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Passport Day 2017

Planning a trip? If you’re traveling abroad, take advantage of Passport Day this Saturday, September 23, 2017. Seven passport offices across the country will be open to assist travelers with either applying for or renewing a passport, no appointment necessary. Locations include San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, El Paso, and Tucson. September through November are good times to apply or renew, not only because September is National Passport Awareness Month, but also because there’s a quicker turnaround during this quiet period before January.

The San Francisco Passport Agency at the Phillip Burton Federal Building (450 Golden Gate Ave., 3rd Floor) will be open from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM this Saturday. You don’t need to make an appointment or bring proof of travel to apply for or renew your passport. Just complete your application online, then bring a printed copy of the unsigned form along with an acceptable passport photo. You can find applications here. See the flyer below, visit the U.S. Passports and International Travel website, or call 1-877-487-2778 for more details. Bon voyage!



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The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution and Freedom of Speech

Oxford HandbookThe Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution

Edited by Mark Tushnet, Mark A. Graber, and Sanford Levinson

The U.S. Constitution may be 230 years old, but it’s as relevant today as ever. Learn more about it in The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution, a collection of interdisciplinary essays edited by Mark Tushnet, Mark A. Graber, and Sanford Levinson. This title offers an overview and introduction to the Constitution, and is divided into sections on History, Political Science, Law, Rights, and Themes. The essay on Free Speech and Free Press, both hot issues, explores the history of freedom of speech, including its opposing traditions of dissent and suppression, initial Supreme Court cases and their impact on democracy and free expression, and recent developments in the field. Additional essays cover citizenship, emergency powers, constitutional authority, and more. Stay informed about current issues and the Constitution by reading this book at the Library today!

Interested in learning more on Freedom of Speech? Check out these websites for easy guidance on what free speech really means:

The U.S. Courts What does Free Speech Mean? page presents examples of the legal elements of free speech with links to landmark cases providing the legal context and reasons behind each issue. Use this site to understand your rights to free speech and what is considered a violation.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Free Speech site presents a timeline of free speech in America; a listing of guides to current issues such as Internet Speech and the Rights of Protesters; and coverage of free speech issues in the news. Use this site to gain understanding of current issues and happenings regarding free speech.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Free Speech site provides guidance on the “Internet as a platform for free expression through law, technology, and activism.” Included here are topics such as anonymity, bloggers rights, and current analysis of online free speech issues in the news. Use this site to understand free speech in the online world.

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New LibGuide: California Judges Benchguides

Along with our new look, we have a new LibGuide: California Judges Benchguides, a guide to all benchguides available in and outside the library, along with related materials.

California Judges Benchguides are reference materials on a variety of civil and criminal matters published by the Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER). Though intended for new judges, they are also useful resources for legal practitioners and researchers. Topics include child and spousal support, felony arraignment and pleas, and small claims court. Benchguides contain procedural checklists, forms, tables of statutes and cases, and also discuss the applicable law.

While we no longer carry benchguides in print, they are all available for free online. We have collected all current publications in this guide and arranged them alphabetically and numerically to make finding what you need even easier. In addition to benchguides, we also highlight judges handbooks and other CJER publications available at the library. Benchguides are often updated, so be sure to check back in with our guide to stay up-to-date. And don’t forget to take a look at our other research guides as well!

Other LibGuides you may be interested in:

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Employment Benefits Series Free MCLE 9/14

PDF iconThursday, September 14, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, Health Benefits Under COBRA
Presented by Christine Kerley, J.D.
Benefits Advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit
This presentation, developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), will cover basic information about COBRA, including eligibility, qualifying events, notice and disclosure regulations, duration of coverage, and common COBRA administration mistakes.Sept 14 2017 Health Benefits Under COBRA MCLE flyer

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LexisAdvance Week – Tip 4 and beyond!

Tip 4 – LexisAdvance has free training options available online:

Visit the LexisAdvance Support and Training Page


From this page you can watch training videos, such as this “Show me How” video:

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Download a Quick Reference Guide, Learn about common Research tasks, and explore practice centers—as described in guides on this link:


Download this 125 page  Lexis Advance User’s Guide


Explore training videos on the LexisAdvance YouTube page:


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LexisAdvance Week: Tip #3

LexisAdvance Tip #3 – (Also works with West/Rutter and CEB): Access Materials directly from our Catalog page when you are at the law library!

When using library computers (or our WiFi network), you can access Matthew Bender Practice Guides from our catalog…

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From our Catalog Page, simply enter the Lexis or Matthew Bender title that you would like to access…

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Notice that the results list, below, has a hyperlink to access Electronic Resources. From that hyperlink…

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You can directly access California Forms of Pleading and Practice Annotated. (Note that this also works for many of our West/Rutter, CEB, and other titles).

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Tomorrow: Tip 4!

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LexisAdvance Week: Tip #2

Lexis Tip 2 –Set a Customized Start Page for your LexisAdvance Session

If you know you want to limit your research to a certain jurisdiction, such as California state materials, you can save time by setting  California (or your desired jurisdiction) as your start page for your entire session. Then, whenever you start a new search, you will start from the California page instead of the main LexisAdvance page.

First, from the LexisAdvance start page, select “State” (the third tab from the left)

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On the next screen, select California, or the jurisdiction that you will want to use as a default.

The next screen that will Show allows you to select the California (or preferred jurisdiction) Practice Center. Select it (on the right, below the Green text)

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The next screen, below, is the California Practice Center. To make this your default page when you want to start a new search…

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Select Actions (the red drop down menu heading, above.)

Then click on the first option: “Make this my research start page.”

This can save you time for the remainder of your session if you know you only want to search a specific jurisdiction.

Tomorrow: Tip # 3