Building on the success of the Pro Bono Week Celebration in 2013,
LA Law Library is celebrating National Pro Bono Week again this year
October 20-25, 2014. The National Pro Bono Celebration showcases the great difference that pro bono services 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. The week’s calendar includes classes, workshops and MCLE presentations.

 

Pro Bono Week 2014 Video Recap

 

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.

 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ethical Considerations in Medical-Legal Partnerships

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
This training discusses issues that arise in the medical/legal partnership model of legal services delivery and best practices in responding to those issues.

MCLE Credit: 1 hour Legal Ethics credit.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Divorce Options Workshop - What You Need to Know About Divorce

12:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Learn from experts who have guided other people through the divorce process: a divorce lawyer, a financial advisor and a family counselor.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SoCal Pro Bono Managers’ National Pro Bono Celebration and CLE Event

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
In an effort to promote client-centered advocacy, three concurrent presentations will be held on the topics of cross-cultural competency, representing clients with challenging behaviors, and the intersection of pro bono and language access. This event is sponsored by SoCal Pro Bono Managers

MCLE Credit: 1 hour Legal Ethics credit or
1 hour Elimination of Bias MCLE credit .

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pro Bono Thank You Reception

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Open to the Public! To celebrate the week's events, LA Law Library and its co-sponsors will host a reception. Gary Greene, Esq. and his Big Band of Barristers will be performing.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Consumer Law Series: The Homeowner's Bill of Rights

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
This class will cover the purpose of the California Homeowners Bill of Rights ("HBOR" or "SB 900") and how it protects borrowers.

MCLE Credit: 1 hour General credit.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Public Librarian Training: The California Consumer Justice Coalition

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The California Consumer Justice Coalition, a partnership of five local legal services agencies, is funded by the National Mortgage Settlement Trust Fund to help foreclosure victims and other consumers. This training for library staff will focus on how to direct members of the public to free resources available through its website (www.caconsumerjustice.org). Services include free legal clinics, free housing counseling and more.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Problems with Money and Credit: Too Much Debt?
Know Your Rights!

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Learn the basics of using credit wisely and managing debt, including steps to take to rebuild your credit after a financial setback. Get tips on financial education tools and resources to help you understand your options for taking loans and cash advances. The laws that protect homeowner rights and options for avoiding foreclosure will also be covered.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Problems with Money and Credit: Lost your Debt Lawsuit?
Know Your Rights!

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
This workshop will explain what a creditor can and can't do after they win a lawsuit. It will identify some income, like benefits, that cannot be taken. Finally, it will explain "claims of exemption," which can stop wage garnishments or get back money taken from your bank.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

MCLE Hot Topic: Closing the Access to Justice Gap Through Modest Means Representation

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Join panelists from the judiciary, academia, and private practice as they discuss the growing problem of access to justice, and how new initiatives and business models aimed at expanding 'low bono' or 'modest means' representation may help address the crisis.

MCLE Credit: 2 hours General credit.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

One-on-one counseling with attorneys from Public Counsel on debt, foreclosure, and fraud-related issues.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free legal advice about credit card debts, bill collectors, foreclosure, consumer fraud and other consumer issues. If you are a person of low income - then talk to a volunteer attorney for FREE! For questions about consumer law only. Advanced registration required - No walk-ins. Please contact Public Counsel at (213) 385 2977 x703 to determine if your income level and matter qualify for free legal services.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Civil Lawsuit Basics: Drafting, Filing, and Responding to Complaints

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

This class will provide basic information on how to prepare complaints and answers in civil lawsuits in California courts.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Representing Yourself in the California Court of Appeal

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

The Court of Appeal will describe the civil appeals process: deadlines and calendaring, where and how to file, and brief writing.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Public Legal Service Fair

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For additional information on the FREE services, classes and workshops taking place, please click the "Read More" button below.

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For press inquiries please contact Jaye Steinbrick at 213-785-2515.
To read the Pro Bono Week press release, please click here.