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New LibGuide: Veterans Resources

In anticipation of Veterans Day this Saturday, November 11, the Library has a new LibGuide: Veterans Resources.

Veterans law in the US can be traced back all the way to 1636 when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony passed a law stating that soldiers disabled from the recent war with the Pequot Indians would be supported by the colony. Since then, the laws and support system for veterans have increased considerably to encompass rights and benefits including education, disability compensation, health care, and survivor benefits.

In this guide you will find resources and links to legal assistance for veterans. Read up on the governing law and policy, or take a look at self-help guides and benefits fact sheets. For those looking for legal help or attorneys interested in helping veterans, there are links to outreach groups, free legal clinics, and lawyer referral services, including VetLex. This site, a partnership between the ABA and the law firm Jones Day, will match veterans in need of pro bono legal services with attorneys. VetLex will launch on a pilot basis by Veterans Day 2017, and will become fully operational nationally by 2018.

We regularly update our research guides, so check back to see what’s new. And don’t forget to take a look at our other guides as well:


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November Book of the Month: Managing Environmental Risk

Managing Enviro Risk

Managing Environmental Risk: Real Estate and Business Transactions, 2016-2017
By Jennifer L. Machlin and Tomme R. Young
Reviewed by Courtney Nguyen

Recent events have shown that environmental risks should not be ignored when entering into a real estate or business transaction. To help attorneys and other real estate professionals identify and address environmental liability risks, the library has Managing Environmental Risk: Real Estate and Business Transactions by environmental law specialists Jennifer L. Machlin and Tomme R. Young. Intended for both specialists and nonspecialists, this wide-ranging softbound book concisely explains environmental liability risks and also serves as a more practical problem-solving tool for attorneys. Machlin and Young offer a summary of the most important features of all the major federal statutes related to environmental regulation (Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, etc.), which often serve as models for state statutes. The authors also discuss general federal standards which highlight the most common types of environmental liabilities that could be triggered by certain transactions.

In addition to discussing statutory and common law sources of liability, Managing Environmental Risk also takes into consideration the concerns of the various parties involved, making this book accessible to more than just attorneys. Alongside reference materials, practitioners will also find checklists and drafting suggestions for transactional planning, as well as sample provisions for drafting documents. This title is also available in its entirety through our Westlaw database. Find this and many more environmental law titles at the Library today!

The library would like to thank the author, Jennifer Machlin, for generously donating this title. To learn how you can donate, please see our Donation Guide.


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November 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 November. 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.


Trial Objections

Trial Objections
Written by R. Rogge Dunn
$278, Paperback, 2017 (Revision 22)

We would welcome a partial contribution toward the purchase of this book!

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 My Own Words and Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz, part of our September and October Book Drives.

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!

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Free Wildfires Helping Handbook

MoFo Fires Handbook

For those affected by the Northern California fires, or those who want to help, the law firm Morrison & Foerster has created the free 2017 Northern California Wildfires Helping Handbook.  The Handbook provides general and practical information for people, small businesses, and other organizations affected by the fires, and covers many issues including FEMA, consumer fraud, housing, employment, SBA loan assistance, and insurance.  There is also a chapter on Lawyer Referral Services and Legal Aid if you find you need further information or assistance.

This handbook is current through October 20, 2017, and a Spanish version is forthcoming.  Check back in at www.mofo.com/norcal-fires for updates.  You can also download a copy of the handbook: 2017 northern-ca-fires-helping-handbook.

The firm is part of the Bay Area Resilience Collaborative, which provides free legal information to California fire survivors.  Information on other free or low-cost legal aid and resources can be found here:


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Special MCLE Event with Jeff Adachi 11/8

Adachi JusticeWednesday, November 8, 2017, Noon to 1:30pm, On Public Defense, Immigrant Rights, and Racial Justice

Presented by Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender 

1.5 Hours free Participatory MCLE Credit

Mr. Adachi will discuss the state of public defense in California and the United States, criminal justice reform, including recent efforts to reform bail, sentencing laws and eliminate racial disparities, and his office’s recent efforts to provide public defenders to immigrants facing deportation.

Keep up-to-date with all of our free programs here.

Nov 8 2017 Jeff Adachi MCLE at SFLL Flyer

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Private Student Loan Dischargeability In Bankruptcy: A New Perspective – Free MCLE 10/19

PDF iconThursday, October 19, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, Private Student Loan Dischargeability In Bankruptcy: A New Perspective
Presented by James Michel
San Francisco Consumer Protection and Debt Relief Lawyer
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit

It is commonly believed that student loan debt is not affected by the bankruptcy discharge. A more correct statement would be that for most people who file bankruptcy petitions, some educational debts are not discharged unless the petitioner successfully obtains a finding from the bankruptcy court that the debt is a hardship to the borrower. In reality, some educational debt does not fit within the statutory definition and is discharged along with regular debt, without any finding of hardship. This talk will examine the categories of educational benefits or loans under the relevant statutes and a few recent decisions concerning privately guaranteed student loans.Oct 19 2017 Bankruptcy MCLE Flyer