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Free Deposition Tips MCLE May 21

Tuesday, May 21, Noon to 1:30pm
​Tips for Taking an Effective Deposition
1.5 Hours free general participatory MCLE credit to those attending at the SF Law Library
Presented by Richard Koskoff, of Booth and Koskoff
ceb logo Co-sponsored with CEB

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Join veteran trial attorney Richard Koskoff for a practical and informative program about how to take an effective deposition. He will share with you a variety of tips and strategies for how to set the stage for a meaningful deposition and how to approach and handle critical areas of a deposition. Richard will demonstrate some of his teaching points:

  • Obtaining and preserving evidence, including reports and other documents
  • Identifying key players to depose and what to cover in the depositions
  • When to hire an expert
  • Questioning adverse lay witnesses, with examples
  • How to depose expert witnesses, with examples
  • How to approach critical areas of testimony and ask key questions, with examples
  • How to handle objections, and which ones to make, with examples
  • When to continue/terminate the deposition
  • This program is appropriate for all experience levels.

Richard B. Koskoff is with the firm of Booth & Koskoff, in Torrance, California. Mr. Koskoff has more than 150 jury trials as a prosecutor, criminal defense lawyer, and plaintiff’s attorney. He has recovered over $100,000,000 on behalf of his clients as a civil litigator. He represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and major personal injury lawsuits involving catastrophic injuries. He handles products liability, construction, automobile accident, abused children, and general negligence cases. He has been selected to Super Lawyers for the past 15 years, consecutively, and has been nominated as a CAALA Trial Lawyer of the Year. Mr. Koskoff is active in both legal and community-based organizations. He has been a speaker and lecturer for CEB, CAALA, and CAOC. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his J.D. degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Law.

May 21 2019 Deposition MCLE Flyer


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Free Westlaw MCLE May 15 at Noon

Wednesday, May 15, Noon to 1:00pm
Litigation Research with Westlaw
1 Hour Free Participatory MCLE

Presented by Jonathan Dorsey, Esq.
Client Representative, Government, Thomson Reuters
An email address is required to receive the MCLE certificate from Thomson
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During this course, you will learn how to most efficiently locate and use Westlaw’s litigation resources. We hope that you are able to attend!

May 15 2019 Litigation Research With Westlaw MCLE Flyer


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Libraries & Librarians at the Movies: A September Collection 

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The intertwining of free speech, knowledge, the diversity of information, and the challenges to what we know and what we would like to know is all contained in libraries – we can just step into one and ask.  The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has an ongoing project, called Public Knowledge, which is soon to feature a film series based on libraries as carriers of that mission. Over the weekend of September 22-23, and free to the public, SFMOMA will be offering the classic, Fahrenheit 451, and several other films worth an afternoon for a double-bill, including Bette Davis as a librarian fighting the tides of McCarthyism.  By happenstance or by synchronicity, both SFMOMA and the Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive will be showing Ex Libris, the Frederick Wiseman documentary on the New York Public Library the same afternoon.

The extracts below and fuller information can be found at the SFMOMA site: https://publicknowledge.sfmoma.org/added-value/libraries-in-the-movies/

San Francisco: SFMOMA: Saturday, Sept. 22 -23, 2018

Saturday, September 22: 12:30pm

Toute la MemoireToute la Mémoire du Monde.  Alain Resnais, 1956, 22 minutes.

Toute la Mémoire du Monde is both a look at the inner workings of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris and a meditative piece about the fragility of human memory and the ways in which we try to support it.”

Also available through the Criterion Collection here.

Saturday, September 22:  1:30 p.m.

ExLibris2017Ex-Libris: The New York Public Library. Frederick Wiseman, 2017, 197 minutes

“Frederick Wiseman’s film, Ex-Libris: The New York Public Library, goes behind the scenes of one of the greatest knowledge institutions in the world and reveals it as a place of welcome, cultural exchange, and learning.”



Sunday, September 23, 12:30 p.m.

Storm CenterStorm Center. Daniel Taradash, 1956, 85 minutes

“Filmed in Santa Rosa, California, the film stars Bette Davis as the small town librarian who fights the city council when asked to withdraw the book The Communist Dream from the library’s collection. This was among the first overtly anti-McCarthyism film to be produced in Hollywood exploring the effects on the free circulation of ideas and the damage that can be done to an individual and to a community when this freedom is challenged.”

Sunday, September 23, 2:30 p.m.

F451 PosterFahrenheit 451.  François Truffaut, 1966, 112 minutes

“Based on the author Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel, this film is set in a future where the possession of books is considered a crime by the government whose squad of firefighters sets out to destroy the illicit literature with flamethrowers. Fahrenheit 451, it is explained, is the temperature at which books are reduced to ashes.”


Berkeley: BAMPFA: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2:00 pm. Tickets $9.00-$13.00.

ExLibris2017Ex-Libris: The New York Public Library. Frederick Wiseman, 2017, 197 minutes

As part of the BAMPFA Frederick Wiseman festival, another showing of Ex-Libris: The New York Public Library is offered on the opposite side of the Bay, in Berkeley, on Saturday afternoon, September 22nd.  The Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive will be featuring Ex-Libris at 2:00 p.m., at a ticket rate of $9.00-$13.00. The price of a ticket also includes admission to the BAM galleries and a 10% discount at Babette Café. Information and tickets at:  https://bampfa.org/event/evening-frederick-wiseman

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New LibGuide: Environmental Law

From September 12th to the 14th San Francisco will host the Global Climate Action Summit, an event which will bring together environmental leaders and activists from around the world, both for the summit as well as the hundreds of related affiliate events throughout the week.  Even if you can’t make it to any programs or events, you can still take a look at our newest LibGuide: The San Francisco Law Library Guide to Environmental Law.

In this guide you will find information on local, state, and federal environmental statutes and regulations, library resources in print and online, current news and events, wildfire resources, and links to the many state and federal agencies dealing with environmental issues.

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Environmental law is an interdisciplinary field which encompasses science, technology, the economy, industry, and more.  To that end, this research guide also includes links to local and global organizations dedicated to environmental activism, as well as informational sites on related topics.  We will keep updating the guide (and all of our guides), so be sure to check back in!

And for more on environmental law, check out our September Books of the Month:


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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