Classes

Friday, December 13, 2019  12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Many people can't afford a lawyer to handle their legal issues. This can make it difficult to protect your civil rights, including your right to be free from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and education. In this class, learn about your civil rights under state and federal law, how these rights are protected, and resources available to help. Learning important fundamentals about civil rights can make your legal journey easier and more successful.

Class covers:

  • The right to be free from unlawful discrimination, and other types of civil rights
  • The characteristics generally protected by civil rights laws, including race, ethnicity, gender, religious belief, and age
  • How to determine which civil rights statute or claim might apply to your situation
  • How and where to make a civil rights complaint, and types of civil rights lawsuits
  • Resources for further information and where to seek help

Developed by practicing attorneys and presented by LA Law Library Reference Librarians

Class approved for Court Interpreter Minimum Continuing Education (CIMCE) credit.

Registration fees: FREE
Registration reserves spot

No legal advice:
LA Law Library does not provide legal advice. LA Law Library provides legal resources and assistance with legal research as an educational service. The information presented in this program is not legal advice and is provided solely as an educational service to our patrons. For legal advice, you should consult an attorney.

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Thursday, December 19, 2019:  12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

The process of discovery in a civil lawsuit allows a party to obtain information and documents relevant to the suit. This helps the parties know ahead of time what evidence might be presented at trial, or to resolve the case prior to trial. This class explores when and how to use two different tools for getting a party to a lawsuit to answer questions in writing – interrogatories and requests for admission ("RFAs") – in California state court civil cases.

Class covers:

  • The purpose of interrogatories (questions to another party regarding contentions, facts, witnesses and documents in the case)
  • The purpose of requests for admissions (RFAs – statements another party must deny or admit)
  • Common uses for these discovery tools
  • How to use official "form" interrogatories and requests for admission
  • When to bring motions to compel responses
  • How to respond to these discovery requests, including how to make appropriate objections

Class approved for Court Interpreter Minimum Continuing Education (CIMCE) credit.

Presented by Sandra Levin:
Sandra Levin is the Executive Director of LA Law Library, responsible for the conduct and oversight of its operations, including direction and implementation of programs, activities and policies. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Ms. Levin was a civil litigator for more than 25 years, practicing in administrative, state and federal courts. Ms. Levin was a founding principal of Colantuono & Levin, a law firm specializing in the representation of local government agencies. While at the firm, she served as the City Attorney of several local municipalities and as special and general counsel to other public agencies, including the Law Library. Earlier in her career, Ms. Levin also served as Mayor, Councilmember and Planning Commission Chair for the City of Culver City. Ms. Levin received her J.D. from the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1987 where she was a member of the California Law Review.

Registration fee: $20
Non-refundable, payment reserves spot
Parking options available during registration

LA Law Library does not provide legal advice:
LA Law Library does not provide legal advice. LA Law Library provides legal resources and assistance with legal research as an educational service. The information presented in this program is not legal advice and is provided solely as an educational service to our patrons. For legal advice, you should consult an attorney.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join the LA Law Library book discussion group as we conclude our year of Women and the Law with the true story of Eunice Hunton Carter, the grandmother of Yale Law Professor and bestselling author, Stephen L. Carter. She was black, a woman and a prosecutor, a graduate of Smith College and the granddaughter of slaves - as unlikely a combination as one could imagine in the New York City of the 1930s. When special prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey selected twenty lawyers to help him clean up the city's underworld, she was the only member of the team who was not a white male. Without the strategy that she devised, Lucky Luciano, the most powerful mob boss in history, would not have been convicted. Complicating her rise in the legal profession was her difficult relationship with her younger brother, Alphaeus, an avowed Communist who – together with his friend Dashiell Hammett – went to prison during the McCarthy era.

Moving, haunting, and as fast-paced as a novel, Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster, tells the true story of a woman who often found her path blocked by the social and political expectations of her time, but never accepted defeat.

Presented by: Katie O'Laughlin, Managing Librarian, LA Law Library

Registration fee: FREE
Register today to reserve your seat!

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Friday, December 27, 2019  12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Even though the proceedings are simplified, going to small claims court can be intimidating. You have to know certain basic information to win your claim or defend against someone else's. This class provides information you need to go to small claims court with confidence. You will also learn about free resources available to help. Learning important legal fundamentals about small claims court can make your legal journey easier and more successful.

Class covers:

  • Which claims can be filed in small claims court
  • Gathering evidence and deciding who to sue
  • Writing (or responding to) the claim
  • Serving papers
  • Going to court
  • Getting paid if you win
  • Resources for further information and where to seek help

Developed by practicing attorneys and presented by LA Law Library Reference Librarians

Class approved for Court Interpreter Minimum Continuing Education (CIMCE) credit.

Registration fees: FREE
Registration reserves spot

No legal advice:
LA Law Library does not provide legal advice. LA Law Library provides legal resources and assistance with legal research as an educational service. The information presented in this program is not legal advice and is provided solely as an educational service to our patrons. For legal advice, you should consult an attorney.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019  5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) will provide free legal assistance to eligible low income individuals who are seeking to clean up their criminal records. Clearing a criminal record allows individuals to move on with their lives and seek jobs and other opportunities that would otherwise not be available.

To Register: Interested individuals should call (800) 399-4529 to be pre-screened for the workshop. Eligible candidates will be seen by appointment ONLY.

Candidates must not be on probation or owe fees, fines or restitution. Candidates must also have a copy of his/her criminal transcript from the court or a criminal history report (a 'RAP' sheet) from the California Department of Justice. You may request a criminal history report by doing a live scan at locations found at https://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/locations

Registration fee: FREE

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.

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Monday, December 16, 2019:  10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

In California, many families struggle to care for adults who are not able to care for themselves. For these families, a court-approved conservatorship may help. It allows 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 request appointment as a probate conservator.

Class covers:

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

Presented by: Bet Tzedek in collaboration with LA Law Library.

No advance registration or phone appointment is necessary. Participants register on the day of the program and will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Bet Tzedek at 323-939-0506 for additional information.

Check-in begins at 9:15 am. Space is limited to the first 25 individuals and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

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Lunes, 16 de diciembre 2019: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Para los quien están en procedimientos de deportación, o incluso los que están sujetos a ser deportados de los EE.UU., este taller ofrece información general sobre los procedimientos de deportación y la corte de inmigración, así como una descripción detallada de asilo, retención de expulsión y la convención contra la tortura. La presentación incluye una discusión de lo que son procedimientos de deportación, cómo funcionan y cuáles son sus derechos en la corte de inmigración. También incluye una descripción detallada de los elementos y las barras de asilo, la retención de la eliminación y la convención contra la tortura. La presentación esta conducida totalmente en español.

Regístrese en persona en la corte de inmigración. Regístrese los martes/jueves entre las horas de 9:30 am-12:00 pm, 1:30 pm-4:00 pm en el quinto piso de la corte de inmigración de Los Ángeles (606 S. Olive St., Los Ángeles, CA, 90014). Tome el ascensor a la izquierda de la mesa de la recepcionista en el primer piso. No hay registración telefónico o electrónica disponible.

Presentado por: Jonathan Vallejo, Miembro del Servicio Publico de la Facultad de Derecho de UCLA, Proyecto Esperanza

Cuota de registro: GRATIS
Las clases se llenan rápidamente. ¡Regístrese hoy para reservar su asiento! Debe registrarse 10 minutos antes al horario de clases para garantizar que su asiento no sea reasignado a la lista de espera ni a los asistentes al evento.

La biblioteca jurídica de Los Ángeles no da asesoría legal:
La biblioteca jurídica de Los Ángeles ofrece recursos legales y la asistencia con la investigación jurídica como un servicio educativo. La biblioteca jurídica de Los Ángeles se complace en ofrecer a nuestros usuarios la oportunidad de obtener asistencia de proveedores de servicios legales de terceros en este y otros eventos dentro de la biblioteca. Sin embargo, la biblioteca no controla y no es responsable del contenido o el alcance de la asistencia brindada por dichos proveedores.

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Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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