions of state and local False Claims Act, including California provisions for False Claims Acts, California Government Code §12650-12656.


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Oct. 2 – SF Treasurer Cisneros on Fine & Fee Reform

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, Noon to 1:00pm
How San Francisco is Working To Reform Fees and Fines
Presented by San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros
1 Hour Free Participatory MCLE Credit
**Download Flyer Here**
Too often government programs and courts levy fines and fees on people, partly to generate revenue to balance public budgets. San Francisco is the first city in the nation to launch a Financial Justice Project to assess and reform how fees and fines impact our cities’ most vulnerable residents.
The Financial Justice Project has worked with more than a dozen city and county departments to advance reforms over the last year, both citywide and department to department. Come learn about how The Financial Justice Project has approached these reforms, from hosting a Fines and Fees Task Force that brought together community advocates and city departments, to working with the Mayor’s Budget Office to conduct a comprehensive audit. The Financial Justice Project is one of only seven finalists for the 2018 Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Innovations in American Government Award.

October 2 2018 Financial Justice Program Flyer


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Library Life

Recently the library participated in the  challenge: 7 black and white photos.  No humans, no explanations.  Challenge someone new everyday.

Below are the seven pictures we posted of our library.  Why not stop by and see how many you can find?

And don’t forget to check out all of the amazing pictures of  from libraries all around the world!

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August Book of the Month: Litigation in Practice

Litigation in PracticeLitigation in Practice
by Curtis E. A. Karnow
Reviewed by Michael Stoler, Reference Assistant


The Honorable Curtis E.A. Karnow has been a judge on the San Francisco Superior Court since 2005, after 28 years as an assistant U.S. attorney, a clerk, and a lawyer in private practice. He has authored the Rutter Group Guide Civil Procedure Before Trial, for which all California litigators owe him a debt of gratitude, and has spoken here at the San Francisco Law Library. Litigation in Practice, published in 2017, is a compilation of articles he had previously published in law journals, with some additional material. He starts with the premise that “while judges remember what it is to practice law, most lawyers have little idea of what it is to be a judge.” So he wants to “bridge that gap,” and give guidance to attorneys from his judicial perspective.

The book is a mix of the practical and the theoretical. Having asserted in his introduction that “law is what happens in the courtroom,” he devotes his first chapter to rules for conduct before the bench. Be polite. Be prepared. Don’t waste the judge’s time or otherwise show disrespect. He discusses how to submit and argue motions, select and treat jurors, and present evidence.

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The next chapter, on the use of statistics and probability, is fascinating and requires careful reading. Karnow cites examples of claims made in courts about the chances of some event occurring, and then dissects them to show why they don’t hold up mathematically. The next few chapters discuss legal epistemology, based on philosophy and logic: the one on settlement conferences refers to game theory, and one on legal analysis uses theories of categories to argue that really, any case has something in common with every other. The last chapter discusses legal education, how in this country it went from teaching practical skills to emphasizing academic, theoretical ones.

Karnow is a keen observer of the legal system. Attorneys will benefit from reading through this book. And litigators in general might find it will change their thinking about their profession and its processes, and hence, how they practice them.


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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, featuring books about marijuana, immigration, and John Lennon. 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.

PLI Legal Guide to the Business of Marijuana

Legal Guide to the Business of Marijuana
Written by James T. O’Reilly
$249, Paperback, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-40243-134-0

John Lennon vs. The USA

John Lennon vs. The USA: The Inside Story of the Most Bitterly Contested and Influential Deportation Case in United States History
Written by Leon Wildes
$27.95, Hardcover, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-6342-5426-7

Guide for Immigration Advocates

A Guide for Immigration Advocates
21st ed.
Written by Immigrant Legal Resource Center Staff Attorneys
$295 (with nonprofit discount), Paperback, 2018

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


Recent Book Drive Donations

Thank you to Fernando Marinez & Shartsis Friese LLP for generously donating current editions of:

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!