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June Book Drive

Book Drive

Each month we will seek donors to purchase a new title for the Law Library. Here is our Wish List for the month of June. Growing our collection is about so much more than a single book—it is a living demonstration of how the Library expands the public’s access to justice and provides legal practitioners with the tools they need to represent members of our local community. Please see our Donation Guide for more ways to support the Law Library.

This month we are hoping to replace two popular resources that have gone missing from our collection:

CEB Construction Contracts Defects and LitigationCalifornia Construction Contracts, Defects, and Litigation, 4th ed.
Written by James Acret et al.
$415, Loose-leaf, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-76262-599-4

California Construction Law ManualCalifornia Construction Law Manual, 2018–2019 ed.
Written by James Acret
$307, Paperback, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-53922-973-5


Thank you to author Heidi K. Brown for generously donating her two books Untangling Fear in Lawyering: A Four-Step Journey Toward Powerful Advocacy (part of the May Book Drive) and The Introverted Lawyer: A Seven-Step Journey Toward Authentically Empowered Advocacy.


To donate, please contact sflawlibrary@sfgov.org or call (415) 554-1791. We appreciate your contribution!


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Free Deposition Tips MCLE May 21

Tuesday, May 21, Noon to 1:30pm
​Tips for Taking an Effective Deposition
1.5 Hours free general participatory MCLE credit to those attending at the SF Law Library
Presented by Richard Koskoff, of Booth and Koskoff
ceb logo Co-sponsored with CEB

***Download Flyer Here***

Join veteran trial attorney Richard Koskoff for a practical and informative program about how to take an effective deposition. He will share with you a variety of tips and strategies for how to set the stage for a meaningful deposition and how to approach and handle critical areas of a deposition. Richard will demonstrate some of his teaching points:

  • Obtaining and preserving evidence, including reports and other documents
  • Identifying key players to depose and what to cover in the depositions
  • When to hire an expert
  • Questioning adverse lay witnesses, with examples
  • How to depose expert witnesses, with examples
  • How to approach critical areas of testimony and ask key questions, with examples
  • How to handle objections, and which ones to make, with examples
  • When to continue/terminate the deposition
  • This program is appropriate for all experience levels.

Richard B. Koskoff is with the firm of Booth & Koskoff, in Torrance, California. Mr. Koskoff has more than 150 jury trials as a prosecutor, criminal defense lawyer, and plaintiff’s attorney. He has recovered over $100,000,000 on behalf of his clients as a civil litigator. He represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and major personal injury lawsuits involving catastrophic injuries. He handles products liability, construction, automobile accident, abused children, and general negligence cases. He has been selected to Super Lawyers for the past 15 years, consecutively, and has been nominated as a CAALA Trial Lawyer of the Year. Mr. Koskoff is active in both legal and community-based organizations. He has been a speaker and lecturer for CEB, CAALA, and CAOC. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his J.D. degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Law.

May 21 2019 Deposition MCLE Flyer


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New LibGuide: How to Use CEB OnLAW

Did you know that the San Francisco Law Library offers free online access to CEB titles? OnLAW includes over 150 Continuing Education of the Bar, or CEB, publications, including practice guides, action guides and downloadable forms. OnLAW can be accessed from within the library.

New LibGuide: How to Use CEB OnLAW

SF Law Library’s new LibGuide, How to Use CEB OnLAW, provides step-by-step instructions for using OnLAW, including how to:

  • Find a specific CEB title, chapter, or section
  • Search by keyword or phrase and narrow search results
  • Limit searches to specific CEB titles
  • Search by case name or citation
  • Search by statute
  • Find downloadable forms

Find a specific CEB title, chapter, or section

In addition to OnLAW, SF Law Library offers free access to Westlaw, Lexis Advance, HeinOnline and more.


Need help searching Westlaw or Lexis Advance? Check out these PDF guides:

Introduction to Legal Research on Westlaw

Lexis Advance User Guide