Classes

Thursday, August 29, 2019:  12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

A motion for summary judgment or summary adjudication allows a party to obtain judgment in their favor for an entire case or part of a case. These motions are based entirely on written submissions and avoid the time, expense, and uncertainty of a trial. Learn how to determine whether a summary judgment motion might be appropriate in your case, how to bring one before a California state court, and how to respond when one is brought against you.

Class covers:

  • When summary judgment and summary adjudication are appropriate
  • Timing and notice requirements
  • Requirements for submitting evidence
  • How to respond to this type of motion

Presented by Anahit Petrosyan:
Anahit Petrosyan joined LA Law library's Patron Services Department as a Reference Librarian in February of 2018. She participates in the delivery of Platinum program and other LA Law library Members Program services, and provides reference assistance in-person, and via phone, e-mail and chat at LA Law library's main and branch locations, including Van Nuys/North Hollywood and Pasadena public libraries. Anahit also teaches introductory legal research classes, such as Finding Forms, Types and Sources of Law, and Legal Research on the Internet, among others. She previously worked in various library paraprofessional capacities, for over fifteen years, at the University of Southern California libraries, including USC Gould School of Law (Asa V. Call) library. Anahit received her Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Southern California and earned her Master's in Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University.

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, August 27, 2019  12:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.

Business entities come in many shapes and sizes, and choosing the right one can avoid serious tax and liability consequences. Learn which business entity is right for you, how to prepare and file incorporation documents, and why supposed “formalities” like corporate by-laws can be so important to your business success.  

Class covers:

  • Creating legal structures that will protect business start-ups and accommodate the business as it grows
  • Common myths and mistakes people make in setting up a business
  • The difference between an LLC, C-Corporation and S-Corporation and how to determine which one is right for your business
  • Why shouldn't you just operate as a partnership or a sole proprietorship?
  • What are the issues that co-owners should address and resolve in a "Shareholders Agreement" before starting a business together?

Presented by Prof. Michael Chasalow:

Professor Chasalow directs the USC Law School Small Business Clinic, where students gain hands-on experience handling transactional legal problems and providing basic corporate legal assistance to small businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations. Professor Chasalow has worked with start-up companies for over 25 years. His scholarly interests involve the development and structure of business ventures as well as corporate governance issues, fiduciary duty standards and issues relating to the operation and governance of partnerships and LLCs. Professor Chasalow received his B.A. from UC-Berkeley, his J.D. from Berkeley Law and his M.B.A. at UCLA. After law school Professor Chasalow practiced law for several years, initially as a transactional attorney with Latham and Watkins in Los Angeles, where he specialized in such complex corporate transactions as mergers and acquisitions and the issuance of sophisticated debt securities.

Registration fees: FREE - sponsored by the Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library through the generous support of Pacific Western Bank.
Classes fill up fast, register today to reserve your seat! All registrants must check-in 10 minutes prior to class time to ensure your seat is not reassigned to waiting-list and walk-in attendees when classes are full.

Photography / Videography:
If you register for this class, you may be photographed or recorded. By registering for this class you are giving the LA Law Library your consent to photograph, videotape, record and broadcast your picture, likeness, voice and statements.  

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 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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Tuesday, August 27, 2019: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join the LA Law Library book discussion group as we continue our exploration of Women & the Law with a look at legal equality in the workplace. The 1964 Civil Rights Act is best known as a monumental achievement of the civil rights movement, but it also revolutionized the lives of America's working women. Title VII of the law made it illegal to discriminate "because of sex" but that simple phrase did not mean much until ordinary women began using the law to get justice on the job. Because of Sex tells the fascinating story of America's accidental feminists – the women who, because of circumstance and courage, changed long-held perceptions of what Americans thought women were capable of.

About the Author:

  • Senior staff attorney with the ACLU's Women's Rights Project
  • Previously litigated sex discrimination cases at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense Fund)

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

Registration fee: FREE
Register today to reserve your seat!

Join us for a special event!
On Sept. 17, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 pm the LALL Book Discussion Group celebrates Constitution Day by reading The Constitution! Read it and share what the Constitution means to YOU!

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, August 20, 2019, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Formulating a plan is essential to your business success. In this hands-on workshop, an experienced entrepreneur and business executive will use the business model canvas to help you develop your business idea or work out ways to improve your existing business.

Class covers:

  • Why you need a business model
  • Identifying and describing your value proposition
  • Essential components of a successful business model: resources, partners, channels, cost structure, and more
  • Pitching your business to potential investors and partners

Presented by Mark Kapczynski with the support of Bixel Exchange:
Mark Kapczynski is a successful serial entrepreneur, chief executive and advertising industry expert. He founded LocationX, a physical location ad network leveraging beacon technology. Mr. Kapczynski also serves as an Executive Director of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund, helping to foster innovation connected to the university. Mr. Kapczynski last served as VP of Corporate Development and Strategy for Experian's consumer businesses which include leading consumer brands: Experian, FreeCreditReport.com, and ProtectMyID. Mr. Kapczynski graduated from UCLA film school and continues to be active in multiple industry associations that span media, mobile telecom, technology, and consumer internet. He has 8 patents to his name and an additional 45 patents pending.

Registration fees: FREE - sponsored by the Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library through the generous support of Pacific Western Bank.
Classes fill up fast, register today to reserve your seat! All registrants must check-in 10 minutes prior to class time to ensure your seat is not reassigned to waiting-list and walk-in attendees when classes are full.

Photography / Videography:
If you register for this class, you may be photographed or recorded. By registering for this class you are giving the LA Law Library your consent to photograph, videotape, record and broadcast your picture, likeness, voice and statements.  

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 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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Friday, August 23, 2019  12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Many people can't afford a lawyer to handle their legal issues, which can make child custody and support problems daunting. In this class, learn how courts determine who gets child custody, who pays child support and how child support is calculated, plus where to go when you need help or further information. Learning important fundamentals about custody and support can make your legal journey easier and more successful.

Class covers:

  • How judges make custody decisions
  • Forming a custody agreement and getting it approved by the court
  • How child support is calculated, and who pays
  • Basics of enforcing child support, and where to get help
  • How to ask the court to modify a custody or support order
  • Resources for further information and where to seek help

Developed with the support of, and presented by My Legal Team, Inc. (http://www.mylegalteamla.com/)

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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Monday, August 19, 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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Saturday, August 24, 2019: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Looking to improve your legal research skills? In this class, learn to follow time-tested research methods, and avoid the inefficiency and frustration associated with scattershot, disorganized research. Class includes an exploration of under-utilized research tools plus hands-on exercises.

Class covers:

  • What the legal research method is, and why you need it
  • Secondary sources: valuable "shortcuts" for your research
  • How to find and access appropriate sources affordably
  • Advanced search methods like Terms & Connectors ("Boolean") searching
  • Hands-on research exercises

Earn 2.0 hours general MCLE credit

Presented by Ryan Metheny:
Ryan Metheny is Managing Librarian, Legal Education at LA Law Library. After graduating from UCLA School of Law, Ryan practiced First Amendment law at a public interest firm in Berkeley, CA. He transitioned to librarianship to focus on his passions of research and education, and earned a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Washington. Ryan also teaches Legal Research as an adjunct faculty member at USC Gould School of Law.

Registration fee: $40 for the­ class
Non-refundable, payment reserves spot
Brown bag event, eat your lunch (or breakfast) in the classroom! Water and snack provided.

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