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Special Event July 19 at Noon on Free Speech

Thursday, July 19, 2018, Noon to 1:00pm
Free Speech and the First Amendment:
Why do we give Nazis free speech—and should we?

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Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, Berkeley Law

Bernadette Meyler, Carla and Sheila Spaeth Professor of Law, Stanford Law

Justice Therese Stewart, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District

Justice Jon Streeter, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate 

: Ben Feuer, Chairman, California Appellate Law Group LLP

In the wake of neo-Nazi riots in Charlottesville and elsewhere, and a surge in hate crimes across the country, a complex question that has recurred in American law and society for centuries is once again in the public eye: how much tolerance should the nation have for unpopular speech or minority opinions?

Renowned law professors and leading appellate judges will discuss the current state of free speech law in the United States, how and why those approaches developed, the effects liberal speech rights have had for good and ill, how other countries approach free speech questions, and more.

Seating is on a first-come, first-first-served basis.

Co-sponsored with The Bar Association of San Francisco

1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit.


July 19 2018 Free Speech MCLE Flyer


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Free MCLE June 6 – Proposition 65

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, Noon to 1:00pm
Does Your Product Contain Chemicals that Might Require a Warning?
What You Need to Know about Proposition 65 and the Amendments That Take Effect in August
Presented by Anne Kearns, Esq., Anne Kearns Law
1 Hour free Participatory General MCLE Credit

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If you manufacture or sell consumer goods, chances are that the product contains one of 900 chemicals which require a written warning to consumers under California’s Proposition 65.  And now Proposition 65 has been amended to impose additional requirements that will take effect on August 30, 2018 for all products manufactured after that date.  Penalties for failing to warn are stiff. This presentation gives an overview of the current law and recent amendments as it relates to consumer products (excluding food and other specialized products).

June 6 2018 Prop 65 MCLE Flyer





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Book Review – Constitutional Governance & Judicial Power

Constitutional Governance and Judicial Power: The History of the California Supreme Court

Edited by Harry N. Scheiber

In this captivating and highly readable new book, UC Berkeley School of Law professor emeritus Harry N. Scheiber and five contributing authors chronicle the evolution of the California Supreme Court, California law, and California history. Constitutional Governance and Judicial Power demonstrates that the state’s highest court is inextricably linked to the political, socioeconomic, and cultural forces of its time.

The court was established by Article VI of California’s Constitution and held its first session on March 4, 1850, in what had been a San Francisco hotel. The first chief justice was Serranus Hastings, a transplant from New York and Iowa, who had formerly served as chief justice of Iowa’s highest court. Gold was discovered on January 24, 1848, and would be a driving factor in the state’s economy, population growth, and the court itself. Of the first 27 justices, 11 came to California for reasons related to mining gold. The ensuing period included the adoption of common law, the reliance on both Spanish and Mexican legal doctrine, and the foundations of water rights and mining law. Hugh C. Murray, who became Chief Justice in 1852, authored two decisions “notorious as much for their bigoted rhetoric as for their holdings.” In the opinion In re Perkins, the court upheld the right of out-of-state slaveholders to recover escaped enslaved persons despite California’s prohibition against slavery. In People v. Hall, the court banned Chinese witnesses from giving evidence against white persons in criminal cases. Hall provided the precedent for the extension of the ban to civil cases.

Other chapters address the court’s response to California’s rising industrialism, the sweeping changes ushered in by the Progressive movement, and the tremendous population and economic growth during the long tenure of Chief Justice Phil Gibson. Scheiber authors the chapter on the Liberal Era which was marked by the LA riots, school busing, gay rights, affirmative action, and more, as well as the appointment of Chief Justice Rose Bird and her eventual removal by California’s voters. Final chapters explore the retrenchment of the Lucas Court and the more centrist jurisprudence and centralization of administration and funding of the state court system under Chief Justice Ronald George.

This comprehensive study of the Court’s 165-year history will appeal to lawyers, legal scholars, and those with an interest in California history. Constitutional Governance and Judicial Power is a new addition to SF Law Library.

California Supreme Court history enthusiasts can find the following additional titles in the law library’s collection:

Chief: The Quest for Justice in California, by Ronald M. George, interviewee

Activism in Pursuit of the Public Interest: The Jurisprudence of Chief Justice Traynor, by Ben Field

In Pursuit of Justice, by Joseph R. Grodin

The law library also has these judicial biographies:

My Own Words, by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

SFLL Book Review: https://sflawlibraryblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/january-book-of-the-month-my-own-words-by-ruth-bader-ginsburg/

Judge Thelton Henderson: Breaking New Ground, by Richard B. Kuhns

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FREE MCLE January 17 at Noon: Advanced Research on Westlaw

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Noon to 1:00pm, Advanced Research on Westlaw
Presented by Amy Dhall, Esq.
Government Account Manager, Thomson Reuters
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit – An Email address is required to receive the MCLE certificate from Thomson.

This program will build on the introductory overview on how to retrieve documents by citation, navigate through the search interface, and use KeyCite. Learn how to search with WestSearch, advanced search functions, Boolean terms and connectors, the West Key Number System, and how to retrieve specific content.

Download this free Westlaw patron access user guide.

Jan 17 2018 Adv Research on Westlaw MCLE Flyer