Alameda County Law Library

Alameda County Law Library Stay in Place has closed the library doors until at least May 3. 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.

06/01/2020

There will be no drop-in legal advice clinic (CLASP) on this Saturday, June 6th, at the Alameda County Law Library.

A reminder that the doors to ACLL remain closed until further notice.  We are waiting for Alameda County officials to pr...
06/01/2020
Library Databases | Law Library

A reminder that the doors to ACLL remain closed until further notice. We are waiting for Alameda County officials to provide details about the phases for reopening under SIP.

ACLL is providing reference services by email and phone. See our website for more information at http://lawlibrary.acgov.org/

Lexis, CEB OnLAW, and Westlaw are extending their offers of public access to their online databases over the next few weeks. Note: there are time and printing limitations to these offers.

For information about how to contact the companies to set up your personal access, see the details at http://lawlibrary.acgov.org/library-databases/

Library Databases CEB Pro- Use at Home 24/7 *Register for a Free 30-Day Temporary ID!* Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) is now offering free patron access for one month to CEB Pro, a new platform which includes primary law, CEB’s citator, TrueCite™ and access to over 150 of CEB’s practice...

05/29/2020

The Superior Court of Alameda County announced that beginning June 16, 2020, it will resume conducting in-person,time-not-waived traffic trials for defendants who have not agreed to a remote trial. These in-person trials will be held weekly at the Fremont Hall of Justice on Tuesdays. The Court will notify affected defendants by mail of the date, time, and location of their in-person trials.

http://alameda.courts.ca.gov/Resources/Documents/COVID-19%20May%2028%20Press%20Release.pdf

Tracking the issues around internet Take Down requests?  The Lumen database collects and analyzes legal complaints and r...
05/27/2020
Lumen

Tracking the issues around internet Take Down requests?

The Lumen database collects and analyzes legal complaints and requests for removal of online materials, helping Internet users to know their rights and understand the law. These data enable us to study the prevalence of legal threats and let Internet users see the source of content removals.

https://www.lumendatabase.org/

The Lumen database collects and analyzes legal complaints and requests for removal of online materials, helping Internet users to know their rights and understand the law. These data enable us to study the prevalence of legal threats and let Internet users see the source of content removals.

Just another reminder -
05/23/2020

Just another reminder -

Paying, and paying, and paying payday loans
05/22/2020
Paying, and paying, and paying payday loans

Paying, and paying, and paying payday loans

If you don’t have the cash or credit to cover a financial emergency, you might be thinking about getting a payday loan.

05/21/2020

Alameda County Superior Court May 20, 2020 press release with links on "remote" re-opening

http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/Resources/Documents/COVID-19%20May%2020%20Press%20Release.pdf

Just a reminder -
05/20/2020

Just a reminder -

Reminder: Signing up for free, temporary resource accounts?Time and use restrictions apply.  Use sessions wisely.  Log o...
05/20/2020
Library Databases | Law Library

Reminder:

Signing up for free, temporary resource accounts?

Time and use restrictions apply. Use sessions wisely. Log off when not actively researching.

More info @ http://lawlibrary.acgov.org/library-databases/

ACLL staff cannot re-set or extend passwords,

Library Databases CEB Pro- Use at Home 24/7 *Register for a Free 30-Day Temporary ID!* Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) is now offering free patron access for one month to CEB Pro, a new platform which includes primary law, CEB’s citator, TrueCite™ and access to over 150 of CEB’s practice...

05/18/2020
www.acphd.org

The Alameda County Public Health Officer has updated the Stay-in-Place Orders.

Text
http://www.acphd.org/media/577582/alameda-county-health-officer-order-20-11-english.pdf

Summary
http://www.acphd.org/media/577609/alameda-county-health-officer-order-summary-20-11-and-20-12-english.pdf

05/14/2020

The doors of the Alameda County Law Library remain closed under the County's extended Stay-in-Place order.

For information on services being offered - including email, phone, and registration for databases - over the next few weeks, check the details on ACLL's website at http://lawlibrary.acgov.org/

Tesla sues Alameda County.  Copy of complaint filed this weekend can be found in The Recorder's article.US District Cour...
05/11/2020
Tesla Turns to Quinn Emanuel Lawyer Who Won Elon Musk's Defamation Trial to Sue California County | The Recorder

Tesla sues Alameda County. Copy of complaint filed this weekend can be found in The Recorder's article.

US District Court Northern District of CA 4:20-cv-03186 Tesla, Inc. v Alameda County, California

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partner Alex Spiro's name topped the complaint Tesla filed against Alameda County in a bid to reopen its Fremont production plant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A national information resource to help for renters in multi-family buildings.Fannie Mae Renters Resource Finderhttps://...
05/08/2020
Fannie Mae Renters Resource Finder

A national information resource to help for renters in multi-family buildings.

Fannie Mae Renters Resource Finder
https://www.knowyouroptions.com/rentersresourcefinder

If you are a renter living in an apartment or other multifamily rental housing with five or more units and you’re facing financial challenges as a result of COVID-19, a natural disaster, or other difficulties, this tool may h help.

Freddie Mac financing tool
https://myhome.freddiemac.com/renting/lookup.html

Renters may use the property search tool to find out if they live in a property that has a mortgage loan purchased or securitized by Freddie Mac

If you are a renter with financial challenges as a result of COVID-19, natural disaster, or other difficulties, use our Renters Resource Finder to get help

Press release on the first virtual marriage in Alameda Countyhttp://www.acgov.org/news/pressreleases/AlamedaCountyOnline...
05/07/2020

Press release on the first virtual marriage in Alameda County

http://www.acgov.org/news/pressreleases/AlamedaCountyOnlineMarriages.pdf

05/04/2020

On Friday, the Assistant Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of Alameda County (Court), Hon. Charles Smiley, issued an order reducing thousands of felony cases to misdemeanors and misdemeanor cases to infractions pursuant to Proposition 64. Judge Smiley ordered dismissed all cases that had not already been dismissed,and ordered that all cases reduced to infractions be sealed.

More information in the press release -
http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/Resources/Documents/May%201%20Prop%2064%20Press%20Release.pdf

Coronavirus and your student loan debt
05/04/2020
Coronavirus and your student loan debt

Coronavirus and your student loan debt

If you have student loan debt, you’ve probably heard that the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act gives some flexibility to federal student loan borrowers.

Gov Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Thursday that will allow video marriage licensing and weddings amidst the COV...
05/01/2020
Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Marriages | California Governor

Gov Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Thursday that will allow video marriage licensing and weddings amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/04/30/governor-newsom-signs-executive-order-on-marriages/

SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order today that will allow adults to obtain marriage licenses via videoconferencing rather than in person amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/01/2020

The doors of the Alameda County Law Library will remain closed until June 1st under the County's extended Stay-in-Place order.

For information of services being offered, including email, phone, and registration for databases, over the next few weeks check ACLL's website at http://lawlibrary.acgov.org/

04/29/2020

Alameda County ORDER OF THE HEALTH OFFICER NO. 20-10 4/29/2020 - 05/31/2020

http://www.acphd.org/media/572718/health-officer-order-20-10-shelter-in-place-20200429.pdf

04/29/2020

Frequently Asked Questions by Guardians about the COVID-19 Pandemic (for CA Conservators, too.)

"The National Guardianship Association, along with the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging and the National Center for State Courts,recognizes that guardians have many questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting their responsibilities. Together we have developed some answers to questions we are hearing from guardians. Throughout this FAQ we provide suggestions and resources to help you navigate through this pandemic."

https://bit.ly/3d0NJ8w

Discussion on the legal issues of mortgage relief for homeowners affected by COVID-19 - focus is on federally backed mor...
04/28/2020
Mortgage Relief for Homeowners Affected By COVID-19 | NCLC Digital Library

Discussion on the legal issues of mortgage relief for homeowners affected by COVID-19 - focus is on federally backed mortgages.- from National Consumer Law Center.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder for millions of homeowners to pay their mortgages. To reduce the risk of widespread foreclosures, Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Pub. L. No. 116-136 (Mar. 27, 2020). The CARES Act gives some borrow...

Happy Arbor Day #ArborDay The topic of trees has its own special place in legal information resources.  A good place to ...
04/24/2020

Happy Arbor Day #ArborDay

The topic of trees has its own special place in legal information resources. A good place to start is Nolo's Neighbor Law: Fences, Trees, Boundaries & Noise - with multiple chapters on tree law.

ACLL provides access to this and other popular legal resources through the Nolo-EBSCO website @ http://lawlibrary.acgov.org/library-databases/

Instructions for access are provided under the Nolo description on the page.

The American Bar Association's site -  Legal Fact Check - published a post on state powers under the US Constitution.htt...
04/23/2020
State Powers - ABA Legal Fact Check - American Bar Association

The American Bar Association's site - Legal Fact Check - published a post on state powers under the US Constitution.

https://abalegalfactcheck.com/articles/state-powers.html

On April 13, the mayor of Greenville, Mississippi, rescinded $500 citations issued to congregants of a local church for violating a “shelter-in-place” order, after a religious freedom suit was filed against the city. The suit was among a handful of court actions related to states’ authority to...

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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.

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