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December Book of the Month: Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz

Woman Lawyer

Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz
By Barbara Babcock
Reviewed by Andrea Woods, Reference Librarian

This engaging biography examines the life of Clara Foltz, who in 1878 was the first woman to be admitted to the California Bar. After she was abandoned by her husband and left with five young children to care for, she quickly surmised that the traditional “women’s work” of sewing, taking in boarders, and teaching would not provide sufficient income for her family. So she set out to be a lawyer. But first, she needed to remove the obstacle posed by the California Code of Civil Procedure—it stated that only a “white male citizen” could apply for the bar. Ms. Foltz and her allies worked tirelessly to see the enactment of the Woman Lawyer’s Act in 1878, which was among the first American statutes to allow women to practice law, and likely the first that resulted from the legislative process, as opposed to a court order.

The legacy of Ms. Foltz doesn’t end there. In 1879, she successfully argued in the California Supreme Court for the right to continue her education at the new Hastings College of the Law. She was a passionate and persuasive orator for the women’s suffrage movement, and while suffrage did not pass at the California Constitutional Convention of 1879, the women’s lobby managed to secure the addition of a clause guaranteeing equal employment opportunity for women—the first of its kind in any American constitution. And she pioneered the concept of the public defender’s office to ensure procedural fairness—a concept that is now commonplace, but was revolutionary at the time.

Woman Lawyer is a fascinating exploration of not only Clara Foltz’s life and legal thinking, but also of the roiling social and political climate that marked the turn of the century. A story of noble ideals and the hard work it takes to achieve them, this book is a must read!

The Law Library thanks Shannon K. Mauer of Duane Mauer LLP for generously donating this title. To learn how you can donate, please see our Donation Guide.

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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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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.