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National Archives Releases JFK Assassination Records

If the date November 22, 1963 means something to you, then you might be interested to know that the National Archives has recently put out the first of several expected releases related to the JFK assassination. The JFK Assassination Records Collection, established in November 1992, consists of approximately five million pages of records culled from various Federal agencies, the majority of which have already been open in full and made public since the late 1990s. In addition to documents such as full FBI and CIA records, the Collection contains photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings, and artifacts. For now these documents are only available online, but you will be able to access the original paper records at a later date.

In accordance with the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, these materials were previously withheld for 25 years, with the possibility of postponement if necessary. The 25 year mark for this collection is October 26, 2017, and some withheld and partially redacted documents are still in the process of being reviewed for release by this date. As of March 2017, no Federal agency has appealed a release of their documents.

To learn more about the Collection, you can visit the AOTUS Blog (blog of the Archivist of the United States) and the National Archives website. You can also download the files online: https://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/2017-release.


Want to learn more about the National Archives?

Explore more of the vast resources available at the National Archives, at https://www.archives.gov/.

Learn about accessing the archives, the contents of its collection, and activities on it’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/usnationalarchives

The National Archives news page (https://www.archives.gov/news) contains topical information focused on current events and important calendar dates, as well as special topics, feature articles, and archivist speeches and articles (https://www.archives.gov/about/speeches).

Their most requested information page has information about genealogy, military records, historical documents, and locations around the country: https://www.archives.gov/locations


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Upcoming Free MCLE Programs 7/25 and 8/2

We have some wonderful free MCLE Lunchtime Speaker Programs coming up! Be sure to add the following two programs to your calendar, and check back with our Speaker’s Guide, website, Facebook, or Twitter to stay up to date with new programs. All of our MCLE seminars are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Stay tuned for news about more dates in our ongoing Employment Benefits series presented by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Library. We hope to see you there!

July 25, 2017 CEQA MCLE FlyerTuesday, July 25, 2017, 12 to 1pm

California’s Maligned Environmental Law:

An Overview of the California Environmental Quality Act, its Public Impression, and its Ongoing Importance, with a Focus on Large-Scale (and Controversial) Projects

Presented by:
Tom Engels, PhD, Principal, Horizon Water & Environment
Rob Peterson, PhD, CEQA Project Manager, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
Jonathan Koltz, Legal Counsel, CPUC

1 hour free Participatory MCLE Credit 


August 2 2017 Lexis MCLE Flyer

Wednesday August 2, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00PM

Lexis Advance Training, Part 2:
Drinking from a Fire Hydrant: Basic Legal Research in the Age of Technology

Presented by Rebecca Cattich, Esq.
Solutions Consultant, LexisNexis

1 Hour of free Participatory MCLE Credit

This program will build on basic topics introduced in the July 13 program, but patrons who did not make it to Part 1 are welcome to come.


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Free Environmental Law MCLE

PDF iconTuesday, July 25, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, California’s Maligned Environmental Law:
An Overview of the California Environmental Quality Act, its Public Impression, and its Ongoing Importance, with a Focus on Large-Scale (and Controversial) Projects
Presented by:
Tom Engels, PhD, Principal, Horizon Water & Environment
Rob Peterson, PhD, CEQA Project Manager, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
Jonathan Koltz, Legal Counsel, CPUC
1 hour free Participatory MCLE Credit
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is California’s premier environmental law, and a model for similar laws across the country.  Although it’s revered by many, it’s also often derided as a boondoggle that gives undue leverage to NIMBYs and special interest groups.  Governor Brown, for example, has called attempts to ease its restrictions “the Lord’s work.” CEQA requires consideration of environmental impact on the development of “projects,” and requires the consideration and screening of a wide range of alternatives.  It has been controversially invoked as a drag in a wide range of situations, from creating new bike lanes to building large-scale utility projects.

In this hour-long program, Tom Engels, PhD, a principal at Horizon Water and Environment; Rob Peterson, PhD, a CEQA project manager at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC); and Jonathan Koltz, a lawyer with the CPUC, will provide a brief overview of the CEQA process, discuss why CEQA’s policy goals can be poorly perceived—and why those perceptions might not be entirely accurate—and explain why CEQA remains a vital tool for informing both the government and the public about the projects subject to the law.  They will provide examples from their work at the CPUC, with a focus on how staff have approached the complex process of reviewing, and finding alternatives for, large utility infrastructure projects with price tags that typically exceed $100 million and that affect thousands of Californians.

July 25, 2017 CEQA MCLE Flyer


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New LibGuide: Cannabis Law

5.1 Cannabis LawCannabis Law is a fast growing field, encompassing many aspects of the law including anti-trust issues, intellectual property, environmental law, and more.  To accompany our July Book of the Month, Marijuana Law in a Nutshell, we have a new LibGuide as well: The San Francisco Law Library Guide to Cannabis Law.   This new research guide features information on legislation for both medical and recreational marijuana, resources for attorneys and the community, and the latest news on developments in Cannabis Law.  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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July Book of the Month: Marijuana Law in a Nutshell

July BoMThis book, part of the Nutshell series from West Academic Publishing, is a succinct overview of Marijuana law, both current and historical. The volume discusses in surprising detail the legal history and public policy issues relevant to marijuana law.

This little book provides comprehensive coverage of the evolution of Federal laws governing marijuana along with a synopsis of international, state, and local laws dealing with marijuana litigation. A discussion of the practical issues associated with the current trend of marijuana legalization includes an overview of banking law problems, employment issues, taxation, and impaired driving controversies. Arguments for and against medical and recreational legalization are provided, along with a chapter on how foreign laws approach this subject. This compact title contains an outstanding, in-depth index that either a student or attorney can turn to for reliable guidance.

We highly recommend Marijuana Law in a Nutshell to anyone wanting to learn more about this exciting new emerging law topic.  And for even more information, check out our new research guide on Cannabis Law.


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July 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 July. 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.

 

Elbridge Thomas Gerry An Exceptional Life in Gilded Gotham

Elbridge Thomas Gerry: An Exceptional Life in Gilded Gotham
Written by Shelley L. Dowling
U.S. Supreme Court Law Librarian, Ret.
$95, Hardcover, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-61619-387-4

Legal Ethics and Social Media

Legal Ethics and Social Media: A Practitioner’s Handbook
Written by Jan L. Jacobowitz and John G. Browning
$79.95, Paperback, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-63425-782-4

 

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

Thank you to James Michel for donating Fair Debt Collection, part of the May 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!