Free Legal Services at LA Law Library
Free legal services are usually hard to find — but not in October. Each October lawyers and legal service providers celebrate volunteerism and “pro bono” work (for the public good) by stepping up and reaching out to people who need legal help. This week-long, nationwide effort begins at the LA Law Library on Monday, October 21 with a free consumer debt clinic and ends on Saturday, October 26th, with a legal services fair where you can talk with any one of more than 25 legal aid organizations, consumer protection agencies, community-based organizations, bar associations and lawyer referral programs. Booths will be set up on site and staffed by professionals providing one-on-one consultations in conjunction with classes and workshops scheduled throughout the day.
Perhaps you are dealing with a landlord who has turned off your utilities? Or you are a teen who has outstanding traffic warrants and you need help to clear your record so you can get a job? Are you in the middle of creating a parenting plan in a child custody matter and need some direction? Are you thinking about starting a small business and don’t know where to start? What if you have gotten over extended and now debt collectors keep calling and harassing you?
During Pro Bono Week you can get help with these and other legal issues. On Monday, October 21 from 6 – 8 pm, you can get legal advice concerning consumer law issues — for example, if you are being sued by a credit card company, you are getting harassing phone calls from bill collectors, or you want to find out about your rights regarding paying someone who did nothing for you. (Advance registration is required.) On Saturday, October 26, from 10 am-4 pm, attend the Legal Services Fair and find out what no cost and low cost services are available to you. Speak with professionals about a wide variety of matters such as citizenship eligibility, divorce and child custody issues, and even arts-related matters. Or learn how to resolve disputes through mediation rather than the courts. Attend a session on custody, domestic violence and child welfare. Find out about guardianships for children or register for a clinic to get help clearing your criminal record. To see the complete list of service providers who will be gathered in one place or to register for any of the classes or clinics requiring advanced registration, please visit LA Law Library.
Set in-between the Stanley Mosk Courthouse and City Hall, the LA Law Library is the largest public law library west of the Mississippi River. Housing nearly one million volume equivalents, a team of professional librarians responded to approximately 75,000 law related questions from the general public and legal professionals in fiscal 2012-2013.
The events will take place at the LA Law Library located at 301 West 1st Street in downtown Los Angeles, next door to the Metro Civic Center Red Line stop. For information about the best parking rates and nearby parking, check out Parkopedia or ParkMe.
For more information, contact Janine Liebert at Jliebert or by calling 213.785.2563