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San Diego County Law Library Bio

Since 1891 the San Diego Law Library has provided free legal information to county residents. We are open to everyone in 4 convenient locations in Vista, El Cajon, Chula Vista, and downtown San Diego. We are a no-frills operation. There are 23 of us dedicated to serving our community. But we cannot do it alone. Through programs and outreach events, we partner with the bar associations, public libraries, schools, business groups, the courts and government agencies to provide access to the laws that can bring real justice to those seeking its help. You will find that we are a small but mighty force for the public good.

CLE Courses by San Diego County Law Library

Common Issues in Wrongful Convictions with Innocence Project

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Common Issues in Wrongful Convictions with Innocence Project

How are people wrongfully convicted? Why would someone plead guilty to a crime they did not commit? What are the common issues that cause wrongful convictions? The program will answer these questions through real life cases of wrongful convictions which were overturned.
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From Notice to Lockout: An Overview of the Unlawful Detainer Process

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From Notice to Lockout: An Overview of the Unlawful Detainer Process

This course provides an overview of the eviction process in California from start to finish, touching on common issues landlords face when filing an unlawful detainer case, and what to expect throughout the process,
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Legal Issues Faced by Craft Breweries - Update

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Legal Issues Faced by Craft Breweries - Update

With the rise of craft breweries opening at an average of two new breweries a week here in California, so do the legal issues that encompass opening these breweries. Join Candace L. Moon, Esq. of The Craft Beer Attorney as she covers the key issues involved in representing craft breweries.
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The Laws & Challenges of Human Trafficking

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The Laws & Challenges of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is one of the biggest challenges in criminal law, international law, and human rights in the United States today. San Diego has risen as the national leader in combating the problem. This program covers the issue of trafficking and outlines the efforts San Diego has taken to combat the problem.
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Goodbye & Good Luck: Ethical Issues on Terminating Representation

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Goodbye & Good Luck: Ethical Issues on Terminating Representation

When the attorney-client relationship goes bad, you have to know how to end it the right way. This program will examine the rules on withdrawal in California, including securing court permission, avoiding foreseeable prejudice, and fulfilling your duties on fees and files.
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Military Discharge Upgrades

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Military Discharge Upgrades

Veterans sometimes want to upgrade their military discharge status for a variety of reasons. This program will cover the various discharge characterizations and their consequences, as well as policy changes and options for discharge upgrades.
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Blurred Lines: Multi-Jurisdictional Practice

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Blurred Lines: Multi-Jurisdictional Practice

21st century technology has shrunk the world. But a 19th century attorney regulation system still thinks that geography is destiny. With a focus on California, this program will teach viewers how to ethically conduct business across state lines and how to deal with the hazards of multi-jurisdictional practice.
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How to Hire a Forensic Expert: Update

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How to Hire a Forensic Expert: Update

This seminar introduces the legal professional to methods for interviewing a prospective document examiner, or other prospective expert witness. You will learn how to properly vet your prospective expert.
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Dividing Frozen Embryos

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Dividing Frozen Embryos

As of 2002, CDC said 12% of women and their Infertility treatments and Assisted Reproductive Technology have made great strides in the recent past. But these advances have led to several legal issues in the U.S. Viewers of this program will get a primer about this developing area of law.
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Running on Empty: the Epidemic of Professional Burnout

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Running on Empty: the Epidemic of Professional Burnout

Over time, the rigors of practicing law can impact a lawyer’s personal life and impact their professionalism. It is key for attorneys to identify behaviors affecting their practices and clients. This talk starts with a discussion on professional burnout affecting professionalism and providing anecdotal stories and interactive discussion. The presentation will then shift to mindfulness and other tactics for addressing the situations negatively impacting the lawyer, and recommendations on overcoming obstacles and achieving satisfaction with your chosen procession.
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Running on Empty: Legal Professional Burnout (And How to Refuel)

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Running on Empty: Legal Professional Burnout (And How to Refuel)

Over time, the rigors of practicing law can impact a lawyer’s personal life and impact their professionalism. It is key for attorneys to identify behaviors affecting their practices and clients. This talk starts with a discussion on professional burnout affecting professionalism and providing anecdotal stories and interactive discussion. The presentation will then shift to mindfulness and other tactics for addressing the situations negatively impacting the lawyer, and recommendations on overcoming obstacles and achieving satisfaction with your chosen procession.
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Examination of Fraudulent Real Estate Documents

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Examination of Fraudulent Real Estate Documents

This one-hour MCLE presentation uses real case studies to illustrate techniques that have been used to fraudulently acquire real estate by altering documents.
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Legal Issues Faced by Craft Breweries

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Legal Issues Faced by Craft Breweries

With the rise of craft breweries opening at an average of two new breweries a week in California, so do the legal issues that encompass opening these breweries. Please join Candace L. Moon, Esq. of The Craft Beer Attorney as she covers “Legal Issues Faced By Craft Breweries."
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Pretty Little Liars: Dealing with the Dishonest Client

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Pretty Little Liars: Dealing with the Dishonest Client

There are few things more disheartening than when you find out your client lied to you or the court. Using California’s ethics rules, this program will discuss various ways to avoid being put in that situation and what to do when it happens. The program also includes a comparison between the duty of confidentially in California and under the model rules.
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What Civil and Family Attorneys Need to Know About Criminal Law

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What Civil and Family Attorneys Need to Know About Criminal Law

This seminar will prepare you to intelligently advise clients regarding the first stages of a criminal case. Having a practical working knowledge of preliminary criminal procedure will provide an excellent framework for these discussions.
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Ready or Not, Here They Come: New Rules of Professional Conduct

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Ready or Not, Here They Come: New Rules of Professional Conduct

The State Bar of California's Rules Revision Commission has written a new set of professional rules. If and when approved by the Supreme Court, they will change the way you practice law. Here is a preview of some of more significant changes in the rules regarding such things as conflicts, performance, and fees.
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The Consequences of Bias in Litigation

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The Consequences of Bias in Litigation

Bias in litigation is a prevalent problem. The ability to recognize your biases and the biases of your opponent can affect the outcome of your case. This program will help you overcome yours and make you a better litigator.
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What Attorneys Need to Know About Life Insurance That Agents May Not Tell You

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What Attorneys Need to Know About Life Insurance That Agents May Not Tell You

Lawyers must often counsel clients on life insurance for buy-sell agreements, estate tax, and other matters. In this program, viewers will learn about several key issues of life insurance that agents probably won't tell you, including details about term insurance, universal life insurance policies, contestability laws in California, and more.
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Persuading Trial Court Judges

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Persuading Trial Court Judges

Writing effective motions can make or break your case. In this program, Randall Christison takes viewers through a number of examples and exercises illustrating common mistakes in writing and tips for persuading judges.
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Beach Law: Coastal Land Development Issues

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Beach Law: Coastal Land Development Issues

Land use law in the coastal zone raises unique issues. This class will provide a general overview of local coastal land development law in California.
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Whistleblowers and the Law

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Whistleblowers and the Law

The law governing whistleblowing begins with a confused set of contradictory principles: notions of loyalty, obedience, autonomy, integrity, transparency and secrecy, and privacy all conflict with each other. This course will survey the principles underlying whistleblower law, and many components of that law.
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Will Bias Cost You Your Next Case?

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Will Bias Cost You Your Next Case?

Bias in the courtroom is a prevalent problem. Bias exists in all people. The ability to recognize your biases and the biases of your opponent can save or lose your case. This presentation introduces the four forms of courtroom biases plus expert witness bias. You learn how to recognize these biases in yourself, your expert witness, and the opposition.
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Bias in the Courtroom

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Bias in the Courtroom

Bias is a human trait that exists in all people. In the courtroom, the ability to recognize your biases and the biases of your opponent can win or lose your case. This program will teach you how to think differntly about your interpretation of evidence and combat various instances of biases in the courtroom.
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Copyright Law Basics

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Copyright Law Basics

This program will provide an introductory overview of the area of copyright protection in the United States, including topics such as establishing copyright, federal registration, fair use, and enforcement.
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How to Hire a Forensic Expert

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How to Hire a Forensic Expert

This seminar introduces the legal professional to methods for interviewing a prospective document examiner, or other prospective expert witness.
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Homeowner's Associations: Basics & Recurring Legal Issues

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Homeowner's Associations: Basics & Recurring Legal Issues

Focusing on California HOA law, this course provides a primer for lawyers and self-represented parties regarding basic homeowner association functions, rights, and responsibilities.
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Jail or Treatment? Mental Health Diversion in Criminal Cases

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Jail or Treatment? Mental Health Diversion in Criminal Cases

Did you know that there is a new law California that allows diversion in some criminal cases if a defendant suffers from a mental disorder? This program will discuss how this new law works, and how it may play out in the court system.
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Competency: Recognizing When You Don't Have It

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Competency: Recognizing When You Don't Have It

This program will explore the impact of substance abuse and mental health issues on the practice of law, including how the rules of professional conduct address these issues, and the common signs of substance abuse and mental health issues.
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The Law of Fiduciary Duties in the 21st Century

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The Law of Fiduciary Duties in the 21st Century

The law of fiduciary duties has been around for a very long time, and incorporates contract, property, and tort law. This program presents the basic outline of fiduciary law, and will help viewers understand its elements, where it fits in the overall architecture of the law, and how it's changing in the 21st Century.
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Dealing with the Media: What Lawyers Ethically Can and Can't Say

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Dealing with the Media: What Lawyers Ethically Can and Can't Say

There are a number of ethical landmines to consider before making statements to the media. In this program, you'll learn about what you can do to communicate with the media in an effective and ethical manner.
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Which Hours are Billable?

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Which Hours are Billable?

Drawing on California's new and proposed ethics rules, this presentation will help attorneys understand proper billing so that they can avoid violating their ethical obligations to clients.
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Recognition & Elimination of Sex Harassment

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Recognition & Elimination of Sex Harassment

Stories of sex harassment have been a hot-button topic in the news as of late. But what constitutes sex harassment from a legal perspective, and how to we prevent this from happening? This course will address these issues and more.
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The 14th Amendment, Transforming American Democracy

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The 14th Amendment, Transforming American Democracy

The 14th Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation and the foundation for numerous federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights. In this program, you'll learn from legal experts on constitutional law, immigration, and civil rights about the legacy of the 14th Amendment and it's impact on today's legal landscape.
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America's Opioid Epidemic & the Law

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America's Opioid Epidemic & the Law

In recent years, doctors are beginning to be held legally accountable for the opiate-related deaths of their patients. This program will look at what this trend means for lawyers, and will help lawyers optimize the medical records pertaining to these cases.
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Homeowner Association (HOA) Law: Updates & Trends

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Homeowner Association (HOA) Law: Updates & Trends

If you practice real estate lawn in California or simply live in an area governed by an HOA (Homeowners Association), this is a great class to learn about HOA functions, rights and responsibilities.
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