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.”
As part of its strategic planning process, LA Law Library is soliciting ideas and perspectives on the future operations and direction of the Law Library.
Below are the open invitation dates for the Strategic Planning Workshops. The forums are open to the public and no reservations are required. LA Law Library patrons are encouraged to attend.
LA Law Library To Introduce Self-Service Research Model at County Courthouses, Replacing Brick & Mortar Locations in Norwalk, Pomona and Santa Monica
In support of the pending reorganization and realignment of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, LA Law Library will be shifting its focus at some branch locations from a brick and mortar presence to one based on self-service, and expanding hours at other existing locations. As a result of the reorganization of the courts, the spaces currently occupied by the Norwalk, Pomona and Santa Monica branches of the LA Law Library are needed to fulfill other functions.
On Thursday, January 18, 2013, Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Barristers, Legal AID Foundation of Los Angeles and Mexican American Bar Association held an MCLE panel discussion at the LA Law Library on the Sergio Garcia immigration case currently pending before the California Supreme Court.
Court findings show that as many as 70 percent of family law litigants in California are unrepresented. Library staff often get questions about common legal problems, like divorce, child custody, support and domestic violence.
Patricia Pelz Hart, Lawyer/Librarian (writer) and Tanya Cao, Catalog Librarian (photographer), both of Chapman Law School Library in Orange toured the Main Library in November 2012 for a profile piece on the recent changes at LA Law. The story appears in the November/December 2012 issue of the Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL) newsletter.