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Thanksgiving Hours

2018 Thanksgiving

We are open our regular hours of 8:30-6:00 on Wednesday, and will reopen on Saturday, November 24th from 10-4.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Library Closed Veterans Day Weekend 11/10-11/12

2018 Veterans Day

We will be closed Saturday, November 10th for Building Maintenance, and Monday, November 12th in observance of Veterans Day. We will reopen at our regular hours on Tuesday, November 13th.

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New California Law Will Look to “Best Interest of Pets” in Divorce

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By Richard Schulke, Reference Librarian

Custody gets a new twist in California on January 1, 2019—and that would be custody of the pets after a divorce between humans.

Assembly Bill 2274 adds section 2605 to the CA Family Code and requires judges in a dissolution of marriage case that involves pets to take the “best interest of the pet” in deciding who gets custody of the pet.

The judge has the options of sole or joint custody and assigning visitation rights. The judge will look at factors such as who walks, feeds and takes the pet to the vet. There is also the wags the tail test, which the judge can determine by viewing separately which spouse gets the most tail wagging (I made that one up).

Alaska and Illinois have very similar laws already on the books.

So, if you are a practicing family law attorney you better bone up on this new law!


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Free Immigration Law MCLE December 6

Thursday, December 6, 2018, Noon to 1:00pm
Immigration Red Flags: What Every Attorney Needs to Know in the Age of Trump

**Download Flyer Here**

Presented by Sophie Alcorn, Esq.
Alcorn Immigration Law, PC

1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit

Immigrants face new challenges every day under the Trump administration. The implications affect your clients whether your practice area is family, criminal, trust and estate, business law, or beyond. This program will cover the basics of immigration law and recent trends for audits, arrests, and deportations. Learn what to ask every client to make sure they have their immigration law needs met—and learn what red flags to spot if they haven’t.

Dec 6 2018 Immigration MCLE Flyer

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Oct. 11 – Free MCLE on reversing Citizens United

Thursday, October 11, 2018, Noon to 1:30
Corporations, Constitutional Law & Democracy: A Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission?
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1.5 Hours Free Participatory MCLE

Presented by Jeff Clements, President of American Promise; former partner, Mintz Levin; former Asst. Attorney General & Bureau Chief, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office; Author, Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money & Global Corporations
In Conversation with Attorney John O’Grady of O’Grady Law Group

How is the U.S. Supreme Court encouraging global and other business corporations to claim First Amendment and other Constitutional rights to avoid regulation, spend unlimited money to influence elections, claim religious exemptions from health insurance laws, and block government investigations? What are the implications of cases such as Citizens United and Hobby Lobby, for Constitutional law, public policy and American democracy? With a growing movement in the States and in Congress to advance a Constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and related decisions, what would a 28th Amendment say, how would it work, and what are its prospects?

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Oct. 2 – SF Treasurer Cisneros Speaks on Innovative Fine & Fee Reforms

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, Noon to 1:00pm
How San Francisco is Working To Reform Fees and Fines
Presented by San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros
1 Hour Free Participatory MCLE Credit
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Too often government programs and courts levy fines and fees on people, partly to generate revenue to balance public budgets. San Francisco is the first city in the nation to launch a Financial Justice Project to assess and reform how fees and fines impact our cities’ most vulnerable residents.
The Financial Justice Project has worked with more than a dozen city and county departments to advance reforms over the last year, both citywide and department to department. Come learn about how The Financial Justice Project has approached these reforms, from hosting a Fines and Fees Task Force that brought together community advocates and city departments, to working with the Mayor’s Budget Office to conduct a comprehensive audit. The Financial Justice Project is one of only seven finalists for the 2018 Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Innovations in American Government Award.

October 2 2018 Financial Justice Program Flyer