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Mission / Vision

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MISSION:

LA Law Library proactively supports people's needs in a dynamic global environment, acting as the curator and cultivator of a superior collection of legal resources, a gateway to legal information and a navigator facilitating access to the legal system.

VISION:

LA Law Library is a vibrant community education center in Los Angeles County and a leader in providing public access to legal knowledge, putting national and international sources of law into the hands of those seeking legal information.

Please Note:

On July 23rd, 2013 The LA Law Library Board of Trustees adopted a new three year strategic plan in support of our mission and vision. Please click here to view our new strategic plan.

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Governance

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The LA Law Library operates under the California Business and Professions Code, Section 6300 et seq. as independent public agency.

A seven-member Board of Trustees set policy and appoint the Executive Director. The Board consists of five Superior Court judges appointed by the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County and two attorneys appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

The Law Library derives its income primarily from a portion of the filing fee charges paid by parties to civil litigation in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County.

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Staff Directory

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The LA Law Library is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees who set policy and appoint the Executive Director. The library staff, which comprises over 40 full-time and 20 part-time staff members at the main library and 2 branch locations, is led by the following team:

Executive Leadership

 
Sandra J. Levin
Executive Director
 
213-785-2529
Jaye Steinbrick
Senior Director & Chief Technology Officer
 
213-785-2529

Branch & Remote Locations

 
Linda H. Taylor
Senior Librarian, Programs & Partnerships
 
213-785-2562

Circulation

 
Austin Stoub
Senior Librarian, Reference & Research
 
213-785-2534

Collection Management Services

 
Meiling Li
Director, Collection Management Services
 
213-785-2554

Communications

 
Leigh A. Garcia
Communications Coordinator
 
213-785-2523

Facilities

 
Richard Ortega
Facility Manager
 
213-785-2526

Finance

 
John Kohl
Director, Finance
 
213-785-2520

Global Law Collection

 
Neel Agrawal
Librarian, Global Law
 
213-785-2536

Human Resources

 
Eustorgio Barajas
Executive Assistant
 
213-785-2511

Programs & Partnerships

 
Malinda Muller
Director, Programs & Partnerships
 
213-785-2560

Reference & Research

 
Ralph Stahlberg
Director, Reference & Research
 
213-785-2535

Serials & Acquisitions

 
Shohreh Saljooghi
Senior Librarian, Serials & Acquisitions
 
213-785-2590

Technology

 
Henry Gunawan
Technology Manager
 
213-785-2550

Website - LALawLibrary.org

 
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Meet The Librarians

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The Reference Librarians at LA Law Library are always available to assist in your legal research!

In addition to an extensive collection of materials available in print or legal databases, LA Law Library also features a staff of knowledgeable and helpful Reference Librarians. All of the Reference Librarians have a Masters in Library Science and an area of specialization. Whether by phone, email, IM chat or in person, the LA Law Library Reference Librarians are here to simplify your legal research!

Visit the Reference Desk for recommendations on how to begin your legal research, assistance with legal resources, or help creating a keyword search in one of the databases available at LA Law Library.

 

Director of Research and Reference Services

Ralph Stahlberg - Collection Development for California Materials
     Classes Taught: Introduction to Lexis, Basic WestlawNext

 

Reference Librarians

Neel Agrawal - Foreign, Comparative and International Law.  
     Classes Taught: Global Legal Research, Introduction to WestlawNext

Channa Cajero - Collection Development Coordinator & Federal and Multi-State Collection Development.
      Classes Taught: Legal Research on the Internet

Esther Eastman - Government Documents.
      Classes Taught: Introduction to PACER, Introduction to Government Documents

Christine Langteau - Paralegal Programs and Prisoner Services.
     Classes Taught: Lawsuit Basics, Paralegal Lit, Introduction to Print Resources

Ryan Metheny - Members Program & Educational Partnerships.
     Classes Taught: Efficient Legal Research for Practitioners, Drafting & Responding to Complaints,
                                      Enforcement of Judgments

Katie O'Laughlin - Members Reference Services & Branch Portals
     Classes Taught: Basic Lexis, Introduction to WestlawNext, and Introduction to Citators

Austin Stoub - Non-California State Collection Development, Circulation Services.
     Classes Taught: Locating Legal Documents, Introduction to Electronic Legal Research

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Rules of Conduct

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Rules of Conduct Brochure

LA Law Library provides public access to legal information. We are here to assist your use of the resources and services offered.  Please help us keep the library safe and pleasant for everyone by following these rules of conduct.


RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS

Users shall respect the rights of other library users and library staff. The Library shall not be used in lieu of an office for the practice of law or any other professional or business activity.  Soliciting, harassing, offending, intimidating or disturbing library patrons or staff is strictly prohibited. 
[California Penal Code 602.1(b)]


AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES

LA Law Library does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities.  To request an accommodation for any of the Library's programs, services, or activities, please inform a staff member of your accommodation request. Service animals as defined by law are welcome in the library to assist persons with disabilities.


PHOTOGRAPHY

We are delighted our patrons enjoy the library and want to take photos.  To protect the privacy of others, however, no photography or filming is permitted inside the library without arrangements and approval in advance.  Should you wish to request permission to photograph within a public space or arrange space for private photography sessions, please contact us at 213.785.2511 for assistance.


SAFETY AND SECURITY

Users should limit their carry-in items to those materials necessary to accomplish their legal research.  For safety and security, the library reserves the right to limit users to one bag and one purse or a briefcase.

Briefcases, backpacks, packages and outer garments may be subject to inspection at any time.  

  • With the exception of wheelchairs, large objects such as carts, luggage, bicycles or parcels that collectively exceed 26” x 19” x 9” are not permitted in the library.
  • Walkways and aisles shall be kept clear and unobstructed by personal items.
  • The Law Library is not responsible for, nor shall it have any liability for, the personal items that users bring into the library.
  • Security personnel will remove unattended items.

PERSONAL CONDUCT IN THE LAW LIBRARY

In consideration of others, quiet is expected throughout the Library. Users may engage in quiet conversation as long as other users are not disturbed. Pagers, cell phones and PDAs should be turned to vibrate. Photocopiers/scanners or other equipment should be used as quietly as possible.

Appropriate attire, including shirts and shoes must be worn in the library.

Animals, other than service animals assisting persons with disabilities, are not permitted in the library.

Children must be under the control and supervision of a responsible adult at all times

Beverages in covered, spill-proof containers are allowed. The eating of food and the chewing of gum are prohibited.

The following are not permitted in the LA Law Library:

  • Smoking, including smoking within 20’ of any entrance to the Law Library.
    [California Government Code 7597]
  • Weapons
  • Loitering, sleeping, lying on the Law Library floor or furniture.
  • Bathing, shaving, and washing clothes in the library restrooms.

Persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs are not permitted in the library.

Persons whose parcels or bodily hygiene or odor is so offensive as to constitute a nuisance or disrupt others’ work shall be required to leave the library.


USE OF LIBRARY MATERIALS

Users shall not conceal or hide library materials for their exclusive use.  Pocket parts or loose-leaf pages may not be removed from books except for photocopy purposes.  When copying is complete, the pages used shall be returned promptly to their correct location in the book.

No materials shall be removed from the library unless they have been properly checked out.  Failure to return materials when due may result in payment of fines, replacement costs and administrative costs and/or loss of Law Library privileges.

Users should not reshelve their used materials. Materials left unattended for long periods of time, will be reshelved by Law Library staff.  Users wishing to keep pulled materials for later use, should place a reserve sign on the items, including a date and time when the user will return to the item(s).


THEFT, ABUSE AND VANDALISM

The theft, abuse, vandalism, mutilation, marring, marking, defacing, or otherwise damaging of the books, building, equipment, furniture or other objects in the Law Library is prohibited.
[California Penal Code 490.5 & 594: Education Code 19910 & 19911]


USE OF COMPUTERS AND PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Law Library public computers are reserved for legal research and access to the online catalog.  Peripheral devices (printers, CD-ROM drives, cameras, keyboards, scanners, etc) may not be attached without prior authorization.

Public computer use is limited to one hour per session.  If no users are waiting, a second session may be requested.  Users may only access public computers using their own library card.  To request your library card, please ask any staff member to assist you.  Accessing the library computer system, programs or data without authorization is prohibited. 

Personal electronic devices may be used in the library provided such use does not disturb other users or take up excessive space or electrical capacity.   Personal electronic devices including but not limited to computers, copiers, scanners and printers may be used only if they do not exceed 1.5 amps or a footprint of 2 square feet, make no noise audible to other patrons and pose no other hazard or obstacle to use of the library by others.   For example, laptops and silent hand-held scanners are generally permitted, while full-size personal computers and scanners are generally not permitted.  Due to a very limited number of electrical outlets each user should not connect to more than one outlet at a time.

UNAUTHORIZED AREAS

Opening emergency exits (except in emergency situations), entering unauthorized or off-limit areas of the library, remaining in the library after closing or during emergency drills or evacuations is prohibited and may result in immediate suspension of library privileges

FAILURE TO COMPLY

Failure to comply with library rules, the directives of library staff, or to cooperate with the staff in their enforcement of these rules may result in the loss or suspension of library privileges, including but not limited to temporary or permanent removal from the library premises.

Updated May 2014

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Friends

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Friends LogoFriends of the Los Angeles County Law Library

Supported by the private sector, Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library are dedicated to raising funds for the Los Angeles County Law Library. Friends' activities raise the visibility of the Law Library and provide a needed, additional base of financial support. Proceeds from past events have been used to expand access, upgrade technology and provide services to the self-represented.

The Friends activities include the Annual Beacon of Justice Award Gala Event as their focal point. Each year in early fall, numerous nominations for the Annual Award are received and following the selection of a recipient, the Gala Event evening is planned and the recipient is given the Beacon of Justice Award.

For more information on this event or the Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library, please visit their website.

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Board of Trustees

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The Library is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees who set policy and appoint the Executive Director. The Board consists of five Superior Court judges appointed by the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County and two attorneys appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

Hon. Ann I. JonesHon. Ann I. Jones
President, Board of Trustees

Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Term expires: December 31, 2014

In addition to chairing Board Meetings, Judge Jones provides leadership on general library direction and guidance on monthly agenda items. Judge Jones was appointed to the Superior Court in October, 2001. Prior to her appointment to the Superior Court, Judge Jones served as a United State Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California (1997-2001).

Following graduation from UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law and a federal clerk appointment to the Hon. Eugene Lynch, Judge Jones was first an associate and later a partner at Blecher & Collins, a private firm specializing in complex antitrust, intellectual property and other commercial litigation. She has been an adjunct Professor of Antitrust Law at both Loyola Marymount University, School of Law and Pepperdine University, School of Law.


Hon. Mark A. Juhas Hon. Mark A. Juhas
Vice President, Board of Trustees
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Term expires: December 31, 2014

Judge Juhas earned his law degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in Tacoma, Washington which was later acquired by Seattle University. He was a clerk for a firm in Tacoma then became a personal-injury defense attorney for the Los Angeles firm Harrington, Foxx, Dubrow and Cantor. He was an associate when he started in 1979 and became a partner in 1985. He worked there until being appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2002.

He currently chairs the Family Law Curriculam Design committee for the Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) and sits on CJER's governing board. He regularly teaches for, among others, The Los Angeles Superior Court's education program, CJER, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and Southwestern Law School. He is currently a member of the State Bar of California's Access to Justice Commission and is co-chair of the Modest Means Incubator Working Group as well as chair of the Judicial support committee.


Hon. Michelle WilliamsHon. Michelle Williams Court
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Term expires: December 31, 2014

Prior to being appointed to the Superior Court of Los Angeles by Governor Jerry Brown in 2011, Judge Court worked for Bet Tzedek, a non-profit legal aid foundation, as vice president and general counsel from 2002 through 2012. She was a Senior Associate at Milberg LLP, from 2000-2002 and served as a community builder fellow and civil rights specialist for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1999-2000. She was also a litigation associate for Litt and Marquez from 1995-1999. Judge Court earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School in 1993, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College in1988.


Hon. Reva G. Goetz Hon. Reva G. Goetz
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Term expires: December 31, 2016

Judge Goetz was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court on February 18, 2010. Prior to her appointment to the Superior Court, Judge Goetz served as a Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner from 2000 until 2010. Judge Goetz was a Municipal Court Commissioner, elected by judges of the Municipal Court in 1991; prosecutor in the Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney's office major fraud unit from 1984-1991 and a sole practitioner, Los Angeles, from 1983-1984.

Judge Goetz earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Whittier School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Kenneth Klein, Esq. Kenneth Klein, Esq.,
Jenner & Block 
Term expires: December 31, 2015

Mr. Klein joined the Los Angeles office of Jenner & Block LLP in 2011. Prior to joining Jenner & Block he was with Hogan & Hartson, now Hogan Lovells.  As a trial lawyer specializing in complex business litigation, Mr. Klein has served as lead counsel in a wide range of cases in both federal and state courts.  Previously, he was a partner at Riordan & McKinzie, where he chaired its litigation department.

Mr. Klein writes frequently for the Los Angeles Daily Journal on litigation and trial techniques.


Hon. Dennis Landin Hon. Dennis Landin
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Term expires: Dec. 31, 2016

Judge Dennis Landin was appointed to the Superior Court in October 2002 and is currently assigned to hear criminal matters in the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Judge Landin received a B.A. in political science from Occidental College in 1977 and a law degree from UCLA in 1980. After graduation and his admission to the bar later that year, he worked as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Foundation of Long Beach. In late 1982 he joined the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California. During his 20-year career in that office he handled virtually every type of federal criminal case both at the trial and appellate level. From 1992 until his appointment to the bench, he was the Chief Assistant to the Federal Public Defender and was responsible for the training and supervision of fifty attorneys.


SusanStienhauser Susan Steinhauser, Esq.,
Term expires: December 31, 2014

Ms. Steinhauser has served on the Board of Trustees since 1997 and as its President between 2002 and 2014. Ms. Steinhauser helped to establish the original Library's Friends group, managed the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Library's Main Building and it's naming for Mildred L. Lillie, Justice, California Court of Appeals. She continues to serve as an essential link between the Friends of the LA Law Library and the Board of Trustees.

Ms. Steinhauser serves on the Library of California Board and chairs its Legislation Committee. She has a distinguished record of public service. She has served as President of the Los Angeles City Fire and Police Pension System Board. She is the founding Co-Chair and Past President of the Los Angeles Women's Appointment Collaboration, a non-partisan coalition that supports women seeking appointed office. She has lectured widely on the appointment process. She is also a Charter Founder of the Los Angeles Women's Foundation and an active member of Women Lawyers of Los Angeles. Ms. Steinhauser is a strong supporter of education and the arts.


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