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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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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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New LibGuide: Veterans Resources

In anticipation of Veterans Day this Saturday, November 11, the Library has a new LibGuide: Veterans Resources.

Veterans law in the US can be traced back all the way to 1636 when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony passed a law stating that soldiers disabled from the recent war with the Pequot Indians would be supported by the colony. Since then, the laws and support system for veterans have increased considerably to encompass rights and benefits including education, disability compensation, health care, and survivor benefits.

In this guide you will find resources and links to legal assistance for veterans. Read up on the governing law and policy, or take a look at self-help guides and benefits fact sheets. For those looking for legal help or attorneys interested in helping veterans, there are links to outreach groups, free legal clinics, and lawyer referral services, including VetLex. This site, a partnership between the ABA and the law firm Jones Day, will match veterans in need of pro bono legal services with attorneys. VetLex will launch on a pilot basis by Veterans Day 2017, and will become fully operational nationally by 2018.

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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November Book of the Month: Managing Environmental Risk

Managing Enviro Risk

Managing Environmental Risk: Real Estate and Business Transactions, 2016-2017
By Jennifer L. Machlin and Tomme R. Young
Reviewed by Courtney Nguyen

Recent events have shown that environmental risks should not be ignored when entering into a real estate or business transaction. To help attorneys and other real estate professionals identify and address environmental liability risks, the library has Managing Environmental Risk: Real Estate and Business Transactions by environmental law specialists Jennifer L. Machlin and Tomme R. Young. Intended for both specialists and nonspecialists, this wide-ranging softbound book concisely explains environmental liability risks and also serves as a more practical problem-solving tool for attorneys. Machlin and Young offer a summary of the most important features of all the major federal statutes related to environmental regulation (Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, etc.), which often serve as models for state statutes. The authors also discuss general federal standards which highlight the most common types of environmental liabilities that could be triggered by certain transactions.

In addition to discussing statutory and common law sources of liability, Managing Environmental Risk also takes into consideration the concerns of the various parties involved, making this book accessible to more than just attorneys. Alongside reference materials, practitioners will also find checklists and drafting suggestions for transactional planning, as well as sample provisions for drafting documents. This title is also available in its entirety through our Westlaw database. Find this and many more environmental law titles at the Library today!

The library would like to thank the author, Jennifer Machlin, for generously donating this title. To learn how you can donate, please see our Donation Guide.

 


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November 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 November. 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.

 

Trial Objections

Trial Objections
Written by R. Rogge Dunn
$278, Paperback, 2017 (Revision 22)

We would welcome a partial contribution toward the purchase of this book!

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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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: