Public Legal Services Fair

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Fair brings together legal aid organizations, government agencies, social services and community-based groups to provide free services, information and classes for the public. All workshops, classes and services are free and open to the public.

Pre-registration for classes will end at 11:59 p.m. the day before the class. You are welcome to come to the library without a registration on the day of any program, but we may not be able to seat you!

Citizenship Assistance Workshop

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Free legal assistance with citizenship application (N-400) preparation.

Lawyers in the Library

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Free 20 minute consultations with volunteer attorneys, including the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers. No reservations or appointments necessary.

Volunteer Advocates for Children in Foster Care

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer advocate to help improve the lives of children in foster care? Learn how to help reduce and reverse the effects of child abuse and neglect.

Fair Housing: It's the Law!

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Housing providers, advocates and renters learn how the law protects tenants with disabilities from discrimination and gives them rights to reasonable accommodations that ensure access to stable housing.

Giving Notice of Court Proceedings Outside the U.S.

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

People in other countries sometimes have to be given notice before a lawsuit here can proceed. Learn the requirements of serving legal documents on defendants outside the United States under the Hague Service Convention.

How to Talk to a Lawyer

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

This class is designed to make communicating and working with a lawyer easier and more effective. Taught by a lawyer with significant experience working in legal aid.

Brief Writing Basics for
Non-lawyers

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Learn about the process of writing an appellate brief and how to draft the most effective briefs. This class focuses primarily on appeals in California Court.

Immigration Relief
Under DACA

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Learn who is eligible for a work permit and protection from deportation and under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and how to renew or apply.

Stay Out of Court!
Mediation Workshop

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Learn how mediation can be used to resolve disputes and avoid going to court.

Working with a
Lawyer on a Budget

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Learn how to hire a limited services lawyer to provide legal assistance to help you represent yourself.

Child Custody,
Support and Visitation

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Legal experts will provide information about child custody and visitation in family law cases, including what the court looks at in creating and modifying orders for custody and visitation.

Learn to Assist Immigrants Facing Deportation

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Learn to assist vulnerable immigrants facing deportation from the U.S. Train to volunteer at Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project.

Holistic Approaches to Veterans' Legal Services

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Learn about NLSLA’s Veterans Initiative, a collaborative effort to address veterans’ legal needs and increase their access to VA benefits and support services.

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The Brown Act: California’s Open Government Law

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

This class will cover the basics of California’s “sunshine law” which requires local government agencies to be open and public in the conduct of the people’s business. Topics include: which agencies must comply; what constitutes a meeting; posting agendas and providing notice; closed sessions and enforcement.

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Representing Unaccompanied Minors in Removal Proceedings

2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

This practitioner training will introduce key concepts in immigration law, focusing on unaccompanied alien children (UAC) cases and resources to protect minors from removal.

Section 8 and
Subsidized Housing

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Learn about low-income housing assistance programs and services available to tenants with Section 8 vouchers.

ABC's of Special Education

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This course will provide a basic understanding of special education rights and services available in California and review basic advocacy strategies to help children with disabilities.

Writs: How to Challenge Government Decisions

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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

Book Discussion Group:
Corruption in America

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Read the book and join the discussion of Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United

Civil Lawsuit Basics: Motions for Summary Judgment

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Learn about motions for summary judgment in state court, which allow a party to win a case or part of a case before going to trial.

Reducing Felonies to Misdemeanors (Prop 47)
and Clearing Criminal Records

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This class addresses eligibility and resources for clearing a criminal record or changing prior felony convictions to misdemeanors under Prop 47.

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.

Weekday Events

Monday, October 24, 2016

How to Become an Adult's Legal Conservator

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Class provides basic assistance to those without a lawyer interested in filing for a probate conservatorship to help an adult who cannot care for him or herself.

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Representing Clients with Challenging Behaviors in MLPs

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Medical/Legal Partnership attorneys discuss how to ensure effective representation of clients with challenging behaviors and promote health for vulnerable clients.

How Criminal Court Works

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Help yourself, a friend or a family member by learning the criminal court process from arrest through post trial appeal, including definitions of commonly used terminology.

Landlords and Tenants:
Rights and Responsibilities

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

An overview of the legal roles, rights and responsibilities of residential landlords and tenants.

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Learn How to Be a Volunteer in a Conservatorship Clinic

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Learn how to help families struggling to care for loved ones who cannot care for themselves. Train to be a volunteer at a future Bet Tzedek conservatorship petition preparation clinic.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Volunteer Training: Learn How to Assist with Probate Guardianships

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Learn how to volunteer in a free clinic helping complete court forms so unrepresented persons can establish guardianships to protect and care for minors whose parents can’t or won’t care for them.

Business Series: Legal Do’s and Don’ts for Employers

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Employers will learn to understand the technicalities of employment law and comply with the rules in this essential area of law.

How to Become a Minor’s Legal Guardian

12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Attorneys will assist unrepresented persons in completing the necessary court forms to establish probate guardianships for minors whose parents can’t or won’t care for them.

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Ethical Dilemmas of Government Attorneys

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join former County Counsel Andrea Ordin for a discussion of the unique ethical dilemmas faced by civil government lawyers.

Using PACER to Access
U.S. Court Dockets

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

PACER is the low cost database for locating federal court docket and case information. Learn how to use it.

Volunteer Training: Counseling on Debt and Bankruptcy

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Learn to counsel our community members about options for dealing with their debts, including bankruptcy.

Individual Counseling on Debt and Bankruptcy

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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SoCal Pro Bono Managers Attorney Training

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Training to develop pro bono attorney skills in working effectively in representation of clients with challenging behaviors.

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Ripped from the Headlines: Public Corruption Cases

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Hear the County Inspector General discuss criminal laws that cover public officials, and the creative ways they get broken.

Talk to a Lawyer Online:
Free Consultations

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Speak to a lawyer live, send them documents and get answers to important questions.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

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Panel Discussion:
Ethics & Corruption in Public Office

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Former prosecutors and experts in public ethics and corruption discuss the standards of conduct that should govern public officials.

Civil Lawsuit Basics: Getting Another Party to Answer Questions in Writing

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Learn about two important methods of gathering information in your lawsuit – interrogatories and requests for admission.

Representing Yourself in the California Courts of Appeal

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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

Friday, October 28, 2016

Overcoming Adversity:
Real Stories

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Panel discussion highlighting the struggles and triumphs of Los Angeles legal professionals who have reached their goals despite adversity.

A Primer on
Dependency Court

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Would you like to find out more about the dependency system? Are you interested in volunteering? Join the Children’s Law Center to learn what you need to know about the Juvenile Dependency System.

Know Your Rights When Interacting With Police

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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

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.

Tours

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity! The library is pleased to offer several behind-the-scenes tours during the Public Legal Services Fair on Saturday, October 22nd 2016. All tours are first come first serve and limited to 20 attendees. Please line up at the tour sign (towards the rear of the main reading room) 20 minutes in advance of the start of the tour.

There will be three tours per hour, running at staggered times throughout the morning, as follows:

Around the World in 20 Minutes

The closed stacks of LA Law Library preserve materials from more than 120 foreign jurisdictions, including current laws from around the world, historic records and even the laws of fallen governments! Take a whirlwind global tour as you view these rare and unusual foreign and international materials.

Available tour times: 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 11:00 a.m.

California Gold Tour

This tour provides a brief glimpse into the largest public collection of California legal materials anywhere in the world. See for yourself what California law looks like – now and over a hundred years ago. Learn about the many sources of law in the golden state and see some of the resources you can’t find anywhere else.

Available tour times: 9:20 a.m., 10:20 a.m., and 11:20 a.m.

Haunted 6th Floor

Daring guests will take a shadowy journey behind the scenes to places in the library where paranormal activity has been observed before. Hear mysterious stories of unexplained phenomena, learn the tale of the disappearing librarian and see proof beyond a reasonable doubt that ghosts exist in this library!

Available tour times: 9:40 a.m., 10:40 a.m., and ll:40 a.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Pro bono comes from the latin phrase “pro bono publico” which means for the public good.
The American Bar Association (ABA) has designated the last week of October, as National Pro Bono Celebration Week. The National Pro Bono Celebration Week showcases the great difference that pro bono lawyers make, and highlights the growing need for free and low cost legal aid for those facing civil legal problems that affect basic living conditions such as housing, government benefits, family safety and consumer debt. LA Law Library’s annual Pro Bono Week Celebration is a week-long series of events promoting and delivering legal services for the public good.
From the East: Take the I-10 W, continue on San Bernardino Fwy follow signs for US 101/Los Angeles, merge onto Hwy 101 N/US-101N, Take Spring Street exit, turn right onto N. Spring Street, turn right onto W. 1st St.

From the North/Pasadena: Head west toward I-210W, merge onto I-210 W, keep right to continue on CA-2 S, follow signs for Los Angeles, follow signs for Intersatte 5 S/Los Angeles and merge onto I-5 S, take the Pasadena Fwy exit toward California 110 S/Los Angeles, merge onto US-66 W, take the exit toward I-5 S, merge onto highway 101 S/US-101 S, take the Broadway exit, turn right onto North Broadway, turn right onto W 1st Street.

From the South: take the CA-55 N, take the exit onto I-5 N toward Santa Ana, continue onto Hwy 101 N/US-101 N, take the Spring Street exit, turn right onto N Spring Street, turn right onto W 1st Street.

From the West: take the Santa Monica Fwy I-10 E, take the exit on the left onto CA-110 N/State 110 N toward Pasadena, Take the 6th St/9th St exit towardDowntown/Convention Center/Figueroa St, Follow signs for 4th St and merge onto W 4th St, Turn left onto S Olive St, Turn right onto W 1st St.
All of the information about the activities, events, classes, workshops and services can be found at our dedicated Pro Bono Week website: http://probonoweek.lalawlibrary.org.

If you can’t find an answer to your question at our website, you can email us at probonoweek@lalawlibrary.org.

Free workshops, classes and services will be offered throughout the week and on Saturday at the Public Legal Services Fair. In addition to Saturday’s classes and workshops, lawyers will be available to provide free consultations through the Library's Lawyers in the Library program on Saturday, October 22nd, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. There is no need to register for the Lawyers in the Library program. Just come by and sign-in to speak with an attorney volunteer!

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.

Please review the website to see what other programs will be helpful to you.
Yes. We have created a special downloads page on our Pro Bono Week website at: http://probonoweek.lalawlibrary.org/#downloads.html. Some of the presentations will be available for downloading. Presentations are uploaded to the website as received, but sometimes presentations will not be available to download.
The Public Legal Services Fair provides an opportunity for people of all ages to learn what no cost and low cost legal and social services are available to them.

The Public Legal Services Fair brings together legal aid organizations, government agencies, social services and community-based groups to provide free services and information to the public. The Public Legal Services Fair is a great opportunity to connect members of the public to much-needed legal and social services.

The benefit of the Public Legal Services Fair is that many providers will be in one location, on the same day, and available to provide information, guidance and direction. Fair attendees will have the opportunity to learn and determine which service can best assist them.
People attend the Public Legal Services Fair to learn about their legal issues, find out about their rights and connect with participating organizations. While the Public Legal Services Fair showcases many legal aid providers based in Los Angeles County, many other supportive social service agencies also participate. A complete list of organizations who are participating in the Fair and weekday programs is available at probonoweek.lalawlibrary.org/#partners.html.
Many different kinds of organizations participate – legal aid (including lawyer referral services and legal aid providers), social services, government agencies and community-based organizations. Classes, workshops and legal information sessions addressing specific topics or subjects are provided in partnership with experienced and seasoned providers. .
Yes! The Public Legal Services Fair is open to everyone. Bring your family and friends! .
Registration is advised for all of the classes and workshops in order to ensure you’ll get a seat. Last year’s classes and workshops were well attended. We expect the same this year. Preregistration is given first priority as long as you show up 10 minutes prior to the start of the event.

The Public Legal Services Fair is free. Advanced registration is not required to visit the booths on the front entry area of the Library. p.m.. Registration is advised for all of the classes and workshops during the Public Legal Services Fair in order to ensure you’ll get a seat. Last year’s classes and workshops were well attended. We expect the same this year. Preregistration is given first priority as long as you show up 10 minutes prior to the start of the event.

We do have some workshops offered during the week and at the fair that require appointments in advance. To find the workshops that require advance registration, visit the Pro Bono Week website at probonoweek.lalawlibrary.org/. You can also visit the library and register using one of our computers. Registration confirmations can be sent to your email or you can print your registration confirmation for .15 per page to one of our print stations.

By registering for classes, you will also be eligible to receive reduced rate parking. To register for a class and find the classes with reduced rate parking, click here.
No, in the spirit of Pro Bono Week, all events, classes and workshops are free to all. Visitors are responsible for parking, meals, and other expenses that they may incur in order to attend and participate in Pro Bono Week events.
For Saturday’s Public Legal Resources Fair, food will be offered for sale all day.
Yes! Children are welcome. We will have an activities area for them, while their parents are attending the event.
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available during Pro Bono Week’s Public Legal Services Fair on Saturday, October 22nd.

We encourage both attorneys and non-attorneys to volunteer and get involved. Volunteers typically serve as guides before and during classes and workshops and provide other general assistance to instructors and providers during their classes and workshops.

For more information about the volunteer opportunities available during the fair, email us at probonoweek@lalawlibrary.org

Please provide us with your best contact information, including phone, and the hours that you would be available to volunteer.
Each year, the Public Legal Services Fair grows to include diverse LA City/County government, social service, nonprofit and legal aid service providers. While the 2016 roster has already been finalized, consider stopping by to see the Public Legal Services Fair in action, network with the 40+ providers, and see how the system works. If you think your organization would be a good fit, please let us know whom to contact when the planning begins! Email us at probonoweek@lalawlibrary.org
We rely on the generosity of private and corporate sponsors to help us provide these services every year. We are grateful for each prospective sponsor's passion for our mission and desire to work on behalf of our community. You can help by choosing the right sponsor level for you. Click here to download the sponsorship form or call 213.785.2523.

Our Partners

Organization Website
American Immigration Lawyers Association http://www.aila.org/
Bet Tzedek Legal Services http://www.bettzedek.org
Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers https://www.bhba.org/index.php/sections-committees/categorydetails/39-Barristers
California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District http://www.courts.ca.gov/2dca.htm
Cancer Legal Resource Center https://disabilityrightslegalcenter.org/cancer-legal-resource-center
CASA of Los Angeles http://www.casala.org
The Center for Conflict Resolution http://www.lls.edu/academics/centersprograms/thecenterforconflictresolution/
Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) http://www.carecen-la.org
Children’s Law Center of California http://www.clccal.org/
Christian Legal Aid of Los Angeles http://www.cla-la.org
Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) http://www.chirla.org/
Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC http://chwlaw.us/
County of Los Angeles Office of the Inspector General https://oig.lacounty.gov/
County of Los Angeles Public Library http://www.colapublib.org
Disability Rights California http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/
Disability Rights Legal Center http://www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org/
Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service (IRIS) http://iris.ladiocese.org/
Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project http://www.esperanza-la.org/en/
Grandparents as Parents http://www.grandparentsasparents.org
Housing Rights Center http://www.hrc-la.org/
Karen Rooney Law http://rooneylawla.com/
Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP http://kts-law.com/index.aspx
Law Office of Michelle C. Hopkins http://hopkinsfamilylaw.com
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) http://levittquinn.org/
Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center http://www.lafla.org/
Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, Dispute Resolution Program http://www.lacityattorney.org/#!mediation-dispute-resolution/ut08b
Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs(DCBA) http://dca.lacounty.gov
Los Angeles Food Bank - CalFresh Dept http://www.lafoodbank.org/get-help/food-stamps.aspx
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health http://dmh.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dmh
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department http://sheriff.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/lasd
Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) http://www.lapl.org
Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic http://www.lls.edu/academics/clinicsexperientiallearning/loyolaimmigrantjusticeclinic/
Loyola Law School http://www.lls.edu
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP http://www.manatt.com
Maria Hall https://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-e-hall-87081417
Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS) http://www.mhas-la.org
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) http://www.naleo.org
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles (NLSLA) http://www.nlsla.org
Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE) www.pacelabdc.org
People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) www.epath.org
Piece by Piece http://www.piecebypiece.org
Public Counsel www.publiccounsel.org
Renee L. Williams, Esq. Office of the Alternate Public Defender http://apd.co.la.ca.us
Rite-Aid https://www.riteaid.com/
Robert W. Pendergrass, Attorney at Law http://www.rwpattorney.com/
SmartLaw https://www.smartlaw.org/
SoCal Pro Bono Managers http://www.californiaprobono.org/socal/
The Southern California MLP Collaborative https://mentalhealthadvocacyservices.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/the-southern-california-mlp-collaborative/
Zimmerman Law Office http://www.zimmlawyer.com

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