LA Law Library Celebrates Pro Bono Services

LA Law Library Celebrates Pro Bono Services

October 1, 2012, Los Angeles, California – In celebration of National Pro Bono Week, the LA Law Library presents a series of professional and social events to honor the attorneys, judges, pro bono providers, community leaders, librarians and volunteers who donate their time and energy to those in need of legal assistance.

The celebration begins on Thursday evening, Oct 18 (5:30-7:30) with an opening reception celebrating both Pro Bono week and the LA Law Library’s recently renovated building. Between Monday and Friday, October 22 – 26, the Law Library hosts educational programs focused on consumer law, family law, immigration and the ethics of pro bono assistance.

“We are proud to host our first annual Pro Bono Week celebration. It has been a pleasure to work in partnership with leading legal organizations throughout Los Angeles County to develop this week’s events,” said Marcia Koslov, executive director, LA Law Library. “This is a small token of appreciation for each and every individual who graciously donates their time, energy and legal expertise to our community.”

Below is a listing of the scheduled events. Please visit for additional information.

Thursday, October 18, 2012
CELEBRATE: Pro Bono Thank You Reception, 5:30-7:30 pm
To kick off the week’s events, the LA Law Library will host a reception on its recently rehabilitated front plaza. Gary Greene Esq. and his Big Band of Barristers will be performing, featuring CA Court of Appeals Justice Arthur Gilbert on piano.

Monday, October 22, 2012
Free Consumer Law Clinic, 6 – 8 pm
Business specialists and litigators who serve on Public Counsel Law Center’s pro bono panel will mentor Los Angeles area law students in providing free legal assistance to the general public on consumer law issues. Assistance will be provided on a pre-scheduled appointment basis. No walk-ins please.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
“Family Law 101” MCLE Family Law Training Session, 5 – 8 pm
Presented by the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law and open to members of the California Bar, “Family Law 101” is a hands-on overview for lawyers who want to build a family law practice and/or volunteer in the field. This free MCLE program will cover custody, domestic violence, support and property, as well as procedure and forms.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Southern California Pro Bono Managers’ National Pro Bono Celebration & CLE Event, 12 - 2pm
Erwin Chemerinksy, Dean of UCI Law School, will provide a keynote address over lunch on pro bono challenges and the ever-growing justice gap followed by a one hour ethics CLE Training in which pro bono attorneys working in local law firms will discuss ethical challenges. This event is sponsored by SoCal Pro Bono Managers.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 In-Service Training for Public Librarians, 9 am – 12 noon
Presented by the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN), the National Association of Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), this workshop will introduce librarians from the greater Los Angeles area to CitizenshipWorks, a multilingual online resource to help immigrants learn about their eligibility for citizenship and the naturalization process.

Friday, October 26, 2012
California Professional Ethics, 4 – 5 pm
Open to members of the California Bar and presented by Lexis, this course focuses on the Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys and will review decisions and relevant cases related to Pro Bono Legal Ethics. This free MCLE session will also cover relevant Lexis content that can be used to help address legal ethical dilemmas.

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