Alameda County Law Library

Alameda County Law Library The Mission of the Bernard E. Witkin Alameda County Law Library is to provide access to current legal information to the public, attorneys and residents.
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The Alameda County Law Library has proudly served the Alameda County Legal community and its citizens for over one hundred years. Established in 1891, the Alameda County Law Library is one of 58 county law libraries that serve the people of the state of California. Each county law library functions as a separate governmental entity within its county and derives the bulk of its income from civil filing fees. The law library provides free access to the judiciary, state and county officials, members of the bar and residents of the county. (California Business and Professions Code Secs §6300-6365.)

Mission: The Mission of the Bernard E. Witkin Alameda County Law Library is to provide access to current legal information to the public, attorneys and residents.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Dennis Hayashi was profiled in the February 19th edition of the Daily Journal.  Avai...
02/20/2020

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Dennis Hayashi was profiled in the February 19th edition of the Daily Journal. Available in paper at ACLL.

MCLE at ACLL 1.5 hours participatory creditsCalifornia's Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA)Thursday, February 27, 2020...
02/20/2020
Private Attorneys General Act “PAGA"

MCLE at ACLL 1.5 hours participatory credits

California's Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA)

Thursday, February 27, 2020 Noon - 1:30 pm

California's Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) allows workers to bring representative actions for Labor Code violations. This panel will explore the ever-changing PAGA landscape, and offer insight into how best to handle PAGA litigation. The speakers will provide both introductory and higher level discussion regarding what PAGA is, what violations give rise to PAGA liability, how PAGA claims are brought and litigated, and what remedies are available through PAGA. They will also explore issues that arise when PAGA claims are subjected to motions to compel arbitration, as well as aspects of settlement of PAGA claims.

About the Speakers:
Hunter Pyle graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law (U.C. Berkeley) in 1997. He has represented clients in wrongful termination/discrimination cases against such entities as Chevron, Georgia-Pacific, and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Mr. Pyle has served as the Chair of the Alameda County Bar Association Labor and Employment Committee. In addition to practicing law full time, he is a Lecturer at Berkeley Law School where he teaches the Employment Law course to 2nd and 3rd year law students.

Catha Worthman is a founding partner at the firm Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow in Berkeley, CA. Through her public interest practice involving class actions, multi-plaintiff cases, and individual litigation, Catha advocates for the rights of workers, retirees, and people with disabilities. She has litigated cases involving the full range of ERISA and employee benefits issues, including breach of fiduciary duty, ESOP, pension, healthcare and long-term disability benefits, as well as wage and hour and disability rights cases.

Online registration -
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/private-attorneys-general-act-paga-tickets-88900107615

Download a flyer -https://www.acgov.org/calendar/documents/law/CAPAGAFlyer.pdf

1.5 Hours of Participatory MCLE Credit 11:30 am - Noon Check In and Bring-Your-Own-Lunch noon - 1:30 pm Presentation California’s Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) allows workers to bring representative actions for Labor Code violations. This panel will explore the ever-changing PAGA land...

02/19/2020
ACLL will be open Saturday 2/15 from 9:00 to 3:00. Closed Monday, 2/17.
02/15/2020

ACLL will be open Saturday 2/15 from 9:00 to 3:00. Closed Monday, 2/17.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Eumi Lee, who oversees the clean slate calendar, was profiled in the February 13th e...
02/14/2020

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Eumi Lee, who oversees the clean slate calendar, was profiled in the February 13th edition of the Daily Journal. Available in paper at ACLL.

02/13/2020
MCLE program at ACLLCalifornia's Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA)Thursday February 27Noon to 1:301.5 hours participa...
02/13/2020

MCLE program at ACLL
California's Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA)

Thursday February 27
Noon to 1:30
1.5 hours participatory MCLE credits
$40 advance registration, $50 day of event registration
Speakers: Hunter Pyle & Catha Worthman

California’s Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) allows workers to bring representative actions for California Labor Code violations.

•This panel will explore the ever-changing PAGA landscape, and offer insight into how best to handle PAGA litigation

.•The speakers will provide both introductory and higher level discussion regarding what PAGA is, what violations give rise to PAGA liability, how PAGA claims are brought and litigated, and what remedies are available through PAGA

.•They will also explore issues that arise when PAGA claims are subjected to motions to compel arbitration, as well as aspects of settlement of PAGA claims.

About the Speakers:

Hunter Pyle graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law (UC Berkeley) in 1997. He has represented clients in wrongful termination/discrimination cases against such entities as Chevron, Georgia-Pacific, and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Mr. Pyle has served as the Chair of the Alameda County Bar Association Labor and Employment Committee. In addition to practicing law full time, he is a Lecturer at Berkeley Law School where he teaches the Employment Law course to 2nd and 3rd year law students.

Catha Worthman is a founding partner at the firm Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow in Berkeley, CA. Through her public interest practice involving class actions, multi-plaintiff cases, and individual litigation, Catha advocates for the rights of workers, retirees, and people with disabilities. She has litigated cases involving the full range of ERISA and employee benefits issues, including breach of fiduciary duty, ESOP, pension, healthcare and long-term disability benefits, as well as wage and hour and disability rights cases.

Online registration - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/private-attorneys-general-act-…

02/11/2020
Estate Planning 101Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Noon- 1:00 pmHERA (Housing & Economic Rights Advocates) staff attorneys wi...
02/11/2020

Estate Planning 101

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Noon- 1:00 pm

HERA (Housing & Economic Rights Advocates) staff attorneys will explain key concerns and key documents that will help you address handling your belongings and your health the way you want to.

Those documents include:

Living trust
Will
Power of attorney
Advance health care directive
Transfer on death documents for certain kinds of accounts

About the Speaker:

Aeyoung Kim is a staff attorney at Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA) providing estate planning services and probate assistance. Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Kim worked for 11 years in the Superior Court of San Diego County, primarily in the Probate Division as a Probate Examiner. Ms. Kim is bilingual in Korean and English.

Online registration - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/estate-planning-101-tickets-88692249907

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Paul A. Delucchi was profiled in the Feb 10 issue of the Daily Journal.  Available i...
02/11/2020

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Paul A. Delucchi was profiled in the Feb 10 issue of the Daily Journal. Available in paper at ACLL

02/10/2020
Oakland Public Library - At the Main LibraryEvery Monday, until Sep 14, 2020Learn How to Find (and Keep) HousingJoin us ...
02/10/2020
Home - Bay Area Community Services (BACS)

Oakland Public Library - At the Main Library
Every Monday, until Sep 14, 2020
Learn How to Find (and Keep) Housing

Join us for free classes that cover everything you need to know about finding and keeping housing: how to fill out applications, how to adjust to permanent housing, good relationships with landlords, and more.

This program is provided by Bay Area Community Services and is designed to guide you from homelessness to housing, and beyond. Individual counseling is available following each class.

The classes are held before the library is open, so please wait at the front door for the guard to let you in.

For more information: 510-613-0330 or https://www.bayareacs.org/

FEB10
Today 2 PM

FEB17
Mon 2 PM

Modernizing Mental HealthBACS programs are always there to help. Our services span from the first sign of crisis, during treatment, and beyond wellness. We help teens experiencing their first signs of mental health issues, adults who want to live or work ... Learn More

02/06/2020

Both sessions of the Bay Area Legal Aid tenants' rights programs are now SOLD OUT.

The lunchtime Tenants’ Rights program on 2/19 is sold out.There are still tickets available for the free evening program...
02/06/2020

The lunchtime Tenants’ Rights program on 2/19 is sold out.

There are still tickets available for the free evening program on 2/20.

Online registration - https://tinyurl.com/td2avbe

02/06/2020
New information about clearing your criminal record from the Alameda County District Attorney's web page.Clinics on Febr...
02/03/2020
Newsroom: Alameda County DA O’Malley and Hayward South NAACP Launch: Lifting Barriers Towards a Clean Slate — Alameda County District Attorney's Office

New information about clearing your criminal record from the Alameda County District Attorney's web page.

Clinics on February 8th and 15th at Hayward Public Library.

See more info - https://www.alcoda.org/newsroom/2020/jan/lifting_barriers

Alameda County DA O’Malley and Hayward South NAACP Launch: Lifting Barriers Towards a Clean Slate HAYWARD, CA - On January 29, 2020 the District Attorney’s Office, in coordination with the Hayward South Alameda County NAACP, launched a program to provide a clear and straightforward process for e...

The Daily Journal has published a profile of Alameda County Superior Court judge Clifford Blakely.in its January 30th is...
02/03/2020

The Daily Journal has published a profile of Alameda County Superior Court judge Clifford Blakely.in its January 30th issue. Available in paper at ACLL

Back by popular demand.  Two new sessions have been added to ACLL program calendar.Two sessions of a free program from B...
01/30/2020

Back by popular demand. Two new sessions have been added to ACLL program calendar.

Two sessions of a free program from Bay Area Legal Aid
on Tenants' Rights and New Protections in 2020.

An attorney from Bay Area Legal Aid will present legal information about --

Residential evictions
When a landlord can - and can't - lawfully evict you
How to respond to an eviction notice and lawsuit
Overview of NEW tenant protection laws for 2020

One evening session on Thursday, February 20th, 5:30 to 7:00

Online evening registration - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tenants-rights-and-new-protections-in-2020-tickets-92078123145

One lunchtime session on Wednesday, February 19th, Noon to 1:30

Online lunchtime registration - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tenants-rights-and-new-protections-in-2020-tickets-92078123145

Space is limited. No MCLE credit given for these programs.

'Boalt Hall' Is Officially Banished From Berkeley Law | The Recorder
01/30/2020
'Boalt Hall' Is Officially Banished From Berkeley Law | The Recorder

'Boalt Hall' Is Officially Banished From Berkeley Law | The Recorder

The University of California, Berkeley School of Law's main building has been rebranded as the Law Building after more than two years of debate surrounding the former Boalt Hall name. The change took effect Jan. 30.

The Daily Journal has published a profile of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Karin Schwartz in the January 23 editio...
01/24/2020

The Daily Journal has published a profile of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Karin Schwartz in the January 23 edition. Available in paper at ACLL.

Estate Planning 101Tuesday, February 25, 2020Noon to 1:00$4 advance registration, $5 day of eventHERA (Housing & Economi...
01/23/2020

Estate Planning 101
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Noon to 1:00
$4 advance registration, $5 day of event

HERA (Housing & Economic Rights Advocates) staff attorney will explain key concerns and key documents that will help you address handling your belongings and your health the way you want to

Those documents include:

Living trust
Will
Power of attorney
Advance health care directive
Transfer on death documents for certain kinds of accounts

About the Speaker: Aeyoung Kim is a staff attorney at Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA) providing estate planning services and probate assistance. Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Kim worked for 11 years in the Superior Court of San Diego County, primarily in the Probate Division as a Probate Examiner. Ms. Kim is bilingual in Korean and English.

Online registration at Eventbrite - :https://tinyurl.com/ydwbbu39

The Daily Journal published a profile of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Somnath Raj Chatterjee in the January 21st ...
01/23/2020

The Daily Journal published a profile of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Somnath Raj Chatterjee in the January 21st edition. Available in paper at ACLL.

Legal Assistance in the Fremont area coming February 15th
01/21/2020

Legal Assistance in the Fremont area coming February 15th

01/17/2020
01/17/2020

A free program from Bay Area Legal Aid on

Tenants' Rights and New Protections in 2020.

This is a lunchtime session on Wednesday, January 22, Noon to 1:30

Online registration - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tenants-rights-and-new-protections-in-2020-tickets-85917476485

Download a program flyer -https://www.acgov.org/calendar/documents/law/TenantsRightsLunchtimeProgramFlyer_01_22_20.pdf

An attorney from Bay Area Legal Aid will present legal information about:

Residential evictions
When a landlord can - and can't - lawfully evict you
How to respond to an eviction notice and lawsuit
Overview of NEW tenant protection laws for 2020

Space is limited. No MCLE credit given for this program.

Register today and save for tomorrow's program.Online registration - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advanced-research-on-w...
01/15/2020

Register today and save for tomorrow's program.

Online registration - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advanced-research-on-westlaw-tickets-86860735799

Advanced Research on Westlaw
Thursday, January 16
Noon to 1:00
1 Hour of MCLE participatory credit
$30 advance registration, $40 day of event registration
Speaker: Jonathan Dorsey, Thomson Reuters

This course will help you refine your search construction using both plain language and terms & connectors, while also showing you tools and resources to help you efficiently complete your research assignment.

About the Speaker: Jonathan Dorsey, Esq., received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. At Hastings, he wrote for the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, and externed at the California Court of Appeal. His practice experience includes civil litigation as well as in-house work for a title company. He has been with Thomson Reuters for 7 years as Client Representative, Government.

Alameda County Law Library is a multiple activity MCLE provider approved by the State Bar of California.

01/14/2020
You can access Westlaw at ACLL by registering as a library patron.  We have two seats for Westlaw available on our publi...
01/10/2020

You can access Westlaw at ACLL by registering as a library patron. We have two seats for Westlaw available on our public research computers. Online resources include: cases, codes, and secondary legal sources.


Training opportunity

Advanced Research on Westlaw
Thursday, January 16
Noon to 1:00
1 Hour of MCLE participatory credit
$30 advance registration, $40 day of event registration
Speaker: Jonathan Dorsey, Thomson Reuters

This course will help you refine your search construction using both plain language and terms & connectors, while also showing you tools and resources to help you efficiently complete your research assignment.

About the Speaker: Jonathan Dorsey, Esq., received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. At Hastings, he wrote for the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, and externed at the California Court of Appeal. His practice experience includes civil litigation as well as in-house work for a title company. He has been with Thomson Reuters for 7 years as Client Representative, Government.

Online registration - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advanced-research-on-westlaw-tickets-86860735799

Alameda County Law Library is a multiple activity MCLE provider approved by the State Bar of California.

The Daily Journal published (January 6) a profile of the new Alameda County Superior Court Presiding Judge, Tara Desaute...
01/08/2020

The Daily Journal published (January 6) a profile of the new Alameda County Superior Court Presiding Judge, Tara Desautels.

Available in paper at ACLL

Register for this MCLE today and save. $30.00 today, $40.00 tomorrow.Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession 2020 TOMORR...
01/08/2020

Register for this MCLE today and save. $30.00 today, $40.00 tomorrow.

Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession 2020 TOMORROW
Thursday Jan 9 Noon

Online registration - https://tinyurl.com/tyh5zmq

New art exhibit at ACLL New Vision 2020An exhibit of multiple artistspresented by Oakland Art Association
01/07/2020

New art exhibit at ACLL

New Vision 2020

An exhibit of multiple artists
presented by Oakland Art Association

The Superior Court of Alameda County announces the opening of a new, limited jurisdiction civildepartment in Oakland eff...
01/03/2020

The Superior Court of Alameda County announces the opening of a new, limited jurisdiction civil
department in Oakland effective January 6, 2020.

12/31/2019

ACLL is closing at 12:30 today, Tuesday, December 31.

Closed all day Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

We will re-open at 8:30 am on Thursday, January 2.

Happy New Year to all.

Last week for this art show at ACLL
12/30/2019

Last week for this art show at ACLL

12/24/2019
At the Lectern | Another example of an unwritten exception to the rule against citing unpublished opinions, and why the rule should be revised

At the Lectern | Another example of an unwritten exception to the rule against citing unpublished opinions, and why the rule should be revised

Justice Goodwin Liu’s separate statement last week, dissenting from the denial of review in a Miranda-rights case, is a reminder that the rule against citing or relying on unpublished opinions has exceptions besides those stated in the rule itself.

ACLL hours this week and next
12/23/2019

ACLL hours this week and next

Courts Help Put New Laws into Effect
12/23/2019
Courts Help Put New Laws into Effect

Courts Help Put New Laws into Effect

Keeping guns from dangerous people, restricting courthouse immigration arrests, and limiting "deepfake" election videos are just a few of the new laws that will change California in 2020.

Advanced Research on Westlaw Thursday January 16 Noon - 1:001 hour participatory MCLE credit$30 advance registration, $4...
12/23/2019

Advanced Research on Westlaw

Thursday January 16 Noon - 1:00

1 hour participatory MCLE credit

$30 advance registration, $40 day of event

Online registration https://tinyurl.com/twyt3l3

Did you know that libraries are visited over 1.3 billion times a year which is 10 times more than MLB (68 million), NFL ...
12/23/2019
But, Nobody Uses Libraries Anymore!!

Did you know that libraries are visited over 1.3 billion times a year which is 10 times more than MLB (68 million), NFL (17 million), NBA (22 million), Hockey (21 million), and Nascar (4 million) combined?

Read more here: https://bit.ly/2PLBqny

Via @everylibrary #library

Alameda County Law Library promises never to move our team out of Alameda County.

Except more people visit their library than attend the NFL, NHL, NBA, Nascar, or the movie theater COMBINED.

12/23/2019

Changes for eligibility to serve on a jury - January 1, 2020

From the AC Superior Court

http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/Resources/Documents/JUROR%20ELIGIBILITY%20CHANGES%20SB310.pdf

12/19/2019

Two sessions of a free program from Bay Area Legal Aid
on Tenants' Rights and New Protections in 2020.

One evening session on Thursday, January 16, 5:30 to 7:00
Online registration - https://tinyurl.com/usybqwm

One day session on Wednesday, January 22 , Noon to 1:30
Online registration - https://tinyurl.com/vqlwbp4

An attorney from Bay Area Legal Aid will present legal information about:

Residential evictions
When a landlord can - and can't - lawfully evict you
How to respond to an eviction notice and lawsuit
Overview of NEW tenant protection laws for 2020

Space is limited. No MCLE credit given for these programs.

Address

125 12th St
Oakland, CA
94607

Lake Merrit BART station three blocks down Oak Street

General information

While the loyal support of the law library's many trustees has remained unswerving over the years, there have been many other changes in the past century. In December, 1893, the collection contained 1,376 volumes; and in 1927, 16,841 volumes. In 2008, the library contains 105,000 volumes in hard copy and 91,941 volume equivalents in microform for a total volume count of 196,941. Architect Matthew R. Mills and his associates at the San Francisco architecture firm of Robinson, Mills, and Williams have preserved the gracious elegance of a bygone era in the renovated building while creating a functional space in which to use the latest technology. The first and mezzanine (second) floors form the new law library, the third floor houses county offices, and the fourth floor became the County of Alameda Conference Center. The law library has many online services available including Westlaw, Lexis' Shepard's, CEB's OnLAW, HeinOnline, and an online catalogue . The library also has a public Internet workstation and is a WiFi hotspot which provides free wireless Internet access. As noted above, technology that was unheard of in the nineteenth century and for most of the twentieth century enables the law library staff to offer higher levels of service to our patrons. The law library also offers a fee-based copy service program that copies library materials and mails, e-mails or faxes them to patrons. The 1891 Act directed that the law library be available to all county inhabitants. The Director and staff of the Bernard E. Witkin Alameda County Law Library are proud of our service to the bench and bar and the greater community over the past one hundred plus years. We look forward to continuing this tradition of service in our second century.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 19:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 19:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30
Saturday 09:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(510) 208-4832

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