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LA Law Library Celebrates Pro Bono Services

Thursday, October 11, 2012

In celebration of National Pro Bono Week, the LA Law Library presents a series of professional and social events to honor the attorneys, judges, pro bono providers, community leaders, librarians and volunteers who donate their time and energy to those in need of legal assistance.

The celebration begins on Thursday evening, Oct 18 (5:30-7:30) with an opening reception celebrating both Pro Bono Week and the LA Law Library’s recently renovated building and front plaza.

Between Monday and Friday, October 22 – 26, the Law Library hosts educational programs focused on consumer law, family law, immigration and the ethics of pro bono assistance.

“We are proud to host our first annual Pro Bono Week celebration. It has been a pleasure to work in partnership with leading legal organizations throughout Los Angeles County to develop this week’s events,” said Marcia Koslov, executive director, LA Law Library. “This is a small token of appreciation for each and every individual who graciously donates their time, energy and legal expertise to our community.”

Below is a listing of the scheduled events. Please visit for additional information.

Thursday, October 18, 2012
5:30-730 pm
CELEBRATE: Pro Bono Thank You Reception
To kick off the week’s events, the LA Law Library will host a reception on its recently renovated front plaza. Gary Greene Esq. and his Big Band of Barristers will be performing, featuring CA Court of Appeals Justice Arthur Gilbert on piano.

Monday, October 22, 2012
6 –8 pm
Free Consumer Law Clinic
Business specialists and litigators who serve on Public Counsel Law Center’s pro bono panel will mentor Los Angeles area law students in providing free legal assistance to the general public on consumer law issues. Assistance will be provided on a pre-scheduled appointment basis. No walk-ins please.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
5 – 8 pm
“Family Law 101”, MCLE Training Session
Presented by the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law and open to members of the California Bar, “Family Law 101” is a hands-on overview for lawyers who want to build a family law practice and/or volunteer in the field. This free MCLE program will cover custody, domestic violence, support and property, as well as procedure and forms.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
12 - 2pm
Southern California Pro Bono Managers’ National Pro Bono Celebration & CLE Event
Erwin Chemerinksy, Dean of UCI Law School, will provide a keynote address over lunch on pro bono challenges and the ever-growing justice gap followed by a one hour ethics CLE Training in which pro bono attorneys working in local law firms will discuss ethical challenges. This event is sponsored by SoCal Pro Bono Managers.

Thursday, October 25, 2012
9 am – 12 noon In-Service Training for Public Librarians
Presented by the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN), the National Association of Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), this workshop will introduce librarians from the greater Los Angeles area to CitizenshipWorks, a multilingual online resource to help immigrants learn about their eligibility for citizenship and the naturalization process.

Friday, October 26, 2012
4 – 5 pm
California Professional Ethics
Open to members of the California Bar and presented by Lexis, this course focuses on the Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys and will review decisions and relevant cases related to Legal Ethics. This free MCLE session will also cover relevant Lexis content that can be used to help address legal ethical dilemmas.

About the LA Law Library Located in downtown Los Angeles, at 1st Street and Broadway, just steps away from both the Stanley Mosk Courthouse and Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Courthouse, the LA Law Library is a global leader in providing state-of-the-art legal research and services. With nearly one million volume equivalents of Federal and State materials, a comprehensive California collection and one of the nation’s largest foreign and international law collections, the LA Law Library is the second largest public law library in the United States. For additional information, visit

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