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The Law Library will be
CLOSED
Monday, January 21st
in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

New Self-Study MCLE Programs Are Here!

We recently added 55 new MCLE programs to our collection, bringing our total to 155 self-study audio CDs. Our new programs will get you up to speed on recent changes in the law, including the revisions to the California Rules of Professional Conduct, the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, changes in worker classification as employees or independent contractors, cannabis laws, California’s new estate planning decanting statute, and much more.

A list of all of our new programs is available here. For circulation policy details and a complete list of program titles, descriptions, and credit details, please view our MCLE Guide. For information on obtaining a library card, click here.

Free Participatory MCLE Programs at The Library January 14, 24 & 30

Monday, January 14, 2019 
Noon to 1:00pm

Mitigating the Impact of Unconscious Biases
Presented by Matthew Cahill, Founder, Principal Consultant, Percipio Company
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit in Bias

Download Flyer Here
***Download Materials Here***
 

Free MCLE Marathon, Thursday, January 24, 2019
Free Participatory MCLE for those attending at the San Francisco Law Library. Come for one or come for all. 
Co-Sponsored with  CEB Logo                       

9:00am to 11:00am, Legal Ethics 2018
11:30am to 12:30pm, Attorney Wellness
1:30pm to 3:00pm, Personal Injury 2018
4:00pm to 5:30pm, Insurance Law 2018

Seating is on a per-program 
First-come, first-serve
d basis

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***Download Materials Here***


 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 
Noon to 1:00pm

Family Law 101:
Considerations in Working with Families 
Presented by Katie Burke, Esq., Burke Family Law
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit

***Download Flyer Here***
 

Watch the Recent Library Free Speech Special Event 
**Watch the Video Here**
Free Speech and the First Amendment:
Why do we give Nazis free speech—and should we?

Presented by:
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
Bernadette Meyler, Carla and Sheila Spaeth Professor of Law, Stanford Law
Justice Therese Stewart, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District
Justice Jon Streeter, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District
Moderator: Ben Feuer, Chairman, California Appellate Law Group LLP
Co-sponsored with The Bar Association of San Francisco

January Book Drive—Purchase a Book for the Library!

Books

Each month we will seek donors to purchase new titles for the Library. Here is the book Wish List for January:

Computer Games and Immersive Entertainment

Computer Games and Immersive Entertainment: Next Frontiers in Intellectual Property Law, Second Edition
Written by Chrissie Scelsi and Ross A. Dannenberg, Editors, and Contributing Authors
$89.95, Paperback, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-6342-5118-1

 

 

Cal Courts Assn Probate Procedures

Probate Procedures CD (2019)
Written by California Court Association
$50, CD-ROM, 2019

 

 

 

AILA PERM 2019 ed

 

AILA's Guide to PERM Labor Certification (2019 Ed.)
Written by American Immigration Lawyers Association
$279, Paperback, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-57370-429-8

 

 

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!

 

 

Resources for California
Fire Victims

A compilation of resources to help those affected by the California wildfires.

 

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Law Library Book of the Month:
Representing Children in Dependency and Family Court: Beyond the Law
Written by Rebecca M. Stahl and Philip M. Stahl
Reviewed by Andrea Woods, Reference Librarian​

Representing Children in Dependency and Family Court: Beyond the Law is a thoughtful new book from the ABA that guides legal representatives of children in dependency and family court through the professional and emotional challenges they will encounter. As the subtitle indicates, it takes readers “beyond the law” and delves into the complex psychological issues that children experience prior to and during these proceedings that their lawyers must understand. Authors Rebecca and Philip Stahl begin by examining the unique attributes that a child’s representative must have, noting that they need a fundamental curiosity about their child clients and a willingness to understand their motivations, feelings, and experiences. Only with this deeper level understanding of the child’s perspective can a lawyer adequately inform the judge what decisions the court should make, and the authors emphasize that the judge’s entire comprehension of the child will come from the lawyer’s ability to know and communicate the child’s views. In fact, the authors urge a new interpretation of the lawyer’s role, in which the lawyer uses the concept of an imaginary friend to guide their representation. In this model, the child retains a sense of autonomy and is able to use the lawyer to make sense of the adult world. This is especially relevant for children who are enmeshed in high-conflict situations, in which their parents are likely to put their own needs before their children’s.

The authors’ discussion of psychological issues provides the bulk of the book’s content, and it covers in detail trauma, child development, the impact of domestic violence on children, high-conflict separation and divorce, alienated-resistant children, and special circumstances such as neglect, immigration status, oppositional defiant disorder, and sexual abuse. Readers will benefit from the authors’ expertise with these complicated topics. With a thorough understanding of the ways that psychological issues manifest themselves both emotionally and physically, and what conditions are needed for a child to heal and recover, the lawyer can learn the proper way to communicate with their client and provide the best representation possible. The authors note that trauma-sensitive interviewing requires considerable patience and self-regulation on the part of the lawyer, and an awareness of the child’s reaction so that the representative can help the child client release emotion but also move forward. Again, the authors emphasize how critical it is for a child’s representative to understand why a child behaves in a certain way, rather than to focus on what the problematic behavior is.

The last three chapters of the book are devoted to the personal and professional challenges that a child’s representative will experience directly—ethical issues, bias, and personal impact. The authors acknowledge that the ethical issues are bound to be unique because of the tendency for the child’s representative to be the only legally trained person on the case other than the judge, as more and more litigants in these types of proceedings represent themselves. Furthermore, there is an inherent tension between the best interests of the child model and the child client’s personal autonomy that the lawyer must navigate. The authors’ comprehensive discussion of the types of bias that a child’s representative must grapple with is insightful and recognizes the difficulty of this type of work. They observe that children’s lawyers must be so fully trained in understanding bias that they can also recognize the biases of their own clients, unlike other areas of law practice where this is not necessary. Finally, the authors discuss the emotional and physical toll that representing children in dependency and family cases will have on their lawyers. With an understanding of how legal practice differs from healing professions, and the resulting limitations in terms of what children’s representatives can do that they must accept, the authors provide thoughtful advice on how to avoid compassion fatigue and continue to find reward in representing children. The authors do not suggest that there are easy ways to reconcile these personal and professional issues, but their knowledge and the breadth of their experience in representing children provides ample guidance.