Tag: Library

MCLE Audit Season Is Here!

Happy February! If you’re a licensed attorney in California and your last name begins with ‘A’ through ‘G,’ beware the State Bar Audit boogeyman. Before you scour your office, home, car, beachfront mansion, or dusty storage bin for that sweet MCLE certificate gold, its probably a good idea to review what is expected of you during an audit. While the nightmare scenario can be avoided with thorough records-keeping and punctuality, how do you go about rectifying the situation when your dog just...

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Look What You’ve Been Missing

The three branches of the Riverside County Law Library have so much to offer. We have a wealth of legal information available – State and Federal Statutes, Codes and Regulations, Local Codes and Ordinances, California and Federal Practice Guides, Form Books, Legal Encyclopedias, and Law Reviews and Journals. I encourage you to stop in one of our locations and check out the resources both in print and on line. There will certainly be information to help with your legal query. Don’t have a legal...

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Funding for California County Law Libraries

In April 2018, Sandi Levin of the Los Angeles County Law Library testified before the California Senate Budget Subcommittee regarding the funding crisis of county law libraries.  The Subcommittee is considering the matter of a one time or consistent additional funding for California county law libraries. Generally, California county law libraries are funded by a small portion of civil filing fees collected by the Courts. Since 2012(ish), due to the increased using of alternative dispute resolution...

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We looked (almost) everywhere

What a day!  Some days we get maybe 4-5 people asking anything from how to not get evicted to how to file a class action lawsuit.  Today, I got hammered with well over a dozen questions that covered the gamut of legal research – which isn’t a bad thing.  Its was just a busy day. Then I had a lady ask where she could find a Petition to Open Probate.  Huh.  Thinking a bit, a list of possible titles pop into my head and I start to walk over to California Forms of Pleading and Practice...

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Special Orders Don’t Upset Us

A large television screen is mounted behind the front desk of our Indio location displaying information about the services we offer, upcoming events, and a cartoon short featuring a superhero law librarian named Bob. Sitting at the desk one afternoon, I wonder about this idea of librarians as superheroes and it turns out there actually is a long tradition of librarians not only cataloging and filing the world’s information but actively working to preserve it and ensure its distribution to the...

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Inspiration

I’ve been in a slump lately. I’m not sure if it’s because it is summer and the law library is quiet or if it’s just general ennui but I have plenty of projects to work on and not a whole lot of drive to get it done. I tried to “snap out of it” and reminded myself of all reasons that I love working at a law library.  I read the American Association of Law Libraries (“AALL”) White Paper on Access to Justice and printed out a copy of Richard Zorza’s “The Sustainable Twenty-first Century...

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2015 AALL Conference

On July 18th, thousands of law librarians converged in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting and Conference. The “Power of Connection” was the theme this year. Having gone to several AALL conferences in the past, I expected no less than a full schedule of program sessions, SIS/Committee/Caucus business meetings, vendor-sponsored receptions and product demos, plus a full day of chapter leadership training. This year’s conference is no exception...

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It’s all here for you

The other day as I was getting my law librarian groove on, a guy comes up to me and announces that never in a million years did he ever think he would ever be found in a law library.  General, public libraries?  Oh, yeah – all the time, day and night…but a law library?!  Never.  Turns out once upon a time guy was driving down the road and the road turned into a toll road (no, this wasn’t a dream sequence).  Not having any pocket change, guy proceeds to speed past the toll gates....

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Don’t Do It

Love my job, I do.  What I don’t like all that much is seeing materials walk out the library.  Well, I mean, it doesn’t just sprout legs, get up, and walk out the front door of it’s own volition – it/they need a little help.  Let me explain. The other day as I was doing my Librarian mambo, a lawyer-type person came up to me for assistance.  Seems he had a client who was being sued for fraud. Knowing that Fraud needs to be plead with “particularity,” lawyer-type...

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