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Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Los Angeles, CA Friends of Los Angeles County Law Library will host its 2016 Beacon of Justice Award Gala Reception honoring Justice Joan Dempsey Klein and Stephen English and celebrating the 125th Anniversary of LA Law Library on Wednesday, April 6, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the Mildred L. Lillie building of the Law Library in Downtown Los Angeles.

Over 250 attorneys, judges, justices and guests are expected to attend and honor this year’s honorees, Justice Joan Dempsey Klein and Stephen English. During Justice Klein’s five decades on the bench her wisdom, scholarship, and rulings have touched thousands of lives. Justice Klein is the first graduate of UCLA Law School to be appointed to the bench. As co-founder of The National Association of Women Judges, Joan Dempsey Klein has opened doors for women in the profession and is highly regarded as an early leader in the cause for fair and equal access to justice. Stephen English is a committed advocate for legal services for the poor and founding co-director of the Advancement Project, a public policy change organization rooted in the civil rights movement. He has long been a champion of access to justice and served as an early visionary early Board Member of the Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library.

To buy tickets and/or make a contribution please go to www.friendsoflacll.org. For a complete description and additional information please click here.

About Friends of Los Angeles County Law Library
Supported by the private sector, Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library is dedicated to raising funds for the LA Law Library. Established in 1891, the LA Law Library is a vital civic institution that serves not only judges, attorneys and government officials but also individuals and self-represented litigants. 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, digitize appellate briefs, provide services to the self-represented, expand our partnerships in public libraries, and support pro bono week activities including the public legal services fair.

About the Los Angeles County Law Library
About the LA Law Library: 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. In addition to acting as the curator and cultivator of a superior collection of legal resources comprised of nearly one million volume equivalents -- including one of the nation’s largest foreign and international law collections, LA Law Library serves a gateway to legal information and a navigator facilitating access to the legal system for those who do not have or cannot afford legal representation. Our staff serves more than 50 thousand patrons annually, both nationally and globally, and the number continues to grow daily as new programs and workshops are developed with the assistance of our many partners to provide innovative legal research technology and services. These critical community efforts depend on revenue from civil court filing fees as well as private donations. For additional information on the LA Law Library, please visit www.lalawlibrary.org or call 213.785.2529.

We are grateful to the following Generous Sponsors:

LAW LIBRARY GUARDIANS: Achieving America Family Foundation / Girardi Keese/ Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP / Susan Steinhauser / The Wonderful Company

ACCESS TO JUSTICE BENEFACTORS:
John and Louise Bryson / Edison International, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

COLLECTORS CIRCLE: Sara and Robert L. Adler / Jerome Applebaum / Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Law Library / 
Lawrence Braun and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP / Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP/ Loeb & Loeb LLP / Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP / Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
 / Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP / The Rutter Group, a division of Thomson Reuters

REFERENCE CHAMPIONS: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP / Greene, Broillet & Wheeler LLP / 
JAMS / Latham & Watkins LLP / Morrison & Foerster Foundation / Miriam Muscarolas and Grant Abramson / Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP / Pansky Markle Ham LLP / Paul Hastings LLP and Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP/ Sidley Austin LLP / Susman Godfrey LLP / Patricia Glaser / LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis / Miriam and Chuck Vogel

AMICUS CLUB: Barbara and Justice Earl Johnson, Jr. (ret.) / Horvitz & Levy / Sajan Kashyap / Nelson & Fraenkel LLP
 / Seltzer Fontaine Beckwith / Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles / Judge Jerry K. Fields (ret.) and Valerie Fields / Martha Tolles and Henry Keck / Justice Lee Smalley Edmon and Judge Richard J. Burdge Jr.

 

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Los Angeles Board of Supervisors Proclames National Pro Bono Week

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LA Law Library Receives Los Angeles Board of Supervisors Proclamation
Declaring the Fourth Week in October National Pro Bono Week

Los Angeles, October 6, 2015 -  LA Law Library was honored at a recent Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 as Mayor Michael D. Antonovich recognized the Law Library’s efforts and declared October 24-30 as Pro Bono Week throughout Los Angeles County.  Antonovich presented Sandra Levin, LA Law Library’s Executive Director, with an official proclamation from the county marking the occasion. 

“We are grateful to Mayor  Antonovich and the Board of Supervisors for recognizing the importance of Pro Bono week and what it means to the  people of Los Angeles County”, said Levin. “By declaring Pro Bono Week throughout Los Angeles County, the County is helping to make the remarkable opportunities provided at the 2015 Annual Pro Bono Week Celebration available to all.”

Pro Bono Week provides one-on-one consultations with legal research experts, Lawyers In The Library programs where members of the public can get free individual consultations with volunteer lawyers,  citizenship workshops, housing rights classes, classes on how to handle civil lawsuits, a clinic on how to petition for a conservatorship, information on criminal process and terminology,  and a host of other programs designed to level the playing field and provide public access to legal information.

As Antonovich concluded the presentation he proudly announced “The LA Law Library’s Pro Bono Week celebration is one of the largest collaborative efforts to promote and provide pro bono services in the country.”

About LA Law Library (www.lalawlibrary.org)

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. LA Law Library serves as a gateway to legal information and a navigator facilitating access to the legal system for those who do not have or cannot afford legal representation. These critical community efforts depend on revenue from civil court filing fees as well as private donations. For additional information on the LA Law Library, please visit www.lalawlibrary.org or call 213.785.2529.

For more information, please contact:
Sandra J. Levin, Executive Director
LA Law Library
213.785.2511

Leigh Ann Saldana, Communications Manager
LA Law Library
213.785.2523

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Pro Bono Week 2015 - Taking Place Oct. 24 - 30 at LA Law Library

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Free Consultations, Classes and Workshops Offered in Collaboration With
More Than 40 Legal and Public Service Organizations at LA Law Library.


Los Angeles, September 4, 2015 – As part of its annual Pro Bono Week celebration held October 24th to 30th, LA Law Library brings together more than 40 legal and public service organizations to provide free public assistance in one place.

The week will start off with the third annual Public Legal Services Fair on Saturday, October 24th providing direct access to legal and public service organizations. Other services offered will include free child identification kits and low cost flu shots.

LA Law Library’s calendar for Pro Bono Week is packed with free workshops, information sessions and services for the public including free legal consultations. Many topics are covered; anyone with questions such as how to obtain citizenship, how to keep kids out of foster care, how to resolve a landlord tenant dispute or how to do their own legal research, can get free help from the Library and its many legal service partners. The week also offers nine free continuing legal education classes for lawyers and members of the legal community who want to learn more about volunteer public service opportunities. It’s all part of the national celebration of Pro Bono Week.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact: 213.784.7372, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To see a complete description of the events and services you can visit: probonoweek.lalawlibrary.org.

Sponsors for Pro Bono Week include: Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library, Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis, Rite Aid, Bank of America, and Continuing Education of the Bar.

About LA Law Library (www.lalawlibrary.org)
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. LA Law Library serves as a gateway to legal information and a navigator facilitating access to the legal system for those who do not have or cannot afford legal representation. These critical community efforts depend on revenue from civil court filing fees as well as private donations. For additional information on the LA Law Library, please visit www.lalawlibrary.org or call 213.785.2529.


For more information, please contact:
Sandra J. Levin, Executive Director
LA Law Library
213.785.2515  

Leigh Ann Saldana, Communications Coordinator
LA Law Library
213.785.2523

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LA Law Library proudly announces the winner of the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Emerging Leader Award for 2014 is our very own law librarian Janine Liebert!

“Janine is a remarkable law librarian, creative and fearless when it comes to making legal services available and accessible to the self-represented litigant. She has developed authentic and sincere relationships within the A2J community and, together, they are creating a new role for the 21st century law library!” -Sandra J. Levin, Executive Director, LA Law Library

The Emerging Leader Award recognizes newer members who have already made significant contributions to the Association and/or to the profession and have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service. To read more about this award please click here.

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LA Law Library eBranch Opens at Pomona Courthouse

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Tired of waiting in long lines in the courthouse, waiting to find out if there is a form or process that can help you resolve your legal dispute? Want to find out more about divorce or debt collection before you dive into a lawsuit? Looking into appealing your case?

The LA Law Library eBranch just may be able to save you time, and get you the answers you need.

LA Law Library has launched an innovative, FREE, self-service way for those representing themselves in court, the general public and legal professionals to find information on court procedures and forms, access chapters in law books about specific family law, civil, or criminal law matters  or perform more in-depth legal research.

Come visit our self-service eBranch at Pomona Courthouse, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Court Clerk’s Office, Pomona, CA 91766

For directions, please click here to visit the courthouse's website.

The Pomona eBranch is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. an LA Law librarian will be on hand to help in person

The e-Branch features an information guide to help you get started, video tutorials for on-screen help and live chat to an LA Law Library librarian. Material found on the e-Branch computers can be downloaded or emailed.

Visitors can find information on how to go to court and areas of law, including:

  • Abuse & Harassment
  • Appeals
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Name Change
  • Problems with Money
  • Traffic

These walk-up terminals combine elements to assist self-represented litigants and the general public (Self-Help tab) as well as seasoned professionals ready to go straight into a legal research database (Advanced tab).

Please visit the Pomona, or other two e-Branch locations in Long Beach and Torrance, to experience it for yourself.

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The LA Law Library was honored to recently be featured in the May issue of AALL Spectrum.

The article titled, “What Does Public Access Look Like” co-written by Sandra J. Levin and Jaye Steinbrick, discusses many of the changes made to the library, both inside and out, after the much needed renovation and the expanded and ever-growing services that it allowed the library to offer our patrons.

A few of the changes include an increased number of public computers and Training Center, used for public classes and workshops.

To read the article in its entirety, please click here. The article starts on page 25.

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LA Law Library Celebrates Pro Bono Services

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LA Law Library Offers Free Classes and Workshops
In Celebration Of Pro Bono Week October 21-26

Los Angeles, October 2, 2013 – LA Law Library is once again joining the national celebration of Pro Bono Week.  From October 21-26, 2013, the Law Library calendar is packed with free workshops, information sessions and services for the public, as well as volunteer recognition events and continuing legal education classes for lawyers who want to learn more about volunteer public service.  

Whether they have questions about how to collect money owed to them, need help finding old court records or are trying to understand the meaning of a contract, people are getting help from the Library and its many legal service partners.  Ralph Stahlberg, Senior Reference Librarian, notes that the Law Library helps tens of thousands of residents a year get answers to legal questions. He adds, “No matter how many people come through the door, though, some stories stand out: the single mother who needed assistance with SSI benefits for her incapacitated adult daughter, the patron whose lawyer had taken his money without providing any service or the tenant whose landlord turned off his utilities and was desperate for help.”

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