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August 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 August. 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.

 

Black's Law Dictionary

Black’s Law Dictionary
10th ed.
Edited by Bryan A. Garner
$81.95, Hardcover, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-31461-300-4

Preparing for Trial in Federal Court

Preparing for Trial in Federal Court
3rd ed.
Written by Nancy Prigden
$278, Paperback, 2015
ISBN: 0-938065-91-2

 

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


Recent Book Drive Donations

Thank you to Shannon K. Mauer of Duane Morris LLP for donating The Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing on the Internet and The Music Copyright Manual, from our recent Book Drive Wish Lists.

Thank you to James Michel for donating Fair Debt Collection, part of the May Book Drive.

Please take a look at our Book Drive page to see Wish List items from prior months. We are still wishing for these books!

Thank you for your support!


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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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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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July 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 July. 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.

 

Elbridge Thomas Gerry An Exceptional Life in Gilded Gotham

Elbridge Thomas Gerry: An Exceptional Life in Gilded Gotham
Written by Shelley L. Dowling
U.S. Supreme Court Law Librarian, Ret.
$95, Hardcover, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-61619-387-4

Legal Ethics and Social Media

Legal Ethics and Social Media: A Practitioner’s Handbook
Written by Jan L. Jacobowitz and John G. Browning
$79.95, Paperback, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-63425-782-4

 

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


Recent Book Drive Donations

Thank you to Shannon K. Mauer of Duane Morris LLP for donating The Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing on the Internet and The Music Copyright Manual, from our recent Book Drive Wish Lists.

Thank you to James Michel for donating Fair Debt Collection, part of the May Book Drive.

Please take a look at our Book Drive page to see Wish List items from prior months. We are still wishing for these books!

Thank you for your support!


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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!


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App Alert: Adobe Scan

App Alert Adobe Scan

Turn your phone into an instant scanner!  Adobe recently released Adobe Scan, a free app which allows you to use your phone as a doc/PDF scanner.  Simply take a picture of the document you want and watch it automatically become a PDF.  And that’s not all!  Once scanned, the text on the page becomes searchable digital text which you can then highlight, annotate, and edit.  To use this feature you need to have the Adobe Acrobat app, which is also free to download.  You can access the document through your Adobe Document Cloud account (you can set one up for free) and then edit it on your desktop as well.

The Law Library is the perfect place to try out this useful and efficient tool.  There is no page limit to scanning, and the app even lets you capture nontraditional items such as whiteboards or presentation slides.  You can scan a wide range of our materials, from newspapers and practice guides to older volumes (such as our collection of historical San Francisco municipal codes and ordinances) which would otherwise be too fragile to scan.

Adobe Scan works on both Android and iOS platforms.  Take a look at the video below to see how you can use your phone as a portable scanner:


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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.