LA Law Library celebrated Law Week this year from May 1-5, 2017 by providing access to FREE legal resources for those facing both civil and criminal legal problems.

During this week long event more than 750 people attended classes, events and workshops.

We encourage you to visit our website at www.lalawlibrary.org/CLASSES to learn about the new classes, workshops and events that are available year-round.

Please check back here frequently for exciting details on next year’s events.

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Class Materials

MCLE: Volunteer Training:
Learn How to Assist with Probate Guardianships

May 2: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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MCLE: Proving Innocence and Other Post-Conviction Relief

May 2: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Turning 18:
What You Need to Know
 

May 2: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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MCLE: Volunteer Training: Expungement Clinic

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

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MCLE: Panel Discussion: Constitutional Rights of Immigrants

May 2: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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MCLE: Access to Police Personnel Files

May 3: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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How to Obtain Social Security Disability Benefits

May 4: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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Civil Lawsuit Basics: Complaints & Answers

May 4: 12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

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Representing Yourself in the California Courts of Appeal

May 4: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Brief Writing Basics for
Non-lawyers

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

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Individualized Help Writing an Appellate Brief

May 5: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Section 8 and Subsidized Housing

May 5: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Know Your Rights Interacting with the Police

May 5: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

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Event Registration

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Opening Reception:
Music & Art Celebration

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Everyone’s invited! Music, art and delectable delights fill the room at the 2017 LA Law Library Law Week opening celebration.

Monday, May 1, 2017

How to Become an Adult's Legal Conservator

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Please note the date change from May 1 to May 8, due to street closures and special events taking place surrounding the law library.

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

What Is Due Process?
Know Your Rights

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

Please note the date change from May 1 to May 8, due to street closures and special events taking place surrounding the law library.

We frequently hear the phrase “due process rights”, but what does that really mean? What are these rights and how are they determined?

Lancaster Public Library

Clearing Criminal Records: What You Need to Know

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Addresses eligibility and resources for clearing a criminal record. Eligible individuals will get screened for free expungement legal services in Lancaster.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Torrance Courthouse

Ask-A-Lawyer Day

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LA Law Library Torrance Branch hosts South Bay Bar Association’s annual Ask-A-Lawyer Day.

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Volunteer Training: Learn How to Assist with Probate Guardianships

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.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.

Norwalk Public Library

How to Become an Adult’s Legal Conservator

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 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.

How to Become a Minor’s Legal Guardian

10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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

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Proving Innocence and Other Post-Conviction Relief

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

Learn about the remedies available to those wrongfully convicted of crimes, plus other types of post-conviction relief such as pardons.

How to Apply for Bankruptcy

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Considering bankruptcy? Learn who is eligible to file for bankruptcy, the steps to take and what debts can be discharged.

Business Series: Protecting Your Trademarks, Copyright & Patents

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

Learn how to protect your intellectual property – your intangible business assets like copyrights, trademarks, and patents – in order to ensure your company’s continued success.

Turning 18: What You Need to Know

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Learn about the legal effects of turning 18, including how your legal rights and responsibilities change. For parents and teenagers.

Pasadena Public Library

Webcast: Turning 18: What You Need to Know

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Please join us at the Pasadena Public Library and watch a live-stream of this popular program for parents and teenagers. Learn about the legal effects of turning 18, including how legal rights and responsibilities change.

Torrance Courthouse

Webcast: Turning 18:
What You Need to Know

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Please join us at the Torrance Self Help Center and watch a live-stream of this popular program for parents and teenagers. Learn about the legal effects of turning 18, including how legal rights and responsibilities change.

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Volunteer Training: Expungement Clinic

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

Learn how to assist community members with clearing their criminal records and get inspired to volunteer at a future clinic.

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Panel Discussion: Constitutional Rights of Immigrants

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Do immigrants have due process and equal protection rights under our Constitution? Legal experts discuss the cases and issues fueling headlines.

Book Discussion: Devil in the Grove, by Gilbert King

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Bring the book and your thoughts as we discuss this inspiring story of civil rights crusader Thurgood Marshall, the KKK and the fight for a New America.

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Intro to Removal Proceedings for Unaccompanied Children

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Learn to assist vulnerable, immigrant children facing deportation. Train to be a volunteer.

Help With Clearing Criminal Records

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Torrance Courthouse

Family Law Divorce Orientation Workshop

9:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.

This workshop is for litigants who are representing themselves and who want to file a petition for dissolution of marriage (divorce), dissolution of domestic partnership or file for a legal separation.

Prop 47: Can You Reduce Your Felony to a Misdemeanor?

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Deputy Public Defender addresses eligibility and resources for changing prior felony convictions to misdemeanors under Prop 47.

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Access to Police Personnel Files

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

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

Vulnerable Decisions in a Changing Supreme Court

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

The Supreme Court is changing and some of its most famous decisions may change, too. Learn which ones are most vulnerable.

Orientación General y Taller de Asilo para los Inmigrantes que Enfrentan la Deportación

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

Proporciona información general sobre el proceso de deportación y la corte de inmigración, así como una descripción detallada de asilo, retención de expulsión y la convención contra la tortura. La presentación esta conducida totalmente en español.

Talk to a Lawyer Online!

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

Speak to a Legal Aid lawyer about family law or housing matters during teleconferencing hours. Appointment required.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

How to Obtain Social Security Disability Benefits

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

An overview of the process of obtaining Social Security disability benefits (SSI and SSDI) from application to appeal.

Torrance Courthouse

Civil Lawsuit Basics: Presenting Evidence at Trial

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

An experienced attorney will provide basic rules, strategy and practice tips on how to prepare for and conduct a trial in California state court.

Civil Lawsuit Basics: Complaints & Answers

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

Provides basic information on how to prepare and respond to complaints in civil lawsuits in California courts.

Representing Yourself in the California Courts of Appeal

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

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

Brief Writing Basics for
Non-lawyers

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

Learn the rules and requirements and get tips on how to draft the most effective appellate briefs in California state court.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Individualized Help Writing an Appellate Brief

10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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

Section 8 and Subsidized Housing

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

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

Landlords & Tenants: Rights & Responsibilities

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

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

Civil Rights Violations:
Filing a Lawsuit

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

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

Los Angeles Public Library,
Van Nuys

Lawyers in the Library

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Free 20-minute consultations, featuring volunteer attorneys from the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.

Know Your Rights Interacting with the Police

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

Future of Policing: Roundtable Discussion

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Dialogue on the Future of Policing: engage in small group discussions to exchange ideas and build mutual trust between community and law enforcement.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Each year, LA Law Library joins the celebration of Law Day with an entire week of FREE classes, clinics, and events. Established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Law Day is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day events are conducted each May 1 across the country to help youth and adults understand how law keeps us free and how our legal system strives to achieve justice. Every year since 1958 the president of the United States has issued a Law Day proclamation recognizing the importance of this day. Celebrations on this special day and throughout the entire week underscore how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share.
Every year a new theme is chosen to spotlight a particular aspect of the rule of law or legal process and how it affects our daily lives. This year, the national theme of Law Week is: The Fourteenth Amendment: Transforming American Democracy. The 2017 theme provides the opportunity to explore how the Citizenship, Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of this transformative amendment have advanced the rights of all Americans. Our Law Day celebration will include a panel discussion on the extent to which these rights apply to the legal rights of immigrants.
LA Law Library has an entire week of FREE programs lined up, both for lawyers (MCLE) and the general public. These will include a “Lawyers in the Library” event where patrons can receive free legal advice from volunteer lawyers, a panel of distinguished scholars discussing the constitutional rights of immigrants, and many other classes, clinics, and events.
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.
Yes. However, there a number of convenient parking options available near LA Law Library. For more information on parking options available, please visit Parkopedia: http://en.parkopedia.com/.
Yes! We are conveniently located one block east of “Civic Center” Red-Line Station!
Yes, all events during Law Week are FREE to attend.
Yes, all events are open to the public.
Yes, there are six classes that offer MCLE credit. To see the MCLE classes, please click http://www.lalawlibrary.org/MCLE
Unfortunately, childcare is not available at these events.
Most classes require reservations but walk-ins will also be welcomed on a first-come, first-served basis dependent upon availability.

 

Games

You've Got Trivia:
LAW EDITION

How much do you know about the Law? Check to see in this fun, fast-paced trivia game. Are you a Trivia God?

Human Rights Exercise

This matching exercise raises awareness of human rights violations occurring around the world, while educating participants about the various international legal provisions that protect individuals against such violations.

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Ballot Box

This online educational game is designed to explore the evolution of voting rights in the United States and the impact it may have had on key presidential elections.

Videos

Overcoming Adversity

This video focuses on sharing the stories of individuals who have overcome significant barriers to achieve success. It is our hope that hearing and seeing these stories come alive will inspire individuals to overcome whatever barriers they face in order to make a difference in society.

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Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in LA Law Library's Law Week Celebration, which will be taking place May 1-5, 2017.

We are located at:
301 West First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
For directions, please click here.

For more information, please call 213.784.7379.


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