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LA Law Library will be celebrating National Pro Bono Week again this year by providing access to FREE legal resources for those facing civil legal problems that affect basic living conditions such as housing, family safety and consumer debt.

Classes fill up fast. Register today to reserve your seat! You must check in 15 minutes prior to class time to ensure your seat is not reassigned to the waiting list and walk-in attendees.

Click here to see Public Legal Service Fair classes (Saturday, Oct. 27)

Monday, October 22, 2018

How to Become an Adult's Legal Conservator

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Need to care for an adult who cannot care for him or herself? Get assistance filing for a probate conservatorship.

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MCLE: Ethics & the Changing MLCP Landscape

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Medical/Legal lawyers discuss ethics in partnerships with countywide health agencies and other service models. Earn 1.0 hour Legal Ethics MCLE credit

Landlords & Tenants: Evictions & Collections

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

An overview of the tenant eviction process, including termination notices and the laws and collections procedures.

Mediation in Dependency Court

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Learn how child dependency mediation can help parents, attorneys, social worker and CASA agree on a safe plan that is best for the child.

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MCLE: Become a Volunteer in a Conservatorship Clinic

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Train to volunteer at a conservatorship petition preparation clinic for families caring for loved ones who cannot care for themselves.
Earn 1.0 hour general MCLE credit

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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MCLE: Volunteer Training: Establishing Guardianships

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Train to volunteer in a free clinic helping people protect and care for minors whose parents can’t or won’t care for them.
Earn 1.0 hour general MCLE credit

How to Become a Minor’s Legal Guardian

10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Attorneys help complete probate forms to establish guardianships for minors whose parents can’t or won’t care for them.

Access to Police Personnel Files (Pitchess Motions)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Learn how to access police personnel files in criminal and civil cases, including the basics of making Pitchess motions.

Business Series: Copyrights & Trade Secrets

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Learn how to protect intellectual property, including copyrights and trade secrets, to ensure your company’s continued success.

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MCLE: Volunteer Training: Assisting With Expungements

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Learn how to assist people restart and re-enter the workforce by clearing their criminal records! Then volunteer at a future clinic!
Earn 1.0 hour general MCLE credit

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MCLE: Volunteer Training: Counseling on Debt & Bankruptcy

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Learn to counsel community members about options for dealing with debts, including bankruptcy. (Observe clinic immediately after the class).
Earn 1.0 hour general MCLE credit

Understanding Your Student Loan Debt

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Learn how student loans work, what happens and what to do if you stop paying your student loans.

Free Help With Clearing Criminal Records

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Call (800) 399-4529 to be pre-screened.

Free legal assistance in filing a petition to clear a criminal record. Call (800) 399-4529 to be pre-screened for the clinic. Eligible candidates will be seen by appointment ONLY.

Roundtable: Improving Services for Immigrants

5:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Community stakeholders and County departments will discuss available resources and how to meet the growing needs of the immigrant community.

Individual Counseling on Debt & Bankruptcy

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn about options for dealing with your debts, including bankruptcy, if you are a person of low income. Then talk to a volunteer attorney.

Book Discussion: Dreamers, by Eileen Truax

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet the author, Eileen Truax, and join the discussion of Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation’s Fight for Their American Dream.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Bold, New Frontiers of Legal Research

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn how trends and innovations like artificial intelligence, big data, and visual representations of search results are changing how we find the law.

Election 2018: Learn the Law Behind the Headlines

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The County Inspector General will discuss current election topics like voting rights, gerrymandering, the Electoral College and more.

Voters With Disabilities: Know Your Rights

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Disability Rights attorneys will discuss the state and federal requirements for accessible voting and California’s recent election reforms.

Getting an SBA Microloan for Your Small Business

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Do you own a small business or want to start one? Learn about opportunities for microloans from the Small Business Administration.

Writs: How to Challenge Government Agency Decisions

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

The process for challenging decisions made by state and local agencies is different from other kinds of lawsuits. Learn how it works.

Legal Name & Gender Marker Change Workshop

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Legal volunteers will help you complete court forms for a legal name and gender marker change.

Talk to a Lawyer Online!

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Appointment required.
Please call: 213-785-2516

Speak to a Legal Aid lawyer about family law proceedings relating to victims of domestic violence or housing matters during teleconferencing hours.

Building Your Credit to Grow Your Business

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Your credit score is vital if you own a small business. Learn how to improve your credit in order to start or grow your business.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Your Day in Court: Appearing Before a Judge

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

In this class, get tips from a judge about courtroom process and how to be effective when appearing in court.

Civil Lawsuit Basics: Getting Documents in Your Lawsuit

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Learn how to obtain important documents in your case through inspection demands to parties, and subpoenas to non-parties.

Appeals: Avoiding Technical & Procedural Mistakes

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Clerks of the California Courts of Appeal teach how to appeal from a trial judge’s decision and avoid procedural pitfalls.

When, Why & How to Settle a Civil Case

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

More than 90% of civil cases settle or are dismissed prior to trial. Learn when settlement makes sense and how to negotiate effectively.

Individualized Help Writing an Appellate Brief

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Referral required.

Learn how to write a better appellate brief. Volunteer attorneys will provide one-on-one assistance with brief-writing.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Cleaning Your Criminal Record: Individualized Help

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office provides free record-cleaning services.

Civil Rights Violations: Filing a Lawsuit

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Who can sue for civil rights violations? Learn how to determine if you have a civil rights claim, where and how to file.

Know Your Rights When Interacting with Police

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Learn what to do when interacting or witnessing interactions with the police. Covers rights and responsibilities of police and public.

Lawyers in the Library

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

North Hollywood
Public Library only.

Free 20-minute consultations, featuring volunteer attorneys from the San Fernando Valley Bar Association. No reservation or appointment necessary.

Click here to see Public Legal Service Fair classes (Saturday, Oct. 27)

LA Law Library does not provide legal advice: LA Law Library provides legal resources and assistance with legal research as an educational service. The Law Library is pleased to offer our patrons the opportunity to obtain assistance from third party legal service providers at this and other events within the Library. However, the Library does not control and is not responsible for the content or scope of any assistance given by those providers.

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