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Free MCLE Aug. 9 – The Introverted Lawyer

Friday, August 9, Noon to 1:00pm
​The Introverted Lawyer
1 Hour free General Participatory MCLE Credit
by Heidi K. Brown, Professor & Author
Director of Legal Writing and Associate Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School

Author of The Introverted Lawyer Untangling Fear in Lawyering
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While naturally loquacious law professors, law students, lawyers, and judges thrive in a world dominated by the Socratic question-and-answer method and rapid-fire oral discourse, quiet thinkers and writers can be sidelined. This talk will illuminate the valuable gifts that introverted, shy, and socially anxious individuals bring to the legal profession—including active listening, deep thinking, empathy, impactful legal writing, creative problem-solving, and thoughtful communication. The author also will offer a seven-step process for amplifying our advocacy voices in an authentic manner, including steps focused on mental and physical reflection, and mental and physical action.

Aug 9 2019 Introverted Lawyer MCLE Flyer

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Free MCLE June 26 – Ca. Supreme Court Update

Wednesday, June 26, 2019, Noon to 1:00
California Supreme Court: Significant 2018-2019 Civil Cases
1 Hour of free General Participatory MCLE Credit
Presented by John Wierzbicki
Director, Witkin Legal Institute 
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John Wierzbicki, a California lawyer and Witkin Legal Institute director, will present on the most significant civil cases decided by the California Supreme Court over the past year, as selected by the Institute’s legal editors. He will discuss the cases’ impact on such topics as independent contractors, local permits and zoning, contracts, insurance, SLAPP suits, local taxes and utility fees, torts and workers’ compensation.

John heads up the legal educational activities of the Institute, which creates and sponsors legal programs and professional activities throughout California. He also manages a team of attorneys and other professionals responsible for the writing and publication of Witkin’s California Library: Summary of California Law, 11th ed., California Procedure, 5th ed., California Evidence, 5th ed., and California Criminal Law, 4th ed. John is responsible for, and writes on, constitutional law, contracts, civil trials and taxation.

Before his appointment with the Institute, John was editorial director for some of Thomson Reuters’ most prestigious U.S. legal publications, including Black’s Law Dictionary, American Law Reports (ALR), American Jurisprudence, and Corpus Juris Secundum. He also managed its author contracts and relationships group. Prior to that, John was an associate with Berliner Cohen in San Jose. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley (B.A.), Georgetown University (J.D.), and the University of Virginia (M.A.).

The Witkin Legal Institute was founded by Bernie E. Witkin before his death to carry forward his legacy of outstanding scholarship and service to the California bench and bar. It is dedicated to helping make the law understandable for lawyers and those whom they serve.

The materials accompanying the program contain case analysis created by the Institute’s editors, which has been schemed according to the Witkin publications’ taxonomy for ease of reference.

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June 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 June. 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.

This month we are hoping to replace two popular resources that have gone missing from our collection:

CEB Construction Contracts Defects and LitigationCalifornia Construction Contracts, Defects, and Litigation, 4th ed.
Written by James Acret et al.
$415, Loose-leaf, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-76262-599-4

California Construction Law ManualCalifornia Construction Law Manual, 2018–2019 ed.
Written by James Acret
$307, Paperback, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-53922-973-5

Thank you to author Heidi K. Brown for generously donating her two books Untangling Fear in Lawyering: A Four-Step Journey Toward Powerful Advocacy (part of the May Book Drive) and The Introverted Lawyer: A Seven-Step Journey Toward Authentically Empowered Advocacy.

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