ACLL Events & News - May 18, 2022

Bernard E. Witkin Law Library Alameda County

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ACLL Events & News

May 18, 2022



Protect Yourself From Fraud

Wednesday, June 15

12 -1

Free virtual online event

1 hour participatory MCLE credit

Program Description

fraud alert

Katie Carruesco is the Northern California Targeted Outreach Specialist for the Department of Financial Protection & Innovation (DFPI). The DFPI protects California consumers by licensing and regulating a multitude of financial products, services, and individuals. She will share information about how you can protect yourself from investment fraud, common scams, and unscrupulous sales practices, and will discuss aspects of the California Consumer Financial Protection Law (CCFPL).

Before starting her career in finance, Ms. Carruesco held various positions within State government for the past 17 years, including four gubernatorial appointments. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from California State University, Chico. She currently resides in Sacramento, with her family.

Advance registration required.  Register via Eventbrite by noon the day of the program to receive a link.

Program flyer is available - HERE


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The Alameda County Law Library will be closed Monday, May 30th,

for the Memorial Day Holiday.

Forms, templates, and samples, oh, my.

ACLL provides many resources for legal information beyond the texts of case opinions and code sections. Legal forms, templates, and samples for legal documents are available from a number of online and hard-copy titles currently subscribed to by the library.

One of the most popular titles for California forms is California Forms of Pleading and Practice, available in hard-copy and online on Lexis Advance, but there are other encyclopedic forms resources available. American Jurisprudence Legal Forms 2d and American Jurisprudence Pleading & Practice Forms are available on Westlaw. 

Templates can also be found in practice area titles such as the civil procedure volume - California Law & Motion Model Forms.

The publisher CEB prefers to present paragraphs as document building blocks allowing the practitioner to draft a document as circumstances require.  Westlaw and Lexis usually allow for downloading full template documents in Word format for subsequent editing.



Westlaw has a Forms Finder database that is organized by State or topic as well as individual Westlaw publication.  By using the Advance Search feature, you can search by form title or by keywords, as you would for any search within Westlaw.  Be sure to review related entries for instructions regarding the use of the form.

Lexis Advance has a forms database as well.  Sample Forms can be searched by State and practice area.

If the forms files do not generate an example for what you need, Lexis provides a file - Briefs, Pleadings & Motions  - containing CA court filings.  It is there that a researcher can look for real world examples.  Not all courts are covered and the filings are not always the most current but examples of how others handled a certain type of filing may provide a starting point for a practitioner's drafting project.

ACLL staff members are available to suggest resources and help patrons navigate the collection and online services.



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