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Library News:

We are Upgrading! Copying & Printing Will be
Unavailable on Friday, March 24
~ 10:30 to 1:00

Copier, Printer & Computers Will be
Shut Down On Saturday, March 25, a
t 3:30
o Accommodate Building Electrical Work

Upcoming Lunchtime Speaker Program:

Thursday, April 20, Noon to 1pm, 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
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit

Recent MCLE:

 Wednesday, March 8, Noon to 1:00pm, The Cannabis Industry: Issues for Lawyers

Presented by Attorneys Shabnam Malek & Amanda Conley
Brand & Branch LLP
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit
PDF iconThe Cannabis Industry: Issues for Lawyers Program Materials 3/8/17

March Book Drive—Purchase a Book for the Library!


Each month we will seek donors to purchase a new title for the Library. Here is the book Wish List for March:

Music Copyright ManualDONATED!

The Music Copyright Manual: The Definitive Guide to Music Copyright Law in the Digital Age
Written by Jim Jesse
$49.00, Paperback

The Library would like to thank Shannon K. Mauer at Duane Morris LLP for her donation!


2017 Solo Small Firm Legal Technology Guide
The 2017 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide
Written by John Simek, Michael Maschke, and Sharon D. Nelson
$89.95, Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-63425-817-3



Removal Defense


Removal Defense: Defending Immigrants in Immigration Court
Written by Erin Quinn
$180, Paperback



Thank you to John Hendricks for donating Out and About: The LGBT Experience in the Legal Profession, one of the items on our September Book Drive Wish List.

Thank you to James Michel for donating The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution, one of the items on our September Book Drive Wish List, and Consumer Class Actions.

Thank you to Taylor Poynter for donating Collaborative Law: Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce without Litigation, one of the items on our November Book Drive Wish List.

Thank you to Jeena Cho and Karen Gifford for donating six copies of their book The Anxious Lawyer.

Thank you to Shannon Miller of Duane Morris LLP for donating Point Taken: How to Write Like the World's Best Judges, one of the items on our January Book Drive Wish List.

Thank you to Shannon K. Mauer of Duane Morris LLP for donating Music Copyright Manual, one of the items on our March Book Drive Wish List.

Thank you to Vincent O'Gara for contributing toward the purchase of Attorney's Handbook of Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting, one of the items on our February Book Drive Wish List.

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

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

CEB Partner Program

Support the San Francisco Law Library when you place an order with CEB! Enter priority code 9666A at checkout. CEB will donate an account credit to the SFLL for 10% of the amount of your order. Qualifying purchases include CEB books, OnLaw access, and CEB's Specialization Courses in family law and estate planning. Thank you for your support!

Library Conference Rooms
Available for Rent

Small Conference Room, seats 5–6
Large Conference Room, seats 12–14
Seminar Room for large meetings & events
See our Conference Room link for more information, photos of the rooms, the fee schedule, and rental form.



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Law Practice Management Collection Subject Guide

Much of our Law Practice Management Collection consists of slender little books, which can make it challenging to find coverage of a particular topic. Luckily, we’ve created a Subject Guide to the collection to help you find what you need! The Subject Guide breaks down the collection into 13 different topics, so you can choose a subject and see a list of books that discuss it. Plus, take a look at our other research guides.

Law Practice Management Collection Featured

The September issue of San Francisco Attorney magazine features an article about the Law Library's Law Practice Management Collection

San Francisco Attorney Magazine

The article presents the SFLL's LPM resources on managing law firm finances and profitability. Authored by Reference Librarian Andrea Woods, this article first appeared on BASF's Legal by the Bay blog. Head to Legal by the Bay for posts on our LPM resources on opening a law firm, marketing and business development, and client relations—and stay tuned for future posts! Browse our LPM collection online or call a Reference Librarian at (415) 554-1797 for more information.

Law Library Book of the Month:

Point Taken: How to Write Like the World's Best Judges

By Ross Guberman

This terrific new book by Ross Guberman evaluates the work of 34 of the best judicial opinion-writers from Learned Hand to Antonin Scalia, and offers a step-by-step method to transform “great judicial writing” into “great writing.”
The author offers strategies for pruning clutter, adding background, guiding the reader by emphasizing key points, and adopting a narrative voice with the assistance of visual cues.
Guberman shares his style of “Must Haves,” meaning a largess of edits at the word and sentence level that make opinions more vivid, varied, confident, and enjoyable. He also outlines his style of “Nice to Haves”—similes, examples, and analogies.
The author also addresses the onerous problem of dissents, finding the best practices for dissents based on facts, doctrine, or policy.
An appendix provides the biographies of the featured judges, as well as a list of practice pointers.
This book is an entertaining read, which is relatively rare for such an informative resource.
Even if you are not a judge or a judge’s clerk, check this book out and give yourself a well-earned learned hand!

Point Taken was part of our January Book Drive, and was kindly donated to us by Shannon Miller at Duane Morris LLP.