Prime Day – Support ACLL By Shopping On Amazon

Amazon’s third-annual Prime Day is on Tuesday, July 11 and will feature more than 100,000 deals exclusively for Prime members, making it one of the biggest shopping days of the year.  Make the choice to shop at and Amazon will donate to Alameda County Law Library.

When you #StartWithaSmile on #PrimeDay, Amazon donates to ACLL  Shop for great deals at


Public Art Installations – Promoting Conversations Around Immigration

 Centro Legal de La Raza, an East Bay legal aid organization, has collaborated with renowned artist Micah BazantNASPForward Together and City Lights Booksellers and Publishers, to create public art installations to promote conversations around immigration, and what migrating really means for individuals and families.  The art features women and children who have sought refuge in this country, and who form part of the community that Centro Legal serves.

The exhibit will be open at Centro Legal’s offices (3400 E.12th Street) starting July 6th, and is currently displayed at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco (261 Columbus Avenue).

The pieces will also be available for download at, and beginning on Thursday, June 29.

This week’s image accompanies this post.

California Court Interpreters – How To Find

In California, the most diverse state in the country:

  • Over 200 languages are spoken.
  • 44% of households speak a language other than English.
  • Nearly 7 million speak English “less than very well.”
  • 19% of Californians cannot access the court system without language help.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau (2015)

Court interpreters

The California court system is aware of the diversity that exists within our state and is taking steps to provide services to all.  The California Judicial Council has a web page that allows you to search for a language interpreter who is in good standing with the court systems.

The search function available on the site allows you to search by language (including American Sign Language) and county.  The complete list of languages falls into two categories – certified and registered.

The results list provides name and contact information for the professional.

Use the Judicial Council Master List to search for court certified, registered and enrolled interpreters who are in good standing with the Judicial Council.  Interpreters included on the Master List have passed the required exams and officially applied with the Judicial Council.  For more information about the certification/registration process refer to California Government Code Sections 68561- 68562.

Written documents

Government Code §27293 permits California county clerks to certify documents translated into English only if the document has been translated by American Translators Association certified translators, California Certified Court Interpreters, or California Registered Interpreters.  California Certified Court or Registered Interpreters are authorized in a judicial proceeding to interpret orally the verbal content of documents, but the Judicial Council does not otherwise test or certify an interpreter’s written translation skills.

Complete information can be found on the California Judicial Council’s website at

ACLL Annual Memberships – Renew Before July 1st And Save

Change in ACLL membership fees

Fees for all levels of ACLL annual memberships will increase starting July 1, 2017.   Membership fees are just one of the many fund-raising methods ACLL uses to allow us to continue to provide free legal resource to the East Bay and beyond, in light of continuing decrease in filing fee revenues.  We appreciate the continued support of our members.  If you aren’t yet a member of ACLL, won’t you consider becoming a member in a show of support of county law libraries?  You can start your membership online HERE.  Thank you.

Below is a chart listing the benefits of ACLL membership levels with the corresponding annual fees:

Renew early and save

Renew now to take advantage of a time-limited offer to extend memberships at the lower 2016 fee levels.  Until June 30, we will renew your membership (up to your next expiration date) at the current price. You’ll save $25.00, avoiding the increase cost after July 1, 2017 while supporting ACLL now.

Example – Your ACLL membership expires on December 15, 2017.  Renew on or before Friday, June 30 paying the 2016 fee level and your membership will be extended until December 15, 2018.

With this opportunity to save, consider moving up in membership level.

Call the Circulation Desk at 510-208-4835 to renew or for more information.  Or stop by the Reference Desk.


No Ties To Dad?

This Sunday, June 18th, is Father’s Day.  Dads can be hard to buy for – a tie has been the old-fashioned, fallback gift for that important man in one’s life.   But the tech bro culture has asserted itself.  No one, outside our windows, but the lawyers heading to the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse can be seen wearing suits and ties.  Of course, if your Dad is a lawyer who needs to go to court, maybe he could use an addition to his wardrobe.  We suggest a subtle print.  Red ties have gained political meaning these days.  Best to stick with something neutral for an appearance before the bench.

Thumbs down on the tie?  Can’t quite decide on what to get?  Take a look on Amazon for some ideas.   Amazon has a large variety of gifts that are perfect for Father’s Day including electronics, clothing (ties!), and more.  By using this link – – to make your purchase, Amazon will make a donation to Alameda County Law Library.

We will be so thankful, in these times of revenue struggles, our stomachs will get all tied up in knots.

Three Genres – Art At The Alameda County Law Library – June 7th To 30th

New exhibit now at the Alameda County Law Library   ACLL is opened Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30.  We are located at 125 12th Street in Oakland.