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Free COBRA MCLE Wed. Oct. 30

Wednesday, October 30, Noon to 1:00pm
Employment Law Update: A Closer Look at COBRA
Presented by Cristina A. Collazo, Senior Benefits Advisor
United States Department of Labor
1 Hour free MCLE Credit
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The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) gives workers and their families who lose their health benefits the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan for limited periods of time under certain circumstances such as voluntary or involuntary job loss, reduction in the hours worked, transition between jobs, death, divorce, and other life events. COBRA generally applies to all private-sector group health plans maintained by employers that had at least 20 employees on more than 50 percent of its typical business days in the previous calendar year. This program will go over the nuances of COBRA compliance and employer responsibilities in the administration of their health plans. Complex procedural issues and examples of common employer mistakes will be discussed.

Oct 30 2019 Cobra MCLE Flyer

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Impeachment Resources at the SF Law Library

With Congress taking the rare step of opening a formal impeachment inquiry, look to the San Francisco Law Library for resources and books to help you understand more about what impeachment is, how it has worked in history, and how the process might unfold today.

Here at the Law Library, you can read scholarly interpretations of the impeachment clause, and it’s history, as reviewed by The Library’s reference team members:




Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide
By Cass Sunstein




End Presidency



To End a Presidency
By Laurence A. Tribe & Joshua Matz 







The Limits of Presidential Power
By Lisa Manheim & Kathryn Watts




You can also read about reporting and analysis of impeachments since the republic’s founding, including transcripts from the Nixon Impeachment. The San Francisco Law Library has many impeachment resources to explore.





The Nixon Impeachment Collection




We also recommend these additional resources on impeachment:

A short introduction to impeachment on Findlaw:


The Library of Congress has a Research Guide and Bibliography of resources on Impeachment. Many are law reviews that are available at the San Francisco Law Library:


The University of Washington also has a research guide on impeachment, including images from the Constitution with the impeachment sections highlighted, and links to more information about specific impeachments from history:


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Sept. 27: Department of Elections Speaker

Friday, September 27, Noon to 1:00pm
San Francisco Voting Basics and The New Ranked Choice Voting System
Presented by Jordan Valenzuela, San Francisco Department of Elections

Jordan Valenzuela will present a non-partisan slide show highlighting key dates and deadlines for the upcoming election, registration basics, explain the new ranked-choice voting options, present your options on ways to vote, highlight key features of the new voting system, and demonstrate how to use new voting equipment.
“There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter.”― Barack Obama

Sept 27 2019 Voting Presentation Flyer

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Carleton Watkins’ Mammoth Plate Photos At Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco September 5 – October19

A wonder to itself, every season is reason enough to visit Yosemite. Yosemite has just regained the iconic Ahwahnee name, and for those of here in San Francisco or environs, twelve of the Mammoth Plates are coming to town, including Upper Yosemite Falls, 1600 Ft. View from Eagle Point Trail, Yosemite, 1878-81, as part of the Carleton Watkins exhibition just opened at The Fraenkel Gallery.

Earlier this summer, under this same spell, three Carleton Watkins books at the San Francisco Law Library were highlighted: Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs [an illustrated catalog from the J. Paul Getty Museum]; a selection of just the Yosemite mammoth plate photographs, Carleton Watkins in Yosemite; and a history and a consideration of the impact and influence of Carleton Watkins photography, Carleton Watkins: Making the West American, by Tyler Green.


The opening reception for Carleton Watkins: 12 Mammoth Plate Photographs is Thursday evening, Sept 12th at 5:30-7:30 pm. The Fraenkel Gallery, located at 49 Geary, is open to the public, Tuesday – Friday, 10:30-5:30, and Saturdays 11-5. The Gallery also plans a walk-through the exhibition with Tyler Green on Saturday, September 21 at 1:00 pm. A concurrent exhibition at the Fraenkel Gallery, Another West, curated by Richard Misrach, widens the view yet more with contemporary visions of the landscape of the West–which we all inhabit one way or another.

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Free Westlaw MCLE Wed. Aug. 28

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019, Noon to 1:00pm
Statutes and Legislative History with Westlaw
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit –
An Email address is required to receive the MCLE certificate from Thomson
Presented by Jonathan Dorsey, Esq.
Client Representative, Government, Thomson Reuters
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In this class we will cover researching statutes, including finding links on Westlaw to other documents that cite to your statute.  We will also cover how to research legislative history on Westlaw.

Aug 28 2019 Statutes and Leg Hist with Westlaw MCLE Flyer

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Free MCLE Aug. 9 – The Introverted Lawyer

Friday, August 9, Noon to 1:00pm
​The Introverted Lawyer
1 Hour free General Participatory MCLE Credit
by Heidi K. Brown, Professor & Author
Director of Legal Writing and Associate Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School

Author of The Introverted Lawyer Untangling Fear in Lawyering
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While naturally loquacious law professors, law students, lawyers, and judges thrive in a world dominated by the Socratic question-and-answer method and rapid-fire oral discourse, quiet thinkers and writers can be sidelined. This talk will illuminate the valuable gifts that introverted, shy, and socially anxious individuals bring to the legal profession—including active listening, deep thinking, empathy, impactful legal writing, creative problem-solving, and thoughtful communication. The author also will offer a seven-step process for amplifying our advocacy voices in an authentic manner, including steps focused on mental and physical reflection, and mental and physical action.

Aug 9 2019 Introverted Lawyer MCLE Flyer

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Free ERISA MCLE July 10 at noon

Wednesday, July 10, 2019, Noon to 1:00pm
Regulation of Health Benefits under ERISA
1 Hour free General Participatory MCLE Credit
Presented by Cristina A. Collazo, Senior Benefits Advisor
United States Department of Labor
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This program discusses some of the protective health laws and amendments under ERISA that apply to private employer-sponsored health coverage. This program will cover the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), which provides some workers with the right to continue their health coverage due to certain life events and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which provides protections for those who might otherwise suffer discrimination in health coverage based on health factors. Other important amendments include the Newborns’ and Mothers’ Health Protection Act, the Mental Health Parity Act, the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act, the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.

This is the second in a series on employment benefits presented by The U.S. Department of Labor and the San Francisco Law Library.

July 10 2019 Health Benefits MCLE Flyer