The San Diego Law Library is joining Legal Communities throughout the country to celebrate Law Week, April 28-May 4. In honor of Law Week we have planned a series of events designed to increase access to justice. The free events are being presented in partnership with the City Heights Library, North County Bar Association and The Thomas Jefferson School of Law Center for Solo Practitioners.
First established in 1958 by President Eisenhower, Law Day is a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law. Congress declared May 1 as Law Day three years later. Law Week is an extended celebration of Law Day.
The theme for Law Day 2018 is “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom. ” The U.S. Constitution sets out a system of government with distinct and independent branches—Congress, the Presidency, and a Supreme Court. It also defines legislative, executive, and judicial powers and outlines how they interact. These three separate branches share power, and each branch serves as a check on the power of the others.
The Law Day 2018 theme enables us to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose and to consider how our governmental system is working for ourselves and our posterity.
Schedule of Law Week Events*
Saturday, April 28
City Heights Weingart Library: This is an award winning, free event sponsored by Friends of the City Heights Library, San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, San Diego Legal Aid Society, San Diego Law Library, and other local organizations. Attorneys will be available for free legal consultations on a variety of topics. There will be presentations on various legal topics including immigration law, workers’ rights, family law, and probate. Event time is 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday, April 30
El Cajon Public Library: Legal Resource Information Fair: A Law Librarian from the Law Library will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help with legal reference questions and using our legal databases. Information on local legal resources and agencies will also be available.
Tuesday, May 1
Downtown Law Library: Free Legal Clinic 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. by the Center for Solo Practitioners (Thomas Jefferson School of Law). Areas of law represented at this event will be Immigration, Family, Consumer, Landlord-Tenant, Employment, Business, Criminal, Wills & Trusts and more. This is a walk-in legal clinic. Attendees will be seen on a first come, first served basis.
Wednesday, May 2
Chula Vista Public Library: Legal Resource Information Fair: A Law Librarian from the Law Library will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help with legal reference questions and using our legal databases. Information on local legal resources and agencies will also be available.
Thursday, May 3
Vista: Free Legal Clinic 1 p.m. to 7 pm with the North County Bar Association. This is a walk-in legal clinic, attendees seen on a first come, first served basis. Areas of law represented at this event will be Bankruptcy, Criminal, Debt Collection, Family, General Civil, Immigration, Landlord-Tenant, and Probate. Clinic will be held at the Vista Branch of the San Diego County Library.
*Please note: Events and times vary by location and are subject to change.