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World IP Day

World Intellectual Property Day is April 26. World IP day follows World Book and Copyright Day, on April 23 —the date commemorating the deaths, mere days apart, of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, in 1616.  This year’s theme for World IP Day is Innovation-Improving Lives.

In the spirit of these celebrations, the law library is highlighting our IP Research Guide, one of several of our new and expanding guide collection. Our IP guide lists Patent, Trademark, Copyright, and Trade Secret resources within or outside of the library. Find out more about Intellectual Property Day, and IP generally, at the World Intellectual Property Organization’s website.


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Recent Judge Program

Classroom v. Courtroom: Law School Reform & Reform in the Courts
Presented by the Honorable Curtis E. A. Karnow
Judge of the San Francisco Superior Court

April 20, One Hour of Free MCLE

Curtis Karnow, a judge on the Superior Court of San Francisco, on the occasion of his new book, Litigation in Practice, discussed reforms in law school classrooms and law journals – reforms needed to help lawyers, and the courts, better do their work.

Litigation in Practice by Curtis E. A. Karnow
Author of Rutter’s Civil Procedure Before Trial (West/Thomson Reuters), Superior Court Judge Curtis E. A. Karnow’s Litigation in Practice provides invaluable tips, court room strategies and helpful insights of the trial process, with a no-nonsense writing style, offering “court room do’s and don’ts” that every new trial lawyer and student needs in understanding that “law is what happens in the courtroom.” Other sections provide advanced practical guidance for settlement, case management, using case precedent, and expert testimony. -Publisher

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Law Library April Book of the Month

Attorney’s Handbook of Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting

By D. Edward Martin, MBA, CPA, CFE

While attorneys seem to use nothing but words, words, words, sometimes even they need to use numbers too. Luckily the Law Library has the Attorney’s Handbook of Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting by D. Edward Martin, a desktop reference dealing with fundamental and straightforward financial issues. True to its name, the Attorney’s Handbook helps attorneys gain a basic familiarity with major accounting, auditing, and financial reporting topics. In clear, plain language, the Handbook offers a selection of up-to-date business subjects of interest to attorneys, and also explains the various services and specialized support accountants provide for the legal profession. The text features chapters on accountants’ legal liability, reporting for not-for-profit organizations, and Securities and Exchange regulations, as well as practical examples, including sample letters, forms, and financial statements. Look for this great resource at the Library today!

The Attorney’s Handbook was part of our February 2017 Book Drive, and Vincent O’Gara generously contributed towards the purchase of this book, which we had to stop updating in 2015. Please check our website for more Book Drives throughout the year. To donate, please contact sflawlibrary@sfgov.org or call (415) 554-1791.

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Law Library March Book of the Month

Point Taken: How to Write Like the World’s Best Judges

By Ross Guberman

This terrific new book by Ross Guberman evaluates the work of 34 of the best judicial opinion-writers from Learned Hand to Antonin Scalia, and offers a step-by-step method to transform “great judicial writing” into “great writing.”
The author offers strategies for pruning clutter, adding background, guiding the reader by emphasizing key points, and adopting a narrative voice with the assistance of visual cues.
Guberman shares his style of “Must Haves,” meaning a largess of edits at the word and sentence level that make opinions more vivid, varied, confident, and enjoyable. He also outlines his style of “Nice to Haves”—similes, examples, and analogies.
The author also addresses the onerous problem of dissents, finding the best practices for dissents based on facts, doctrine, or policy.
An appendix provides the biographies of the featured judges, as well as a list of practice pointers.
This book is an entertaining read, which is relatively rare for such an informative resource.
Even if you are not a judge or a judge’s clerk, check this book out and give yourself a well-earned learned hand!
Point Taken was part of our January Book Drive, and was kindly donated to the law library by Shannon Miller at Duane Morris LLP.


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February Book of the Month

Law Library Book of the Month:

Federal Intellectual Property Codes Plus (2016-2017)

By Paul Fulbright et. Al.

Practitioners who are familiar with California Practice, Civil Pretrial will quickly recognize O’Connor’s comprehensive-yet elegant style in this compact Intellectual Property resource. Federal IP Codes Plus is a first stop for general and IP practitioners researching the Trademark Act, Copyright Act, Patent Act, Uniform Trade Secrets Act, and Regulations of the USPTO and Copyright Office. The codes are annotated with related case summaries and extensive citations to major intellectual property treatises, including McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition and Nimmer on Copyright (available for further research at the San Francisco Law Library). Use the quick tabs or the extensive index to find sections—frequently broken down into annotated subsections for even quicker pinpoint referencing. Enhanced intuitive features include flag symbols that alert readers to changes, a primer on the American Invents Act, and other miscellaneous laws relating to Federal Intellectual Property. Save time by making O’Connor’s your first stop when researching Federal Intellectual Property.

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1.5 Hours Free Participatory MCLE on February 9

PDF iconThursday, February 9, 2017, Noon to 1:30pm, Moskovitz and Stein on Writing Winning Appeals and Writs
Co-sponsored with CEB Logo
Presented by Myron Moskovitz and Court of Appeal Justice William Stein (Ret.)
1.5 Hours of free participatory MCLE Credit in person at the SF Law Library, including 1.5 hours in Appellate Practice and 1.5 hours in Writ Practice Specialization
Also available via WebEx live stream by CEB

Attorneys who think strategically and creatively when writing an appellate brief or a petition for writ significantly boost their chances of winning.  Appellate expert Myron Moskovitz and retired Court of Appeal Justice William Stein provide practical insights and real-life lessons to help you better your position.  Learn how to craft legal arguments that will engage and persuade an appellate justice to rule in your client’s favor.

You will learn how to:

  • Evaluate which issues are worth appealing or petitioning for writAdvise your client on whether to appeal or file a writ
  • Write to persuade an appellate justice
  • Change your way of thinking as you draft
  • Use new, practical tools in your writing approach
  • Assess your legal arguments strategically
  • Apply your strategy consistently
  • Use techniques designed to change the justice’s mind at oral argument

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January Book of the Month

Immigration Law & The Family

By Sarah Ignatius & Elisabeth Stickney,
under the auspices of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild

Against all obstacles of time, place, and circumstance, the major source of immigrants to the United States in any given year is comprised of the spouses, parents, children, and other relations of American citizens and legal residents. Indeed, as the authors explain in this clear and well-structured presentation of the legal labyrinth of immigration law, policy, and procedure, the stated Congressional objective of the Immigration & Nationality Act is family reunification. While the system gives preferential treatment to family members over all other classes of immigrant applicants, there is still a deep and wide sea to navigate of rules, regulations, changes in the law, special provisions for specific countries, myriad agency publications and instructions, and a welter of definitions. For immigration purposes, for example, there are six different categories for who is eligible as a “child” to acquire legal status through a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. Enforcement policies raise other issues and concerns, disrupting families, through deportation or removal. All of these policies and procedures have historically evolved in the face of social, political, and humanitarian pressures and will most certainly continue to change.

Immigration Law & The Family provides a framework to analyze the INA preference system, immigration based on marriage, conditional residents, derivative beneficiaries and special cases, children, adoption, and orphans, along with procedures such as filing the visa petition, consular processing, revocation, rescission, and waivers. Useful appendices include charts outlining changes in the law and the dates within which they apply to certain classes of visas applicants, as well as forms such as sample cover letters to accompany visa petitions. A final chapter covers the rights to citizenship and naturalization.