This Thursday, March 31st, the law library is closed to celebrate the César Chávez Day. César Chávez Day was originally declared a California holiday in 2000 by former Gov. Gray Davis and the provisions of the law are contained in California Education Code §37220.5. This official state holiday honors the life and work of labor leader and civil rights activist César Chávez. Chávez moved to California with his parents and siblings during the Great Depression and worked as a child picking cotton and grape with his family. After serving in the Navy as a young man Chávez worked to organize farm workers in order to gain better working conditions and pay. In 1962, he founded what would become the United Farm Workers (UFW) union and negotiated for thousands of California farm workers to demand dignity and receive better wages.

Although the law library will be closed Thursday for the holiday, you can still access many of our online resources. You can 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 from Nolo Legal Research Center and research case law using Fastcase at any time from the electronic resources page. The law library is not open to the public on Fridays, but you are still able to receive reference assistance from our friendly reference librarians by contacting us by phone or email.