In 2016, the nation marks the 50th anniversary of perhaps the nation’s best-known U.S. Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona. The Miranda Warning has become ingrained in law enforcement and has permeated popular consciousness through countless recitations in films and television shows. Yet Miranda is only part of the story when it comes to the procedures for ensuring justice. The 2016 Law Day theme — Miranda: More than Words — will explore the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty.

Please join us at any or all of these exciting programs throughout the week.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Law Week Opening: Music & Art Celebration
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Everyone’s invited! Music, art and delectable delights
fill the room at the 2016 LA Law Library Law Week opening celebration.


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Monday, April 25, 2016

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.

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Landlords & Tenants Series: Rights, Responsibilities
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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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Cases: Accused & Prisoners’ Rights
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Key decisions of the Supreme Court interpreting and applying the Constitutional rights of prisoners and people accused of crimes.

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Evolution of Miranda Rights
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Miranda gave us the ‘right to remain silent.’ Explore how the contours of this important right have evolved over the last 50 years.

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Policing Trends in Democratic Societies
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion: How are policing practices and policies in democratic societies around the world changing?

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Toward the Next Miranda
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: How should policymakers balance liberty and safety when regulating the interaction between the public and police?

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DACA & Naturalization Volunteer Training
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Volunteers will learn the basics of naturalization substantive law and the basics of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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Book Discussion: Blue by J. Domanick
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

LA Law Library continues its year long discussion of social-justice-themed books with a discussion of Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing, by Joe Domanick.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Talk to a Lawyer Online!
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Speak to a lawyer live during Legal Aid teleconferencing hours. Appointment required.

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Accessing Police Personnel Files
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Learn the basics of requesting access to police personnel files in criminal and civil cases using Pitchess motions.

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Locating Criminal Court Records
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Learn how to locate documents relating to criminal cases, including rap sheets and court records.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Considering Bankruptcy? Know Your Options
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Is bankruptcy a good idea or not? What debts can be discharged? Who is eligible? Learn what to consider.

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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.

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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.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

How Criminal Court Works
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Learn the criminal court process from arrest through post trial appeal, including definitions of commonly used terminology.

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Overcoming Adversity: Real Stories
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

LA legal professionals who achieved success despite adversity share their personal struggles, triumphs, insights and advice.

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Know Your Rights When Interacting with Police
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 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.

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For press inquiries please contact Jaye Steinbrick at 213-785-2515.

Registration fees: FREE
Classes fill up fast, register today to reserve your seat! All registrants must check-in 10 minutes prior to class time to ensure your seat is not reassigned to waiting-list and walk-in attendees when classes are full.

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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.