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Private Student Loan Dischargeability In Bankruptcy: A New Perspective – Free MCLE 10/19

PDF iconThursday, October 19, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, Private Student Loan Dischargeability In Bankruptcy: A New Perspective
Presented by James Michel
San Francisco Consumer Protection and Debt Relief Lawyer
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit

It is commonly believed that student loan debt is not affected by the bankruptcy discharge. A more correct statement would be that for most people who file bankruptcy petitions, some educational debts are not discharged unless the petitioner successfully obtains a finding from the bankruptcy court that the debt is a hardship to the borrower. In reality, some educational debt does not fit within the statutory definition and is discharged along with regular debt, without any finding of hardship. This talk will examine the categories of educational benefits or loans under the relevant statutes and a few recent decisions concerning privately guaranteed student loans.Oct 19 2017 Bankruptcy MCLE Flyer

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New LibGuide: Domestic Violence Resources

Since 1987, October has been Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the California Courts, domestic violence is “abuse or threats of abuse” between two people (the person being abused and the abuser) who “are or have been in an intimate relationship (married or domestic partners, are dating or used to date, live or lived together, or have a child together).”  Abuse can also happen when both parties are related “by blood or marriage.”  Abuse doesn’t necessarily have to be physical, and includes verbal (spoken), emotional, or psychological abuse.

The Library has many resources, both online and in print, on domestic violence, including our newest research guide, Domestic Violence Resources:

Our new LibGuide gathers together the library’s print and electronic collection of materials dealing with domestic violence and related issues, as well as local community resources. Domestic Violence Resources contains information on obtaining restraining orders (whether domestic violence, civil harassment, or other), the laws related to domestic violence, relevant library materials, how to find legal help, and community resources such as local shelters.

We regularly update our research guides, so check back to see what’s new. And don’t forget to take a look at our other guides as well:


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October Book of the Month: American Justice on Trial: People v. Newton

American Justice on TrialAmerican Justice on Trial: People v. Newton
By Lise Pearlman

Retired Judge Lise Pearlman’s American Justice on Trial: People v. Newton is the definitive book on the polarizing murder trial of Black Panther Party co-founder Huey Newton. One could not invent a better or more exciting film script than the cast of characters in this book—the attorneys, the jurors, Newton himself—all set amid the social movements of the 1960s.

Judge Pearlman revisits this riveting 1968 trial and the political upheavals of the time in light of the widely-publicized police shooting s of 2016. The book examines Newton’s murder trial in detail, delving into the Panthers’ roots, the trial, and its aftermath, including a behind-the-scenes look at jury deliberations, copies of the original courtroom drawings from the Bancroft Library collections, and extensive newspaper photos. Judge Pearlman’s thoughtful epilogue explores where Alameda County is today regarding policing issues, and how this reflects the Panther Party’s legacy, the lasting impact of the Newton trial, the struggles of civil rights advocates, and profound changes in recruiting and hiring practices in the Oakland Police Department. A phenomenal not-to-be-missed read!

The Library would like to thank the author for donating this title, as well as The Sky’s the Limit: People v. Newton.


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October 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 October. 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.

 

Beyond Smart

Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence
Written by Ronda Muir
$129.95, Paperback, 2017
ISBN: 978-1634259163

Woman Lawyer

Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz
Written by Barbara Babcock
$24.95, Paperback, 2017
ISBN: 978-0804786669

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, part of our September Book Drive.

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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Coming to a Theater Near You: 2 Supreme Court Justice Biopics

SFLL FilmsComing attractions! If you are lucky, you will soon be buying a ticket for or watching on your home streaming service two new, exciting, and very different Supreme Court dramas. The films are about the paths of courage, imagination, and drive for equality pursued by Thurgood Marshall and by Ruth Bader Ginsburg in their early careers as lawyers—preludes to each of their years of service as Justices on the Court itself.

The first—with an anticipated release date of October 13, 2017—is Marshall. Called a thriller by Variety, Marshall tells the story of the bold defense by Thurgood Marshall, then a young lawyer of 32, of Joseph Spell, a black chauffeur accused by his Connecticut employer of rape and attempted murder. These lurid charges became infamous in the tabloids at the time. Co-starring Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall, and Josh Gad, as Samuel Friedman, a lawyer with no trial experience who offered to join with Marshall for the defense, the cast also includes Keesha Sharpe as Marshall’s wife, and Kate Hudson as the socialite accuser. For a spine-tingling advance peek of a drama of bigotry and truth in a dark time—with books as an ally—try the trailer.

My Own WordsThen, slated for 2018 is the Ruth Bader Ginsburg 1970s-set movie, On the Basis of Sex. This film highlights her championship of equal rights, focusing on her successful appeal of a landmark tax-gender-discrimination case, Moritz v. Commission of Internal Revenue, which stated that dependent care deductions allowed to single women and divorcées could not constitutionally be denied to single men. First announced to be played by Natalie Portman, the role of RBG will now be carried by Felicity Jones, with Armie Hammer cast as her husband and co-counsel, Martin Ginsburg. A narrative on the Moritz case, and their work together, by Martin Ginsburg, (including contentions as to who had the bigger room at home to work in), is also part of Justice RBG’s new book, My Own Words, found in our own San Francisco Law Library collection.

Stay tuned for the sflawlibraryblog film reviews, and if you see these films before we do, please do give us your own comments, reviews, or your own favorite Supreme Court movies from the past.


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Private Student Loan Dischargeability In Bankruptcy: A New Perspective – Free MCLE 10/19

PDF iconThursday, October 19, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, Private Student Loan Dischargeability In Bankruptcy: A New Perspective
Presented by James Michel
San Francisco Consumer Protection and Debt Relief Lawyer
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit

It is commonly believed that student loan debt is not affected by the bankruptcy discharge. A more correct statement would be that for most people who file bankruptcy petitions, some educational debts are not discharged unless the petitioner successfully obtains a finding from the bankruptcy court that the debt is a hardship to the borrower. In reality, some educational debt does not fit within the statutory definition and is discharged along with regular debt, without any finding of hardship. This talk will examine the categories of educational benefits or loans under the relevant statutes and a few recent decisions concerning privately guaranteed student loans.Oct 19 2017 Bankruptcy MCLE Flyer