New books are purchased approximately three times per year, based on selections by the reference librarian and recommendations from the Book Committee. The Book Committee is comprised primarily of attorneys who review the selected books and recommend them for addition to the collection based on how the book complements the current collection, cost, value to the patrons, and quality of the material. If you are interested in serving on the book committee and have some legal background, please contact the reference librarian.
New books added March, 2012
Letters for Lawyers, published by ABA, KB268 D7 KF320 K36
This book contains sample letters for use by attorneys, focusing primarily on law firm management, including letters to existing and prospective clients and existing and prospective employees.
Letters for Divorce Lawyers, published by ABA, KB268 D7 KF533.5 .C48
This book contains sample letters for attorneys in divorce proceedings, which can be addressed to clients, judges and opposing counsel. The letters cover many aspects of the process, including client retention, discovery, scheduling, mediation and settlement.
Letters for Litigators, published by ABA, KB268 D7 KF170 .S53
Contains sample letters for attorneys during all stages of the litigation process including client and witness retention, mediation, discovery and the trial itself. All letters are also included on a CD-ROM.
California Public Sector Employment Law, published by LexisNexis, KB61 .C5 C17
A companion volume to Lexis's "California Public Sector Labor Relations," this book provides a guide for employment law practitioners on the law affecting public sector agencies, their officers and employees. The book is divided into four main sections, focusing on the hiring process; wage and hour laws; public sector employee rights, obligations and protections; and public agency rights, obligations and liabilities.
Prisoners' Self Help Litigation Manual, published by Oxford University Press, KB94 .P99 KF9731 .B67
A good guide for family members of people who are incarcerated or as an introduction to laws governing prisons and prisoners. Includes information about prisoners' rights and relevant laws, as well as how-to guides for legal procedures.
Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer, published by ABA, KB262 KF300 .F58
Provides information on all aspects of law firm management for solo and small firm practitioners, including starting the practice, financial and personnel management, technology and marketing.
New books added September 21, 2011:
The Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing on the Internet, published by ABA, KB262 .S62
A guide for attorneys with strategies for marketing across all types of internet media including web pages, blogs and social media like Facebook and Twitter.
Student Loan Law, published by the National Consumer Law Center, KB119 KF4235 .L66
Deals with all aspects of student loans, including collection actions, defaults and bankruptcy.
Animal Law, published by Carolina Academic Press, KB58 KF390 .A5
As animals are increasingly viewed by many as family members, this volume provides a good introduction to an area of law that is growing increasingly contentious.
The Essential Guide to California Restaurant Law, published by Carolina Academic Press, KB64 KFC446 .H6
This book should provide useful for anyone thinking of entering the restaurant business, as well as a helpful guide for attorneys representing those already in the industry.
Mexican Law for the American Lawyer, published by Carolina Academic Press, KGF327 .V37
A useful handbook for attorneys who, in the course of their practice, must navigate the laws of our neighbor to the south.
California Legal Secretary, published by James Publishing, KB260 KFC77 .H39
Much more than a guide for legal secretaries, this book breaks down many common legal procedures into easy to follow steps and includes many completed sample Judicial Council forms.”
New books added May 1, 2011:
California Paralegal Manual: Civil Trials and Evidence, West Publishing, KB206 KFC995 .W48 2010
Criminal Defense Tools and Techniques, James Publishing, KB94 .D3 KF9656
Cultural Issues in Criminal Defense, Juris Publishing, KB94 .D3 KF9646
How to Prepare for, Take and Use a Deposition, James Publishing, KB200 D4 KF8900
Insurance Settlements, James Publishing, KB200 .S5 KF1164
Repossessions, National Consumer Law Center, KB120 KF1058 .C37
Strategies for Family Law in California, West Publishing, KB135 KFC115 .S84 2011
Trial Preparation Tools, James Publishing, KB200 .P6 O8