California Legislative Publications

California Legislative Publications

Each house shall keep and publish a journal of its proceedings.  The rollcall vote of the members on a question shall be taken and entered in the journal at the request of 3 members present.

California Constitution, art IV, section 7, subd. (b)

Throughout the history of our state, the California Constitution has required the legislators in Sacramento to keep a record of their official law-making activities.  Ink and paper worked well for many decades.  Today, a researcher is more likely to find the documentation of legislative actions by clicking a few keys on a computer.  A legislative history researcher needs to know at what point in time and for what document he or she should switch to a search in the library stacks.

Experienced California law librarians know that California legislative houses are not equal in their online organization of historical documents.  The California Senate and Assembly have different resources available for their Journal and related documentation.  The Assembly’s Office of the Chief Clerk has done a terrific job organizing internet resources of its current and historical publications.  A researcher will even find the Assembly’s website of use in researching California Senate historical documents.  Its website also provides PDFs of California Statutes and Amendments to the Codes back to 1850 – a valuable resource for any California legislative history researcher.

Below is a guide to help locate historical California legislative activity documents on the internet or at the Alameda County Law Library.

Resources for California legislative publications

A brief description of the official publications reporting on California legislative activity can be found HERE.

  • Daily File A Daily File is produced by both the Assembly and Senate.  The documents contain information on the Officers of the respective houses, the Order of Business, tentative schedule for the entire legislative session, the bills that are scheduled to be heard on the floor and during committee hearings. There are also Daily File publications for Assembly and Senate Extraordinary Sessions.
    • No paper versions at ACLL
    • Senate>Current
      • The Daily File is the agenda for the Senate. It contains information such as committee hearing notices and measures eligible for floor actions.  Details of the Daily File floor items can be found on the Calendar.  The Daily File is updated every legislative day.
    • Assembly>Current
      • The Daily File contains information on the Officers of the respective houses, the Order of Business, the tentative schedule for the entire legislative session, the bills that are scheduled to be heard on the floor and during committee hearings. There are also Daily File publications for Assembly Extraordinary Sessions.
  • Daily Journal
  • Daily History
  • Weekly History
  • Final History
    • Arranged by bill number and listing action taken on all measures on file for the year.  Publications in paper form varied in delivery as government budgets changed and digital publications became standard.  Prior – issued daily and cumulated weekly, semi-annually, and annually.
    • Assembly>  Both Assembly and Senate Final Histories 1881 – 2011
    • Senate> 2015 – 2009 various links at
    • Paper versions at ACLL>Senate>1953, very irregular subsequent holdings>Shelf 119B
    • Paper versions at ACLL>Assembly>1972 – 2012>Shelf 119B
  • Journals, California Legislative
    • Compilation of Daily Journal include an account of proceedings, list of measures taken up, texts of amendments to bills, committee reports, etc. No transcripts of debates
    • Senate> website states prior years may be on Assembly site> Irregular, must open year links to see if Senate info is available
    • Assembly> 1849 -2012
    • Paper/Bound volumes at ACLL>1849 – 2011>Senate and Assembly may have been bound together or separately depending on session>Compact storage beginning of KFC, check with staff for access
      • collection of Daily Journals with indices depending on year
      • Journals (Daily) by Session, may be multi-volumes
      • Index to State Agency Reports
      • Alpha Index
  • Appendix to Journal of the Assembly
    • Roll call votes
    • ACLL has bound miscellaneous Roll Call bound volumes, last session 2011
    • Some are found on the Assembly’s Office of the Chief Clerk site under the document listings for the session

Other information

Sample annotated Assembly Daily Journal – discussion of sections found in this publication

  • Summary Digest.
    Includes a short summary of each law enacted, and of each constitutional amendment, concurrent or joint resolution adopted by the Legislature during the year.  Arranged by chapter number and includes cross-reference tables, a detailed subject index and a statutory record.  Also published, since 1967, as part of Statutes of California.
  • Paper versions at ACLL>As a stand alone title> 1961 – 2008 irregular


How And Where To Find Professional Legal Help – Alameda County – Part 2 – Paperwork And Research

How and where to find professional legal help – Alameda County – Part 2 of 2 – Paperwork and research

(Link for Part 1 – Legal Advice – of this post can be found – HERE.)

I have decided what needs to be done.  I just need help with completing paperwork.

People can and do represent themselves in court.  They are called “pro per” or “pro se” litigants.  When they file papers with the court, instead of identifying an attorney as their representative on their papers, they write that they are “pro per” or “pro se” in the space where the paper identifies the name of the attorney who is representing them.  People also draft their own legal transactional documents, such as, deeds or simple trusts.

If you plan to represent yourself in court or in a business venture, you can get assistance with the paperwork without hiring an attorney.

Fee based services for document preparation – Legal document or unlawful detainer assistants

Legal document assistants or unlawful detainer assistants (LDAs or UDAs) are not attorneys but are professionals who can provide certain legal services under your direction.  They are knowledgeable in completing legal paperwork.  Their fees, as compared to attorneys’ fees, can be more affordable.  UDAs provide assistance in a court process during which a landlord seeks to have a tenant evicted or pay rent that is owed – an unlawful detainer action.

The profession is governed by the CA Business and Professions Code 6400 et seq.  An LDA or a UDA  must complete the legally required education, maintain a $25,000 bond, and register with the county in which they intend to work. They must inform clients that they are not lawyers in their first interaction, disclose their registration number, registration expiration date, and county of registration, and provide clients with a “Notice to Consumer” prior to conducting business, acknowledging that assistants have provided that information.  More info here.

Notaries, under California law, cannot provide legal assistance services.  A notary or notary public serves the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents. These official acts are called notarizations, or notarial acts. Some LDAs (and attorneys) may also be notaries but not all notaries are LDAs.

Notarios or notarios publicos, who in other countries are highly trained legal professionals akin to attorneys, are not allowed to practice law under California law. Many non-attorneys conduct business as immigration consultants or notarios.  In the current session (2017) of the California legislature, a bill has been introduced to eliminate this type of legal assistance unless the individual is an attorney or authorized by federal law due to widespread fraud and abuse by many individuals.

Finding professionals
  • The California Legal Documents Assistants (CALDA) web page allows you to search and identify LDAs in your area.  CALDA is a professional organization.  Membership is not a requirement under California law.
  • Check Yellow Pages online and print.

For current LDA/UDA registration information in Alameda County, you can visit, in person, the General Business department at the Clerk-Recorder’s offices.  On the Alameda County website, you can search in the Index by name for the last filing of the required professional bond by an individual.

  • Search Official Public Records for the county.
  • Click Search Records. Click link to enter site.
  • On the search screen move to the Name field. Enter the name (last, first).
  • Click the Search button to bring up the results.
Legal aid/pro bono services for document preparation

For low or no-cost help with step-by-step completion of court or other legal forms, your best bet is to attend one of the legal clinics described within this document.

  • VLSC – If you meet income guidelines, the Alameda County Volunteer Legal Services Corporation holds monthly legal clinics for some areas of law.  The group offers clinics on family law, as well as, for low income landlords.  The landlord clinic provides step-by-step instructions on how to evict a tenant.
  • Alameda County Superior Court Self Help/Family Law Facilitators – The Hayward center provide workshops, and information and assistance with: family law child support, custody/visitation, unlawful detainers, small claims, general civil actions, name changes, guardianships, family law clinics (Spanish), restraining orders: civil harassment, domestic violence and elder abuse.  You may be referred to the VLSC clinics.  The center will help with the selection of forms, as well as, review completed court forms for filings on subjects listed above.
  • California Courts web site –  The California courts are continually adding to the information available under their Self Help Center web page.  There are guides and information sheets with instructions for completing selected Judicial Council forms.  Open the Forms tabs on the topic/issue drop down menu to see if what is available for that area of law.
  • Nolo publications – the Alameda County Law Library (and other public libraries) has an extensive collection of materials published by this legal publisher whose titles are written for non-lawyers.  Many of these publications have sections which present detailed step-by-step instructions for completing the most frequently used California court forms.  A reference librarian can help you identify a title that may help with your forms.  Alameda County residents can also access most (but not all) Nolo titles through ACLL’s web site.  The Legal Databases page  has a link to the EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center.   Information on how to access the database is available HERE.

The ACLL staff are not able to sit down with you to complete legal forms.  They provide guidance for resources that can help you complete the forms yourself.

Research sources for legal information to help you decide your next steps
  • ACLL – The Alameda County Law Library is open to the public. The library is a repository of legal information.  Our resources are available in print and online.  Staff can provide legal resource recommendations and guidance on how to use the resources. Staff can also refer you to other organizations and websites that may be able to answer your questions.
  • Lawyers in the Library – To help you get started in the right direction.  Volunteers provide free consultation and referrals on a wide variety of issues including landlord-tenant disputes, probate matters, employment problems, and other general consumer issues.  These consultations take place at public libraries on a rotating basis throughout the month.  Sessions last for about 15 minutes per patron.  More information, including a monthly calendar, available HERE.
  • California Courts Self-Help Center (online) – The Judicial Branch of the California Courts’ Self-Help Center provides introductory level legal information on many consumer law topics.

There are many websites and blogs that provide reliable legal information – too many to mention here individually.  Check with a reference librarian at ACLL for recommendations for your topic.  Or try an internet search using different browsers.  Different browsers bring up different results.  Remember that paid advertisements are placed first on results list by internet companies.  Check out different sites – looking for “.gov” or “.org” at end of a sites URL or internet address.  These will be non-profit or government websites.

Miscellaneous resources for pro pers by topic

BankruptcyPro se/Pro bono services affiliated with the United States Bankruptcy Court Northern District of California.

Oakland Public Library has a special Lawyers in the Library session dedicated to bankruptcy questions on the first Wednesday of the month.

Criminal recordsClean Slate program – The Alameda County Public Defender provides help with cleaning up your criminal record within the county.

Consumer justice – EBCLC has a clinic every Thursday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, clients can receive advice or limited scope assistance with civil legal issues including consumer law, DMV, small claims, tort defense and homelessness

Domestic violence restraining orders – Family Violence Law Center,  1-800-947-8301

More miscellaneous

BALIBay Area Legal Incubator – new program for young attorneys getting started in their profession providing legal assistance at affordable rates.  BALI offers frees clinics, check the website.

The unauthorized practice of law

When people offer to assist you with legal advice in exchange for payment of money but are not attorneys, this is called the unauthorized practice of law (CA Business and Professions Code 6125 et seq.) and is illegal.   Contact local law enforcement, the Alameda County Bar Association, or the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office to report activity.


How And Where To Find Professional Legal Help – Alameda County – Part 1

How and where to find professional legal help in Alameda County

Ask yourself first – what help do I need?

  • I have a problem. I don’t know what I need to do. I need advice on my legal options.
  • I have decided what needs to be done. I need help completing the paperwork. (Part 2 of this post, coming soon.)
  • I have a problem but I would like to do some background research first before deciding how best to handle the issue. (Part 2 of this post, coming soon.)
I have a problem I don’t know what I need to do.  I need to talk to someone about my legal options.

“The law” does not always provide you with simple this-or-that or yes-or-no options.  Your situation will involve individual facts that will need to be reviewed in light of current law – cases or statutes (federal or state or even another county.)  It can be complicated.  That is why there is a legal profession.  There is a good reason that the profession and the public relies on special information collections housed in law libraries like the Alameda County Law Library.  There is an incredible amount of legislative, regulatory, and court case information that needs to be organized, retrieved, and analyzed to answer legal questions.  Lawyers and self-represented parties need to do research to make sure the law they are relying on is up-to-date.  New laws are enacted and cases decided on a daily basis.  The law changes constantly.  Just look at what is happening in Washington, DC, these days.

There are many sources of legal information but only a lawyer, who is a licensed professional, can provide you with legal analysis and advice on your options.

In the US, states license lawyers. In California, this organization is the State Bar of California.  You may hear references to organizations such as the Alameda County Bar Association but these are professional organizations.  Joining these local groups does not allow a member to practice law in the area.

In the US, the terms “lawyer” and “attorney” are used interchangeably.  A litigator is an attorney whose legal practice centers on going to court or keeping clients out of the courts.  A transactional lawyer is someone whose practice focuses on giving advice and drafting documents related to legal transactions, such as, starting a business or setting up a trust.

To begin, here are some resources that will provide you with things to think about before you hire an attorney:

How to find an attorney – Fee for services

From the State Bar’s website – “What can a certified lawyer referral service  do for you?”

        • Can refer you to a lawyer who has experience in the field of law that relates to your case.
        • Will refer you to attorneys who are insured. All lawyers who participate in certified lawyer referral services must carry malpractice insurance to protect their clients. This means that if your lawyer does something wrong, and you successfully sue for malpractice, the lawyer will have the ability to pay.
        • Will screen your call to determine whether you have a legal problem — or need some other type of assistance. And if you do need another type of assistance, the referral service can refer you to government agencies or other organizations that may be better suited to assist you. For example, you might have a problem that could be handled, without charge, by a rent control board or community mediation program.
        • Will only refer you to an attorney who has met certain standards of experience and is a State Bar member in good standing.
        • Will only refer you to an attorney who has agreed to do fee arbitration in the event of a fee dispute.
        • May be able to provide an attorney at a reduced rate. Lawyer referral services are required to make arrangements to serve people with limited means.
        • May be able to provide you with a bilingual attorney.
Lawyer directories – non-commercial
  • You can use the State Bar attorney listings to find attorneys in a geographic area.  You can also search to see who may have received any of the 11 certified legal specialty designations from the Bar Association. The California State Bar has a limited number of specialties.  The information available from this site is minimal but it can be a good non-commercial site to start your search for names.  Find certified legal specialists in your county or try the Advanced Search tool to locate attorneys who speak specific languages or practice in certain cities.

Lawyer directories – commercial directories

A discussion of commercial lawyer directories is available at

Here is list from the Attorneys at Work blog post



Yellow pages, TV, legal newspapers.  Caution – such advertisements are paid marketing. The TV ads with phone numbers usually will direct you to a call in-take center.

I have some names.  How do I check on the lawyer’s background?
  • Check the attorney’s California State Bar listing.  You can make sure the individual is currently in good standing – able to practice law within California. You can also check on entries for any prior issues that were reported to the Bar and made public.
  • Review information on attorney’s website or their firm’s website. The site may give you information about the types and range of legal matters (specialist or generalist) an attorney handles.
  • Run searches for the attorney’s name using different internet browsers. You may be able to find news articles written by the individual or discover newsworthy cases he or she has handled.
  • While doing you internet search, check to see if the attorney has a professional blog or is active on other social media sites – Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  Reading the postings may give you a sense of whether you would be comfortable dealing with this individual.
  • No-cost searching for other court cases an attorney has handled will require searching multiple courts case info pages.  Search access varies by individual court.  There are expensive commercial databases that track this information but these are not available to the average person.
    • Currently — for Alameda County Superior Court – you can search by attorney name in the recent online criminal records.
I can’t afford to pay for professional help.

Legal Aid (low cost or no cost pro bono.  Pro bono is short for pro bono publico, a Latin term that means “for the public good.”)

Criminal – Alameda County Public Defender.  From the AC Public Defender’s website – Overview

Overview If you have been charged with a crime and cannot afford an attorney, you will be assigned an attorney from the public defender’s office. Our office’s practice consists predominantly of criminal defense litigation. We defend adults and juveniles charged with crimes ranging from petty-theft to capital murders. The office also defends individuals subject to involuntary psychiatric, civil commitments and conservatorships.

Additionally, our office represents individuals in certain specialty or collaborative courts, such as homeless court, drug court and mental health court. Most collaborative courts look to alternatives to incarceration in order to provide individuals with the services and treatment that they need.

Non-criminal – You may be able to connect to an organization that provides free or low-cost legal assistance for non-criminal matters.  Your eligibility for these services depends on your level of income and/or the subject of your legal problems.  Some organizations handle a variety of issues.  Some focus on serving certain social demographic groups.  Some offer classes or clinics to assist you in handling your own legal problems.

Alameda County legal aid organizations that handle a range of issues:

There are many others that focus on certain clientele – for example, Legal Assistance for Seniors.

Pro bono – you may receive a referral from a legal aid organization to a private attorney willing to forgo a fee or take a reduced fee for your type of case.

Pro bono should not be confused with the term “pro se” or “pro per” – a term used when a non-lawyer represents him or herself in court proceedings.  A non-lawyer can represent his or her own legal interests but is not allowed to represent another party.

The Volunteer Legal Service Corporation (VLSC) is the pro bono arm of the Alameda County Bar Association. VLSC provides free legal aid to low-income people in Alameda County through pro per legal clinics staffed by volunteer attorneys. The goal is to assist people in learning how to represent themselves.

Not all legal issues are handled by pro bono legal services.  At the ACLL Reference Desk, we are regularly asked where to find a pro bono attorney for a probate case.  The Alameda County Superior Court’s Probate Court hears cases related to personal and financial affairs of adults and children.  The Probate Division handles guardianship for children and conservatorships for incapacitated adults.   There are legal aid groups that serve members of these communities.  The Superior Court’s Self Help center will give some help for establishing guardianships and conservatorships.

Most people have heard the phrase “probating a will” – the distribution of assets when someone dies.  Or what can be more complicated for heirs –  “dying intestate”  – without having written a will.  It is not easy to obtain pro bono legal services when legal matters involve claims for valuable assets – such as a case about who inherits a house or bank accounts.  Legal aid groups do not usually handle these types of matters unless the party involved is a minor or disabled and therefore incapable of handling business matters for themselves.


 On Part 2 (coming soon) of this post will be covered two other approaches to handling the need for legal services:

  • I have decided what needs to be done. I need help completing the paperwork.
  • I have a problem but I would like to some research first before deciding how best to handle the issue.

Prince Died Without A Will – Don’t Be A Prince

No will

The Los Angeles Times recently published an op-ed piece entitled –  “How could someone rich and famous like Prince die without a will? It’s not unusual. Just ask an estate lawyer.”  In the piece, Jack B. Osborn, an estate attorney,  goes on to write –

Amazingly, it is not unusual for the rich and famous to die without a will. Jimi Hendrix, Pablo Picasso, Bob Marley, Howard Hughes, Sonny Bono and Abraham Lincoln all died without a will. Lincoln was the first president to die without a will even though he was an attorney.

Thinking about death, never mind what happens after you die, is hard for most people.  Mr. Osborn states that only 41% of people ages 55 to 64 have a will.  Without a will controlling the settling of an estate and distribution of the assets, the lawyer fees can take a larger share of those assets.  Mr. Osborn notes –

The American Bar Association estimates that probate proceedings cost Americans up to $2 billion per year, of which nearly $1.5 billion is paid in attorneys’ fees.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way

An individual can take a number of steps to prepare for the passing of assets to the next generation.  Alameda County Law Library makes available resources to help you research the legal issues involved with drawing up a will, planning your estate, or establishing a living (revocable during one’s life) trust.

Getting started with the process –

For the non-attorney, materials from the NOLO publishing company can be most helpful –

  • 101 Law Forms for Personal Use / NOLO Editors KF 170 .L46 2013 (Self Help) – various templates depending on your personal family situation
  • The Mom’s Guide to Wills & Estate Planning / Liza Hanks KF 750 .Z9 H3273 2009 (Self Help)
  • Make Your Own Living Trust 12th ed. / Denis Clifford  KF 734  .C58 201 (Self Help) – avoiding probate, other ways to pass on property

and one of our more useful titles as it does a wonderful job of summarizing most legal procedures and issues involving death and the transfer of property

  • How to Probate an Estate in California: A Step by Step Guide 23rd ed. / Julia Nissley KFC 205  Z9 N57 2016 (Self Help)

Many of the NOLO titles are available through the ACLL website.

  • Access the Legal Databases webpage on ACLL’s website.
  • Once you are at the page, move down the screen until you see –
NOLO (EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center)

Provides more than 220 online full text legal reference books and thousands of legal forms, the majority from Nolo, the nation’s oldest provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses including: California specific books and forms, business law, property and real estate, rights and disputes and much more. These books and forms may be searched, printed and e-mailed both from within the library and outside the library. Laptop access is available to Legal Information Reference Center materials and forms in both libraries via WiFi. Please click on EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center to connect to this database from anywhere. It is also available from the public computers’ menu at the Main Library and on a public computer at the Branch Library in Hayward.

For detailed information on how to use the the NOLO database click here.

  • The here link at the end provides instructions on how to log on to the database, as well as, search for information from a particular NOLO title.

There are other resources on the internet that are helpful when tackling the issues of drafting a will.

New to California – Transfer on Death deeds

In the past, many individuals added others to the title of real property as joint tenants in an attempt to avoid formal probate court proceedings after death.  As of the beginning of the 2016, California real property owners have another simplified option for transferring real property after death – Transfer on Death deed (TOD)  See a prior post for more information and resources on this option. POST HERE

Don’t be a Prince.  Be a prince for your heirs.  Make a tough situation simpler for them and make a will.

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Old School Resource – Martindale-Hubbell Archived on HeinOnline

Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory – 1868 to 1963

The Alameda County Law Library through its subscription to HeinOnline now has access to an archived PDF collection of early editions of a title that was once on  a heinonline_imagebookshelf somewhere at every US law firm – Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory had long been the detailed and reliable source of information on lawyers, law firms, in-house law departments, banks, and real estate offices in every United States city.  In addition to providing addresses and contact information for law firms, the Directory contained background information on individual practitioners and lawyer ratings.  It also included a section on foreign lawyers and law firms.  This was before the era of Big Law international firms.

HeinOnline now provides the historical archive of this individual publication from its inception in 1868 to 1963.  In addition to the better known title, the database contains PDF databases of earlier series of directories — before Martindale partnered up with Hubbell – Martindale’s American Law Directory (62 v. Chicago; New York: J.B. Martindale) 1868-1930 and Hubbell’s Legal Directory (58 v. Hubbell, J. H., Editor and Compiler.  New York: Hubbell Pub. Co) 1870-1930.

 The online publisher states there are no current plans to add any additional years after 1963 to its on-line collection.

Down a book-lined memory lane – a bit of real world legal research history

Before lawyers bantered about with terms such as “social media” or “website,” Martindale was the source for attorneys to check out the other side’s counsel or for in-house counsel to research a prospective hire.  Hours and hours were spent by law firm administrators compiling and proof-reading the entries.  Every year, there would be discussion –  when the publisher’s invoice arrived for payment – do we really need to be listed in Martindale?  Every year it was decided that the listing of the firm’s practice profiles was essential for business development, worth the cost, that is, until the Internet made it a non-essential.  Even the publisher has moved its current version to the web.  But as an information site no longer carries the weight it once did as the go-to information source on attorney background.  (Martindale-Hubbell is currently owned by consumer website company, Internet Brands, the company that owns NOLO so this may change in the future. )

Working as a legal reference librarian in Martindale‘s golden era, my favorite sections of the series was the unique editorial digests that could be found in the final volume.  The MH_frontpieceguides, Digests of the Laws of the States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands or Digests of the Laws of Foreign Countries would be used as an index to state codes for those states you did not work with everyday.  North Dakota’s age of consent for marriage?  Argentina’s corporation law?  A researcher easily could find a summary explanation of current law with a citation to satisfied the preliminary information needs of a firm attorney without spending billable time or as a starting point for in-depth research.  Other reference sources in the title included an Appendix of Uniform and Model Acts and an Index for legal terms.

The exact digests and sources of information do change over the years.

Nuggets of historical research gold

It is these digests that provide a wonderful resource for anyone doing historical legislative or legal research.  Example – what were the causes for which a divorce could be granted in California in 1955?  The summary states five causes with the Civil Code sections listed below.  (No Family Code yet!)  The pages on the PDFs where you can find the digests and appendices are noted on the HeinOnline page.  You need to work your way through the PDF to find the section required but the updated formatting on the page makes its easy to do so.

The Index can guide the historical researcher through the legal language of the period including terms that may now be out-dated and no longer be used .

1963 US Supreme Court Listing

The Directory itself provides a record of the history of the US legal profession. Names of law firms can be traced through the decades.  Names of individuals, schooling and date of birth appear in the listings.

The Court Calendar sections provides snapshots of the US court systems – federal and state.

Access to HeinOnline at ACLL

HeinOnline can be accessed at either of our locations – Oakland or Hayward – on the public research computers or by accessing ACLL’s Legal Databases web page with the library’s wi-fi network on your laptop.


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Alameda County Law Library – Hayward – Attorney After Hours Privilege Program

ACLL Hayward – After-Hours Privilege Program

Alameda County attorneys can pre-register for the privilege of using the resources at the Alameda County Law Library Hayward South County Branch outside normal operating hours.  The library is located at 224 W. Winton Avenue in Hayward, next to the Hayward Hall of Justice.

Participants who are members of the California Bar in good standing and are registered ACLL users (also in good standing) can have access to the ACLL’s computers with premium databases including WestlawNext, Lexis Advance and CEB’s OnLAW, and the library print holdings, in the evenings or over the weekend.

With the help of the staff at the Hayward Police Department next door, registrants are issued temporary building and library door keys at the Police Department desk. By using their ACLL borrower number (found on their ACLL issued library card), they can sign onto the library’s PCs. Links to the legal and other databases are found on the computers’ Home page.

Here are the basic requirements:

WHO: Members of the California State Bar who are registered ACLL attorney borrowers in good standing. No fines can be outstanding.

COST: $50.00. The annual registration fee is due at the beginning of each calendar year. Fee is payable by cash, check, or credit card.
• No partial payments for registration after the first of the year.
• No pro-rating of annual fee.
• Non-transferable.
• Non-refundable.
• No group registration.

HOW: Participants will –
• sign a Memorandum of Agreement;
• pay an annual fee of $50.00 (cash or check)
• obtain an After-Hours stamp on his or her State Bar card.
• Keys must be returned within 24 hours of sign out.

Only registered After-Hours users are allowed to gain access to the library.

FOR MORE INFORMATION contact Peter Sands, ACLL Hayward Branch Assistant, at 510-670-5230 or by email, . He will assist with the registration process and provide you with further details of the procedures.

It is understood that Hayward Police Department’s agreement to hold and issue keys is not police work but merely a courtesy to local attorneys, subject to cancellation if abused. Attorneys may be required to wait for a key while police attend to regular duties, which take priority. Please be patient.


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Quick Links and Sources to US Court Opinions

logo_librarians_washingtondc_fed_courtsLooking for a site that guides you to Internet access to US federal court opinions?  You might want to bookmark –

Quick Links and Sources to U.S. Court Opinions

Compiled by the Federal Law Librarians Special Interest Section of the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington DC, the new website presents quick links to all major sources for US court opinions including sites for recent years, sites for recent and historical years, and subscription sites.  It also presents direct links to court opinion sites of specific US courts such as the US Courts of Appeals, as well as, links to opinion sites to those courts before the 1990’s.

Each specific’s court’s abbreviation and city location can also be found.  There is also an example of how new slip opinions can be cited.

The site is compiled and maintained by Rick McKinney, Assistant Law Librarian, Federal Reserve Board.

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