Spring Into Action – New Way To Support ACLL – Sign Up For eScrip

Spring is here.  The sun is shining (sometimes.)  Gardens are waking up.  Excellent time to plant some seeds that will sprout into good works that will help our community.

Shop at eScrip merchants and earn for Alameda County Law Library!  Haven’t signed up for eScrip yet? Please take a few minutes and do so now. Once you get to the site, you can find “Alameda County Law Library” using the Advance Search function.


Watch this short video – spend 2 minutes today and support Alameda County Law Library all year long!


Using Lexis Advance to Search California Forms of Pleading & Practice – MCLE – ACLL

Alameda County Law Library, Oakland will be offering a class ~ Using Lexis Advance to Search California Forms of Pleading & Practice  ~ MCLE ~ Tuesday, April 4, 12:00 to 1,

ACLL currently subscribes to the online version of California Forms of Pleading and Practice Annotated, a comprehensive resource with wide coverage of California legal procedure. This title provides the researcher with guidance for all types of civil actions and proceedings and, in addition, provides a wealth of legal document templates and forms.

The digital version is currently available through the Lexis Advance database on ACLL public access computers. With its detailed editing, it is an excellent place to begin most any California civil procedural legal research project.

This session will cover the topics –

  • Introduction to California Forms of Pleading and Practice (CA FP&P) Annotated
  • Restricting your search on Lexis Advance to CA FP&P material only
  • Searching CA FP&P using Lexis Advance
  • Searching CA FP&P using keywords and phrases
  • Searching the online Table of Contents
  • Searching CA FP&P index
  • Searching for a form template to start drafting documents
  • Downloading and emailing sections from Lexis Advance

Please note: This class is not an introduction to Lexis Advance. This class is geared towards legal researchers who have some familiarity with the basics of using the Lexis Advance database.

Instructor: Nancy McEnroe, Reference Librarian, ACLL

To register online: go to http://tinyurl.com/zx9j9j5 .

One Day Only – Amazon Offer To ACLL

Today only, 1-day opportunity to give additional AmazonSmile donations for Alameda County Law Library.

Amazon is celebrating its #1 ranking in customer satisfaction by the ACSI! Today, March 16, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times the usual donation rate) of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Alameda County Law Library. Get started at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-6000109.

In celebration of Amazon’s recognition—and to say thank you to customers for their support—on Thursday, March 16 only, Amazon will make the donation. This offer began at 12:00 AM Pacific Time, and expires at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

Thank you for your support.

New To CEB And New To ACLL – Real Property Ownership & Taxation

CEB has published a new title  – Real Property Ownership & Taxation.  It is now available at the Alameda County Law Library in paper and digital form through the OnLAW database.

ACLL, due to a severe decrease in our revenue stream, is not able to buy many new paper titles these days.  The decision was made to get this one in both formats as it deals with the types of California real property issues many of our patrons – lawyer and pro se – come to our library to research.

This desktop reference is for common questions and issues involving commercial and residential real property ownership.

Here are some of the topics covered:

  • Forms of ownership: how to take title to property
  • Property taxation and assessment during a transfer or sale
  • Income taxation of property sales, transfers, and exchanges
  • Estate planning considerations, including estate and gift taxation
  • Highlights of escrow and recordation of property transfers
  • Insuring title to property
  • Insuring property interests against loss and damage
  • Lis pendens
  • Homesteads
  • How to appeal a tax assessment
  • Bankruptcy impact on title and sales
  • Impact of death on ownership and transfer of property

The chapter on California homestead law provides a detailed discussion of the legal issues of this area of real property law –  one for which a resource can be difficult to find.

CEB Partner Program

Just a reminder – you can support the goals of the ACLL by participating in the CEB partner program when you place a new order for CEB products. Use CEB priority code9629Awhen you place an order with Continuing Education of the Bar.  ACLL will receive a credit on a future invoice.


Children’s Art Show At ACLL

 New exhibit at Alameda County Law Library Oakland

ACLL‘s new exhibit is a children’s art exhibit.  More information about the art program at the school at www.haywardchineseschool.org

New Look For Secondary Sources On Westlaw

The Alameda County Law Library currently has access via Westlaw to a number of Thomson Reuters secondary sources for legal research.  Digital access includes some California attorney favorites – such as the Rutter Group Practice Guides (aka the California Practice Guides series.)

Westlaw has recently revamped the screen format, making enhancements and adding new features.

Changes include:

  • ability to click on plus or minus signs to expand or reduce table of contents for a document.
  • check off boxes which when used allows the researcher to restrict searching to a section or to request delivery options for that section’s text.

Initial screen for a Westlaw secondary source

On the opening screen for a title, main chapters are shown with a check off box and a plus sign to the left of the title.  The plus sign expands the listing to open up the table of contents.  The box next to it allows the searcher to select the sections for display, searching, and delivery.

Here is an example of the screen views from Civil Procedure Before Trial – (Grey-haired California legal researchers know it as “Brown & Weil” for the original authors, Judge Robert I. Weil (Ret.) and Judge Ira A. Brown, Jr. (Ret.).)

The standard delivery icons for printing, emailing or download appear on the right.  (An in-house test of the new display allowed the email delivery of a full chapter by using the checkoff box.  While using the ACLL subscription, there will be limits to the amount of data that can be transferred.  Best to breakdown your request into smaller segments.)

Below is an illustration for a search for information on “application to the court for an ex parte motion.”

  • Using the plus signs to
    •  open the list of chapters that includes Chapter 9 Part 1 “Law and Motion” and then
    •  open list of topics within that chapter including Section F. “Ex Parte Applications”
  • Clicking on the box to the left of “Ex Parte Applications” changes the message in the search box at the top of the screen to show the researcher that the search will now be conducted only in the “specified content” of that section.

By searching the section for the term “appl!”,  the term is highlighted in the results


The new Westlaw secondary source screen also provides improvement in text display – a clean “reading mode” with only a table of contents additionally provided on the lower screen.  The reading mode selection button is on the upper right.

To ease document navigation, the table of contents for a title is now interactive and browsable on the publications main page.

The Thomson Reuters announcement of the upgrades can be read HERE.