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Free Westlaw MCLE December 13

PDF iconWednesday, December 13, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, Introduction to Westlaw
Presented by Amy Dhall, Esq.
Government Account Manager, Thomson Reuters
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit  – This is a repeat of the July 12, 2017 Program. An Email address is required to receive a certificate from Thomson Reuters.

This comprehensive overview willIntro to Westlaw MCLE Dec 13 2017 Flyer teach you 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.

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December Book of the Month: Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz

Woman Lawyer

Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz
By Barbara Babcock
Reviewed by Andrea Woods, Reference Librarian

This engaging biography examines the life of Clara Foltz, who in 1878 was the first woman to be admitted to the California Bar. After she was abandoned by her husband and left with five young children to care for, she quickly surmised that the traditional “women’s work” of sewing, taking in boarders, and teaching would not provide sufficient income for her family. So she set out to be a lawyer. But first, she needed to remove the obstacle posed by the California Code of Civil Procedure—it stated that only a “white male citizen” could apply for the bar. Ms. Foltz and her allies worked tirelessly to see the enactment of the Woman Lawyer’s Act in 1878, which was among the first American statutes to allow women to practice law, and likely the first that resulted from the legislative process, as opposed to a court order.

The legacy of Ms. Foltz doesn’t end there. In 1879, she successfully argued in the California Supreme Court for the right to continue her education at the new Hastings College of the Law. She was a passionate and persuasive orator for the women’s suffrage movement, and while suffrage did not pass at the California Constitutional Convention of 1879, the women’s lobby managed to secure the addition of a clause guaranteeing equal employment opportunity for women—the first of its kind in any American constitution. And she pioneered the concept of the public defender’s office to ensure procedural fairness—a concept that is now commonplace, but was revolutionary at the time.

Woman Lawyer is a fascinating exploration of not only Clara Foltz’s life and legal thinking, but also of the roiling social and political climate that marked the turn of the century. A story of noble ideals and the hard work it takes to achieve them, this book is a must read!

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.


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December 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 December. 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.

Section 1983 Litigation Forms

Section 1983 Litigation: Forms
2nd ed.
Written by  John W. Witt, Edward J. Hanlon, Stephen M. Ryais
$345, Loose-leaf, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-45487-248-1

We would also welcome partial contributions toward the purchase of this book!

Mastering the Art of Witness Preparation

From the Trenches II: Mastering the Art of Preparing Witnesses
Edited by James M. Miller
$79.95, Paperback, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-63425-927-9

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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Free Westlaw MCLE December 13

PDF iconWednesday, December 13, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, Introduction to Westlaw
Presented by Amy Dhall, Esq.
Government Account Manager, Thomson Reuters
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit  – This is a repeat of the July 12, 2017 Program. An Email address is required to receive a certificate from Thomson Reuters.

This comprehensive overview willIntro to Westlaw MCLE Dec 13 2017 Flyer teach you 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.


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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving Hours 2

We will resume our regular hours on Monday, November 27, 2017.

Although we will be closed, there are still many free legal resources you can access outside of the library. If you need to look for cases, try the California Courts website for opinions from the California Supreme Court and appellate courts, or FindLaw. Through the library’s website, you even have full access to a large collection of Nolo Press titles, including books on wills and trusts, landlord-tenant issues, and family law. And don’t forget about our LibGuides!


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Library Closed 11/10 & 11/11

Vets Day Closed

We will reopen Monday, November 13 from 8:30-6:00 PM, our regular hours. There are many activities and deals planned for this day. Read more about them here:

And though the library will be closed, you can still access many free resources including the Nolo Legal Information Reference Center. And don’t forget to take a look at our new Veterans Resources LibGuide:


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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