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Brown Bag Lunch May 17

Thursday, May 17, 2018, Noon to 1:15
Celebrating Human Greatness in the Law
Presented by Attorney & Mediator John E. O’Grady
O'Grady Law Group  

Recent MCLE Program Materials

Thursday, March 29, 2018, Noon to 1:00
Tips for Examining Experts at Deposition & Trial
From the Plaintiff, Defendant & Judge Perspectives
Hon. Stephen Freccero, Marin County Superior Court
Eugene Illovsky, Illovsky Law Office, Oakland
Stuart Plunkett, Baker Botts LLP, San Francisco
Co-sponsored with CEB CEB Logo
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit
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Wednesday, March 21, Noon to 1:00
Copyrights in the Fashion Business... It All Depends

Presented by Anne Kearns, Esq.
Anne Kearns Law
1 Hour free MCLE
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April 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 April:


Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration Tools and TechnologiesThe Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together 2nd edition
Written by Dennis M. Kennedy and Thomas L. Mighell
$89.95, Paperback, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-64105-160-6



Lean Law Firm

The Lean Law Firm: Run Your Firm Like The World's Most Efficient and Profitable Businesses
Written by Larry Port and Dave Maxfield
$79.95, Paperback, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-64105-138-5



Reinventing Witness Preparation


Reinventing Witness Preparation: Unlocking the Secrets to Testimonial Success
Written by Kenneth R. Berman
$64.95, Paperback, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-64105-050-0



Thank you to Shannon K. Mauer of Duane Morris LLP for generously donating Dissent and the Supreme Court: Its Role in the Court's History and the Nation's Constitutional Dialog, part of our February Book Drive.

Thank you to Robert Gates for generously donating The 2018 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide, part of our February Book Drive.

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:

Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide
By Cass R. Sunstein

Reviewed by Courtney Nguyen, Reference Librarian

Often just a footnote in first year constitutional law classes, impeachment takes center stage in the Library’s April Book of the Month, Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide by Cass R. Sunstein. The slim size, minimalist blue cover, and conversational tone conceal a treasure trove of information and insight into one of the lesser known clauses of the Constitution. Impeachment takes readers through the history and historical practice of this “remedy of last resort,” from the Revolutionary War, when the Framers intended this tool as a safeguard against a monarchy and officials who abused their authority, to discussions of the three presidents who have undergone various impeachment proceedings—Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton. Sunstein analyzes the legitimate and illegitimate grounds for removing a president from power, all the while stressing that political neutrality is key.
In addition to historical anecdotes, Impeachment also includes constitutional law brainteasers in the form of twenty-one hypothetical impeachable actions (some of which may sound familiar), a brief discussion of the Twenty Fifth Amendment and incapacity, and a chapter modestly titled “What Every American Should Know” which helps clear up some common misconceptions about this essential tool for a self-governing people. Sunstein, a law professor at Harvard who actively participated in the Clinton impeachment proceedings, considers this book a “love letter to the United States,” and that care can be seen in the quality of his research and his emphatic reminder to the reader that impeachment, more than any other aspect of the Constitution, was a “fail-safe” designed for We the People.
So if you would like to learn about the difference between impeachment and indictment, try to understand exactly what “high crimes and misdemeanors” means, or find out why Congress wanted to push out John Tyler in 1842, take a look at Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide, a new title in the Library’s collection.