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Fall 2016

Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Outline and Reference Tool (American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2016). First published in 1990, Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook (the Sourcebook) has become one of the most respected one-volume treatises on immigration law. Designed to be used as a quick reference guide for students and practitioners, the Sourcebook contains multiple finding aids including tables of cases, statutes, and other authorities; extensive and thorough keyword indices; and detailed tables of contents at the beginning of each chapter. This new 15th edition includes all available regulatory and U.S. Supreme Court citations through May 22, 2016, and other federal case citations through April 2016.

California Civil Litigation and Discovery (Litigation by the Numbers—Substantive Companion) (Lawdable Press, 2016). This companion resource is designed to be used in conjunction with the popular Litigation by the Numbers: Procedural Guide (the Procedural Guide), used in most paralegal courses. While the Procedural Guide explains the procedural steps involved in a typical California civil lawsuit from the paralegal’s perspective, the Substantive Companion contains explanations of the substantive issues behind those procedural steps. The authors have included information about billable hours, the US court systems, personal and subject matter jurisdiction, as well as practical guidance on interviewing clients and witnesses, drafting discovery plans, and much more. This 8th edition explains the complex concepts the litigation paralegal must master in a simple, straightforward manner. It is current through January, 2016. (CD Available at the Information Desk).

Environmental Law (Thomson Reuters, Volume 1 only, 2nd edition gradually replacing 1st). Volume one of the 2nd edition of the Thomson Reuters’ Environmental Law hornbook is now available at the library. Environmental Law is a highly regarded and comprehensive guide to environmental statutes, court decisions, and administrative regulations governing air and water pollution, land management, toxic and hazardous wastes, and pesticides. The second edition has only been gradually replacing the first edition; as of 2016 only the first edition has been published.  

Handling Subpoenas: Here’s How and When to Do It (CEB Action Guide). A how-to action guide for attorneys wanting to subpoena testimony or records in pretrial discovery and at trial in California. Handling Subpoenas begins by providing definitions of subpoenas and deposition notices, then continues with detailed descriptions of how and why to use each process. It guides practitioners through the each step in the process, from the initial selection of the appropriate procedure through service, payment of witness fees, production of consumer and employment records, possible objections, and remedies for noncompliance.

West's California Code Forms, with Practice Commentaries. Family (Thomson/Reuters, 3rd edition). The third edition of West’s California Code Forms, Family provides a comprehensive source of forms and information for use with the California Family Code. The forms are organized in the same order and with the same section numbers as related sections of the California Family Code. It is specifically designed to address the most common areas of concern to the California family law attorney. The comments and citations following many of the forms contain practical advice and suggestions to assist users and legal practitioners. This 3rd edition been updated to include all the changes to the California Family Code up to May, 2016.

Spring 2016

Legal Rights of Children 3d (Thomson/Reuters). In this up-to-date edition, you will find issues relating to children and the law including child custody and support, adoption and foster care, child labor, the affirmative needs of children for education and other societal benefits, their commission of status and criminal offenses and the juvenile justice system, and their special place in the laws relating to property, taxation, torts, and contracts.

Criminal Procedure (Thomson/Reuters 4th ed.). This seven-volume set analyzes the law governing all of the major steps in the criminal justice process, from investigation through post-appeal collateral attacks. Over a thousand pages longer than the previous edition, this treatise has been fully updated to incorporate the many recent cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court that have further changed the character of the state and federal criminal justice systems, as well as to reflect the changes that have been brought about by legislative activity or by shifting trends in lower court cases.

Meeting Statutory Deadlines: During and After Litigation: Here's How and When to Do It (CEB Action Guide). This updated step-by-step guide covers deadlines both during litigation, such as filling proof of service, answering a complaint, conducting discovery, noticing motions, and after litigation, such as filing appeals and enforcing judgments.

The Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide (ABA, 2016 ed.). Solo practitioners and small firm lawyers will particularly benefit from this guide’s recommendations for finding the best technological tools to improve the operations and efficiency of their law practice. This concise all-in-one guide covers everything from selecting computers, servers, smartphones, legal software, and security products, to using social media and taking your firm paperless.

Fair Debt Collection (National Consumer Law Center, 8th ed.). Designed to help lawyers representing consumers who are victims of abusive debt collection practices, this comprehensive treatise covers the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and common law, state statutory and other federal debt collection protections. It includes over 5,000 unique case summaries of reported and unreported FDCPA cases by category.

Appeals Procedures Manual (California Court Association, CD-ROM). Researched and prepared by the California Court Association, this helpful manual on CD-ROM covers civil, criminal, and small claims appeals procedures, with references to the California Rules of Court, the California Code of Civil Procedure, and the California Penal Code.

Winter 2016

Fragomen on Immigration Fundamentals: A Guide to Law and Practice (Practicing Law Institute, 5th ed.). This concise one-volume guide on the rules, policies, and procedures related to key areas of immigration law in the United States serves both as a refresher manual for less familiar areas of the law as well as a first-stop guide for those researching a complex legal issue. 

Handling Civil Appeals: Here's How and When to Do It (CEB Action Guide). Attorneys considering appealing from a superior court or lower court judgment or order will want to read this step-by-step guide, which has been updated to incorporate recent cases, new Judicial Council forms, and recent changes to the California Rules of Court. Appendices now include detailed instructions for preparing and delivering oral argument, a new appeal checklist, and timelines with deadlines for handling civil appeals. 

The Organized Lawyer (California Academic Press, 2nd ed.). This quick and easy-to-read guide offers fresh and useful tips to help even the most experienced attorneys improve their work spaces. Rather than providing a one-size-fits-all approach, this book will help you identify your particular organizational type and then provide guidelines to help you become and remain an organized lawyer. 

How to Capture and Keep Clients: Marketing Strategies for Lawyers (ABA, 2nd ed.). Drawing on the experience of over 20 attorney contributors, this book offers numerous marketing strategies that have been put to use in real-life practices across the country. 

The Business Guide to Law: Creating and Operating a Successful Law Firm (ABA). 

Handling Civil Writs in the Courts of Appeal: Here's How and When to Do It (CEB Action Guide). Written primarily for the attorney representing the petitioner seeking a writ from the court of appeal to review a superior court order, this guide has been fully updated with statutory and rule of court changes and new case law developments. 

Handling a Wrongful Termination Action: Here's How and When to Do It (CEB Action Guide). This up-to-date guide leads the plaintiff’s attorney step-by-step through representation of a terminated employee, from case evaluation to post-trial motions. 

Handling Unlawful Detainers: Here's How and When to Do It (CEB Action Guide). This Action Guide concisely explains how to determine if an unlawful detainer action is appropriate, details the process for compliance with various kinds of termination notice requirements, and outlines how to proceed from filing a complaint through levying on a writ of possession. It also includes the tenant’s available strategies and defenses at each stage, and tactics available to the landlord on the tenant’s bankruptcy. 

Deposition Checklists and Strategies (James Pub., Softbound ed. replacing looseleaf). If you are preparing for a deposition, don’t miss this comprehensive guide with full-length sample deposition outlines and extensive questions and answers for various areas of law, including products liability, medical malpractice, employment discrimination and termination, consumer protection, and breach of contract. Each chapter also contains a summary of the law and common defenses, practice tips and commentary, and related discovery forms including interrogatories, requests for admissions and requests for production.


December 2015

California Criminal Practice, Motions, Jury Instructions, and Sentencing (Thomson/Reuters, 4th ed.). A comprehensive three-volume set organized by the legal issues that counsel most commonly encounters in the defense of a criminal charge and the most prevalent factual scenarios that arise with those issues. Updates include all the recent changes in California’s procedural and substantive criminal law and the current appellate case history.

The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (Moore’s Federal Practice pamphlet, LexisNexis). Get an insider’s view of the development of the 2015 amendments, which are intended to encourage a quicker and less expensive discovery process by promoting active judicial case management and increased cooperation among the parties.

New California Laws (Supplement to LA and SF Daily Journal). A handy resource containing summaries of all new California laws for 2015, listed by bill number and divided by subject.

Patent Litigation (Practicing Law Institute, 3rd ed.). This book brings you the knowledge and expertise of more than 30 experienced patent litigators in one handy volume to guide you in every stage of litigation, from the initial investigation into the facts through the ultimate appellate court appearance. Updates include the most recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit rulings on infringement of a method patent when more than one actor is involved in practicing the method steps, the application of 112(f), and the collection of royalties after a patent’s expiration as patent misuse.

Handling Motions to Compel and Other Discovery Motions: Here's How and When to Do It (CEB Action Guide). This guide helps attorneys decide whether and when to make a discovery motion and provides step-by-step procedures for preparing, filing, and serving the moving papers. Motions covered include motions to compel discovery, motions for sanctions, protective orders and other special discovery.

Handling Postmortem Trust Administration: A Checklist: Here's How and When to Do It (CEB Action Guide). Step-by-step guide for administering a trust following the death of the settlor when no probate proceeding is anticipated. Topics include identifying all assets of the decedent and bringing trust assets under the control and management of the trustee, determining how to deal with nontrust assets, identifying all debts and liabilities, and distributing the remaining property to the trust beneficiaries or to proper subtrusts.

Handling Mold Litigation in California: Here's How and When to Do It (CEB Action Guide). In addition to covering the most important basics of mold litigation, this updated guide also offers information on the latest mold science studies; how to choose, retain, prepare, and cross-examine expert witnesses; and how to pursue or defend an insurance bad faith claim for denial of coverage.

Handling Depositions: Here’s How and When to Do It (CEB Action Guide). This practical step-by-step guide will help you with your deposition, from noticing the deposition and preparing questions, to conducting the deposition, responding to objections, and using the deposition at trial.

Preparing for Trial: Here’s How and When to Do It (CEB Action Guide). This handy guide will take you through each step you need to take to prepare for trial, from the initial case management conference, through discovery, arbitration, and exchange of expert witness information, to last-minute motions. See the appendices for trial and arbitration preparation checklists, sample trial preparation systems, advice for preparation of friendly witnesses, and current relevant Judicial Council forms.

Law Practice Management Collection—Fall 2015

Alternative Fees for Business Lawyers and Their Clients (ABA). This essential guide addresses how large firm, small firm, and solo lawyers can implement and evaluate alternative fee arrangements in transactional matters. Includes real case studies of business lawyers and firms successfully using alternative fee arrangements to deliver value to both the clients and the lawyers.

Alternative Fees for Litigators and Their Clients (ABA). With the increase in the use of non-hourly fee arrangements by lawyers and the demand for those arrangements by clients, this guide is a must-read for attorneys who want to know how to implement and evaluate alternative fee arrangements in litigation matters. This book will help you to: understand alternative fee structures, evaluate the potential financial gain (and risk) of using alternative fees, effectively price legal services, and successfully transition to alternative fee arrangements with sample letters, checklists, and forms.

Audits and Other Accountants’ Services: A Handbook for Lawyers (ABA). This handbook provides a broad overview of the context of an audit, what and how an auditor tests, assuring the quality of an audit, what the auditor’s report means, and other alternatives to audits offered by accounting professionals.

Coaching for Attorneys: Improving Productivity and Achieving Balance (ABA). Written by a highly respected business coach and experienced attorney, this practical guide is geared toward helping overworked and harried lawyers shape their practice in a way that is most fulfilling to each individual. The authors provide real-life examples and offer many tools, insights, and ideas for implementing sustainable change in your life.

Connecting with Your Client: Success through Improved Client Communications Techniques (ABA). With client satisfaction and cooperation becoming increasingly important to a lawyer’s success, this practical guide explores the key communication tools and techniques essential for all lawyers to apply in their day-to-day legal practice to get new and repeat business.

Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer (ABA). Whether you are thinking of going solo, are new to the solo life, or a seasoned practitioner, this comprehensive and practical guide will help you establish and maintain a successful solo law practice. Topics covered include choosing the right practice areas, creating a business plan and determining your fees, developing and executing a marketing plan, and gaining clients through social media.

The Good Lawyer, by Douglas O. Linder and Nancy Levit. Oxford University Press, 2014. K115 .L56 2014.

The Lawyer’s Field Guide to Effective Business Development (ABA). This concise guide provides indispensable tools for both seasoned and young attorneys who are interested in winning and retaining long-term, profitable clients in an increasingly competitive and changing legal market.

The Lawyer's Ultimate Guide to Online Leads: Getting More Clients from the Web into Your Law Practice, Step-by-Step (Cartwright Publishing). This practical guide will help you successfully market your law practice online by explaining how to get more traffic to your website, how to get website visitors to make contact with you, and tips to close an online deal.

Lawyers as Leaders, by Deborah L. Rhode. Oxford University Press, 2013. KF298 .R46 2013.

Personal Branding in One Hour for Lawyers (ABA). Find out how to stand out from the competition by developing your own personal brand to get jobs, promotions, clients and referrals. Written by a personal branding expert and experienced attorney, this short guide will explain how attorneys can highlight their unique talents and abilities, manage their perceptions, and achieve greater success as a lawyer in the process.

Smart Marketing for the Small Firm Lawyer (ABA). Thinking about marketing your law practice but don’t know where to begin? Author Kenneth Vercammen, a successful New Jersey trial attorney and lecturer for the ABA, not only tells you what to do, but shows you how to do it with an extensive appendix of ideas that have worked for him.

Storytelling for Lawyers, by Philip N. Meyer. Oxford University Press, 2014. K181 .M49 2014.

Succeeding as Outside Counsel (ABA). In this new legal environment where several alternatives exist to the traditional means for delivering legal services, the best lawyers pay attention to the customer service aspect of the lawyer-client relationship and the client’s entire experience, rather than just getting them the right answer. In this book, you will learn how to understand the client’s needs, add value as outside counsel, manage client expectations, improve the manner and substance of your communications with clients, and create a business development plan to attract new clients by addressing the needs of the clients.

Survival Guide to Implementing Effective Law Firm Management Strategies (ABA). With a special focus on small and mid-sized firms, this guide’s five parts on culture, planning, partnerships, management, and finances, will provide you with the groundwork and policies to create a positive law firm environment and business success.

Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future, by Richard Susskind. Oxford University Press, 2013. K120 .S87 2013.

WordPress in One Hour for Lawyers: How to Create a Website for Your Law Firm (ABA). If you are a solo or small-firm lawyer and don’t have a website, this short and easy-to-read book will help you get your website up and running quickly using WordPress, utilize search engine optimization techniques so people will be sure to find your site once you create it, and ensure that your site adheres to the ethical rules that lawyers must follow for marketing.


Summer 2015:

California Drunk Driving Law (James Publishing). The latest edition of the popular and comprehensive two-volume guide on California DUI law contains hundreds of creative decision-based defenses, several cutting-edge practice tips, and custom-drafted forms. From arrest to punishment, and additional charges to DMV hearings, this guide will appeal to both newer attorneys seeking a basic overview of the law to more experience attorneys looking for more detailed analysis on scientific issues and trial tips. 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Family Law (Thomson/Reuters). This fundamental guide is a good starting point for a broad overview of the legal aspects of marriage, divorce, adoption, custody, parentage, surrogacy, assisted reproduction, and other family law issues as they relate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Pro bono Service by In-House Counsel: Strategies and Perspectives (Practising Law Institute). An essential guide for in-house corporate counsel as to why pro bono services should be undertaken; how pro bono programs should be structured; examples of pro programs from various companies including American Express, Intel and Microsoft; lessons learned; and tips for service providers, lawyers and clients. 

Miller's Standard Insurance Policies Annotated (West). A collection of almost 198,000 annotations to state and federal cases, which have interpreted 100 standard property and liability insurance policies and more than 1,000 endorsements. For each annotation, the text indicates whether the insured, insurer, or a third party prevailed on the coverage provisions. Annotations are arranged by policy and section number, jurisdiction, and date to enable a user to quickly locate caselaw analyzing a coverage provision. The handy “Miller’s Index” includes thousands of references to each form by name, coverage provision, topic, word, or phrase. Online access to this guide via WestlawNext is available at the Law Library. 

Federal Habeas Manual: A Guide to Federal Habeas Corpus Litigation (Thomson/Reuters). Practical habeas corpus litigation guide covering relevant topics such as jurisdiction, expansion of record, the Teague Rule, affirmative defenses, successive petitions, and the relationship between habeas corpus claims and § 1983 actions. The manual is organized in a way to help users quickly find answers to their habeas questions: controlling legal standards are identified, recent case examples illustrate how habeas doctrines are applied by the courts, and related legal doctrines and issues are cross-referenced. Online access to this guide via WestlawNext is available at the Law Library. 

Internet Law and Practice (West). Written by more than three dozen attorneys, this comprehensive two-volume treatise covers all major practice areas relating to the Internet, including starting and managing an online business, intellectual property, free speech, and security. Online access to this treatise via WestlawNext is available at the Law Library. 

Law of Professional and Amateur Sports (West). This comprehensive four-volume treatise covers traditional legal topics such as contracts, torts, and workers’ compensation, as well as more sports-specific topics such as eligibility and disciplinary rules, and player-agent regulation. Each chapter has been written by an expert in the particular area of law, and includes relevant case law, practice-oriented insights and advice, and sample forms. 

Fundamentals of Sports Law (West). A good overview of sports law in a readable and concise one-volume book. This practice-oriented guide emphasizes the areas of sports law that most frequently arise in the daily business routines of lawyers and sports professionals, such as torts and constitutional law. Online access to this guide via WestlawNext is available at the Law Library. 

U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Handbook (Thomson/Reuters). In this updated 2014-2015 edition, current naturalization procedures, forms, and recently enacted legislation are covered in-depth. Starting from the filing of the application, this comprehensive step-by-step guide will take you all the way through admission to citizenship. Online access to this guide via WestlawNext is available at the Law Library. 

Legal Practice Implications of the U.S. National Health Care Plan: Overview and Analysis of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid (Thomson/Reuters). Designed to be a practical resource for attorneys whenever issues are raised about the Affordable Care Act, this book begins by examining how the ACA’s implementation and development has evolved and affected individuals and organizations since 2010, and how the resulting reactions of these individuals and organizations have given rise to the legal practice issues of today. In addition to covering the legal practice implications of the ACA, the possible changes in Medicare and Medicaid are evaluated and responsive strategies are presented.

Handling a Probate: Here's How and When to Do It (CEB Action Guide). Step-by-step guide for handling a probate in California, from collecting estate assets to distributing the estate. Includes sample forms, Judicial Council Forms, and judge’s perspectives. Online access to this guide via CEB OnLaw is available at the Law Library.

Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability: Getting & Keeping Your Benefits (Nolo). This handy and easy-to-read guide will help you apply for, receive, and maintain Social Security disability benefits, or appeal a decision denying disability benefits. All forms and worksheets in this book can be downloaded via our catalog by following the link “Connect to forms…” 

The California Landlord's Law Book: Evictions (Nolo). This step-by-step manual for California landlords takes you through the whole eviction process from preparing a notice to the tenant to collecting a money judgment after winning your unlawful detainer case. All forms in this book can be downloaded via our catalog by following the link “Connect to forms…” 

Clearing a Path for the Unregistrables: Enforcement of Trademarks That Cannot Be Registered (Gilson on Trademarks). In this seventeenth article in a series written primarily for the Annual Meetings of the International Trademark Association, the author examines the interesting question of whether the Lanham Act provides protections for trademarks that were never registered, cannot be registered, or are no longer registered.

The Lawyer's Guide to Records Management and Retention (ABA). A must-read overview of records and information management for all lawyers, especially those with a solo or small practice. Fully revised and updated to reflect the realities of today’s practice, this guide will help lawyers understand the practical and ethical reasons for adopting a workable strategy for records information management and information governance, devise solutions and strategies to manage a law office’s records, and select the best software and electronic records management tools.

Spring 2015:

Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions (Nolo). Useful guide designed to help you get the most out of the retirement and medical benefits to which you are entitled, including: Social Security (both retirement and disability based), Supplemental Security Income, veterans benefits, civil service benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, and Medigap insurance. Also available for free online through the Nolo Legal Information Reference Center. 

Make Your Own Living Trust (Nolo). A handy do-it-yourself guide to help you create your own simple living trust that will avoid probate and transfer property after death. All the forms and worksheets you need to make a basic living trust and will are included in this book and can also be downloaded via our catalog by following the link “Connect to forms…”

How to Form Your Own California Corporation (Nolo). The first part of this guide will help you decide whether a corporation is right for you by explaining the laws and tax requirements, and the second part provides step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate your small business in California. All the articles, bylaws and other forms you need to incorporate are included in this book and can also be downloaded via our catalog by following the link “Connect to forms…” 

Effective Direct & Cross Examination (CEB). A practical guide on effective witness examination by top trial attorney John W. Keker and the late William A. Brockett. Topics include: strategy and tactics, experts, depositions, examination of jurors, and mastering trial skills. 

Fair Debt Collection (National Consumer Law Center). This comprehensive two-volume treatise covers the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, as well as other federal, state statutory, and tort remedies for debt collection claims. The appendices include thousands of unique case summaries of reported and unreported FDCPA cases by category; checklists for debt collection claims; and sample complaints, discovery and other litigation tools. 

Consumer Class Actions (National Consumer Law Center). Nuts and bolts guide for handling consumer class actions, from pre-filing evaluation through distribution of class benefits. Includes sample pleadings and forms, as well as detailed analyses of the Class Action Fairness Act, state class action rules and case law. 

Student Loan Law (National Consumer Law Center). This treatise focuses on assisting clients who are having trouble with repayment of federal student loans, and discusses in detail the primary cancellation, repayment, bankruptcy, and other options available to challenge government collections efforts and help borrowers get out of default. Also includes one chapter on private student loan debt, which has more limited options than federal loans. 

Copyright Law: A Practitioner's Guide (Practicing Law Institute, 2nd ed.). Concise one-volume guide covering the fundamentals of copyright legislation, recent case law and the role of the Copyright Office. Includes topics such as ownership and transfer of copyrights, fair use, and criminal copyright infringement; and useful practice aids such as checklists, decision trees, and flowcharts. 

Administering a Single-person Trust after Settlor's Death (CEB Action Guide). Step-by-step guide on how to administer a single-person trust after the death of the settlor from preparing for the first client meeting to preparing for the final distribution. Includes sample documents to illustrate the administrative system described in this guide. Online access to this guide via CEB OnLaw is available at the Law Library. 

Handling Real Property Sales Transactions (CEB Action Guide). An essential guide for an attorney representing a buyer or seller of residential or commercial real estate on how to advise a client at each stage of the transaction, from hiring a broker through post-closing due diligence. Appendices include sample purchase agreement and other related documents. Online access to this guide via CEB OnLaw is available at the Law Library.

Chief: The Quest for Justice in California. Oral history of former Chief Justice Ronald George chronicling his extraordinary life and accomplishments during his 39-year career on the bench. Described in detail are some of his most famous cases, from the Hillside Strangler case to the California Supreme Court’s 2008 landmark decision in In re Marriage Cases that opened the door for same-sex unions.