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Spring/Summer 2017

California Judges Benchbook. Civil proceedings—Discovery (Thomson/Reuters). This 2016 Edition of California Judges Benchbook: Civil Proceedings-Discovery is a one-volume softbound edition, which supersedes the 2nd edition and its most recent updates. It is part of a 4-volume series of comprehensive benchbooks produced for judges by the California Center for Judicial Education and Research and issued annually. Highlights of developments covered since the 2015  edition include applicable law, privileges and analogous protections, sanctions under the discovery act, managing discovery in limited civil cases, oral depositions, inspection demands, physical and mental examination, requests for admission, and managing discovery under other statutes.   

California Drunk Driving Defense (Thomson/Reuters, 2016). The new, 5th edition of California Drunk Driving Defense updates and expands the leading treatise on DUI law and practice in California. Among other matters, this new edition includes new defense strategies, new DUI law, and new DUI science. All Chapters are updated to reflect new case law and amended statutes.  

Alternative Dispute Resolution (Thomson/Reuters, 2016). This new, 2-volume edition completely replaces the 3rd edition. It contains fully updated case law and appendices as well as fully revised § 8:19 on the Supreme Court and class action arbitrations; new guidance on drafting an arbitration clause and the requirement of writing and signatures (§§8:2, 8:3); fully revised Chapter 9 on commencing an arbitration; new sections on exhibits for arbitration (see §§10:32 et seq.); and much more.

Point Taken: How to Write Like the World's Best Judges (Oxford Univ. Press, 2015). This book is highly recommended by readers, writers, judges, and the SFLL staff. It is an anything-but-boring guide to writing judicial opinions, with a step-by-step method and “practical and provocative” examples. Point Taken is a superb tool for judges, law clerks, and anyone who wants to transform their legal writing from turgid and dull, to sharp, persuasive, and uncluttered.

Collaborative Law: Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce without Litigation (American Bar Association, 2016). The 3rd edition of this milestone manual on Collaborative Law (CL) discusses the paradigm shift from being an adversarial lawyer to a collaborative lawyer, as well as how CL practitioners can be leaders in transforming the lawyer-client relationship by coaching collaborative clients to handle their own negotiations as much as possible. A must-read for all family law practitioners, or anyone interested in alternatives to the adversarial model of law practice.

Real Property Ownership and Taxation (CEB, 2016). This new one-volume desktop reference is an excellent primer for attorneys with any dealings in real property. It will guide you through common issues in advising clients on the ownership of commercial or residential property, from taking of title to calculating taxes after disposing of the property.

Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions: Get the Most Out of Your Retirement & Medical Benefits (Nolo, 2017). This new edition is updated with new Social Security and Medicare info for 2017, including retirement, survivors, and dependents benefits. If you are approaching retirement, disabled, or supporting someone who is, this will guide you through the maze of Social Security and Medicare benefits.

Make Your Own Living Trust (Nolo, 2017). This do-it-yourself manual walks you through the procedures for designing a living trust. The new 13th edition gives you access to a unique webpage with downloadable forms and worksheets.

The Music Copyright Manual: The Definitive Guide to Music Copyright Law In The Digital Age (Rock N Roll  Law, 2016). This approachable and entertaining book will show you what a copyright is and how to get one, why it’s important to register your copyrights, and so much more. The author, Jim Jesse, is a former General Counsel for a music-video television start-up company, and a singer-songwriter who gives popular seminars for his company, Rock N Roll Law.

Law Firm Cybersecurity (American Bar Association, 2017). Law firms are enticing targets for hackers, given the wealth of sensitive and confidential information with which they are entrusted. Moreover, hackers know that law firms have notoriously weak security. This book guides law firms of all sizes through the “Ten Commandments” of cybersecurity and surveys the types of cyberattacks that have plagued law firms. The authors explain in plain language the security controls provided by the various types of cryptography and encryption, as well as the information security management standards promulgated by the International Organization for Standardization. There is also discussion of the role of the Legal Services Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (LS-ISAO) in defending against cybersecurity threats, as it builds a knowledge base by encouraging communication about breaches, and it collaborates with law enforcement to thwart cyberattacks and develop stronger controls. Finally, the authors set forth a comprehensive cybersecurity framework to implement at your firm, and an analysis of how to best structure your firm with internal network controls and staffing to prevent cyberattacks.

Law Practice Management Collection—Winter 2016

Building Rainmakers: The Definitive Guide to Business Development for Lawyers, by David King Keller. American Bar Association, 2015.

Every Relationship Matters: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform Your Business, Your Firm, and Yourself, by Peter Rouse. American Bar Association, 2nd edition, 2016.

A Lawyer's Guide to Networking, by Susan R. Sneider. American Bar Association, 2nd edition, 2016.

Locked Down: Practical Information Security for Lawyers, by David G. Ries, John Simek, and Sharon D. Nelson. American Bar Association, 2nd edition, 2016.

Risk Management: Survival Tools for Law Firms, by Anthony E. Davis and Katie Lachter. American Bar Association, 3rd edition, 2015.

Virtual Law Practice: How to Deliver Legal Services Online, by Stephanie L. Kimbro. American Bar Association, 2nd edition, 2015.

Fall 2016

Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Outline and Reference Tool (American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2016). First published in 1990, Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook (the Sourcebook) has become one of the most respected one-volume treatises on immigration law. Designed to be used as a quick reference guide for students and practitioners, the Sourcebook contains multiple finding aids including tables of cases, statutes, and other authorities; extensive and thorough keyword indices; and detailed tables of contents at the beginning of each chapter. This new 15th edition includes all available regulatory and U.S. Supreme Court citations through May 22, 2016, and other federal case citations through April 2016.

California Civil Litigation and Discovery (Litigation by the Numbers—Substantive Companion) (Lawdable Press, 2016). This companion resource is designed to be used in conjunction with the popular Litigation by the Numbers: Procedural Guide (the Procedural Guide), used in most paralegal courses. While the Procedural Guide explains the procedural steps involved in a typical California civil lawsuit from the paralegal’s perspective, the Substantive Companion contains explanations of the substantive issues behind those procedural steps. The authors have included information about billable hours, the US court systems, personal and subject matter jurisdiction, as well as practical guidance on interviewing clients and witnesses, drafting discovery plans, and much more. This 8th edition explains the complex concepts the litigation paralegal must master in a simple, straightforward manner. It is current through January, 2016. (CD Available at the Information Desk).

Environmental Law (Thomson Reuters, Volume 1 only, 2nd edition gradually replacing 1st). Volume one of the 2nd edition of the Thomson Reuters’ Environmental Law hornbook is now available at the library. Environmental Law is a highly regarded and comprehensive guide to environmental statutes, court decisions, and administrative regulations governing air and water pollution, land management, toxic and hazardous wastes, and pesticides. The second edition has only been gradually replacing the first edition; as of 2016 only the first edition has been published.  

Handling Subpoenas: Here’s How and When to Do It (CEB Action Guide). A how-to action guide for attorneys wanting to subpoena testimony or records in pretrial discovery and at trial in California. Handling Subpoenas begins by providing definitions of subpoenas and deposition notices, then continues with detailed descriptions of how and why to use each process. It guides practitioners through the each step in the process, from the initial selection of the appropriate procedure through service, payment of witness fees, production of consumer and employment records, possible objections, and remedies for noncompliance.

West's California Code Forms, with Practice Commentaries. Family (Thomson/Reuters, 3rd edition). The third edition of West’s California Code Forms, Family provides a comprehensive source of forms and information for use with the California Family Code. The forms are organized in the same order and with the same section numbers as related sections of the California Family Code. It is specifically designed to address the most common areas of concern to the California family law attorney. The comments and citations following many of the forms contain practical advice and suggestions to assist users and legal practitioners. This 3rd edition been updated to include all the changes to the California Family Code up to May, 2016.