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Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and in response to the City & County of San Francisco’s Shelter in Place Order, the San Francisco Law Library is closed. Public libraries are included in Phase 3 of the San Francisco plan. We await guidance from Governor Gavin Newsom and Mayor London Breed.

The public can access limited library reference services and resources via email to sfll.reference@sfgov.org.

General questions and inquiries can be directed to sflawlibrary@sfgov.org.

Please note: all checked out materials will now be due when the library reopens. Please check back here for updates on reopening.

Check this website for updates: https://sflawlibrary.org/.

Full text remote access to Fastcase on our database page provides access to state and federal law documents including federal bankruptcy, tax courts, U.S. Supreme Court, federal district and courts of appeal cases as well as federal and state statutes and regulations.

To access click the above link or go to gateway.fastcase.com and enter user name = SFLawLibrary & password = fastcase

SFLL Resources Available to You From Home - Download PDF Here

Vendor-sponsored database access
(requires user self-registration for limited access):

Lexis Patron Relief Access Program:

We continue to partner with LexisNexis during our closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to continue providing access to library patrons remotely during this crisis.  
If you cannot otherwise conduct legal research you are welcome to register for a one-time  Lexis Advance® ID at https://www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/pa-access.page. This ID will be good until for 30 days or until October 31, 2020.  This ID will be delivered to you within one business day and allows you to conduct research on the cases, codes, and secondary resources needed for their legal work and research.
If your research needs extend beyond 30 days or if you have already used your 30 day free  period then please call 1-888-AT-LEXIS to discuss personalized plan options. 

Our COVID-19 Libguide links to guides, resources, and help related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis and will be updated as we become aware of new resources.





New! August 2020 California Wildfires Helping Handbook

Updated information and resources on housing, insurance, and other assistance and issues for those affected by wildfires. 

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Witkin Legal Institute Podcasts

Making the Jury Demand; Waiving the Jury
Presented by John R. Wierzbicki, Co-Director, Witkin Legal Institute, Recorded June 15, 2020
***Listen Here***
***Download References PDF Here***
This is part two in a series on juries.
Stream part one here and more programs through our speakers page.

Special Election Event!
Wednesday, October 7
Noon to 1:00 Pacific
Voting in San Francisco for the
November 3, 2020 General Election

Presented by the San Francisco
Department of Elections

Advance-registration required:
To receive WebEx program link
Email sflawlibrary@sfgov.org
By Noon on October 6

Free Lexis California Virtual MCLE Programs September 30 & 
October 14, 21, 28

Advance Registration Required: Email name and CA Bar# to sflawlibrary@sfgov.org
By Noon the day before the program

Wednesday, September 30
Noon to 1:00 Pacific
Lexis Virtual MCLE:
Understanding Legislation
Presented by Stephan Shields, Lexis Nexis
1 Hour free Participatory CA MCLE Credit

Wednesday, October 14
Noon to 1:00 Pacific
Lexis Virtual MCLE:
Leveraging Technology to Prepare
Briefs with Greater Efficiency and Accuracy
Presented by Stephan Shields, Lexis Nexis
1 Hour free Participatory CA MCLE Credit -
This is a repeat of the August 5 program

Wednesday, October 21
Noon to 1:00 Pacific
Lexis Virtual MCLE:
Navigating The New Town Square:
Cultivating Competency in
Basic Online Legal Research
Presented by Stephan Shields, Lexis Nexis
1 Hour free Participatory CA MCLE Credit - This is a repeat of the July 1 and August 18 Programs

Wednesday, October 28
Noon to 1:00 Pacific
Lexis Virtual MCLE:
Breached! An Inside Look
At Cybersecurity For Law Firms
Presented by Stephan Shields, Lexis Nexis
1 Hour free Participatory CA MCLE Credit -
This is a repeat of the July 29 program