Classes

Saturday, October 20, 201810:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. 

Receive hands-on instruction on how to use a popular all-in-one source for legal research. The Westlaw (formerly known as WestlawNext) legal research database that has been described as "ground breaking" and "Google for lawyers."

Class covers:

  • Formulating search queries
  • Reviewing and filtering search results
  • Finding cases and code sections
  • Hands-on exercises

No legal advice:
LA Law Library provides access to legal resources and assistance with legal research. LA Law Library does not provide legal advice. For legal advice, you should consult an attorney.

Registration fees: $20 for the class
Non-refundable, payment reserves spot

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018  12:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.

Learn about government contracts, which can be a great source of steady revenue for small businesses. Officials from local and state agencies will present information on how to locate public solicitations, certification requirements, the bidding process, and how contracts are awarded.

Class covers:

  • Finding and responding to public solicitations
  • Understanding government contracts
  • State and local contracts vs. federal contracts, and the different requirements for each
  • Business development and government contracting opportunities and resources in L.A. City and County

Presented by officials from L.A. City Department of General Services, L.A. County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs and the California Department of General Services

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, October 23, 2018  12:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.

As a business owner, you try to do things that set you apart from the competition. Usually, you do not want the competition to know your important business information, and you don't want them to profit from your creative expressions and original works. In this class, learn how to protect the information and work that gives your business an edge.

Class covers:

  • Copyrights: what is protected, and how to make sure no one profits from your original works and expressions
  • Trade secrets: how to obtain, protect, and enforce
  • Non-disclosure agreements and non-competition agreements
  • Methods for protecting sensitive information

Presented by Dan M. Forman & John L. Geiger:

Dan M. Forman is the managing partner at the Los Angeles office of employment law firm Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (http://www.cdflaborlaw.com/). His knowledge expands beyond traditional employment law to the expanding field of trade secret litigation where he has successfully prosecuted and defended complicated cases.

Forman's vast litigation experience, including bench and jury trials, also allows him to adeptly utilize alternative dispute resolution techniques to achieve efficient and expedited results in cases with high financial exposure. His experience extends throughout state and federal courts, as well as alternative dispute resolution venues. Forman represents clients before a wide range of regulatory agencies, including California's Labor Commissioner, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Employment Development Department, Equal Employment Opportunity and similar agencies.

In addition to achieving favorable results in litigation, Forman advises California clients on the full gamut of employment topics in an effort to avoid claims. Forman counsels service providers, high tech companies, insurance agencies, security businesses, manufacturers, financial institutions, health and medical industry clients. He drafts wage and hour policies, employment and severance agreements, covenants-not-to-compete and trade secret confidentiality agreements, and advises on collective bargaining and WARN Act compliance.

To help employers and business executives stay ahead of emerging legal issues, such as social media, employee retention and non-compete and confidentiality agreements, Forman frequently provides employers and clients updates by his participation in various industry webinars and presentations.

John L. Geiger is the General Manager of Standards & Practices for Los Angeles County's Internal Services Department, where he advises on complex information technology, telecommunications, and intellectual property procurements and projects. With over thirty years of legal experience, Mr. Geiger is a former Principal Deputy County Counsel, and is admitted to practice law before all Courts of the State of California, as well as the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Supreme Court. In 2001, he was Board certified as an appellate specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization.

Prior to joining the public sector, Mr. Geiger was an entertainment attorney in Century City, representing entertainment celebrities, including feature film talent (producers, writers, and directors) and headline music artists. As a writer and screenwriter, Mr. Geiger is a member of the Authors Guild and the Writers Guild of America/West (Independent Film Caucus). He is co-author of the book Creativity & Copyright, to be published by the University of California Press in 2019.

Mr. Geiger is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (Bachelor of Arts - English), the University of California, Los Angeles (Master of Fine Arts - Film), and the University of Southern California (Juris Doctor).

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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Thursday, October 18, 2018: 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

A motion is the way a litigant requests a court order and may be made at any time while an action is pending and the relief sought is appropriate. Motion can have a huge impact on your case. This class is intended to give an overview of motion practice in California state court and the rules of procedure that apply to making, filing, serving and opposing motions.

Class covers:

  • What a motion is and why law and motion practice is an important part of your case
  • When a motion is appropriate
  • What is included in a motion
  • How to get a motion on calendar and rules regarding service, filing and proper notice
  • Requirements for ex parte, noticed and oral motions, and when each is appropriate

Presented by Katie O'Laughlin:
Katie O'Laughlin is a Reference & Research Librarian. In addition to earning her Masters of Science in Library Science from USC, Katie is a graduate of Loyola Law School. She began her career as a reference librarian and legal research instructor at Southwestern University School of Law and then practiced law for many years before opening an independent bookstore in the Los Angeles area. Returning to her roots in law librarianship at LA Law Library, Katie now provides reference services, is involved with the Members Program, the law school internship program, and teaches several classes.

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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Monday, October 29, 2018  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 Legal Services (http://www.bettzedek.org/)

Registration fee: FREE

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.

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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Wednesday, October 31 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Housing/Landlord-Tenant

The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) now offers a teleconferencing center right here at the Main branch of LA Law Library, where you can speak to a lawyer live, send them documents and get answers to important questions. They offer legal advice and guidance to eligible individuals housing / landlord- tenant matters and victims of domestic violence who are going through a family law proceeding. They can also provide referrals to private attorneys, other legal services, and other resources as needed.

Descriptions of family law and housing / landlord tenant matters covered provided below.

Schedule and topics covered:

Family law and housing/landlord-tenant are covered every other week based on the following schedule:

  • 1st Wednesday: Housing / Landlord-Tenant
  • 2nd Wednesday: Family Law for victims of Domestic Violence
  • 3rd Wednesday: Housing / Landlord-Tenant
  • 4th Wednesday: Family Law for victims of Domestic Violence
  • 5th Wednesday: Housing / Landlord-Tenant

Housing Clinic

What LAFLA Covers:

  • Landlord-tenant issues
  • Lock outs
  • Security deposits
  • Rent control
  • Problems with conditions in the unit
  • Subsidized housing
  • Housing discrimination, including disability access
  • Eviction Notices (3-day, 30-day, 60-day, etc.) to terminate a tenancy
  • Unlawful detainers-complaints and responding to a complaint that's been served
  • Trial preparation
  • Setting aside default judgments
  • Abandoned property
  • Appealing to a judgment

What LAFLA doesn't cover:

  • Inheritance of property
  • Mobile homes
  • Homeownership
  • Foreclosure, mortgages
  • Commercial leases
  • Estate/probate matters involving housing and other occupancy issues

Family Law for Victims of Domestic Violence

What LAFLA Covers:

  • Dissolutions/Divorces
  • Custody
  • Support
  • Paternity
  • Name change
  • Domestic violence and restraining orders

What LAFLA doesn't cover:

  • Dependency, Foster care, Child Protective Services
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Inheritance

Client Prep Sheet

  • Bring all documents to refer to
  • Contracts
  • Court papers
  • Letters
  • Receipts
  • Bring court case numbers, if applicable

Appointment required. Please call: 213-785-2516 or ask at the Circulation Desk of LA Law Library for assistance.

Registration fees: FREE

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.

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 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, October 19, 2018: 10:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

This unique, hands-on workshop will walk you through all the court forms necessary for an adult to petition the Los Angeles Superior Court for a name change. This workshop is intended for motivated adults who would like to change their names and are willing to fill out the paperwork themselves without legal representation. This workshop is open to Los Angeles County residents who are 18 years or older.

Topic includes:

  • The court forms needed to file for an adult name change
  • How to accurately complete the forms
  • How to ask the court to waive court fees based on your low income
  • Where to file your completed court forms
  • How to publish a name change in a local newspaper
  • How to prepare for your court hearing

What to bring:

  • Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Driver’s license or California identification number
  • Proof of your income if you will be applying for a fee waiver. This includes: Pay stubs, disability or unemployment statements, or any other proof of income

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.

Not covered:
This workshop does not cover name changes for minor children, persons seeking to change their gender or those seeking a confidential name change. For information about future workshops on these and other topics, sign up for email notices here.

Registration fees: $10 for the class (nonrefundable, payment reserves spot)

Given the nature of the workshop, space is limited to 12. Register now!

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Hours / Location

LA Law Library
301 W. First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-785-2529
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Hours:
M, W, Th, F: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Tue: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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