On its website, to assist in the education and training of journalism students, the Advanced Media Institute at UC Berkeley has a collection of tutorials including research tutorials. Journalists frequently need to research the same subject areas as legal researchers – court cases, property records and business information. Many of these practical and well-organized research tutorials were authored by Paul Grabowicz for students in his Computer Assisted Reporting class.
For Alameda County legal researchers, these tutorials are especially helpful because, as they are coming out of Berkeley, the organization and procedures of Alameda County and other East Bay government offices are highlighted.
This link – https://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/ – will take you to the home page for the tutorials. The website policy does not allow for any republishing of the content of the tutorials without express written permission but feel free to explore these internet resources.
Tutorial: Assessor’s Office https://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/assessors-office/ researching who owns a piece of property by address and assessed value, this information is only available in-person, no internet site
Tutorial: Recorder’s Office https://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/recorders-office/ guide to what can and cannot be found within county property ownership records, includes abbreviation list for documents listed in records
Tutorial: Bankruptcy Court Records https://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/bankruptcy-court-records/
Tutorial: Business and Corporation Records https://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/business-and-corporation-records/
Tutorial: Businesses Regulation Agencies https://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/businesses-regulatory-and-licensing-agencies/
Tutorial: Civil Court Lawsuits https://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/civil-court-lawsuits/
Tutorial: Criminal Court Records https://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/criminal-court-records/
Tutorial: Public Records Act Request Resources https://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/public-records-act-requests includes examples of sample letters with filing information
The Lawyers in the Library program is a countywide service coordinated by the Alameda County Law Library and staffed by volunteer attorneys. Volunteer lawyers provide free, short consultations and referrals on a wide variety of issues including landlord-tenant disputes, probate matters, employment problems, and other general consumer issues. These consultations take place at selected public libraries on a rotating basis throughout the month.
ACLL is seeking legal professionals who wish to give back to their community and assist people who need a helping hand in sorting out their legal issues. The Lawyers in the Library program is an important component of the law library’s mission of providing access to justice for the community.
The Alameda County Superior Court has consolidated cases involving landlord-tenant, family law, domestic violence, and small claims at the Hayward courthouse. These are the areas of law where the parties are most likely to be self-represented. Public librarians report seeing greater demand for the Lawyers in the Library service in the southern and eastern parts of Alameda County and are eager to fill the current vacancies.
Here are the current vacancies:
Hayward Public Library (835 C Street)
1st Monday/month- 6:00 – 8:00 pm
2nd Tuesday/month- 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Hayward Public Library- Weekes Branch (27300 Patrick Ave.)
4th Saturday/month- noon – 2:00 pm
Newark Library (6300 Civil Terrace Ave.)
2nd Monday/month- 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Livermore Library- Civic Center (1188 S Livermore Ave.)
4th Thursday/month- 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Interested in sharing your legal skills with people who need help? Please contact ACLL at Lawyers in the Library or (510) 272-6486.
Online registration at ACLL’s Eventbrite @ http://tinyurl.com/ycbj9v6n
Or register at the ACLL’s Reference Desk.
MCLE at ACLL, Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Noon to 1:30, Event sign-in starts at 11:30
1.5 Hours Participatory MCLE credit
Speaker: Michael Notary, Principal of Notary Law Group
This fast paced presentation will highlight basic elements of a modern commercial real estate lease agreement. Attendees will learn to create an enforceable commercial lease agreement. Issues discussed will include party identification, economic terms, length of leasehold, default provisions, estoppels, attornment, assignment, condemnation, insurance, indemnity, and ADR provisions.
Online registration and more information at ACLL’s Eventbrite page at http://tinyurl.com/ybh6od9v