The July 2013 California Bar Exam Pass Lists are available at http://apps.calbar.ca.gov/exam/. The State Bar of California’s Committee of Bar Examiners announced a passage rate of 55.8% compared to last year’s 55.3% passage rate. Of the 6,636 first time takers, 68% passed compared to a pass rate of 21% for repeat exam takers. In January the passage rate for individual law schools will be released on the State Bar of California’s web site at http://admissions.calbar.ca.gov.
The Ellis Act authorizes owners of rental property to permanently and completely withdrawal rental units from the market.
Oakland Municipal Code section 8.22.400 et seq. articulates the procedures that property owners must follow to withdraw a unit from the rental market in the City of Oakland
To help property owners successfully comply with these fairly complex requirements, the City of Oakland has posted step-by-step instructions, a filing checklist, and the required forms that must be filed with Oakland’s Rent Adjustment Program.
The collaborative work of highly experienced appellate practitioners, The Appellate Lawyer Representatives’ Ninth Circuit Practice Guide, is a free, “practitioner-to-practitioner guide” to trying a case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The 112-page guide includes sections on such practical matters as motions practice, emergency proceedings, brief drafting, oral argument, the post-decisional process, habeas corpus proceedings, and checklists for drafting and filing motions and briefs.
Endorsed by the Ninth Circuit Court, this insider’s guide can help demystify the federal appellate process for attorneys and pro se litigants.
Earn some MCLE credits in the comfortable surroundings of the Alameda County Law Library on Friday afternoons. Bring your own lunch and feed your body and brain in the company of others wanting to learn about the MCLE topic at a special price.
The Alameda County Law Library offers a special price of $35/credit hour for streaming CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar California) on-demand programs instead of the usual $139/credit hour price. (Note: this special price is good only in the law library.)
Currently scheduled through year end is a selection of video streaming programs offering MCLE credits in: elimination of bias, ethics, general or substance abuse. Click the link to register online or call 510-272-6483. The [bracketed years] are the year of the original program.
Come early or state late to do some research or take in the current art exhibit, “Afro-Futurism.”
If there are other CEB on demand programs you’d like shown at the law library, contact the director, Mark Estes, email@example.com or 510-272-6481
This 1 1/2 hour class will provide information on materials and services available in the law library. Included is an over view of the types of books and online resources in the library and how they can be used by the researcher. Information will cover the differences between primary and secondary resources, the value of each and the most effective way to begin your research. A tour of the library to show where the materials are will be part of the class.
There is NO MCLE credit for this class. It is designed for the public, beginning law school and paralegal students.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Alameda County Law Library
125 12th St.
Oakland, CA 9460
$5.00 Advance Registration; $10.00 Day of Event
Pay with MasterCard or Visa by calling (510) 272-6483 or register online at Eventbrite (https://beginningyourlegalresearch.eventbrite.com/ ).
The new print volumes of the 2013 California Code of Regulations, Title 24 also know as the 2013 California Building Standards Code have arrived. They become effective January 1, 2014 and are published in their entirety every 3 years. There are updates.
California Administrative Code, Title 24, Part 1
California Building Code, Title 24, Part 2 (Part 8 California Historical Building Code & Part 10 2012 International Existing Building Code included)
California Residential Code, Title 24, Part 2.5
California Electrical Code, Title 24, Part 3
California Mechanical Code, Title 24, Part 4
California Plumbing Code, Title 24, Part 5
California Energy Code, Title 24, Part 6
California, Part 7 Elevator Safety Construction Code no longer published in Title 24, see Title 8
California Fire Code, Title 24, Part 9
California Green Building Standards,Title 24, Part 11
California Referenced Standards Code, Title 24, Part 12
“A city or county or a city and county may establish more restrictive building standards reasonably necessary due to local climatic, geological or topographical conditions.” There are procedures to be followed for the local standards to become effective. For additional information visit the California Building Standards Commission at http://www.bsc.ca.gov/. To view a particular standard visit the law library in Oakland or call the reference desk at 510-208-4832 for document delivery.
Attorney Thomas C. Grella has many years of experience both good and not so good as a leader in his law firm. In his new book, “Lessons in Leadership: Essential Skills for Lawyers,” he breaks that experience down into useful topical subject areas. By leadership, he means truly leading as being an integral part of the firm. His experience makes this book insightful not only for practice area heads and the managing partner, but also for all others who may be in a position to lead others. Leadership, in his definition, can be achieved at any level within the organization. It’s how you interact with others and provide guidance.
This small book contains many ideas for what makes a good leader, actions that matter and provocative questions to think about. Published by the ABA Law Practice Management Section, it should be seen as an excellent starting point for thinking about leadership, the skills needed and what skills and attitudes make for good leadership.
Chapters cover a definition of leadership, developing those skills, client leadership, day-to-day leadership methods and planning for the future for both the individual and the organization. Each chapter is broken down into easy understandable lessons with questions to ponder and additional suggested readings.
These lessons are just not about in leadership in law firms, but also in life.
It can be found with the Law Practice Management materials as you enter the library. The call number is KF 300 .G74 2013.
Brendon Woods, Alameda County Public Defender, was appointed effective December 17, 2012. There is an informative article published July 10, 2013 in the East Bay Express at http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/balancing-the-scales-of-justice/Content?oid=3647260. He has worked in the Public Defender’s Office since 1996, prior to his appointment, his most recent position was Senior Assistant Public Defender under Diane Bellas, his predecessor who retired in March. The Office of Public Defender was created in 1927 when Earl Warren, then Alameda County District Attorney, was successful in having the office included in the county charter. The Office of Alameda County Public Defender is the third oldest office of public defender in the United States. Visit the website for the Alameda County Public Defender Office at http://www.co.alameda.ca.us/defender/ . There is a brief history of the office, a list of services, a list of locations with contact information, jobs, faqs, criminal docket finder, inmate locator, and news.
According to Thomson Reuters Q2 2013 financial report, 80% of the company’s Westlaw revenue now comes from WestlawNext subscriptions, suggesting that more law firms and practitioners are making the transition from Westlaw Classic to WestlawNext. Greg Lambert, contributing author at “3 Geeks and a Law Blog” predicts that Thomson Reuters may begin phasing out Westlaw Classic in the next few years.
The Alameda County Law Library offers access to WestlawNext free of charge on library computers. With a Google-style interface and “intuitive” search engine, WestlawNext greatly simplifies the research process. You can print WestlawNext results for .20/page to the library printer, or email or save results to a USB drive free of charge.
Visit the Alameda County Law Library today and experience improved research outcomes with WestlawNext!