The San Diego Law Library is joining California County Law Libraries throughout the state in celebrating Law Week, April 27-May 1. In honor of Law Week we are hosting a series of events designed to increase access to justice. The free events are being presented in partnership with our local bar associations.
Law Week is an extended celebration of Law Day. 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. May 1 has been proclaimed Law Day in the County of San Diego and several local cities we serve. You can view our Law Day proclamations here.
The theme for Law Day 2015 is “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law.” As we celebrate the 800 year anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, sometimes referred to as “the Great Charter of Liberties” we are reminded of its importance as the international symbol of the rule of law and its role as an inspiration for many basic rights Americans hold dear today, including due process, habeas corpus, trial by jury, and the right to travel.
Schedule of Law Library Law Week events:
Monday, April 27
Posters submitted by local school children to the San Diego County Bar Association’s Annual Law Day poster contest will be on display at the Downtown location. Posters will be on display until Wednesday, April 29.
Wednesday, April 29
Downtown San Diego: Free Family Law Legal Clinic 3:30-5:30 pm by the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program. If you do not have an attorney, please contact 619-235-5656 x124 to determine your eligibility and to schedule an appointment. Note: you must call to make an appointment.
Downtown San Diego: Free Low Income Tax Clinic 2-4 pm by the Legal Aid Society of San Diego. For legal assistance with federal income tax issues, call Shahin Rahimi at the Legal Aid Society of San Diego at (877) 534-2524 ext 2602 to schedule an appointment.
El Cajon: El Cajon Legal Clinic 1:30-3:30 pm by the Center for Solo Practitioners (Thomas Jefferson School of Law). This is a walk-in legal clinic. Attendees will be seen on a first come, first served basis.
Thursday, April 30
Downtown San Diego: Free Legal Clinic 2-4 pm by the Center for Solo Practitioners (Thomas Jefferson School of Law). This is a walk-in legal clinic. Attendees will be seen on a first come, first served basis. Areas of law represented will be Business, Criminal Law, Employment, Small Claims, Estate Planning and Probate.
Friday, May 1
Downtown San Diego: Showing of a 10 minute video previewing the traveling Magna Carta exhibit, 10 am to 3 pm.
El Cajon: 12 pm to 4 pm, the Foothills Bar Association will present a series of panel discussions as follows:
12:00 – 12:30 Employee Law: Wage and Hours, presented by George De la Flor
12:30 – 2:00 Divorce 101, presented by attorneys Bud Klueck and Traci Hoppes
2:00 – 3:00 DUI: The Law in the Court and the DMV, presented by attorney Dan Bacal
3:00 – 4:00 Landlord/Tenant, presented by attorney Joseph Fox
Thursday, May 7
Vista: Free Legal Clinic 9 am to 3 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: Bankruptcy, Criminal, Family, General Civil, Probate and Unlawful Detainer Landlord-Tenant.