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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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The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution and Freedom of Speech

Oxford HandbookThe Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution

Edited by Mark Tushnet, Mark A. Graber, and Sanford Levinson

The U.S. Constitution may be 230 years old, but it’s as relevant today as ever. Learn more about it in The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution, a collection of interdisciplinary essays edited by Mark Tushnet, Mark A. Graber, and Sanford Levinson. This title offers an overview and introduction to the Constitution, and is divided into sections on History, Political Science, Law, Rights, and Themes. The essay on Free Speech and Free Press, both hot issues, explores the history of freedom of speech, including its opposing traditions of dissent and suppression, initial Supreme Court cases and their impact on democracy and free expression, and recent developments in the field. Additional essays cover citizenship, emergency powers, constitutional authority, and more. Stay informed about current issues and the Constitution by reading this book at the Library today!

Interested in learning more on Freedom of Speech? Check out these websites for easy guidance on what free speech really means:

The U.S. Courts What does Free Speech Mean? page presents examples of the legal elements of free speech with links to landmark cases providing the legal context and reasons behind each issue. Use this site to understand your rights to free speech and what is considered a violation.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Free Speech site presents a timeline of free speech in America; a listing of guides to current issues such as Internet Speech and the Rights of Protesters; and coverage of free speech issues in the news. Use this site to gain understanding of current issues and happenings regarding free speech.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Free Speech site provides guidance on the “Internet as a platform for free expression through law, technology, and activism.” Included here are topics such as anonymity, bloggers rights, and current analysis of online free speech issues in the news. Use this site to understand free speech in the online world.

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New LibGuide: California Judges Benchguides

Along with our new look, we have a new LibGuide: California Judges Benchguides, a guide to all benchguides available in and outside the library, along with related materials.

California Judges Benchguides are reference materials on a variety of civil and criminal matters published by the Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER). Though intended for new judges, they are also useful resources for legal practitioners and researchers. Topics include child and spousal support, felony arraignment and pleas, and small claims court. Benchguides contain procedural checklists, forms, tables of statutes and cases, and also discuss the applicable law.

While we no longer carry benchguides in print, they are all available for free online. We have collected all current publications in this guide and arranged them alphabetically and numerically to make finding what you need even easier. In addition to benchguides, we also highlight judges handbooks and other CJER publications available at the library. Benchguides are often updated, so be sure to check back in with our guide to stay up-to-date. And don’t forget to take a look at our other research guides as well!

Other LibGuides you may be interested in:

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LexisAdvance Week: Tip #3

LexisAdvance Tip #3 – (Also works with West/Rutter and CEB): Access Materials directly from our Catalog page when you are at the law library!

When using library computers (or our WiFi network), you can access Matthew Bender Practice Guides from our catalog…

Tip 3 Bender Catalog Entry

From our Catalog Page, simply enter the Lexis or Matthew Bender title that you would like to access…

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Notice that the results list, below, has a hyperlink to access Electronic Resources. From that hyperlink…

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You can directly access California Forms of Pleading and Practice Annotated. (Note that this also works for many of our West/Rutter, CEB, and other titles).

Lexis Tip 3 P and P Final

Tomorrow: Tip 4!

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LexisAdvance Week: Tip #2

Lexis Tip 2 –Set a Customized Start Page for your LexisAdvance Session

If you know you want to limit your research to a certain jurisdiction, such as California state materials, you can save time by setting  California (or your desired jurisdiction) as your start page for your entire session. Then, whenever you start a new search, you will start from the California page instead of the main LexisAdvance page.

First, from the LexisAdvance start page, select “State” (the third tab from the left)

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On the next screen, select California, or the jurisdiction that you will want to use as a default.

The next screen that will Show allows you to select the California (or preferred jurisdiction) Practice Center. Select it (on the right, below the Green text)

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The next screen, below, is the California Practice Center. To make this your default page when you want to start a new search…

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Select Actions (the red drop down menu heading, above.)

Then click on the first option: “Make this my research start page.”

This can save you time for the remainder of your session if you know you only want to search a specific jurisdiction.

Tomorrow: Tip # 3