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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.

Recent MCLE Programs & Materials

Monday, January 14, 2019 
Mitigating the Impact of Unconscious Biases
Presented by Matthew Cahill, Founder, Principal Consultant, Percipio Company
1 Hour free Participatory MCLE Credit in Bias

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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

Download Flyer Here
***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***
File***Download Materials PDF 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

February Book Drive—Purchase a Book for the Library!


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


CA Animal Laws Handbook


California Animal Laws Handbook, 2019
Published by State Humane Association of California
$65, Paperback, 2019



The Art of Fact Investigation


The Art of Fact Investigation: Creative Thinking in the Age of Information Overload
Written by Philip Segal
$22.95, Paperback, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-99690-791-0


Thank you to Althea Kippes for generously donating both books from our February Book Drive— California Animal Laws Handbook, 2019 and The Art of Fact Investigation.

Thank you to Brenna Moorhead for generously donating Dred Scott v. Sandford:
Opinions and Contemporary Commentary
, from our May 2018 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:
Written by Michelle Obama
Reviewed by Ruth Geos, Reference Librarian​

Even if you don’t remember the fist-bump, begin with the beginning of Becoming and you will hear the vivid voice of a first-class storyteller with a full tale to tell. She is not just the former First Lady here but a narrator with a fascinating perspective of time and place. Michelle LaVaughn Obama describes growing up in a loving family in the South Side of Chicago, with her own evolution from a feisty little girl always ready for the next challenge, to Princeton and then to Harvard Law School—and, skipping ahead, as we already know—eventually to the White House, with her own initiatives and advocacy as First Lady over the two terms of the Obama administration. The Preface is an exceptional essay in itself, with an articulate grace and the kind of direct honesty that every good story needs, and history demands:

…until recently, I was the First Lady of the United States of America—a job that’s not officially a job, but that nonetheless has given me a platform like nothing I could have imagined. It challenged me and humbled me, lifted me up and shrank me down, sometimes all at once. I’m just beginning to process what took place these last years—from the moment in 2006 when my husband first started talking about running for president to the cold morning this winter when I climbed into a limo with Melania Trump, accompanying her to her husband’s inauguration. It’s been quite a ride… 

It's an intriguing story, starting with Becoming Me (the other sections are Becoming Us, and Becoming More)—a personal recounting of growing up in a largely African-American community, beginning to understand her own close family dynamics and community, and seeing how the history of deep discrimination had thwarted dreams and desires in her family and across the South Side. The story she weaves is anything but didactic, but a clear tracing of the cumulative impact of discrimination, such as how one grandfather’s dreams to be an electrician and to get a good union job were blocked, and others in her family circle limited to work in which there was no way to rise and push ahead.

Of course, before the White House lawn becomes a model garden, there are miles to go, piano recitals, marriage and children, campaigns, and many high-level professional positions. Ultimately, Becoming is a narrative of one woman’s intelligence, frustrations, humor, style, and perspicacity, with an inborn jolt of courage and personal daring, across history and her own personal way. Not the least, it also offers a fresh reminder of eight years of a White House not that long ago—and an altogether fascinating read. As Mrs. Obama says: "Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own."