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Free MCLE March 29
Thursday, March 29, 2018, Noon to 1:00
Tips for Examining Experts at Deposition & Trial
From the Plaintiff, Defendant & Judge Perspectives,
Co-sponsored with CEB
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit to those attending at
The San Francisco Law Library.
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February 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 February:

2018 Legal Tech Guide


The 2018 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide
Written by John Simek, Michael Maschke, and Sharon D. Nelson
$89.95, Paperback, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-64105-134-7

Thank you to Robert Gates for generously donating The 2018 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide!

Guidelines for Drafting and Editing Legislation


Guidelines for Drafting and Editing Legislation
Written by Bryan A. Garner
$49.95, Hardcover, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-99797-700-4



Dissent and the Supreme Court

Dissent and the Supreme Court: Its Role in the Court's History and the Nation's Constitutional Dialog
Written by Melvin I. Urofsky
$17, Paperback, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-30774-132-5



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!






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Law Library Book of the Month:

Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence
by Ronda Muir
Reviewed by Aaron Parsons, Reference Librarian

In Beyond Smart, attorney Rhonda Muir shows why emotional intelligence (EI) is an essential attribute for attorneys to develop for their practices and their lives. Companies like Google and Johnson & Johnson use emotional intelligence to improve employee performance, health, happiness, and profitability. Top business schools teach EI.

Ms. Muir explains what EI is—our ability to understand and regulate our emotions and those of others. She addresses law’s skeptical view of emotions and EI, and then makes the business case for developing emotional skills: EI makes attorneys stronger, smarter, healthier, happier, and more profitable. It can also help them become better negotiators and litigators. For example, EI can improve litigation effectiveness by helping attorneys recognize and work with the “gut” feeling that is a combination of many other skills and competencies. It also helps attorneys recognize when an emotional bias may be clouding their views on legal matters.

Chapters 5–7 help attorneys assess their current emotional intelligence, and provide guidance and resources to raise their emotional intelligence that include mindfulness practice, working on perception, empathy, and regulating emotions. One guide to improving mindfulness and emotional intelligence cited by Ms. Muir was developed from a training program at Google. A result was the book and workshops based on it: Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace), by Google’s Chade-Meng Tan, and available at the San Francisco Public Library.

Beyond Smart is one of several new additions to the San Francisco Law Library’s Law Practice Management Collection.