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Special Announcement
Congratulations to our
Board of Trustees President
Kurt Melchior

Who received The Award for Advocacy from The Northern California Association of Law Libraries for his service to the greater legal community and his advocacy for law libraries, particularly in his role as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco County Law Library. We truly appreciate his dedication and passion to access to justice and the San Francisco Law Library... Thank you, Kurt, and Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) for recognizing him with this wonderful honor!

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.

Watch the October 7 Virtual Election Event
Recording Here!

Voting in San Francisco for the
November 3, 2020 General Election

Presented by the San Francisco
Department of Elections

Download the Presentation PDF Here

Free Lexis California Virtual MCLE Programs October 21, 28
Advance Registration Required: Email name and CA Bar# to sflawlibrary@sfgov.org
By Noon the day before the 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