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New LibGuide: The SFLL Guide to Immigration Law

The San Francisco Law Library Guide to Immigration LawJust in time for Immigrant Heritage Month, the Law Library has a new LibGuide: Immigration Law. In this research guide you will find resources free to use in and out of the library – books, databases, and links to useful sites related to immigration matters at the local, state, and federal levels. Looking for an immigration lawyer? See Legal Services & Community Resources. Curious about Sanctuary City information, or trying to find the closest Asylum office in California? Take a look at Government Resources. And to find out what treatises we have in our collection, either in print or online, check out Library Resources. We will update the Guide regularly so be sure to check in, and don’t forget to take a look at our other research guides too!


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App Alert: Adobe Scan

App Alert Adobe Scan

Turn your phone into an instant scanner!  Adobe recently released Adobe Scan, a free app which allows you to use your phone as a doc/PDF scanner.  Simply take a picture of the document you want and watch it automatically become a PDF.  And that’s not all!  Once scanned, the text on the page becomes searchable digital text which you can then highlight, annotate, and edit.  To use this feature you need to have the Adobe Acrobat app, which is also free to download.  You can access the document through your Adobe Document Cloud account (you can set one up for free) and then edit it on your desktop as well.

The Law Library is the perfect place to try out this useful and efficient tool.  There is no page limit to scanning, and the app even lets you capture nontraditional items such as whiteboards or presentation slides.  You can scan a wide range of our materials, from newspapers and practice guides to older volumes (such as our collection of historical San Francisco municipal codes and ordinances) which would otherwise be too fragile to scan.

Adobe Scan works on both Android and iOS platforms.  Take a look at the video below to see how you can use your phone as a portable scanner:


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Book Review: Checklist for My Family

Checklist for My Family

The thought of getting your affairs in order, including finances, legal documents, online accounts, wishes about medical care, etc. for your final days can be overwhelming and downright depressing. With her book, Checklist for My Family: A Guide to My History, Financial Plans, and Final Wishes, author Sally Balch Hurme makes it easy and even enjoyable to create a plan as she directs readers to look at it as a “gift to your loved ones, sparing them stressful decisions and needless frustrations when you’re ill or upon your death.”

Each chapter walks you through the steps and what to consider when putting an end-of-life plan together. Chapters cover everything from your personal history, assets and liabilities, to medical care and final wishes. Each chapter offers sample forms to record your personal data and checklists to help you determine what to include. Helpful tips are scattered throughout, such as taking advantage of family gatherings to compile family medical history; explanations of insurance policies; special items for Veterans; finances and assets to include; and all the optional personal considerations for your final wishes. Appendices offer additional reading lists and websites for further research into specific topics.

Give yourself and your family the gift of security and calm by getting your life in order today.


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June 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 June. 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.

 

Electronic Evidence for Family Law Attorneys

Electronic Evidence for Family Law Attorneys
Written by Timothy J Conlon and Aaron Hughes
$79.95, Paperback, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-63425-567-7

Trust Accounting in One Hour for Lawyers

Trust Accounting in One Hour for Lawyers
Written by Sheila M Blackford
$44.95, Paperback, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-63425-739-8

The New Handshake Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection

The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection
Written by Amy Schmitz and Colin Rule
$59.95, Paperback, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-63425-767-1

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


Recent Book Drive Donations

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 and The Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing on the Internet, from our recent Book Drive Wish Lists.

Thank you for your support!


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June Book of the Month: How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer

San Francisco Law Library June Book of the Month - How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer

How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer includes everything you need to know that you didn’t learn in law school. It does not purport to be an academic treatment of the subject, but rather it provides practical pointers on everything from dealing with clients and adversaries to managing ethical dilemmas to marketing one’s practice. It is filled with practical and informational advice about litigation practice from pretrial practice to discovery, mediation and arbitration, and trials and appeals.

This useful book also includes tables of rules and a detailed index for quick references to find what you need. Each chapter concludes with a helpful checklist summarizing the major points of that chapter.

This text is a welcome addition to any litigator’s library, either to read cover to cover, or to use as a reference on a particular litigation task. It is an essentially practical, enjoyable, and useful volume.

How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer is part of the Library’s Law Practice Management Collection.