Celebrate Law Week 2017 with the San Diego Law Library
The San Diego Law Library is joining Legal Communities throughout the country in celebrating Law Week, April 29-May 5. In honor of Law Week we are hosting a series of events designed to increase access to justice. 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 2017 is “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy.” Several cities have proclaimed May 1 as Law Day in recognition of the San Diego Law Library providing free public access to law and legal information to all residents of San Diego County. The free events are being presented in partnership with the City Heights Library, City of San Diego Central Library , North County Bar Association and The Thomas Jefferson School of Law Center for Solo Practitioners. Appointments for the clinics are first come, first served.
Schedule of Law Week Events*
Saturday, April 29
City Heights Weingart Library: This is a free event and is 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.
Monday, May 1
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 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.
Vista:Free Legal Clinic 12 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.
Wednesday, May 3
Downtown Law Library: Panel discussion on 14th Amendment 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Join local community experts on constitutional law, immigration and civil rights for a panel discussion of the ABA’s Law Day theme: The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy.The Fourteenth Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation and the foundation for numerous federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights. One general credit hour MCLE.
Thursday, May 4
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.
Downtown City Central Library: Free event showing of the Loving Story documentary 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Loving Story is a 2012 documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, parties to the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage. The film is a behind the scenes look at the legal challenges and emotional turmoil faced by the families and attorneys to the case. Professor Bryan H. Wildenthal will lead off the event with an explanation of the laws in effect at the time and how this case forever changed American law and society.
*Please note: Events and times vary by location.