ACLL — All Business — Services That Is

2014_0821_ConferenceRoomMainAlameda County Law Library Business Services for Our Patrons

 Conference Rooms

Conference rooms are available at both the Oakland and Hayward ACLL locations – a few steps from the courthouses.  (The Oakland location is easily accessible from the Lake Merritt BART station.)  Conference rooms vary in size and cost —  $25 to $45  an hour. The largest can accommodate up to 28 people.  The rooms can be used for:  interviews, depositions, arbitrations, mediations, training classes, and business meetings.  Reservations can be made over multiple days allowing parties to set up trial war rooms near the courthouses.  Food can be brought in to provide a private space for lunch meetings and discussions during your trial.  Resources for last minute legal research are footsteps away.

Contact ACLL admin staff  at 510.272.6483 or nicole.lemieux@acgov.org for information on reservations, equipment, and information for local catering services.

Here is a brochure for the Oakland rooms.

Here is a brochure for the Haywood rooms.

 

 Copiers & Fax Services

Copier  machines are available at both ACLL locations – $0.20 per page.  You can use coins and $1 and $5 bills.  Scanning to and from flash drives is possible, as well as, printing email document attachments for those last minute changes to court filings.

Faxes can also be sent from and received at Oakland and  Hayward.  The charges —  $2.50 per page to send  and $1.00 per page to receive.

Fax numbers – Oakland Reference Desk 510.208.3907, Hayward Branch 510.670.5292

 

 Office Supplies

We have the following office supplies for sale. The library accepts cash, check with ID, and credit cards –  Visa and MasterCard with ID and a $10 minimum purchase.

Supplies and Other Items
Cost / Unit
Envelope (letter-sized)
$0.10 / each
Envelope (large manila color)
$0.25 / each
Folder (letter-sized, manila)
$0.25 / each
 Pens  $0.10 /each
Flash drive (2GB)
$10.00 / each
Replacement library cards
$5.00 / each
Copies: photocopier
$0.20 / each

Wi-Fi

Free.  Enough said.

OK, more said.  Wi-Fi allows access to CEB’s OnLaw, the Nolo publications and HeinOnLine’s  law review digital collection using your laptop or portable device.

 

 WHY FAX WON’T DIE  from the site, Stephen’s Lighthouse.

AS LONG AS SOME CONTINUE TO INSIST ON FAXES, COMPANIES KEEP WORKING TO MAKE SENDING A FAX FEEL LIKE YOU’RE NOT SENDING A FAX AT ALL.

http://www.fastcompany.com/3042157/why-fax-wont-die

1. RELYING ON EXTERNAL SERVICES AND SOFTWARE TO ABSTRACT AWAY THE QUIRKS OF AN UNDERLYING TECHNOLOGY CERTAINLY ISN’T UNIQUE TO FAX.

2. EMAIL IS NOT CONSIDERED TO BE A SECURE MEDIUM, BUT FAX IS, IN TERMS OF SENDING PEOPLE’S MEDICAL INFORMATION AROUND.

3. IN A LOT OF AREAS, THE TRADE-OFF OF IT NOT BEING QUITE AS FAST OR QUITE AS SEXY IS EASILY PAID FOR BY THE FACT THAT IT’S WELL UNDERSTOOD AND IT’S GLITCH-FREE.

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ACLL’s Emily Bergfeld – Elected to NOCALL Executive Board

Emily Bergfeld, Reference Librarian here at ACLL for seven years, has been elected to the Executive Board of the Northern California Association of Law Libraries as Member at Large.  Since 1980,  NOCALL has been the professional association serving the needs of legal information professionals throughout Northern California.

Emily works with ACLL’s patrons, sharing her incredible depth of knowledge of legal information resources, especially concerning Alameda County courts and government agencies.  Her professionalism has now been acknowledged by her law librarian professional peers by her election to the Board.

Congratulations to Emily!

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Tax Season Resources – Part 2 – Tax Prep Assistance – Local and Free

Tax Season Resources – Tax Prep Assistance

FORMS

The IRS and the CA Franchise Tax Board do not distribute paper copies of tax forms or guides to US Post Offices or public libraries as these agencies have done in the past.  You have to use the Internet resources to find and obtain copies.  The ACLL Reference Desk staff is happy to assist you with locating the Internet URL for the forms for your personal filing needs.  We charge $0.20 per page for printing of all forms and guides.

The forms can also be researched at these sites:

IRS Logo  Internal Revenue Service IRS  — http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs

State of California Franchise Tax Board

 

 

CA Franchise Tax Board   —      https://www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/search/index.aspx

 

Free tax preparation for:

 OAKLAND RESIDENTS
Get your taxes done fast and free – through Wednesday, April 15.  The Alameda County – Oakland Community Action Partnership (AC-OCAP), in collaboration with the Alameda County Earned Income Credit (EITC) Coalition, is pleased to offer free tax preparation for the 2015 tax season.  City of Oakland’s low-wage earner residents (those who earn $53,000 annually or less) are encouraged to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and receive free tax preparation services.  Currently, there are more than 25 sites throughout Oakland where residents can get free tax preparation services. To get access to an IRS certified volunteer tax preparer and to find the location of a free tax site near you, please call 211.
For more information, please contact Estelle Clemons, Health & Human Services Program Planner, at eclomons@oaklandnet.com or (510) 238-2362.
SENIORS
AARP tax help – on Thursdays through April 9.  AARP will sponsor free tax preparation assistance for taxpayers with middle and low incomes, with special attention to those age 60 and older. The assistance will be offered at the West Oakland Senior Center, 1724 Adeline Street.  For a list of things to bring with you, please call (510) 238-7016. For more information, please contact Dorothy Poston, Senior Center Director, at dposton@oaklandnet.com.
 Also at the Oakland Public Library:  The Oakland Public Library and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are partnering to offer free tax assistance to residents at selected libraries during the 2015 tax season.  Trained volunteers are available to answer questions and prepare personal tax returns between February 3rd, 2015 and ending April 15th, 2015.  Seniors, ages 60 and up, will be given preference at walk-in sites. Be sure to bring copies of your federal and state tax returns for last year and all materials relating to your 2014 income.  Come with your spouse if filing jointly.  

Locations & Times:

Oakland Main Library
125 14th Street (in the Bradley Walters Community Room), 238-3134

  • Mondays, 10 am to 3 pm
  • Wednesdays, 12 to 4 pm
  • Saturdays, 10 am to 3 pm

No advance appointments; arrive early to sign up for a time slot

César E. Chávez Branch
3301 East 12th St,, Suite 271, 535-5620

  • Thursdays, 10 am to 3:30 pm
  • Fridays, 12 to 3:30 pm

Call for an appointment.  Some walk-ins may be accepted; call for information.

Dimond Branch
3565 Fruitvale Avenue, 482-7844

  • Tuesdays, 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Thursdays, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm

Call for an appointment.

Eastmont Branch
7200 Bancroft Avenue, Suite 211, 615-5726

  • Fridays, 12 to 4 pm

No advance appointments; arrive early to sign up for a time slot.

Golden Gate Branch
5606 San Pablo Avenue, 597-5023

  • Wednesdays, 10 am to 3:30 pm

Call for an appointment.

See the Oakland Public Library’s web page for more information about tax assistance at the OPL Branches

 

ALAMEDA COUNTY RESIDENTS 

Alameda County Social Services Agency is providing free tax preparation assistance for individuals and households whose 2014 income is $53,000 or less.  Residents  are invited to have their taxes prepared by IRS-certified preparers at no cost. Have your tax refund as quickly as 7 to 10 days. No appointments are necessary.  County employees, who meet the income guidelines, are encouraged to take advantage of this no cost service.

Walk-ins or drop off/pick up services are available.

Hours of operations: January 21 – April 15, 2015
Mondays and Wednesdays: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm//Saturdays: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thomas L. Berkley Office 2000 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 94612
Enterprise Office 8477 Enterprise Way, Oakland 94621
Eden Multi-Service Center 24100 Amador St, Hayward 94544
For more information,  contact program coordinator Lorena Briseño at vita.eitc@acgov.org or (510) 271-9141.

 

SOUTH COUNTY RESIDENTS

The Hayward Public Library provides this information page .

From the Fremont Public Library’s website

Free AARP income tax preparation assistance is offered at Fremont Library Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 am—2:30 pm from Feb. 4 through April 15 Tax help is for people with middle and low incomes, with special attention to those over age 65.  Other times and locations are listed below for your convenience. Appointment required unless noted.  Call 847-918-3225 to make an appointment.

Ela Area Library (Lake Zurich) Saturdays 9:15 am-12:15 pm Call 847-438-3433

Grayslake Public Library Wednesdays 9:30 am-1:30 pm Call 847-223-5313. No service April 8.

Wauconda Area Library Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9 am-12 pm Call 847-526-6225

Warren-Newport Library (Gurnee) Mondays & Fridays 9 am-12 pm WALK IN, MUST FILE ELECTRONICALLY

Barrington Council on Aging (6000 Garlands Ln. Barrington)  Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 am-1 pm,  Fridays 9 am-1 pm Call 847-381-5030

Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Senior Center (100 E Old Mill Rd. Lake Forest) Fridays 9am-3pm Call 847-234-2209

Belvidere Recreation Center (412 S. Lewis Ave. Waukegan) Tuesdays 9 am-12 pm & Thursdays 9 am-12 pm WALK IN

 

 

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Tax Season Resources – Part 1 – For the Professional

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CCH Intelliconnect

The Alameda County Law Library currently subscribes to Wolters Kluwer’s Intelliconnect –  an electronic resource which provides comprehensive California and Federal taxation information.  IntelliConnect is the next generation tool for researching content of Commerce Clearing House (CCH)  — one of the leading publishers over the past decades for tax information.

Included are database files for the titles:  US Master Tax Guide, Standard Federal Tax Reporter, and the California State Tax Reporter.  ACLL’s resources are perfect for those local legal practitioners whose practice is not focused on taxation but need to access, on occasion, detailed and authoritative tax information for their clients.

Key features:

  • Easy searching and browsing
  • Filtering for fine-tuned results
  • Split-screen display for easier navigation
  • Multiple searches saved in tab format:

With IntelliConnect, you perform your search and then filter the results to suit your needs. This allows you to quickly search all content without the time-consuming process of selecting specific publications.  You can even use IntelliConnect to search the practice titles and other secondary tax information sources including CCH tools and “SmartCharts” —  the summaries and guides that help prepare forms.  The tax information archives reach back into the 1980’s.  Also included as part of the subscription is Intelliforms – a tax form library.

Intelliconnect is available in the Oakland and Hayward libraries on the public computers and over WiFi to your laptops and smart electronic devices at http://intelliconnect.cch.com/.

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Making Yourself Stand Out From the Crowd with Personal Branding

5110765_bigFor any attorney, whether a member of a firm or a sole practitioner, making a good impression is very important. It’s how you sell yourself to potential clients.
In her new book, Personal Branding in One Hour for Lawyers, former attorney and now founder and CEO of a personal branding company, Katy Goshtasbi makes the case for the value of having a personal brand. She has a diverse cliental which includes attorneys and other professionals.
This short, easy to read book provides insights, ideas and case studies of just how and why creating your own brand can help you build a business and also be happier and more productive in your career.
Her point is that clients want to know more about you as a person and not just about your legal abilities. She also makes the point that branding is more than just having a logo, business cards and stationery. It’s the image you present to others. Your brand is the message you send to others.
Goshtasbi helps you learn how to take control of your professional message and tell the stories you want others to know.
This slim book provides a wealth of information, not just for sole practitioners, people starting up their own firms, but also for firm partners and associates who want to build up their client list and boost their careers.
The book is on the New Book Cart until June, 2015 with call number KF 316.5 .G67 2013.

Chief: The Quest For Justice In California — New Title

chief_ronald_george ACLL has received a gift for our collection from the California Supreme Court Historical Society of the book, Chief: The Quest for Justice in California by the former Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, Ronald M. George.  Thank you to the CSCHS for their generosity.

Based upon interviews conducted by Laura McCreery for the California Supreme Court Oral History Project, this title covers George’s early days as a young lawyer, continuing to his time presiding over the infamous “Hillside Strangler” trial, and including his appointment to our state Supreme Court.

The book will be on the New Materials Cart for the next few weeks, then shelved at KF 373 .G465 A3 2013.

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Amicus brief for Jones v Chappell – CA Death Penalty Issues

Friend of the court, amicus curiae  --

Two East Bay government officials have joined with a third Bay Area official and submitted an amicus brief to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for the case,  Jones v. Chappell (Case No. 14-56373).  In this brief, the writers describe real world dynamics surrounding the issue of the CA death penalty.  The brief also discusses the unsuccessful attempts over the years by the CA legislature to fix the state’s death penalty system.

These current and former legislators believe CA’s death penalty system, as currently practiced, violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.  They agree with an opinion stated by US District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney in his order in a related case when he granted an order declaring California’s death penalty system unconstitutional and vacated petitioner’s death sentence.  (Jones v. Chappell,  31 F.Supp.3d 1050 (C.D. Cal. 2014), Ninth Circuit Case No. 14-56302).  See the docket information at the end of this post.

To read the full text of BRIEF OF LONI HANCOCK, MARK LENO, AND NANCY SKINNER AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF ERNEST DEWAYNE JONES UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT No. 14-56373 click here 57921047-Legislators-Amicus-Brief-Jones-Case

Loni Hancock currently represents many Alameda County communities in the CA State Senate.  Nancy Skinner was a member of the CA State Assembly from CA’s 15th State Assembly district, a district that covers communities in the northern part of Alameda County.  Mark Leno represents CA’s 11th State Senate district, which includes San Francisco and part of San Mateo County.

For legal researchers –

Or those who wish to track the 9th Circuit’s handling of this case.  Here is additional information to help with your PACER searches:

Because these cases involve habeas petitions, the named respondent for the cases is the warden at the correction facility.  Ron Davis was added as the defendant in December 2014.  Kevin Chappell was  terminated as a party in December 2014.  Case names vary over time within the on-line records.

Here are links to Word documents providing information copied from the PACER court dockets as of 3/17/15 for this case and the related case. You will need a PACER account to obtain full text of other case documents.

Ernest Jones v Ron Davis 14-56373 general docket   (active Ninth Circuit case 14-56373)

Jones docket death penalty underlying case  (Ninth Circuit case 14-56302)

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