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Yosemite Reading for Summer


  • Carleton Watkins in Yosemite, Weston Naef
  • Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs, Weston Naef and Christine Hult-Lewis
  • Carleton Watkins: Making the West American, Tyler Green

For those of us without a reservation at the Ahwanhee (now called The Majestic Yosemite Hotel), these Carleton Watkins books are for you—a ravishing wilderness, page by page, on a scale that is truly majestic, and which, nose to our work, we can forget is only 200 miles east from downtown San Francisco. Here’s dreaming without the crowds—three books for the cool of a San Francisco July to kindle a sense of awe through magisterial pictography and the story of a pioneering artist—one of the first photographers of Yosemite in post-Civil War America.

The first book, Carleton Watkins in Yosemite, features 49 reproductions of Yosemite landscapes taken between 1861 and 1880. They are referred to as his mammoth-plate photographs because they required large, heavy glass plate negatives about 18 x 22 inches in size. These photographs were shown to President Lincoln, who was impressed enough to declare the Yosemite Valley within the public domain to protect its beauty for all.  It is also these photographs that may prompt your own recall of the very first time you arrived in Yosemite and tried to take it all in. The book itself is just the size to fit into a daypack for a day’s wandering.

The second book presents a fuller catalog. Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs is a dense and completely extraordinary gift of images and history extending far beyond Yosemite—10 pounds of reproductions and cataloging notes of Watkins’ 1,273 known mammoth-plate photographs. This is likely one of the heaviest books in the San Francisco Law Library collection, but only a feather compared to the 2,000 pounds of photography-making equipment, which included a specially-made oversized-camera, the glass plates, chemistry equipment, and a dark-room tent—all of which Watkins hauled with wagon and mule to every precipice and every spot on the valley floor for each Yosemite expedition and to many other places. Organized into 10 chapters, this catalog includes not only the complete Yosemite images, but also Watkin’s lesser-known work, such as his mining photographs, the San Francisco pictures (taken when Twin Peaks was uninhabited and the Cliff House newly built), a Pacific Coast series that includes Mendocino, Oregon, other coastal areas, and other Bay Area landscapes like San Mateo and Santa Clara, a series on the Franciscan Missions, a few portraits, and even some court-evidence photography made for boundary disputes. All of which to say, it is still hard to beat Plate 1—an image of The Grizzly Giant, a giant sequoia in Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove standing 210 feet tall, with a cluster of tiny people pictured at its base like carved wooden toys, or Plate 38 of North Dome. You will find your own favorite—or many. The plates are completely absorbing: water, stone, trees, sky, dimensions, space, and history.

Finally, Carleton Watkins: Making the West American offers a broader view. It contains not just the images, but a different perspective across the grain of art, culture, and history—what the author calls a horizontal history: “…the impact artists have outside art, such as on their world and on events that continue after their careers and lives…an artist’s impact on a nation.” It’s just the kind of book that requires a hammock—a well-written narrative, illustrated along the way, that shows how Watkins’ work embodied not only beauty, but also power and import, and become a prime influence on making the West as important as the East. This is the story of how Watkins and his art saw the West and gave it to the nation.

In 1906, the San Francisco earthquake and fire destroyed a vast amount of Carleton Watkin’s negatives and archives. These books survive to collect what’s left and offer these images for fresh appreciation and delight.

All three Carleton Watkins book are available at the San Francisco Law Library.

If you are still unsure where to start, start here:

Peaks & Perils: the Life of Carleton Watkins, a four-minute animated biography of the artist and his work, from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which has 25 Carleton Watkins photographs  in their collection, but none currently on view.

A podcast with the author, Tyler Green, about his work, Carleton Watkins: Making the West American is available at: https://manpodcast.com/portfolio/no-364-tyler-green-on-carleton-watkins/.

Images from the Getty Collection of Carleton Watkins photographs can be viewed on a smaller scale on their website, and downloaded, with some restrictions.


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New Titles: Important Topics

New Titles September 2018

As the law rises to meet the heightened social and political challenges of our times, our collection expands. Newly added to our print collection are three new titles in immigration law: the Law of Asylum in the United States, Immigration Trial Handbook, and Immigration Pleading & Practice Manual. Other titles include Hate Crimes Law, Lentz on School Security, the impressive Information Security & Privacy: A Guide to Federal and State Law and Compliance, and False Claims Act: Fraud Against the Government.  Ask the Reference Team for these and related titles.


Law of AsylumLaw of Asylum in the United States 2018 edition by Deborah E. Anker

Updated overview of legal protections to refugees under domestic and international law, with an analysis of types of persecution recognized as entitled to protection, including new categories such as environmentally displaced refugees fleeing the effects of climate change, along with rights and benefits of asylees. Appendix includes an outline of procedures for withholding and deferral of removal,  components of the asylum interview, and post-hearing remedies.


Immigration Trial HandbookImmigration Trial Handbook 2017-2018 edition, Maria Baldini-Potermin

A practical overview of grounds and procedures to challenge inadmissibility and deportability, including preparation for hearings, custody and bond proceedings, evidence and objections, BIA appeals including filing petitions for review and emergency motions for stays of removal, along with a discussion of ethics issues. Appendix includes executive orders, memorandum, and practice advisories issued under the Trump administration, lists of resources, and other current analyses.


Immigration P&PImmigration Pleading & Practice Manual 2017-2018 edition, Thomas Hutchins

Model pleadings paired with practitioner notes, including sample letters and pleadings before the BIA, federal district court, and federal courts of appeal, including model motions, petitions, habeas challenges, and briefs. Appendices include flow charts of where to file documents in removal proceedings, immigration court deadlines, citation guidelines, sample subpoenas, and other very useful resources.


Hate Crimes

Hate CrimesHate Crimes Law 2018 edition, Zachary W. Wolfe [also available on Westlaw]

Excellent discussion of federal and state protections against hate crimes, including criminal and civil rights statutes, prosecution policies, and legal theories under federal law, and provisions under state hate crime statutes, including protections against bias-motivated violence and intimidation, along with an analysis of private causes of action. Extensive appendices collect federal and state hate crime statutes, statistics, and related resources.


School Security

School SecurityLentz School Security 2017-2018 edition, Mary A. Lentz

As incidents of violence and aggression in the school setting, from elementary to higher grade levels, have increased, this 2-volume set offers a formidable analysis of the many kinds of safety concerns faced by school authorities, including an overview of national and state laws, and a discussion of issues such as school law enforcement partnership, criminal behavior, threat response, student conflict resolution and intervention, safety preparedness, bullying and other forms of harassment, negligence and liability, and the concerns of special needs children. Also included are useful forms, checklists, and guidelines for protocols to develop for the school community.


Info SecurityInformation Security & Privacy: A Guide to Federal and State Law and Compliance 2018 edition, Andrew B. Serwin

In two volumes and 40 chapters, an impressive assessment of federal and state privacy protections, each chapter providing an overview of the privacy topic followed by specific state provisions on that topic. Topics include internet and social media privacy, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, computer crimes, restrictions on phones and credit cards, employee privacy, identity theft, insurance and financial privacy, health and genetic privacy, and many other developing areas of privacy concerns. Also included are issues to consider for company protocols, forms of policies and notifications, such as records management and retention policy and sample notification breach letter.

False Claims & Qui Tam Actions

False Claims ActFalse Claims Act: Fraud against the Government, 3rd edition, with 2018 supplement [also available on Westlaw]

Fascinating and in-depth discussion of the legal framework and goals of the False Claims Act, the history of American qui tam actions against fraud, stemming from Civil War days, with a definition of threshold requirements, procedure, role of relator, and available remedies (including triple damages, penalties, and prohibitions against retaliation).  Also included are discussions of state and local False Claims Act, including California provisions for False Claims Acts, California Government Code §12650-12656.

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Book Review: Cannabis Taxation

Cannabis TaxationCannabis Taxation: Federal and State Tax Guidebook from CCH Tax Perspectives

We all know what comes next now that recreational cannabis is legal in California – taxes!  While California has decriminalized cannabis, and San Francisco will even retroactively expunge or reduce marijuana charges en masse, the Federal Government still lists cannabis as an illegal narcotic, leading to patchwork laws and uncertainty.  The Cannabis Taxation: Federal and State Tax Guidebook from CCH Tax Perspectives offers an overview of taxation issues in the burgeoning cannabis industry. This slim guidebook contains analysis of the federal taxation provisions, a state-by-state breakdown of the industry is taxed, and a sample client letter for tax professionals to use to reach out to clients. Tax and cannabis professionals can use this new title together with the Library’s other cannabis law resources, including Marijuana Law in a Nutshell, our Cannabis Law LibGuide, and the new California cannabis regulations.  And take a look at our Cannabis Regulations Reference Sheet below as well.

Reference Sheet for Cannabis Regulations

From BARCLAYS CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS (also available here through Westlaw)

Register 2017, No. 49, dated December 8, 2017:

  • Volume 4, Title 3, Division 8 (“Cannabis Cultivation”): Pages 429-459
  • Volume 21A, Title 16, Division 42 (“Bureau of Cannabis Control”): Pages 555-601
  • Volume 22, Title 17, Division 1, Chapter 13 (“Manufactured Cannabis Safety”): Pages 248.20 – 248.44

Register 2017, No. 52, dated December 29, 2017:

  • Volume 23, Title 18 Public Revenues, State Board of Equalization, Business Tax: Chapter 8.7, Cannabis Tax Regulation, §§3700-3701, pp. 205-206

Register 2018, No. 1, dated January 5, 2018:

  • Volume 24, Title 18 Public Revenues, Division 4, Office of Tax Appeals, p.521-540 (see page 3 of the Digest of New Regulations for specifics for this new agency)
    • From the Digest:  “The Office of Tax Appeals (OTA) has adopted emergency regulations concerning appeals from actions taken by the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) or the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA). The OTA is an independent body created by the Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act of 2017. Its mission is to provide a fair, objective and timely process for appeals by California taxpayers. As of January 1, 2018, the OTA has sole jurisdiction over tax appeals arising from actions taken by the FTB and the CDTFA.”

Also see the 2018 pocket part for WEST’S ANNOTATED CALIFORNIA CODES in the last volume containing the Index for Business & Professions Code (v.5D), Food & Agriculture Code (v.31D) and the Health & Safety Code (v.41I)

  • The entry “cannabis” will refer you to “Drugs and Medicine” and within that to “Marijuana”

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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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Book Review: The Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing on the Internet

Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the InternetThe Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing on the Internet
By Gregory H. Siskind and Deborah McMurray

This long-awaited new edition smartly points out that buyers of legal services expect their lawyers to be just as Internet savvy as they are, and nowhere is this more apparent than with how a law firm presents itself online. Yet many lawyers drag their feet when it comes to creating an effective website and harnessing social media to attract clients. Fortunately, this book is designed for lawyers of all levels of technical know-how, and it explains how to analyze your firm’s skills and clients to develop a focused Internet marketing plan. Chapters cover best practices for website design, the technological and contractual aspects of building a website, social media, e-mail marketing, audio and video content strategy, search engine optimization, analytics, and the ethics of online marketing. This book is brimming with detailed, expert advice on how to cultivate a thoughtful internet marketing plan—essential reading for today’s lawyer.

The Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing on the Internet was part of the Law Library’s May Book Drive, and was generously donated by Shannon Mauer of Duane Morris LLP.

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Book Review: Checklist for My Family

Checklist for My Family

The thought of getting your affairs in order, including finances, legal documents, online accounts, wishes about medical care, etc. for your final days can be overwhelming and downright depressing. With her book, Checklist for My Family: A Guide to My History, Financial Plans, and Final Wishes, author Sally Balch Hurme makes it easy and even enjoyable to create a plan as she directs readers to look at it as a “gift to your loved ones, sparing them stressful decisions and needless frustrations when you’re ill or upon your death.”

Each chapter walks you through the steps and what to consider when putting an end-of-life plan together. Chapters cover everything from your personal history, assets and liabilities, to medical care and final wishes. Each chapter offers sample forms to record your personal data and checklists to help you determine what to include. Helpful tips are scattered throughout, such as taking advantage of family gatherings to compile family medical history; explanations of insurance policies; special items for Veterans; finances and assets to include; and all the optional personal considerations for your final wishes. Appendices offer additional reading lists and websites for further research into specific topics.

Give yourself and your family the gift of security and calm by getting your life in order today.

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Book Review: A Guide to Pesticide Regulation in California—2017 Update

SFLL May Book ReviewSpring is here and Farmers’ Markets are overflowing with the bountiful harvest of California produce and foods. We are fortunate to live in a state that places high value on healthy food and environmental safety, but what exactly is all this talk of pesticides and how are they controlled? The California Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Pesticide Regulation has an updated guide to help you understand pesticides and how they are regulated in our state. A Guide to Pesticide Regulation in California—2017 Update begins with a review of the department and the role it plays in ensuring safe pesticide use through federal, state, and local agencies. Further chapters explain and define pesticide registration; assessing pesticide risks to human health; risk management; protecting workers and the public; and protecting the environment. Handy appendices provide simple guides to code sections, acronyms, and the history of pesticide regulation in California. Written in plain English, this guide is useful to both attorneys working on a pesticide matter and California citizens wanting to understand pesticide regulation in our state. This resource is available both in print in our library and free online.