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Free Lunchtime Speaker Program
December 14

Wednesday, December 14, Noon to 1:00pm, Mindfulness & Meditation For a Happier & Saner Law Practice
Presented by Attorneys Jeena Cho & Karen Gifford, authors of The Anxious Lawyer

Recent MCLE

Wednesday, November 30, Noon to 1:00pm, The Strategic Use of Motions During and After Trial
Co-sponsored with CEB
1 Hour of free Participatory MCLE Credit for those attending at the SF Law Library
Presented by:
Hon. Stephen P. Freccero, Marin County Superior Court
Eugene G. Illovsky, Illovsky Law Office, Oakland
Stuart C. Plunkett, Baker Botts LLP, San Francisco

Nov 30 2016 Trial Motions MCLE Materials.pdf
Nov 30 2016 Trial Motions MCLE Agenda.pdf

December 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 December:

Cal Causes of Action

California Causes of Action
2016 ed.
Written by
Stanton T. Mathews & Kevin Lancaster
$224, Paperback
ISBN: 9781580120272


Cal Judge Reviews

California Judge Reviews
(Formerly California Courts and Judges)
Current ed.
Written by Mark Thompson and Elizabeth Smith
$263, Paperback

50% off with code OVERSTOCK50!


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.

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

Collaborative Reform Initiative: An Assessment of the San Francisco Police Department

By Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice

In response to community concern about recent SFPD officer-involved shootings, Mayor Ed Lee and former Police Chief Greg Suhr asked the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Policing to assess the SFPD’s policies and practices. The Collaborative Reform Initiative is now available in print in the Law Library and also online. In the study, the Department of Justice (DOJ) analyzed SFPD incidents and made 94 findings and 272 recommendations.

The DOJ found that the SFPD had a “lack of accountability” and used antiquated “use of force” policies. In the report, the DOJ concluded that there were “numerous indicators of implicit and institutionalized bias against minority groups.”

Disturbingly, between 2000 and 2015, the report found that there were 95 officer-involved shootings, 40 of which were fatal, but no charges were filed against officers for any of the shootings.

The report noted that there were six fatal police shootings in 2015—double the year before and the highest count in 15 years—and of the eight people fatally shot by SFPD officers since last January, four were Latino, two were black, and two were white. More than 60 percent of fatal police shootings since 2010 involved suspects with a history of mental illness. About 160 officers, or roughly 7 percent of the 2,200-strong force, were involved in the shootings. Six officers were involved in more than one.

The report includes an executive summary and detailed analyses, findings, and recommendations. For more information about police conduct and liability, the Law Library’s collection includes Police Misconduct: Law and Litigation and Police Civil Liability.