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October Book of the Month: American Justice on Trial: People v. Newton

American Justice on TrialAmerican Justice on Trial: People v. Newton
By Lise Pearlman

Retired Judge Lise Pearlman’s American Justice on Trial: People v. Newton is the definitive book on the polarizing murder trial of Black Panther Party co-founder Huey Newton. One could not invent a better or more exciting film script than the cast of characters in this book—the attorneys, the jurors, Newton himself—all set amid the social movements of the 1960s.

Judge Pearlman revisits this riveting 1968 trial and the political upheavals of the time in light of the widely-publicized police shooting s of 2016. The book examines Newton’s murder trial in detail, delving into the Panthers’ roots, the trial, and its aftermath, including a behind-the-scenes look at jury deliberations, copies of the original courtroom drawings from the Bancroft Library collections, and extensive newspaper photos. Judge Pearlman’s thoughtful epilogue explores where Alameda County is today regarding policing issues, and how this reflects the Panther Party’s legacy, the lasting impact of the Newton trial, the struggles of civil rights advocates, and profound changes in recruiting and hiring practices in the Oakland Police Department. A phenomenal not-to-be-missed read!

The Library would like to thank the author for donating this title, as well as The Sky’s the Limit: People v. Newton.

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September Book of the Month: Landlord-Tenant Solutions in California

Landlord TenantLandlord-Tenant Solutions in California

By Steven Adair MacDonald

Local real estate attorney Steven Adair MacDonald shares his perspective and expertise in Landlord-Tenant Solutions in California. This self-help legal handbook walks you through the most common problems landlords or rental property managers can face, from finding tenants to litigation. Throughout, MacDonald advocates a compassionate approach to treating tenants, stressing respect and understanding in order to minimize or prevent costly legal disputes from arising. Each short, easy-to-read chapter deals with a specific problem, from rent control to wrongful evictions, so the book can be read as a whole or à la carte. In addition to a glossary and index, there are also appendices with information on where to obtain standard rental forms, sources of insurance, and standard legal notices, and even a poem by a recent Nobel Laureate! Stop by the Library and take a look at this handy guide today.

The Library would like to thank the author for donating this title.


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August Book of the Month: Building Rainmakers

August BoM

The ABA’s Book Division anointed this exceptional book as the “most comprehensive and most collaborative ‘How-To’ book on business development techniques for lawyers ever published.” Building Rainmakers gathers insights and wisdom from over 50 established business development professionals in short articles with an easy-to-read, conversational tone. But this book truly stands apart for its convenient organization. Each topic is presented alphabetically in the A to Z Business Development Guide, so simply scan the Index of Topic Titles and jump directly to those that you would like to read. This book also includes a chapter on how to avoid marketing disasters, as well as almost 30 exhibits that cover topics such as approaching potential clients, creating ideal target client lists, templates for business development plans, the sales process, and marketing and self-promotion.

This title is part of our Law Practice Management Collection, a wonderful resource for attorneys running a law practice.


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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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June Book of the Month: How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer

San Francisco Law Library June Book of the Month - How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer

How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer includes everything you need to know that you didn’t learn in law school. It does not purport to be an academic treatment of the subject, but rather it provides practical pointers on everything from dealing with clients and adversaries to managing ethical dilemmas to marketing one’s practice. It is filled with practical and informational advice about litigation practice from pretrial practice to discovery, mediation and arbitration, and trials and appeals.

This useful book also includes tables of rules and a detailed index for quick references to find what you need. Each chapter concludes with a helpful checklist summarizing the major points of that chapter.

This text is a welcome addition to any litigator’s library, either to read cover to cover, or to use as a reference on a particular litigation task. It is an essentially practical, enjoyable, and useful volume.

How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer is part of the Library’s Law Practice Management Collection.


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Law Library May Book of the Month

5.1 May BotM

Law firms are enticing targets for hackers, given the wealth of sensitive and confidential information with which they are entrusted. Moreover, hackers know that law firms have notoriously weak security. In fact, authors Daniel Garrie and Bill Spernow cite that at least 80% of leading U.S. law firms have experienced a cybersecurity breach, and many others could be completely unaware that their data has been compromised. Notwithstanding this striking vulnerability, the majority of law firms remain woefully unprepared to prevent a cyberattack or manage the resulting fallout, including ethical violations, malpractice liability, tarnishing of the firm’s reputation, and the enormous costs of investigation and lost productivity.

Law Firm Cybersecurity—a brand new publication from the ABA—guides law firms of all sizes through the “Ten Commandments” of cybersecurity and surveys the types of cyberattacks that have plagued law firms. It is essential to understand that everyone is a potential target for hackers—accordingly, the authors stress ways to frustrate hacking attempts and avoid being low-hanging fruit. They explain in plain language the security controls provided by the various types of cryptography and encryption, as well as the information security management standards promulgated by the International Organization for Standardization. There is also discussion of the role of the Legal Services Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (LS-ISAO) in defending against cybersecurity threats, as it builds a knowledge base by encouraging communication about breaches, and it collaborates with law enforcement to thwart cyberattacks and develop stronger controls. Finally, the authors set forth a comprehensive cybersecurity framework to implement at your firm, and an analysis of how to best structure your firm with internal network controls and staffing to prevent cyberattacks.

Law Firm Cybersecurity is part of the Library’s Law Practice Management Collection.


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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.