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Free Programs July 29 & August 20

Introduction to WestlawNext, Presented by Amy Dhall, Esq., Government Account Manager, Thomson Reuters, July 29, 12pm-1pm, An application requesting MCLE credit for this activity is pending for approval by the State Bar of California.

Effective Negotiating in Mediation, Presented by Robert Fries, Esq., Thursday, August 20, 12pm


Summer Reading

If breezy beach reads aren’t your idea of summer reading, check out the Library’s new titles for something juicier.


 Borrowing Rules

Do you have questions about the Library’s borrowing privileges? If so, then check out our Borrowing Rules brochure.


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 Library Books of the Month

Persuasive Opening Statements and Closing Arguments

By Joseph Cotchett and Nancy Fineman

This one volume CEB title provides detailed practical guidance for planning, developing, and presenting winning opening statements and closing arguments. Expanding on the original 1988 text, the convenient new softbound 2015 edition adds recent legal developments and updated real life courtroom examples in an organized and easy-to-use format. Perfect for both seasoned attorneys and those new to trial, this book contains actual trial transcripts, concise explanations of applicable law, and both plaintiff and defense side statements and arguments from different types of cases, ranging from personal injury to antitrust, along with notes, practice tips, and background discussion. Trial veterans Cotchett and Fineman also delve into the minutiae of trial, including sections on juror psychology, recommended behavior in the courtroom, permissible content, and timing issues. Persuasive Opening and Closing Statements can be used together with our trial practice titles and our Law Practice Management collection. This book also references other CEB titles which you can find in the library either in print or online through our CEB OnLAW database.


LGBTQ Immigration: Ensuring Equality for All

By Lourdes Martinez 

The San Francisco Law Library presents LGBTQ Immigration: Ensuring Equality for All, a new one-volume manual perfect for attorneys or advocates who represent LGBTQ individuals in immigration matters. This book helps practitioners develop their cultural competency and legal expertise in the area of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) immigration by providing a historical background of LGBTQ immigration alongside more practical information. Topics covered include best practices when working with LGBTQ immigrants, marriage-based immigration for same-sex binational couples, and asylum protection, all in a clear, easy-to-follow format with comparative charts, examples, and practice tips. Martinez highlights situations where LGBTQ individuals are especially vulnerable in the immigration process due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, and guides advocates through the steps of helping their LGBTQ clients access the protections and benefits afforded to them under federal immigration laws. This manual, the first publication focused on LGBTQ immigration, can be used in conjunction with our other immigration law practice guides and treatises. 

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