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Free Family Law MCLE Jan 30

Wednesday, January 30, 2019, Noon to 1:00pm
Family Law 101: Considerations in Working with Families
Presented by Katie Burke, Esq., Burke Family Law
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit
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Whether seeking a divorce, child custody orders, a domestic violence Restraining Order, or an airtight Premarital Agreement, people working with the family law system need confidence that they’re handling procedures correctly and making their best substantive case. This program will cover several family law basics, to give attorneys an overview of the family law system from a procedural and substantive law perspective.

January 30 2019 Family Law MCLE Flyer

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Free MCLE Marathon Jan. 24

Free MCLE Marathon, Thursday, January 24, 2019
Free Participatory MCLE for those attending at the
San Francisco Law Library
Co-Sponsored with 
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Come for one or come for all. Seating is on a
Per-program, first-come, first-served basis.

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9:00am to 11:00am
Key Developments in Legal Ethics 2018
2 Hours free Participatory MCLE Credit in Ethics to those attending at the San Francisco Law Library
Catch up on the most important changes in legal ethics over the last year. Join ethics expert Mark Tuft for his take on 2018’s key developments in ethics.

11:30am to 12:30pm 
Attorney Wellness
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit in Competence to those attending at the San Francisco Law Library
To maintain competence, it is crucial for attorneys to identify, manage, and reduce stress in a healthy manner. In this seminar, wellness consultant Jonathan Jordan will examine the effects that chronic stress can have on your law practice, your health, and your life, and discuss ten simple and practical approaches to help deal with that stress.

1:30pm to 3:00pm
Key Developments in Personal Injury 2018
1.5 Hours free Participatory MCLE Credit to those attending at the San Francisco Law Library
This program, focused on the significant developments from 2018, is designed for plaintiff and defense attorneys who practice personal injury law. Nationally recognized trial attorney, Debra Bogaards summarizes and discusses the key tort cases critical to your practice.

4:00pm to 5:30pm
Key Developments in Insurance law 2018
1.5 Hours free Participatory MCLE Credit to those attending at the San Francisco Law Library
Join insurance law experts Renee Callantine and Ethan Seibert as they discuss the most significant developments from 2018 in insurance law practice. Get up to date and pick up practice pointers in this new program focused on insurance law.

January 24 2019 MCLE Marathon Flyer

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What Time is it Anyway?

By Ruth Geos, Reference Librarian

Time, as it turns out, is a political issue, and our conceptual shaping of time–forward and back with Daylight Saving Time—has been touched over the last century by Presidents Wilson, Roosevelt, Truman, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, and Bush II; and California voters over the years have had their own ideas as how to set the clock–and we’re not done yet.

Even though 59.7% of California voters voted for Proposition 7 in the November 6th, 2018 Election, we are only a little bit closer to year-round Daylight Saving Time in the Golden State. It won’t happen this year–or likely, right away. It’s more a nudge towards daylight.

Now as of December 2018, California is back on Standard Time, with darkness edging in by 5:00, before most of us are home or on to the next event. And we won’t return to Daylight Saving time until March 10th, 2019, when we spring forward an hour at 2:00 a.m., starting the cycle all over again.

Time–or rather, the time we say it is and the time we wish to live and work by—has its own history. Time is now regulated by federal statute. It took a while for Congress to get to this, but in 1918, Congress created a federal statutory scheme to unify time across the country, in one sense to keep the railroads going on time, so that there would not be a jumble of times from one state to another, or even within a single state. That statutory scheme, An Act to save daylight and to provide standard time for the United States divided the country into 5 distinct zones, with California in the Pacific zone. The Interstate Commerce Commission was put in charge of enforcement; and though it may seem that daylight or sunshine is more a question of energy, the Department of Transportation, the successor agency to the ICC, is still the authorized agency to enforce Time as a matter of commerce. The 1918 Act also initiated a Daylight Saving Time period across the country, to add an hour from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October. Gaining daylight by adjusting the day’s time was considered part of the war effort, America’s participation in World War I. When the war ended though, one year later in 1919, Congress repealed the Daylight Saving provision of the 1918 Act, overriding the veto of President Wilson, to scotch nationwide DST.

The idea of Daylight Saving Time was still much alive, and the pros and cons continued to mount, including within the State of California. In 1930, with Prop. 7 and again in 1940, with Prop. 5,  California voters twice turned down proposals to adopt a Daylight Saving time cycle from the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in September. The effect of these thumbs down was to keep California on year-round Standard Time.

Then came war again, trumping all arguments and even the sun. In 1942, a year after the United States entered WWII, nationwide year-round Daylight Saving Time, or what Roosevelt called War Time, was put into effect “to promote the national security and defense”. The Act contained its own inborn expiration date of 6 months after the war ended, unless Congress chose an earlier date.

V-J Day, ending the war at last, came finally in August 1945; and in that wake, Congress acted quickly and repealed nationwide Daylight-Saving provision a month later, once again reverting the country to Standard Time–and by default allowing states to themselves choose not only whether to adopt Daylight Savings, but how to define the seasonal cycle.

It was in this post-war period, in 1949, that California voters finally gave the nod to Daylight Saving Time, passing Prop 12, to adopt daylight savings time statewide in CA, from the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in September. There are more twists to the story, but this is the Proposition to keep your eyes on, like the rabbit under the hat, for the reveal is that this is the very proposition CA voters voted to repeal, by passing Prop 7 in November 2018. In 1962, voters again showed their preference for Daylight Saving Time, approving Prop. 6, to extend DST an additional month, to the last Sunday in October, to conform to the time-setting cycle of other major states.

Congress eventually raised its head again on the topic during the Johnson Administration, passing the Uniform Time Act of 1966, allowing two options for states: to operate on Standard Time through the entire state all year; or go with DST following a uniform period between the last Sunday in April and last Sunday in October. The advantage of this legislation was to conform the same dates of Daylight Saving Time to all states with Daylight Saving Time. States could also pass on Daylight Saving Time, by seeking a statutory exemption to keep on Standard Time year around. What Congress didn’t do, however, was to include any provision to permit states to adopt year-round DST: and that is what the voters in CA just last month voted to prefer as California time.

In this back and forth tale of Daylight Savings Time, there are yet a few more zigs and zags before we get to the 2018 California election, and how to get to the result Californians just approved with Prop. 7: first with one more national emergency, and then one by one expansions of the length of the daylight savings part of the year, to get to the state of time now.

In 1973 with a complete oil embargo imposed by the OPEC nations, causing an immediate energy crisis, Congress passed and Nixon signed into law the Emergency Daylight Savings Time Energy Conservation Act of 1973, adopting a two-year trial period of year-round Daylight Saving Time. Just as in wartime, the county was back on year-round Daylight Saving Time, this time set to expire on the last Sunday of April 1975—and then to revert to the earlier spring/fall cycle of daylight savings time. Continue Reading


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Free MCLE on Unconscious Bias Jan. 14

Monday, January 14, 2019, Noon to 1:00pm
Mitigating the Impact of Unconscious Biases
Presented by Matthew Cahill
Founder, Principal Consultant, Percipio Company
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit in Bias

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Bias resides in the 99+% of how we unconsciously process information in any given moment. Most of the time, it serves us very well. Understanding when it doesn’t is key to improving our decisions, relationships and organizations. This workshop creates an open, immersive environment for exploring decision-making, inclusivity and proactive measures for improving client relations. The output is collective strategies for bias mitigation and empowering attorneys to own the processes.
By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand Unconscious/Implicit Bias
  • Analyze how UB affects interactions & relationship
  • Define the 5 most common cognitive biases and mitigation strategies
  • Identify mitigation strategies to improve your practice

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New LibGuide: Criminal Law

You don’t have to be a criminal defense attorney to be interested in criminal law.  From the early crime pamphlets published by the hundreds starting in the 1500s, to the lurid crime journalism of the Victorian penny press, the public’s appetite for sensational crime stories has been ever-present and insatiable. And thanks to recent and current books, shows, and podcasts, such as I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara (about the Golden State Killer) and the multi-season Serial podcast, true crime remains one of the most popular genres across all multimedia platforms.

While knowing all the ins and outs of criminal law isn’t necessary to enjoy the genre, understanding the basic workings of our criminal justice system is essential for an informed member of society. Criminal law covers federal and state laws which make certain behaviors and actions crimes, punishable by either imprisonment or fines. Our newest LibGuide, The San Francisco Law Library Guide to Criminal Law, collects criminal law, criminal procedure, and criminal justice resources available at the library, as well as online and in the Bay Area.

Inside you’ll find links to basic criminal law information, federal, state, and local codes, a list of our criminal law print collection, resources for finding a lawyer or free or low-cost legal services, and much more. This guide is intended for practitioners, students and researchers, and anyone interested in learning how our criminal justice system works (whether stemming from an interest in the true crime genre or not) — from investigation and arrest to conviction and sentencing. As with all of our LibGuides, we will keep this guide updated so be sure to check back in.

So give the gift of knowledge this holiday season by sharing the library’s Criminal Law guide!


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December Book of the Month: Corporations Are Not People

Corporations Are Not PeopleCorporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money and Global Corporations
By Jeffrey D. Clements
Reviewed by Aaron Parsons, Reference Librarian

In Corporations Are Not People, author and San Francisco Law Library MCLE speaker Jeffrey Clements argues for and enlists readers’ help in passing a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United. This 2010 Supreme Court decision invalidated or weakened campaign finance laws like McCain-Feingold, and has allowed billions of dollars in corporate funded influence and “attack ads” to drown out average citizens’ voices, ideas, and opinions, in favor of narrow and powerful moneyed interests. This corporate influence, Clements argues, produces an anathema to the democratic protections that were written into our Constitution “of the people, for the people, and by the people.”

Clements discusses similar historical upswings of organized corporatism and traces the current tide as the long-term effect of a push back against environmentalists beginning with the first Earth Day in 1970. The corporate response was an organized attempt to curtail environmental and other regulation, and was led by Lewis Powell—a corporate lawyer and tobacco corporation executive, who would take a new wave of corporate activism onto the U.S. Supreme Court where he wrote corporation-favoring precursor cases to Citizens United, such as First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti. Under Powell’s influence, corporations “gained vastly increased political power at the expense of average citizens.”

But what is a corporation, and what are corporate rights, asks Clements? He says that, strangely, the definition of a corporation is left vague and described in “word clouds” in Citizens United and other decisions that Justice John Paul Stevens called “glittering generalities.” These generalities allow corporations, as government created entities, to wear sheep’s clothing at the same table that people enjoy, where they are protected by laws, including the Bill of Rights. Clements provides statistics showing the billions spent on lobbying and on saturation advertising in elections by a handful of corporations. He argues that those efforts promote the interests of a few giant corporations at the expense of both conservative and liberal points of view.

Clements offers many resources and avenues to get involved in changing government to work more effectively for the people instead of for a few massive corporations, including his organization, American Promise, that seeks to enact a 28th Amendment to the Constitution and is backed by an increasing number of states, politicians, and Americans from across the political spectrum.

Corporations Are Not People was generously donated to the Library by Mr. Clements.