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Juneteenth 2018: The Fact Sheet

JuneteenthIn honor of Juneteenth, celebrating the end of slavery in the United States, the Congressional Research Service has issued an updated Juneteenth: Fact Sheet, with an extensive summary of its history, legislation, and samples of Congressional speeches and Presidential proclamations and remarks.  The CRC guide also includes a table of states—including California–that recognize Juneteenth as a State Holiday.

The recognition in CA is through adoption of Government Code §6719 [effective 2004] which designated the 3rd Saturday in June “Juneteenth National Freedom Day: A day of observance.” Juneteenth is not currently a Federal Holiday.

The Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Lincoln on January 1, 1863, is available for viewing digitally, 155 years later, as a treasure of the National Archives.

As knowledge is power and its own celebration, the San Francisco Law Library also offers free access to all of its professional legal information databases, including the digital library found on HeinOnline, Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law, which collects every statute once in force in the American colonies and states, all reported state and federal cases on slavery, early Congressional debates, along with historical and contemporary articles on the battle for civil rights and emancipation.


And this weekend, on Saturday, June 16th, there will be a Juneteenth Celebration in the Fillmore!

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Free Lunchtime Program May 17 – Celebrating Human Greatness in the Law

Thursday, May 17, 2018 – Noon to 1:15pm

May 17 John O_Grady Flyer ImageCelebrating Human Greatness in the Law

Presented by Attorney and Mediator John E. O’Grady
 

Celebrating Human Greatness in the Law is a group conversation about how the human spirit gets expressed in high conflict situations.  We share stories of times that greatness touched our lives, enriching each other with our memories and re-connecting with our own greatness.  Many of us will tell stories from our rich experience in our work as lawyers, mediators, paralegals, and legal workers. Get to know lawyers and others on the journey while being inspired to live and work fully in the moment.  When have you acted in greatness?   Have you seen others acting in the spirit of greatness?  Bring your stories. Our meeting will be facilitated by John O’Grady.  John guides people to navigate family conflicts about guardianship, aging, death, taxes, inheritance, and property rights while addressing the underlying conflicts, salvaging important relationships, and staying connected and in conversation for a lifetime. This end result is priceless.

John O’Grady is an estate planning lawyer and a mediator of inheritance battles.  He has been practicing in San Francisco for more than twenty-five years.  He served as the 2012 Chair of The Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Section of The Bar Association of San Francisco.

May 17 2018 Celebrating Greatness Flyer


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Free MCLE May 16 – Veterans Law Overview

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – Noon to 1:00pm

Veterans Program ImageVeterans Law Overview – How to File a VA Disability Claim and How to Change a Bad Paper Discharge

Presented by Cathy Wong
Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
1 Hour Free Participatory MCLE
 
Learn how to put together a winning a claim for VA service-connected benefits. Understand the three elements of service connection and how to develop and present evidence on these elements to the VA to support a veteran’s benefits claim. Additionally, learn how to change a bad paper discharge to make a veteran eligible for VA health care and benefits.
May 16 2018 Veterans Benefits MCLE Flyer


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Free MCLE with CEB March 29 – Examining Experts

Thursday, March 29, 2018 , Noon to 1:00

Tips for Examining Experts at Deposition & Trial
From the Plaintiff, Defendant & Judge Perspectives 

Co-sponsored with 

1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit 
To those attending at The San Francisco Law Library
Available to purchase via WebEx live stream by CEB

Download Program Materials Here

Hon. Stephen Freccero, Marin County Superior Court
Eugene Illovsky, Illovsky Law Office, Oakland
Stuart Plunkett, Baker Botts LLP, San Francisco
This one hour webinar will arm you with specific techniques to get the most out of taking and defending expert depositions and to be more effective at presenting and crossing expert witnesses in trial. Plan to join Judge Stephen Freccero and noted trial attorneys Eugene Illovsky and Stuart Plunkett, as they discuss these and other tips.   
You will learn, among other things:
• Pointers for preparing your expert for deposition
• Deposition strategies for pinning down opposing experts’ opinions and setting up Daubert challenges
• What makes an expert effective before the judge and jury
• In trial, how to match the style of examination with the type of expert
Mar 29 2018 CEB MCLE Flyer v2


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Free MCLE March 29 – Examining Experts

Thursday, March 29, 2018 , Noon to 1:00
Tips for Examining Experts at Deposition & Trial
From the Plaintiff, Defendant & Judge Perspectives 

Co-sponsored with 

1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit
To those attending at The San Francisco Law Library
Available to Purchase via WebEx live stream by CEB

Presented by:
Hon. Stephen Freccero, Marin County Superior Court
Eugene Illovsky, Illovsky Law Office, Oakland

Stuart Plunkett, Baker Botts LLP, San Francisco

 

This one hour webinar will arm you with specific techniques to get the most out of taking and defending expert depositions and to be more effective at presenting and crossing expert witnesses in trial. Plan to join Judge Stephen Freccero and noted trial attorneys Eugene Illovsky and Stuart Plunkett, as they discuss these and other tips.   You will learn, among other things:
• Pointers for preparing your expert for deposition
• Deposition strategies for pinning down opposing experts’ opinions and setting up  Daubert challenges
• What makes an expert effective before the judge and jury
• In trial, how to match the style of examination with the type of expert
Mar 29 2018 CEB MCLE Flyer v2


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Free MCLE March 21 – Copyright in Fashion

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Noon to 1:00pm
Copyrights in the Fashion Business . . . It All Depends

Presented by Anne Kearns, Esq.
Anne Kearns Law

1 Hour free MCLE 

What is copyrightable in fashion is confusing. Pants and shirts are not copyrightable, but certain features, like the print on fabric might be. Watches aren’t copyrightable, but jewelry is.  Costumes aren’t copyrightable, but masks are. The distinction is often blurred, and lawyers often get creative with how they argue copyrightability. This presentation addresses copyright protection in fashion and the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., 137 S. Ct. 1002 (2017) which took this issue head on. There will be discussion about other pending cases and how far copyrightabilty in fashion can be stretched.

March 21 2018 Copyright in Fashion MCLE Flyer


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Free Elder Law MCLE March 14 at Noon

Wednesday, March 14, Noon to 1:00pm

Elder Financial Abuse: A Budding Revolution in Estate Litigation
Presented by Michael Hackard, Hackard Law
1 Hour free MCLE

As the baby boomer generation rapidly ages into retirement, elder financial abuse threatens to become a national epidemic. If not addressed early and aggressively, this unique form of exploitation can tear families apart, leaving shattered relationships and depleted bank accounts in its wake. Michael Hackard draws from four decades of legal experience to advise professionals what elder financial abuse is, how to identify it, and—most importantly—what to do if abuse is suspected.

Mar 14 2018 Elder Law MCLE Flyer