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Free MCLE Program June 14

PDF iconWednesday, June 14, Noon to 1:00pm, Choosing a Retirement Solution For Your Small Business Client

Presented by Christine Kerley, J.D.
Benefit Advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit

The U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, developed this presentation to assist attendees in choosing a retirement plan for small businesses.  The program provides an overview of different retirement plans and their features.  This presentation is part both agencies’ ongoing efforts to help small employers and their service providers to understand and comply with federal retirement plan tax reporting and fiduciary law by providing publications, websites, outreach and telephone assistance.

Christine Kerley has worked with EBSA since 2006, during which time she has held positions as Investigator and Benefit Advisor.  She has conducted investigations and informal reviews dealing with a wide range of ERISA compliance issues.  Ms. Kerley is a member of the California State Bar, and holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

This is the first in a series on employment benefits presented by the U.S. Department of Labor and the San Francisco Law Library. MCLE materials will be provided at the program.


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Special Event at the Law Library June 8

PDF iconThursday, June 8, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Senior United States District Court Judge and Former San Francisco Superior Court Judge Thelton Henderson
Talks about his career, serving justice and community

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Judge Thelton Henderson, joined by Breaking New Ground author Richard B. Kuhns, will celebrate and look back at impactful decisions from the judge’s career — a career that includes notable decisions on veterans’ affairs, educational and prison reform, and the environment. They will also look back at Judge Henderson’s role as a local community activist as a young attorney and what it means to today’s lawyers who want to serve justice and community.


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Book Review: A Guide to Pesticide Regulation in California—2017 Update

SFLL May Book ReviewSpring is here and Farmers’ Markets are overflowing with the bountiful harvest of California produce and foods. We are fortunate to live in a state that places high value on healthy food and environmental safety, but what exactly is all this talk of pesticides and how are they controlled? The California Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Pesticide Regulation has an updated guide to help you understand pesticides and how they are regulated in our state. A Guide to Pesticide Regulation in California—2017 Update begins with a review of the department and the role it plays in ensuring safe pesticide use through federal, state, and local agencies. Further chapters explain and define pesticide registration; assessing pesticide risks to human health; risk management; protecting workers and the public; and protecting the environment. Handy appendices provide simple guides to code sections, acronyms, and the history of pesticide regulation in California. Written in plain English, this guide is useful to both attorneys working on a pesticide matter and California citizens wanting to understand pesticide regulation in our state. This resource is available both in print in our library and free online.


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San Francisco Law Library May 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 May. 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.

NCLC Fair Debt Collection

Fair Debt Collection
8th ed., 2014
Written by National Consumer Law Center
$150, Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-60248-147-3

SFLL Book Drive Donation

Thank you to Shannon Mauer of Duane Morris LLP!

The Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing on the Internet
4th ed., 2017
Written by Gregory H. Siskind and Deborah McMurray

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


Book Drive Donations

Thank you to John T. Hendricks for generously donating Out and About: The LGBT Experience in the Legal Profession, part of our September Book Drive.

Thank you to James Michel for generously donating The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution, part of our September Book Drive.

Thank you to Taylor Poynter for generously donating Collaborative Law: Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce without Litigation, part of our November Book Drive.

Thank you to Shannon Miller at Duane Morris LLP for generously donating Point Taken, part of our January Book Drive.

Thank you to Vincent O’Gara for generously contributing toward the purchase of the Attorney’s Handbook of Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting, part of our February Book Drive.

Thank you to Shannon Mauer at Duane Morris LLP for generously donating The Music Copyright Manual: The Definitive Guide to Music Copyright Law in the Digital Age, part of our March Book Drive.

Thank you for your support!


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Law Library May Book of the Month

5.1 May BotM

Law firms are enticing targets for hackers, given the wealth of sensitive and confidential information with which they are entrusted. Moreover, hackers know that law firms have notoriously weak security. In fact, authors Daniel Garrie and Bill Spernow cite that at least 80% of leading U.S. law firms have experienced a cybersecurity breach, and many others could be completely unaware that their data has been compromised. Notwithstanding this striking vulnerability, the majority of law firms remain woefully unprepared to prevent a cyberattack or manage the resulting fallout, including ethical violations, malpractice liability, tarnishing of the firm’s reputation, and the enormous costs of investigation and lost productivity.

Law Firm Cybersecurity—a brand new publication from the ABA—guides law firms of all sizes through the “Ten Commandments” of cybersecurity and surveys the types of cyberattacks that have plagued law firms. It is essential to understand that everyone is a potential target for hackers—accordingly, the authors stress ways to frustrate hacking attempts and avoid being low-hanging fruit. They explain in plain language the security controls provided by the various types of cryptography and encryption, as well as the information security management standards promulgated by the International Organization for Standardization. There is also discussion of the role of the Legal Services Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (LS-ISAO) in defending against cybersecurity threats, as it builds a knowledge base by encouraging communication about breaches, and it collaborates with law enforcement to thwart cyberattacks and develop stronger controls. Finally, the authors set forth a comprehensive cybersecurity framework to implement at your firm, and an analysis of how to best structure your firm with internal network controls and staffing to prevent cyberattacks.

Law Firm Cybersecurity is part of the Library’s Law Practice Management Collection.


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Proposed Cannabis Regulations Now Posted

4.28 Cannabis

The California Bureau of Medical Cannabis (BMCR) is the lead agency regulating the cannabis industry in California. Today the BMCR has posted its proposed licensing regulations for medical cannabis and the 45-day public comment period is now underway.

There will also be four public hearings on the proposed regulations. You can review the regulations and come to a hearing near you to provide feedback. The hearings are being held in June in Eureka, LA, Sacramento, and San Jose. For full details, see the BCMR’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

If you can’t attend one of the sessions, you can still get involved by following the steps on this website: http://www.bmcr.ca.gov/about_us/documents/17-065_public_comment.pdf.

If you’re interested in reviewing the medical regulations for licensing dispensaries, distribution, and transporters, you can visit the new Cannabis Web Portal. This new site also has cultivation regulations and manufacturing regulations for medical cannabis.

For more cannabis law info, check in with this blog and stay tuned for a Cannabis LibGuide from the Library. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the rest of our excellent research guides!


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Copyright Title Donated to Collection

New!  The Music Copyright Manual, by Jim Jesse, (generously donated to the Law Library by Shannon K. Mauer of Duane Morris LLP)

Written from the perspective of an attorney who is also a musician and songwriter, The Music Copyright Manual  is a practical introduction to copyright for the non-specialist and a jumping-off point to more expansive materials at the Law Library, such as Nimmer on Copyright. Topics include: why it’s important for music producers to know about the copyright principles covered, including the exclusive rights that come with a copyright, and the challenge of applying copyright principles in the digital age. The concluding chapters cover copyright infringement lawsuits from the plaintiff and defense perspectives, as well as damages and famous copyright cases.