Donate to the Law Library at No Cost to You Through AmazonSmile


Please shop through AmazonSmile ( to benefit the Alameda County Law Library at no cost to you. You’ll find the same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping as at  You can use the Amazon account that you already have. The AmazonSmile  Foundation donates .05%of the purchase price from eligible purchases to the library. The first time you go to, please choose the Alameda County Law Library as the charitable organization to receive your donation. The library will automatically receive a donation every time you buy through You might want to bookmark the site.  Amazon does not share your contact information or purchase details with the library. For more information,  go to .


Alameda County Public Defender Stands Up for Immigrants

Raha Jorjani
Raha Jorjani

Raha Jorjani, Alameda County Public Defender, will speak at the Alameda County Law Library on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from noon to 1:00 p.m. for 1 Hour of MCLE Credit on What Criminal Defense Attorneys Should Know When Representing Non-Citizens in Criminal Proceedings: An Overview.

Her presentation will include:
*an overview of the immigration consequences of criminal conviction
* a discussion of defense counsel’s duty under the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Padilla v. Kentucky (2010)
* what the Supreme Court’s 2013 decisions in Moncrieffe v. Holder and Descamps v. United States  mean for noncitizen clients.

To register online go to , by phone call 510-272-6483, and in the library ask for a registration form at the reference desk.

There is an informative article from August 20, 2014 about Raha Jorjani in the East Bay Express at .

“What Happened to the Information Removed From PACER?”


This is a copy of a blog post from the University of North Carolina Law Library. This timely information about Pacer should be widely distributed. Please follow the link at the end of the paragraph below:

“The University of North Carolina Law Library has published a blog post to help people seeking information formerly available on PACER, but now removed, to understand the process for obtaining removed information. Thanks to the hard work of Law Library Graduate Assistant, Kate Dickson, and Reference Librarian, Jonathan Rountree, the blog post details procedures for requesting removed information we obtained from the various clerks of court for the courts affected by the removal as well as information about material still available on commercial databases like Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg. The blog post is available at “

September 15, 2014 Deadline for Alameda County Property Owners to File Assessment Appeals

Ron ThomsenThe Regular Appeal Filing Period in Alameda County is July 2 through September 15. Applications for the Regular Filing Period must be received/postmarked no later than September 15. The Alameda County Assessor has a very informative website at Go to find much of the information you need for an appeal.

Assessment Appeals
The Clerk, Board of Supervisor’s Assessment Appeals Unit receives and processes assessment appeal applications; schedules hearings in accordance with legal requirements; maintains minutes and official records; provides administrative support to Assessment Appeal Board members and Hearing Officers; and provides assistance and education to the general public on the assessment appeals process. If you have questions about the appeals process please contact us at
(510) 272-3854.
Online Application for Changed Assessment
Press Release (88kb) *

This video walks you through the process of preparing and presenting your Assessment Appeal of your Property Tax Assessment at your county Board of Equalization or Assessment Appeals Board. State Board of Equalization Assessment Appeal Instructional Video.
The following documents are provided in Portable Document Format (PDF) and require the free Adobe Reader.
Application for Changed Assessment (PDF 544kb)
Withdrawal of Application for Changed Assessment (PDF 61kb) *
Notice: Application for Changed Assessment (PDF 174kb) *
Assessment Appeals Board Instruction Booklet – English (PDF 610kb) *
Assessment Appeals Board Instruction Booklet – Spanish (PDF 622kb) *
Assessment Appeals Board Instruction Booklet – Chinese (PDF 858kb) *
Request to Waive Nonrefundable $50 per Parcel Assessment Appeal Application Processing Fee (PDF 480kb) *
What to bring to AAB Hearing (PDF 240kb) *

In addition the Alameda County Law Library in Oakland has the definitive work Taxing California Property, 4th edition by Sean Flavin. It is a three volume loose-leaf shelved on the first floor of the Law Library in stack 116B with call number KFC 881 E35. It was last updated in 2014.
California Pleading and Practice, Chapter 540, “Taxes and Assessments “ with headings such as “In General”, “Structure and Administration of Property Tax System”, “Taxpayers’ Administrative Remedies”, and “Judicial Remedies Available to Taxpayers and Purchasers” provides explanations and forms.

Congress May Eliminate Print Federal Register & CFR



Congress is considering eliminating the statutory requirement to print the Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and to produce their indexes. The Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) would be required to be published electronically. H.R. 4195, the Federal Register Modernization Act available at bill/4195  available at  passed the House unanimously by voice vote on July 14, 2014 and is headed to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The Alameda County Law Library (ACLL) in Oakland has the current CFR in print which is a mixture of 2013 and 2014 volumes. HeinOnline (web subscription, available in the Main Oakland Law Library and Hayward Branch Library) provides the CFR from its inception in 1938 to the present as well as CFR – Compilation of Sections Affected, 1958 to 2014 (the present) and the CFR –List of Sections Affected, 1949-2000. Fortuitously the library has the commercially printed and superior index West’s Code of Federal Regulations, General Index issued yearly in four volumes.
Although the library no longer has the Federal Register in print, our HeinOnline subscription, available in the Oakland Main Law Library and the Hayward Branch, has the Federal Register, Vols. 1-79 (1936-2014) and is updated daily. Included are the Federal Register indexes.
See the American Association of Law Libraries’ Advocacy One-Pager on the Federal Register and CFR for background information at

Used/Out Dated Nolo Books, Statutes, Tax Portfolios for Sale


The Law Library is selling some of its used/out of date books. Currently the prices range from $4.00 each for some old California statute volumes such as Penal Code and Health & Safety volumes to $20.00 for a used, older edition of Black’s Law Dictionary. There are Nolo books on many subjects such as divorce which are all priced at $5.00 each. The selection varies from day to day.

BNA Tax Management Portfolio $1
Black’s Law Dictionary $20
CEB Action Guides $15 each
Cal Jur 3d volumes $4 each
Codes/Statutes volumes $4 each Nolo books $5 each with or without CD

Get a Jump on MCLE Credits – Buy Now Listen Later


Get a Jump on MCLE Credits – Buy Now Listen Later
Buy before July 31 and have a year after purchase to earn your credit(s) if you purchase a CEB On-Demand MCLE program through the ACLL’s discount program of $35 per credit.
Choose from a select list of On Demand titles with either elimination of bias, ethics or substance abuse credits here (scroll down to listings beginning with “On Demand”).
Or choose from the complete list of CEB programs and come into the law library to complete the purchase.