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Do-it-Yourself Legal Research (Norwalk)

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Thursday, November 6,2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.

Trying to represent yourself in court? Thinking about suing someone? Stuck in a divorce case? Credit card companies hounding you? Facing eviction?

Imagine a FREE interactive computer terminal filled with information to help you decide if you want to go to court, teach you how to draft a custody agreement, deal with credit card companies, file a restraining order, and more!

Come learn how to use the LA Law Library eBranch, located in the Norwalk courthouse just steps away from the Norwalk Public Library.

Class Covers:

  • What/Where/How to Use the LA Law Library eBranch
  • Tips on how to research legal topics on your own
  • How to download and email results
  • On-site, live chat, and other ways to get help

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 is not legal advice and is provided solely as an educational service to our patrons.

Presented in partnership with Norwalk Public Library, a public library of the County of Los Angeles Public Library system.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 August 2014 09:51

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Internet Legal and Investigative Research on a Budget

Saturday, September 13, 2014
10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

Are you an attorney who didn't pay enough attention in your first year Legal Research class and now realize you should have? Or do you know all about the Internet but want to learn how to use new legal and investigative research sites that are free and low-cost (and even established sites that you have yet to try out)? Or, did you attend law school before computers existed, much less the Internet? Then this seminar is for you!

In partnership with Internet for Lawyers, this class will provide instruction and tips from recognized Internet research authorities: Carole Levitt and Judy Davis, co-authors of Internet Legal Research on a Budget (ABA 2014) and Mark Rosch, co-author ofThe Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet (IFL Press 2014).

Class Covers:

  • Quickly find and effectively use reliable free (or low-cost) legal and investigative resources online
  • Become less reliant on pay resources (but learn when they are the better option)
  • Search expensive databases for free to gather background and investigative information
  • Locate missing parties, witnesses, and other people
  • Use databases that you might already have free access to (Casemaker and Fastcase)
  • Become an expert searcher using Google Scholar,, FDsys, PACER, public records, and more

This class will be videotaped. By registering for this class you consent to the use of the videotape by the presenters for future educational or commercial purposes.

Two hours general MCLE credit

$40 for the class (non-refundable payment reserves spot)
$99 for the class AND a discounted copy of Internet Legal Research on a Budget (the book retails at $89.95 but is available with the seminar for an extra $59)

Presented by Carole Levitt, Judy Davis, and Mark Rosch

Carole Levitt ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) is the founder and President of Internet For Lawyers ( She is an internationally recognized investigative, legal, and social media research CLE seminar speaker and best-selling ABA author of seven Internet research books. Previously, Carole was a California attorney, a law librarian in Chicago and Los Angeles, and a Legal Research and Writing Professor at Pepperdine School of Law.

Judy K. Davis is a law librarian and adjunct assistant professor of law at the USC Gould School of Law.  Prior to coming to USC, she worked at the University of San Diego Pardee Legal Research Center. Before becoming a librarian, she also practiced law. She currently teaches legal research to USC law students, works in the law library's Reference Department, and gives lectures and training sessions on legal research and related topics.

Mark E. Rosch, Vice-President of Internet for Lawyers, is an internationally recognized speaker and author on the subjects of using the Internet for investigative and background research. He writes, speaks, and tweets extensively about legal technology for firms, and on how to use the Internet for marketing and productivity. Mark is the co-author of six best-selling books on these topics (published by the ABA's Law Practice Division). You can follow him on Twitter @MarkRosch or

Last Updated: Friday, 15 August 2014 11:34

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Legal Research Basics: Using CEB OnLAW

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
12:15 p.m. — 1:15 p.m.

As part of the LA Law Library’s MCLE lunch hour speaker series, this class will teach you how to use OnLAW, CEB’s online legal research database of California practice guides. Learn how to find the expert step-by-step guidance, legal analysis, and forms that you need to practice. CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar) publications cover California Business, Litigation, Employment, Criminal, Family, Estate Planning and Real Property law.

Class Covers:

  • How to browse and search publications by topic, statute, or case
  • How to find and download forms
  • Legal research examples from recently updated and new titles, including Domestic Partnerships and Same-Sex Marriage, California Tort Forms for Expert Litigators, and California Criminal Defense of Immigrants

Presented by Sarah Joshi
Sarah Joshi is an attorney and CEB’s Account Manager for Los Angeles County. She is a graduate of Cornell University and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

One hour general MCLE credit

Fee: $10 for the class (non-refundable payment reserves spot)

Last Updated: Friday, 18 July 2014 13:03

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Emerging Issues in Social Media

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
12:15 p.m. — 1:15 p.m.

As part of the LA Law Library’s MCLE lunch hour speaker series, this class will examine new legal issues arising from the use of online social media. Attendees will learn how to advise clients to ensure best practices are followed, and that advertising, privacy, and corporate policies comply with federal and state laws. Concepts will be explained in plain English for the non-specialist and illustrated with real-life examples.

Class Covers:

  • Complying with federal and California privacy laws
  • Does your business or your blogger own your social media account?
  • Use of takedown notices, and fair use in online advertising
  • The Internet Order Merchandise Rule
  • Preventing liability for public disclosure of private facts, defamation, and other causes of action

Presented by Don Dennis
Don Dennis' practice is concentrated on sophisticated intellectual property and emerging social media issues. He is a member of the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, received his Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law, and graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Mr. Dennis is admitted to practice in California and Washington, D.C., and before the United States District Courts for the Central and Eastern Districts of California.

Earn 1 hour general MCLE credit.
Fee: $35 for the class (nonrefundable payment reserves spot)

Last Updated: Friday, 25 July 2014 10:08

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Finding Forms (Van Nuys)

Friday, July 25, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Learn about form resources available in the Library — from the Library’s practice guides and form books to the many online subscription databases. The course will not cover which forms to use or how to fill them out.

Class Covers:

  • Finding forms on court and agency websites
  • Accessing California Judicial Council court forms
  • Finding form books in the Library
  • Locating form books in Library databases
  • Creating pleadings using Library’s pleading paper templates

Location: Van Nuys Branch, Los Angeles Public Library, 6250 Sylmar Ave, Van Nuys, CA, 91401

Phone: 818-756-8463

Fees: FREE

Last Updated: Thursday, 03 July 2014 09:32

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