Robert L. Ferris, an estate-planning attorney, says the documents he has accessed through the San Francisco Law Library have helped him handle cases for nearly two decades.
But he might be on his own next year when the War Memorial Veterans Building, which houses the historic library, closes for renovation in May.
Former State Bar President Jon Streeter is among more than 700 lawyers, legal groups, students, judges and others who sent a letter in May urging Mayor Ed Lee and county supervisors to find a new home for the library.
“It’s a tragedy because people who come to court without a lawyer often turn to law libraries to navigate through the court system,” Streeter said. “It is not a matter of a stack of old dusty books being warehoused somewhere – it is a matter of providing basic access to the courthouse to the public.”
The law library was established more than 140 years ago as the first county law library in the state. The nonprofit is the only law library in San Francisco that provides free access to more than 90,000 volumes, as well as online legal references, such as Westlaw, LexisNexis and other legal databases.
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