Art Exhibit ~ TRANSCENDING EAST AND WEST ~ July 1 to August 25, 2016


Charlotte Wong & Deanna Yang ~ Mother and Daughter Artists

July 1 to August 25, 2016 ~ Alameda County Law Library Oakland

Charlotte Wong began her study of Chinese calligraphy with her father at the age of five.  Her father was a disciple chosen by the family of Master Tong-He Weng.  Master Weng was the Chinese Emperor’s teacher during the Qing Dynasty.  Wong’s father trained her in the traditional methods of writing calligraphy.  Under various masters, she also studied Chinese art.

tiger_image_transcending_east_westAfter she graduated from the School of Law, Soochow University, Wong attended the Graduate Institute of Law, National Taiwan University.  She continued her academic studies at the University of Hawaii in the graduate sociology program.  Wong later attended Harvard Law School where she received a higher law degree.  After she finished her legal education, Wong resumed her studies in sociology, earning a PhD from the University of Wisconsin (Madison).

Wong became a professor at the University of Pittsburgh.  She was awarded a Fulbright professorship to teach at National Taiwan University and Soochow University. She was also a Researcher at Academia Sinica in Taiwan.  After her return to the United States, Wong accepted a professorship at California State University, San Jose where she was eventually awarded the rank of Professor Emeritus.  While teaching, she also obtained licenses to practice law in both New York and California.

For her entire life, though being active in the areas of law and sociology, she continued her interest in calligraphy and painting. She applies Western painting techniques to her Chinese artwork. She also combines the impressionistic style with realism in her paintings.  Her works of art have been displayed in numerous art exhibits. She is a member of the Chinese Arts Association of San Francisco.  She is currently a board member of the American Chinese Art Association.

Deanna Yang

Deanna Yang is an American-born, second generation Chinese, fluent in Mandarin Chinese, who is very proud of her heritage.  She began studying Chinese calligraphy and painting at a young age.

Yang attended Chinese high school in Taiwan for two years during the time her mother, Charlotte Wong, taught as a visiting professor in the country.  Yang attended the University of Pittsburgh and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  Studying law at the University of Pittsburgh and Santa Clara University, she earned a JD degree.   These days, she is concentrating her attention in the field of financial investing and trading.

Through the years, Yang continued her interest in Chinese art, studying with her mother and various Chinese masters.  She has participated in many art exhibits. Currently, she is a member of the American Chinese Art Association. She would like to create a bridge between Chinese and Western cultures.

Alameda County Law Library ~ Hours and Location

The works by Wong and Yang may be viewed during normal library hours.

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 ~ 6:00
  • Tuesday, Thursday 8:30 ~ 9:00

The Alameda County Law Library, Oakland is located at 125 12th Street, 1st floor.

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Deal & Donate – Do It On The Day

Get yourself a good deal and help a good institution.

Coming up soon –  on July 12 – Amazon will be holding its second Prime Day with more than 100,000 deals exclusively for Amazon Prime members making it one of the biggest shopping days of the year for Amazon customers.

But wait there’s more — Alameda County Law Library supporters can shop on Amazon for bargains and with the very same keystrokes have Amazon donate to our library.  Win – Win, wouldn’t you say?

Here is some information about how Prime Day works for those not yet members – Info here

Prime members should use the following message and link to get amazing deals on Prime Day and generate donations from Amazon to ACLL.

If you can’t wait for July 12, then don’t hold back.  Shop for great deals at Amazon.

Thanks so much.


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FOIA Improvement Act – Improving Federal Freedom Of Information

FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 ~  S. 337

On June 30, 2016, President Obama signed into law the FOIA Improvement Act.  For the bill’s legislative history as well as the enrolled text of the bill click HERE.

This legislation updates the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. Section 552) and will –

  • require federal agencies to make their disclosable records and documents available for public inspection in an electronic format;
  • require agencies to make available for inspection in an electronic format records that have been requested three or more times (frequently requested records);
  • prohibit an agency from charging a fee for providing records if the agency misses a deadline for complying with an FOIA request unless unusual circumstances apply and more than 5,000 pages are necessary to respond to the request;
  • prohibit an agency from withholding information requested under FOIA unless the agency reasonably foresees that disclosure would harm an interest protected by a FOIA exemption or disclosure is prohibited by law (presumption of openness);
  • limit the FOIA exemption for agency communications to allow the disclosure of agency records created 25 years or more before the date of a FOIA request;
  • require the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) to offer mediation services to resolve disputes between agencies and FOIA requesters;
  • expand the authority and duties of the Chief FOIA Officer of each agency to require officers to serve as the primary agency liaison with OGIS and the Office of Information Policy;
  • establish a Chief FOIA Officers Council to develop recommendations for increasing compliance and efficiency in responding to FOIA requests, disseminating information about agency experiences, identifying, developing, and coordinating initiatives to increase transparency and compliance, and promoting performance measures to ensure agency compliance with FOIA requirements; and
  • require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to ensure the operation of a consolidated online request portal that allows a member of the public to submit a request for records to any agency from a single website.

FOIA portal

What might be of particular interest to legal researchers is the the requirement for the development of an internet FOIA portal.   The Obama Administration announced that Department of Justice (DOJ) will work with OMB, EPA, and other agencies to launch a consolidated FOIA request portal in 2017.  This portal will initially provide for centralized submission of requests and will continue to be enhanced to include other features to guide a requester through the FOIA process, improve the public’s ability to locate already posted information, and track requests online, among other functions.  The Administration will announce further details about the functionality of the portal and the timeline for launching its initial phases in the coming months.

Other resources

Information resources for this new law include:

Fact Sheet: New Steps Toward Ensuring Openness and Transparency in Government – Senate Bill 337    (provides details of the legislative history of the bill)

Federal as compare to state law

The FOIA Improvement Act involves federal government activity.  Researchers interested in California government activities should turn to California’s Public Records Act and the California Information Practices Act.  The California Code citations for these laws are provided below.

The historical relationship between the federal and state law is discussed in Lexis’ California Forms of Pleading and Practice § 429.61 “Relationship Between State and Federal Law” –

5 U.S.C.S. §§ 552 and 552a both govern only federal agencies [see 5 U.S.C.S. § 551 (defining agency for purposes of 5 U.S.C.S. §§ 551–559)]. The California Information Practices Act (Civ. Code §§ 1798–1798.78) governs only state agencies, and California’s Public Records Act (Gov. Code §§ 6250–6267) applies only to state and local agencies [see Civ. Code § 1798.3(c); Gov. Code § 6252; for discussion of the Public Records Act, see Ch. 470C, Public Records Act]. Thus, there is no overlap or conflict between any of the federal and state statutory schemes. However, the provisions of 5 U.S.C.S. § 552 and of California’s Information Practices Act are often parallel. However, differences between the statutory schemes do occur, particularly among provisions dealing with remedies and with agency procedures.

37-429 California Forms of Pleading and Practice–Annotated § 429.61

A good source for research on the background and procedures under the state act is California Forms of Pleading & Practice, Chapter 470C – “Public Records Act” available in hard copy and digital form at Alameda County Law Library.


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Warning: State Bar of CA Is Serious About MCLE Compliance

Tweeted out this week –
State Bar of CA@StateBarCA Jun 27  ALERT: State Bar to audit 6,500 attorneys for MCLE compliance, charge deficiency fee
ACLL can help with MCLE compliance
The Alameda County Law Library can assist California attorneys with meeting their MCLE requirements.
We have:

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Seeking Attorney For Meaningful Relationship

Seeking attorney for a meaningful relationship ~ Volunteer for Lawyers in the Library

Are you an attorney who:

  • Is a member in good standing of the California Bar Association?LILLogo_White_Civic_fb
  • Is looking for a pro bono opportunity that allows you to make a direct, meaningful impact on individuals in your community?
  • Has two hours per month to give?

If you answered “yes” to the above questions, the Lawyers in the Library program wants you!  The program places volunteer attorneys in over thirty libraries and other public spaces throughout Alameda County.  Volunteers provide brief, no-cost consultation to members of the community to offer guidance for their legal issues.

Currently there is an acute need for volunteers in Oakland and Berkeley, but if you are interested in volunteering at any location, please contact for more information and an application.

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