It is not too late to get your tickets to see the documentary “Tribal Justice” and meet the Honorable Claudette White, the Chief Judge of the Quechan Tribe of California and Arizona.

Our screening of the award-winning documentary, “Tribal Justice,” will take place this Thursday, November 7th, at our Downtown Location from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Due to the event, the Downtown location will be closing one hour early for preparation. While the branch is physically closed, you can still call us at 619-531-3900 between 5:00 pm and 5:30 pm for the following services:

Check out a book and we’ll bring it to you at the door
Renew materials
Answer reference questions
Pay fines

You can access many online resources while the Library is closed. Start with our Self-Help Center or the research and motion guides on our website. They cover dozens of legal topics. Also, you can read self-help legal books any time by clicking on the Nolo link from the legal databases page.

We are grateful to University of San Diego School of Law and HeinOnline for sponsoring this event with us, and excited to have Judge White attend the screening as our special guest and take part in a short question and answer session following the film.

Judge White is one of the two tribal judges featured in the “Tribal Justice” documentary. The other is the Hon. Abby Abinanti of the Yurok Tribe of northern California. These two visionary leaders strive to reduce incarceration rates and heal their people by restoring rather than punishing offenders. “Tribal Justice” was created by Makepeace Productions and featured on the PBS show POV, television’s longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. More information about the film is available at the Tribal Justice website.

This program is part of our focus on Tribal Law. Each year we give special focus to an area of law intrinsic to the fabric of San Diego county’s culture, history, and modern day life. We have identified four main topics: Military Law, Tribal Law, Water Law, and Border Law. These topics are rotated annually for special prominence in our educational and professional programming. For more information, contact us at