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New LibGuide: Veterans Resources

In anticipation of Veterans Day this Saturday, November 11, the Library has a new LibGuide: Veterans Resources.

Veterans law in the US can be traced back all the way to 1636 when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony passed a law stating that soldiers disabled from the recent war with the Pequot Indians would be supported by the colony. Since then, the laws and support system for veterans have increased considerably to encompass rights and benefits including education, disability compensation, health care, and survivor benefits.

In this guide you will find resources and links to legal assistance for veterans. Read up on the governing law and policy, or take a look at self-help guides and benefits fact sheets. For those looking for legal help or attorneys interested in helping veterans, there are links to outreach groups, free legal clinics, and lawyer referral services, including VetLex. This site, a partnership between the ABA and the law firm Jones Day, will match veterans in need of pro bono legal services with attorneys. VetLex will launch on a pilot basis by Veterans Day 2017, and will become fully operational nationally by 2018.

We regularly update our research guides, so check back to see what’s new. And don’t forget to take a look at our other guides as well:


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New LibGuide: Domestic Violence Resources

Since 1987, October has been Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the California Courts, domestic violence is “abuse or threats of abuse” between two people (the person being abused and the abuser) who “are or have been in an intimate relationship (married or domestic partners, are dating or used to date, live or lived together, or have a child together).”  Abuse can also happen when both parties are related “by blood or marriage.”  Abuse doesn’t necessarily have to be physical, and includes verbal (spoken), emotional, or psychological abuse.

The Library has many resources, both online and in print, on domestic violence, including our newest research guide, Domestic Violence Resources:

Our new LibGuide gathers together the library’s print and electronic collection of materials dealing with domestic violence and related issues, as well as local community resources. Domestic Violence Resources contains information on obtaining restraining orders (whether domestic violence, civil harassment, or other), the laws related to domestic violence, relevant library materials, how to find legal help, and community resources such as local shelters.

We regularly update our research guides, so check back to see what’s new. And don’t forget to take a look at our other guides as well:

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New LibGuide: California Judges Benchguides

Along with our new look, we have a new LibGuide: California Judges Benchguides, a guide to all benchguides available in and outside the library, along with related materials.

California Judges Benchguides are reference materials on a variety of civil and criminal matters published by the Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER). Though intended for new judges, they are also useful resources for legal practitioners and researchers. Topics include child and spousal support, felony arraignment and pleas, and small claims court. Benchguides contain procedural checklists, forms, tables of statutes and cases, and also discuss the applicable law.

While we no longer carry benchguides in print, they are all available for free online. We have collected all current publications in this guide and arranged them alphabetically and numerically to make finding what you need even easier. In addition to benchguides, we also highlight judges handbooks and other CJER publications available at the library. Benchguides are often updated, so be sure to check back in with our guide to stay up-to-date. And don’t forget to take a look at our other research guides as well!

Other LibGuides you may be interested in:

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New Look for LibGuides

You might have noticed that our LibGuides look different, but don’t worry!  Even though they’ve had a small makeover, the same great content is still there, only now with new features like a side navigation layout and more search options and filters.

Our LibGuides are like mini websites on a specific topic, gathering together our print and online collection along with links to government and community resources. Browse through our subject guides on Intellectual Property, Immigration, or Cannabis Law, each with up-to-date information on these hot issues. Explore our popular MCLE and Law Practice Management Collections, and learn about upcoming free MCLE programs at the Library in our Lunchtime Speaker Series guide.

You can also search the guides of other California County Law Libraries, or the larger LibGuides Community to find what you are looking for.  We regularly update our guides and add new ones, so be sure to check back in!

Here is a list of our current LibGuides:

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New LibGuide: Cannabis Law

5.1 Cannabis LawCannabis Law is a fast growing field, encompassing many aspects of the law including anti-trust issues, intellectual property, environmental law, and more.  To accompany our July Book of the Month, Marijuana Law in a Nutshell, we have a new LibGuide as well: The San Francisco Law Library Guide to Cannabis Law.   This new research guide features information on legislation for both medical and recreational marijuana, resources for attorneys and the community, and the latest news on developments in Cannabis Law.  We will update the Guide regularly so be sure to check in, and don’t forget to take a look at our other research guides too!

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New LibGuide: The SFLL Guide to Immigration Law

The San Francisco Law Library Guide to Immigration LawJust in time for Immigrant Heritage Month, the Law Library has a new LibGuide: Immigration Law. In this research guide you will find resources free to use in and out of the library – books, databases, and links to useful sites related to immigration matters at the local, state, and federal levels. Looking for an immigration lawyer? See Legal Services & Community Resources. Curious about Sanctuary City information, or trying to find the closest Asylum office in California? Take a look at Government Resources. And to find out what treatises we have in our collection, either in print or online, check out Library Resources. We will update the Guide regularly so be sure to check in, and don’t forget to take a look at our other research guides too!