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Free Lunchtime MCLE Programs
February 8 & 9

Wednesday, February 8, Noon to 1pm, American Justice on Trial: Famous Trials of the 20th Century and the Developing Recognition, Identification and Prevention of Bias

Presented by Judge Lise Pearlman (Ret.)
1 hour of free participatory MCLE Credit in Elimination of Bias

Thursday, February 9, Noon to 1:30pm, Moskovitz and Stein on Writing Winning Appeals and Writs

CEB LogoCo-sponsored with CEB
Presented by Myron Moskovitz and Court of Appeal Justice William Stein (Ret.)

1.5 Hours of free participatory MCLE Credit in person at the SF Law Library, including 1.5 hours in Appellate Practice and 1.5 hours in Writ Practice Specialization.
Also available via
WebEx live stream by CEB

January 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 January:

Nolo Fight Your Ticket

Fight Your Ticket & Win in California
16th ed.
Written by
David Brown

$29.99, Paperback

ISBN: 9781413321685



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 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.

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

Immigration Law & The Family

By Sarah Ignatius & Elisabeth Stickney,
under the auspices of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild

Against all obstacles of time, place, and circumstance, the major source of immigrants to the United States in any given year is comprised of the spouses, parents, children, and other relations of American citizens and legal residents. Indeed, as the authors explain in this clear and well-structured presentation of the legal labyrinth of immigration law, policy, and procedure, the stated Congressional objective of the Immigration & Nationality Act is family reunification. While the system gives preferential treatment to family members over all other classes of immigrant applicants, there is still a deep and wide sea to navigate of rules, regulations, changes in the law, special provisions for specific countries, myriad agency publications and instructions, and a welter of definitions. For immigration purposes, for example, there are six different categories for who is eligible as a “child” to acquire legal status through a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. Enforcement policies raise other issues and concerns, disrupting families, through deportation or removal. All of these policies and procedures have historically evolved in the face of social, political, and humanitarian pressures and will most certainly continue to change.

Immigration Law & The Family provides a framework to analyze the INA preference system, immigration based on marriage, conditional residents, derivative beneficiaries and special cases, children, adoption, and orphans, along with procedures such as filing the visa petition, consular processing, revocation, rescission, and waivers. Useful appendices include charts outlining changes in the law and the dates within which they apply to certain classes of visas applicants, as well as forms such as sample cover letters to accompany visa petitions. A final chapter covers the rights to citizenship and naturalization.