Thursday, April 21, 2016

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

2016 Law Week Opening Reception. An evening of Music and Art in celebration of the law. Dance, sing and tap your toes as Gary Greene Esq. and his Big Band of Barristers play your favorite big band tunes!

Then, join in the celebration of LA Law Library’s 125th Anniversary by delving into 125 years of photographic history as you tour a historic display about the growth of the City of Angels and the LA Law Library.


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Monday, April 25, 2016

How to Become an Adult's Legal Conservator
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

In California, a conservatorship is a proceeding where a judge appoints a responsible person or organization to assist an adult with a disability with personal care or finances. This session provides general information about the court process and help in preparing and filing documents to be appointed as a probate conservator.

Class covers:

  • Screening for appropriateness of probate conservatorships or available alternatives
  • Obtaining referrals for other types of assistance
  • Overview of conservatorship law
  • Rights of the conservatee and responsibilities of the conservator
  • The court forms needed to file for a conservatorship
  • The petitioning process—what to expect before and after the hearing
  • The post-hearing process

Walk-ins welcomed. Frist come, first serve

Presented by:
Katherine Chew, Bet Tzedek


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

Learn about legal roles, rights and responsibilities of residential landlords and tenants. Both landlords and tenants are encouraged to attend.

Class covers:

  • Resolving problems with tenants and landlords
  • Common lease issues
  • Repairs
  • Disclosure and notice requirements
  • Rent increases
  • Security deposits
  • The eviction process

Presented by:
Chris J. Evans
, Managing Partner, Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP


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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.

With the passage of Proposition 47, certain prior convictions for low-level, nonviolent felonies can now be changed to misdemeanors. Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender addresses eligibility requirements and resources for getting help for a reduced sentence under Prop 47.

Class covers:

  • Forms needed to petition the court under Prop 47
  • Eligibility/disqualification details
  • Obtaining assistance from a Public Defender
  • How long does it take to get Prop 47 relief?
  • What is the impact of not applying for Prop. 47 relief?

Presented by:
Albert J. Menaster, Public Defender,
Law Offices of the Los Angeles County Public Defender


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

This class will review important U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have interpreted and applied Constitutional protections for those accused of crimes, and the imprisoned.

Class covers:

  • Evolution of Gideon and Miranda
  • Interpretations of Equal Protection
  • Definitions of Cruel and Unusual Punishment
  • The Role of the Court
  • Commentaries on the Supreme Court

Presented by:
Ralph P. Stahlberg
, Director, Reference and Research, LA Law Library
Christine Langteau, Reference Librarian, LA Law Library


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

Miranda gave us the ‘right to remain silent.’ As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Miranda v. Arizona, this class will look at how the scope of the right to remain silent has evolved in the courts since this landmark decision was announced in 1966. Learn about recent case developments and surprising technicalities.

Presented by:
Austin Dove, Law Offices of Austin R. Dove


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

This panel discussion addresses current trends in policing practices and policies in democratic societies around the world. Given such factors as changing demographics, immigration, racial and ethnic issues, violence, drug use, and border security, what are fair and democratic policing practices? What are other countries doing to address these issues?

Presenter/Panelist Names:
Edwin Smith, Leon Benwell Professor of Law, International Relations and Political Science, USC Gould School of Law
Hamid Khan, Campaign Coordinator, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
Máximo Langer, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Jeffery Daar, Principal, Daar & Newman


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

The Miranda decision marked a watershed moment in how United States law balanced public and police interests. What might the “next Miranda” be? This panel discussion will address how policymakers should balance liberty and safety when regulating the interaction between public and police and what policy changes, if any, should be made in light of current tensions, technology and circumstances.

Presented by:
Robert Saltzman, L.A.P.D. Board of Police Commissioners, Commissioner
Priscilla Ocen, Loyola Law School, Professor of Law
Eric Miller, Loyola Law School, Professor of Law
Michael Gennaco, OIR Group, Principal


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

Volunteers interested in assisting at a future public workshop will learn the basics of naturalization substantive law and the basics of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program including: eligibility requirements, necessary documents, red flags to naturalization, and tips on effective advocacy. Volunteers will learn how to complete the form N-400, Application for Naturalization, and the I-821D, DACA Application.

Training covers:

  • Eligibility requirements
  • Red flags
  • Good moral character
  • Extended travel
  • Taxes
  • Criminal history
  • Naturalization forms
  • Deferred Action forms
  • Work Authorization forms

Presented by:

Nasim Khansari, Project Director - Citizenship, Advancing Justice – LA
Aman Thind, Project Director - Immigration, Advancing Justice – LA


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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.  Read the book and join the discussion!  The award winning investigative reporter explores the troubled history of the Los Angeles Police Department and illuminates urban policing at a crossroads during the tumultuous years of the early 1990s.  From LA the story shifts to New York City and details how the transformation of the NYPD resulted in a dramatic decrease in crime – even while the LAPD remained in freefall for more than a decade. Blue ends in the summer of 2014 with crime records at record lows, but events in Ferguson and across the country raising alarming warnings about aggressive racial profiling and the militarization of American policing.


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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

The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) now offers a teleconferencing center right here at the Main branch of LA Law Library, where you can speak to a lawyer live, send them documents and get answers to important questions. They offer legal advice and guidance to eligible individuals on a variety of civil matters, including evictions, divorces, and child custody. They can also provide referrals to private attorneys, other legal services, and other resources as needed.

Appointment required. Please call ahead to LAFLA for an appointment: 800 399-4529 or ask at the Circulation Desk of LA Law Library for assistance.

Presented by:
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles


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

In criminal and civil cases where police officers are involved, often one of the parties would like to gain access to the officer’s personnel file. The procedure for making the request is a Pitchess motion. This allows a criminal defendant or civil litigant to request disclosure of arresting or investigating officer or detective’s personnel file in order to discover evidence regarding credibility, prejudice or prior use of excessive force.

Presented by:
David A. Katz, Katz & Associates
Tamara Bogosian, Of Counsel, Best Best & Krieger LLP


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

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

Class covers:

  • Locating and accessing court records in various jurisdictions and courts
  • Identifying and accessing records in print or electronic format
  • Locating criminal records as the first step in seeking post-conviction relief, including reduction of felonies to misdemeanors under Prop 47.

Presented by:
Austin Stoub,
Senior Librarian, LA Law Library


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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? If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, it is important to consider how it works and whether it is the right option for you. Learn about the bankruptcy process from bankruptcy professionals. This class will present an introductory overview of the bankruptcy process and is designed for individuals considering bankruptcy who do not own any real property.

Class covers:

  • Things to consider before filing for bankruptcy
  • Types of bankruptcy
  • Alternatives to bankruptcy
  • Overview of the bankruptcy process
  • Pros and cons to filing for bankruptcy
  • And much more!

Presented by:
Magdalena Reyes Bordeaux, Supervising Senior Staff Attorney, Public Counsel
Christian Cooper, Staff Attorney, Public Counsel


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Civil Lawsuit Basics: Complaints & Answers
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

As part of LA Law Library's Civil Lawsuit Basics Series, this class provides self-represented litigants, paralegals, law students, new attorneys, and others with basic information on how to prepare and respond to complaints in civil lawsuits in California courts.

A civil lawsuit starts with the filing and service of a written complaint; the defendant must then file an answer or other response. These are called pleadings, and they set the stage for all that comes afterward in the lawsuit. In this class, learn how to prepare, file, serve and respond to civil case pleadings in California state court.

Class covers:

  • Is filing a lawsuit a good idea?
  • Identifying possible legal theories
  • Drafting the complaint
  • Service of summons and complaint
  • Answers and other responsive pleadings

Presented by:
Ryan Metheny, Reference Librarian, LA Law Library


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Representing Yourself in a California Courts of Appeal
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Are you thinking of appealing the trial court decision in your civil lawsuit? Do you know the purpose of an appeal? Do you know the basics of court procedure? Learn about the appeals process from clerks at the California Court of Appeal who have extensive experience in providing assistance to unrepresented litigants.

Class covers:

  • The purpose of an appeal
  • Deadlines and calendaring
  • Where and how to file
  • Brief writing
  • And more!

Presented by :
James Renteria, Assistant Deputy Clerk,Courts of Appeal, Second Appellate District
Candace Mortelliti, Assistant Deputy Clerk,
Courts of Appeal, Second Appellate District

Carter Cassidy, Assistant Deputy Clerk, Courts of Appeal, Second Appellate District


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Friday, April 29, 2016

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

The Deputy Alternate Public Defender will explain the criminal court process from arrest through post trial appeal, including definitions of commonly used terminology. This class will be useful for anyone involved in the criminal process, including friends and family members of people accused of a crime.

Class covers:

  • Differences between civil and criminal law
  • Basic terminology used in the criminal process
  • Step-by-step overview of how a criminal case makes its way through the system
  • Introduction to the resources and people involved in the process

The class does not cover specific crimes or criminal procedures.

Presented by:
Renee L. Williams, Esq., Office of the Alternate Public Defender


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

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

What obstacles to success and attainment exist in today’s society? Which doors have been opened? Which are still closed? Which have yet to be explored?Join us for a thought-provoking panel centered on reaching goals despite adversity. Hear stories of prominent Los Angeles legal professionals whose struggles didn’t stop them from striving toward and achieving meaningful careers that make a difference.

Local high school classes will attend and are invited to ask questions and share their perspectives as well.

Craig Barnes
, Managing Partner, Sedgwick LLP
Grew up in a mixed-race family in the South Bronx and then as a ward of the court. 

Betty Boyd, Lawyer and Legal Scholar (JD, LLM)
Dropped out of high school due to blindness and lack of support and resources

Martha Carrillo, Deputy District Attorney
Raised by a single mom as an undocumented immigrant

Luis Rodriguez, Deputy Public Defender
First Latino President of the California State Bar

Deborah Sanchez, Judge, L.A. Superior Court and Chumash Elder
Started as a teen mom from the housing projects

Janeen Steel, Founder, Learning Rights Law Center
Struggled with undiagnosed learning disability

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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

Interactions with law enforcement can be intimidating and unsettling. This class covers how to make smart choices when interacting with the police. Includes tips for how to respond when talking to the the police on the street, in your car and in your home. Covers civil rights and responsibilities of the police and public.

Class covers:

  • Understanding the right to remain silent and consenting to a search
  • Tips for how to handle being questioned
  • Your rights in the event of an arrest
  • How to make good decisions during a traffic stop
  • What information to give an officer during a police stop
  • Options when witnessing police interactions.
  • And more!

Presented by :
Jamon Hicks, Douglas Hicks Law Firm
Colleen Flynn, National Lawyers Guild Los Angeles
Olu Orange, Orange Law Offices


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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.

Photography / Videography: If you register for any of these classes, you may be photographed or recorded. By registering, you are giving the LA Law Library your consent to photograph, videotape, record and broadcast your picture, likeness, voice and statements.

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.