We will reopen Thursday, July 5th at our normal hours of 8:30-6.
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, featuring books about cybersecurity and oral arguments. 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.
The Little Book on Oral Argument, 2nd edition
Written by Alan L. Dworsky
$17.95, Paperback, 2048
The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms, and Business Professionals, 2nd edition
Written by Jill Deborah Rhodes and Robert S. Litt
$89.95, Paperback, 2018
To donate, please contact email@example.com or call (415) 554-1791. We appreciate your contribution!
Thank you to Susan Petro for her generous donation of Black’s Law Dictionary, 10th edition, part of our August 2017 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!
June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month, and the Library has a brand new research guide on the topic. From high profile figures, such as philanthropist Brooke Astor and Marvel’s Stan Lee, to our friends and neighbors, elder abuse affects everyone and can come in many different forms, ranging from physical to financial abuse. As the global population ages, protecting these vulnerable members of society from exploitation, neglect, and other injuries has become a growing area of the law.
Elder law covers many different fields, including probate, finance, insurance, criminal law, and torts. The San Francisco Law Library Guide to Elder Law focuses on elder abuse, though many of the materials included also relate to broader aspects of elder law. The guide collects key California resources on statutory and other remedies against financial and personal abuses from family members, strangers, and caretakers, including reporting resources, planning for long-term care, and for proceedings for guardianship, conservatorship, and other legal approaches to safeguarding the lives and assets of elders.
This guide highlights print and online resources, both in and outside the library, for practitioners and members of the public, including information on obtaining free to low-cost legal services and how to file a restraining order. This guide will grow to encompass different facets of elder law, so be sure to check back in for updates.
In honor of Juneteenth, celebrating the end of slavery in the United States, the Congressional Research Service has issued an updated Juneteenth: Fact Sheet, with an extensive summary of its history, legislation, and samples of Congressional speeches and Presidential proclamations and remarks. The CRC guide also includes a table of states—including California–that recognize Juneteenth as a State Holiday.
The recognition in CA is through adoption of Government Code §6719 [effective 2004] which designated the 3rd Saturday in June “Juneteenth National Freedom Day: A day of observance.” Juneteenth is not currently a Federal Holiday.
The Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Lincoln on January 1, 1863, is available for viewing digitally, 155 years later, as a treasure of the National Archives.
As knowledge is power and its own celebration, the San Francisco Law Library also offers free access to all of its professional legal information databases, including the digital library found on HeinOnline, Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law, which collects every statute once in force in the American colonies and states, all reported state and federal cases on slavery, early Congressional debates, along with historical and contemporary articles on the battle for civil rights and emancipation.
And this weekend, on Saturday, June 16th, there will be a Juneteenth Celebration in the Fillmore!
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.
Did you know that the San Francisco Law Library offers free online access to CEB titles? OnLAW includes over 150 Continuing Education of the Bar, or CEB, publications, including practice guides, action guides and downloadable forms. OnLAW can be accessed from within the library.
SF Law Library’s new LibGuide, How to Use CEB OnLAW, provides step-by-step instructions for using OnLAW, including how to:
In addition to OnLAW, SF Law Library offers free access to Westlaw, Lexis Advance, HeinOnline and more.
Need help searching Westlaw or Lexis Advance? Check out these PDF guides:
Benched: Abortion, Terrorists, Drones, Crooks, Supreme Court, Kennedy, Nixon, Demi Moore & Other Tales from the Life of a Federal Judge
by Jon O. Newman
Reviewed by Aaron Parsons, Reference Librarian
With a glowing forward by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor, Justice Newman gives an inside account of how judges think and what they do.
Early in his legal career, Newman clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren. He was a high-level staffer in President Kennedy’s administration for what is now the Department of Health and Human Services, where his many assignments included studying health effects related to fallout from Russian nuclear tests. He describes challenges faced as a Senate staffer, and the difficulty of working with different sides in Congress to agree on even non-substantive changes in legislation.
Appointed as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, he humbly describes learning on the job while trying civil and criminal cases on issues such as heroin smuggling, enforcing draft evasion statutes during the Vietnam War, civil rights prosecutions, and being whacked with an umbrella by a woman after a takings case.
Justice Newman provides insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of the legal and political system, describing what it’s like to go through the Senate nomination process three times, how judges distribute caseloads, and their negotiation and decision-making processes—such as the preference of some judges to debate with their colleagues through memoranda and not through verbal exchanges. He relates an argument with the late Justice Scalia over statutory interpretation.
His judicial decisions included military drone strikes, a free speech case over school books (among them was Slaughterhouse Five, which prompted a complimentary letter from author Kurt Vonnegut), a law requiring royalties from the book Wiseguy and its movie adaptation, Goodfellas, be distributed to victims, and a case that required interpretation of the Articles of Confederation.
Justice Newman discusses his reactions to the handful of times that the U.S. Supreme Court reversed his Second Circuit opinions, and another when that Court reversed and essentially sided with his dissent. He offers ideas on how to improve the American justice system, including burdens of proof, supervised depositions, and increased use of independent counsel.
Read Justice Newman’s autobiography, and biographies of more judges and attorneys, at the Law Library.