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Friday, December 14th—8:30 am to 1 pm
Monday, December 24th—8:30 to 1 pm
Tuesday, December 25th—CLOSED
Monday, December 31st—8:30 am to 1 pm
Tuesday, January 1st—CLOSED
Free Participatory MCLE Programs at The Library January 14 & 24
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
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
9:00am to 11:00am, Legal Ethics 2018
11:30am to 12:30pm, Attorney Wellnes
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-served basis
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?
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
December 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 December:
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identities, and the Law: A Research Bibliography 2006-2016
Edited by Dana Neacsu and David Brian Holt
$125, Hardcover, 2018
What's It Worth?
Published by Matthew Bender
$396, Softbound, 2018
We would welcome a partial contribution toward the purchase of this book!
Blockchain for Business Lawyers
Written by James A. Cox and Mark W. Rasmussen
$129.95, Paperback, 2018
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 email@example.com or call (415) 554-1791. We appreciate your contribution!
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Law Library Book of the Month:
Corporations Are Not People:
Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money and Global Corporations
Written by Jeffrey D. Clements
Reviewed by Aaron Parsons, Reference Librarian
In Corporations Are Not People, author and San Francisco Law Library MCLE speaker Jeffrey Clements argues for and enlists readers’ help in passing a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United. This 2010 Supreme Court decision invalidated or weakened campaign finance laws like McCain-Feingold, and has allowed billions of dollars in corporate funded influence and “attack ads” to drown out average citizens’ voices, ideas, and opinions, in favor of narrow and powerful moneyed interests. This corporate influence, Clements argues, produces an anathema to the democratic protections that were written into our Constitution “of the people, for the people, and by the people.”
Clements discusses similar historical upswings of organized corporatism and traces the current tide as the long-term effect of a push back against environmentalists beginning with the first Earth Day in 1970. The corporate response was an organized attempt to curtail environmental and other regulation, and was led by Lewis Powell—a corporate lawyer and tobacco corporation executive, who would take a new wave of corporate activism onto the U.S. Supreme Court where he wrote corporation-favoring precursor cases to Citizens United, such as First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti. Under Powell’s influence, corporations “gained vastly increased political power at the expense of average citizens.”
But what is a corporation, and what are corporate rights, asks Clements? He says that, strangely, the definition of a corporation is left vague and described in “word clouds” in Citizens United and other decisions that Justice John Paul Stevens called “glittering generalities.” These generalities allow corporations, as government created entities, to wear sheep’s clothing at the same table that people enjoy, where they are protected by laws, including the Bill of Rights. Clements provides statistics showing the billions spent on lobbying and on saturation advertising in elections by a handful of corporations. He argues that those efforts promote the interests of a few giant corporations at the expense of both conservative and liberal points of view.
Clements offers many resources and avenues to get involved in changing government to work more effectively for the people instead of for a few massive corporations, including his organization, American Promise, that seeks to enact a 28th Amendment to the Constitution and is backed by an increasing number of states, politicians, and Americans from across the political spectrum.
Corporations Are Not People was generously donated to the Library by Mr. Clements.