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Free Environmental Law MCLE

PDF iconTuesday, July 25, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, California’s Maligned Environmental Law:
An Overview of the California Environmental Quality Act, its Public Impression, and its Ongoing Importance, with a Focus on Large-Scale (and Controversial) Projects
Presented by:
Tom Engels, PhD, Principal, Horizon Water & Environment
Rob Peterson, PhD, CEQA Project Manager, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
Jonathan Koltz, Legal Counsel, CPUC
1 hour free Participatory MCLE Credit
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is California’s premier environmental law, and a model for similar laws across the country.  Although it’s revered by many, it’s also often derided as a boondoggle that gives undue leverage to NIMBYs and special interest groups.  Governor Brown, for example, has called attempts to ease its restrictions “the Lord’s work.” CEQA requires consideration of environmental impact on the development of “projects,” and requires the consideration and screening of a wide range of alternatives.  It has been controversially invoked as a drag in a wide range of situations, from creating new bike lanes to building large-scale utility projects.

In this hour-long program, Tom Engels, PhD, a principal at Horizon Water and Environment; Rob Peterson, PhD, a CEQA project manager at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC); and Jonathan Koltz, a lawyer with the CPUC, will provide a brief overview of the CEQA process, discuss why CEQA’s policy goals can be poorly perceived—and why those perceptions might not be entirely accurate—and explain why CEQA remains a vital tool for informing both the government and the public about the projects subject to the law.  They will provide examples from their work at the CPUC, with a focus on how staff have approached the complex process of reviewing, and finding alternatives for, large utility infrastructure projects with price tags that typically exceed $100 million and that affect thousands of Californians.

July 25, 2017 CEQA MCLE Flyer


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Free MCLE on Group Health Plan Fiduciary Responsibilities

PDF iconWednesday, July 19th, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, What it Means to be a Group Health Plan Fiduciary
Presented by the Christine Kerley, J.D.
Benefits Advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit
The U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) developed this presentation to help attendees understand how the fiduciary responsibility provisions of ERISA apply to group health plans, and to help them avoid problems in managing such plans. The program will cover some of the basic responsibilities in setting up and operating a plan and some of the possible pitfalls.

Christine Kerley has worked with EBSA since 2006, during which time she has held positions as Investigator and Benefits Advisor.  She has conducted investigations and informal reviews dealing with a wide range of ERISA compliance issues. Ms. Kerley is a member of the California State Bar, and holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. This is the second in a series on employment benefits presented by the U.S. Department of Labor and the San Francisco Law Library. MCLE materials will be provided at the program.

Check for details on additional upcoming programs in this series:
August 9, ERISA Fiduciary Responsibilities
August 16, What to Expect From a Health Plan Investigation
September 14, Health Benefits Under Cobra

July 19 2017 Health Fiduciary MCLE Flyer


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Upcoming Free MCLE Program July 12

PDF iconWednesday, July 12, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, Introduction to Westlaw

SFLL Westlaw MCLE July 12

Presented by Amy Dhall, Esq.
Government Account Manager, Thomson Reuters
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit

This comprehensive overview will teach you how to retrieve documents by citation, navigate through the search interface, and use KeyCite. Learn how to search with WestSearch, advanced search functions, Boolean terms and connectors, the West Key Number System, and how to retrieve specific content.

Download this free Westlaw patron access user guide.

Check our speakers guide or our website for more information about future programs.


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Free MCLE Program June 28, Noon-1:00 PM

PDF iconWednesday, June 28, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm, Substance Abuse in the Legal Community

Substance Abuse Westlaw
Presented by Amy Dhall, Esq.
Government Account Manager, Thomson Reuters
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit in Competence

This event will include a discussion of the relevant professional rules of ethics. We will also discuss the effect of substance abuse on the legal practice within our micro-culture of the Bay Area.

You can email sflawlibrary@sfgov.org with “subscribe” in the subject line to receive our e-updates with information about upcoming programs. Programs are free and open to everyone. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


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Free MCLE Program June 14

PDF iconWednesday, June 14, Noon to 1:00pm, Choosing a Retirement Solution For Your Small Business Client

Presented by Christine Kerley, J.D.
Benefit Advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit

DOL Seal ImageThe U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, developed this presentation to assist attendees in choosing a retirement plan for small businesses.  The program provides an overview of different retirement plans and their features.  This presentation is part both agencies’ ongoing efforts to help small employers and their service providers to understand and comply with federal retirement plan tax reporting and fiduciary law by providing publications, websites, outreach and telephone assistance.

Christine Kerley has worked with EBSA since 2006, during which time she has held positions as Investigator and Benefit Advisor.  She has conducted investigations and informal reviews dealing with a wide range of ERISA compliance issues.  Ms. Kerley is a member of the California State Bar, and holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

This is the first in a series on employment benefits presented by the U.S. Department of Labor and the San Francisco Law Library. MCLE materials will be provided at the program. For more information, check out our events LibGuide.


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Special Event at the Law Library June 7

Senior United States District Court Judge Thelton Henderson
Talks about his career, serving justice and community

PDF iconWednesday, June 7, 2017, Noon to 1:00pm

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Judge Thelton Henderson, joined by Breaking New Ground author Richard B. Kuhns, will celebrate and look back at impactful decisions from the judge’s career — a career that includes notable decisions on veterans’ affairs, educational and prison reform, and the environment. They will also look back at Judge Henderson’s role as a local community activist as a young attorney and what it means to today’s lawyers who want to serve justice and community.

For more information on this and other programs, see our events LibGuide.


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Recent Judge Program

Classroom v. Courtroom: Law School Reform & Reform in the Courts
Presented by the Honorable Curtis E. A. Karnow
Judge of the San Francisco Superior Court

April 20, One Hour of Free MCLE

Curtis Karnow, a judge on the Superior Court of San Francisco, on the occasion of his new book, Litigation in Practice, discussed reforms in law school classrooms and law journals – reforms needed to help lawyers, and the courts, better do their work.

Litigation in Practice by Curtis E. A. Karnow
Author of Rutter’s Civil Procedure Before Trial (West/Thomson Reuters), Superior Court Judge Curtis E. A. Karnow’s Litigation in Practice provides invaluable tips, court room strategies and helpful insights of the trial process, with a no-nonsense writing style, offering “court room do’s and don’ts” that every new trial lawyer and student needs in understanding that “law is what happens in the courtroom.” Other sections provide advanced practical guidance for settlement, case management, using case precedent, and expert testimony. -Publisher