Seeking Attorney For Meaningful Relationship

Seeking attorney for a meaningful relationship ~ Volunteer for Lawyers in the Library

Are you an attorney who:

  • Is a member in good standing of the California Bar Association?LILLogo_White_Civic_fb
  • Is looking for a pro bono opportunity that allows you to make a direct, meaningful impact on individuals in your community?
  • Has two hours per month to give?

If you answered “yes” to the above questions, the Lawyers in the Library program wants you!  The program places volunteer attorneys in over thirty libraries and other public spaces throughout Alameda County.  Volunteers provide brief, no-cost consultation to members of the community to offer guidance for their legal issues.

Currently there is an acute need for volunteers in Oakland and Berkeley, but if you are interested in volunteering at any location, please contact Nicole.lemieux@acgov.org for more information and an application.

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National Pro Bono Week – October 25-31, 2015; Lawyers in the Library – Every Week

And Justice for All logo(2)National Pro Bono Week

The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service is making plans for a national celebration of pro bono services next week, October 25 – 31, 2015.  The ABA wants to recognize the valuable pro bono contributions made by lawyers across the country.  Through their generosity of time and skills, pro bono volunteers can enhance efforts to increase access to justice for all across the country.

Here in the East Bay, the Alameda County Law Library, too, envisions a future in which all people have effective access to justice.  To bring about this vision, the Library provides access to information required for participation in the legal system, resolving legal disputes, engaging in commerce, and tending to personal affairs and academic projects. Another means for ACLL to provide legal guidance to Alameda County citizens is through the Lawyers in the Library program.

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The Alameda County Lawyers in the Library program is a countywide service coordinated by the ACLL and staffed by volunteer attorneys. Volunteers provide free consultation 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 public libraries (including ACLL’s Oakland and Hayward locations) on a rotating basis throughout the month. The Lawyers in the Library program is an important step in the Library’s mission of providing access to justice to its community.

LILLogo_White_Civic_fbSince ACLL took ownership of the program, five new library location sessions have been added –  OPL’s Brookfield branch; Civic Center Branch, Livermore PL; Downtown Oakland Senior Center; Elmhurst branch, OPL; and Melrose Branch, OPL.  In 2014, 1449 people were seen by the volunteers. So far in 2015, 1347 people have been able to speak to an attorney.  There are 40-45 active volunteers at 35 locations holding 44 sessions (providing 88 legal advice hours) per month.

Thank you to all the current volunteers!  We can always use more volunteers and other “libraries” or locations to host the volunteers.  If you are interested in learning more about getting involved, please contact the program’s coordinator, Nicole, at nicole.lemieux@acgov.org.

 

 

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Lawyers in the Library Volunteer – Tim Iglesias – Housing Law/Affordable Housing Expert

One of the many dedicated attorney volunteers for Alameda County’s Lawyers in the Library program

Tim Iglesias, law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, organized and co-wrote an amicus brief in a case now before the California Supreme Court.  On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, the court heard oral arguments in CALIFORNIA 2015_tim_iglesias_photoBUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION v. CITY OF SAN JOSE (AFFORDABLE HOUSING NETWORK OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY) (S212072).  An amicus brief filed in this appeal can be read here.  Others can be found by accessing the California Briefs database at the Alameda County Law Library.

For more discussion on this case, see the article in the SJ Mercury News here.

Recently, Professor Iglesias was a member of the panel of experts discussing the case on KQED’s radio program,  Forum, on April 9, 2015.   The program focused its discussion on the case and its possible impact on the estimated 170 local California governments that have “inclusionary housing” laws including the city of Berkeley in Alameda County.

We, here at Alameda County Law Library, know Professor Inglesias as one of the many dedicated volunteer attorneys who staff the Alameda County Lawyers in the Library program.  Volunteers provide free consultation 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 public libraries (including the Alameda County Law Library) on a rotating basis throughout the month. The Lawyers in the Library program is an important step in the library’s mission of providing access to justice to its community.

For more information about the Lawyers in the Library program including volunteer opportunities, please contact Nicole at ACLL at nicole.lemieux@acgov.org.

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Lawyers in the Library: What, When and Where

Lawyers in the Library provides Alameda County residents the opportunity to meet with a volunteer attorney at participating Alameda County libraries free of charge. Appointments run 10 to 15 minutes, and emphasis is on referrals to local legal organizations. Lawyers in the Library a pro bono service offered by the Alameda County Bar Association.

The Alameda County Law Library hosts Lawyers in the Library once a month at its Main and Branch locations.

An attorney is on-site on the third Tuesday of the month at the Main Library in Oakland from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m, and on the second Thursday of the month at the Hayward Branch from 5:00 -7:00 p.m.

The  current schedule for all participating Alameda County library locations is now available: http://acbanet.org/layouts/55/uploads/LiL2010SchedulePostedSept2010.pdf

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WELCOME TO “LAWYERS IN THE LIBRARY”

The Third Tuesday of the Month at the Alameda County Law Library from 6:00 -8:00 p .m.  

March 16, April 20 & May 18             

Sign Up for lottery at 5:30 p.m.   

Lottery drawing at 5:45 p.m. 

Call (510) 208-4832 to confirm lawyer’s presence on a specific date.

 The Lawyers in the Library Program is a countywide service offered by the Alameda County Bar Association and staffed by volunteer attorneys who provide free consultation and referrals on a wide variety of issues ranging from landlord tenant disputes to probate matters to employment problems and other general consumer issues.

 The purpose of the consultation is to provide guidance on how the patron might be able to solve his or her legal problem, not to provide in-depth legal analysis or advice.  Patrons are advised that no continuing attorney/client relationship is being formed.   Patrons with serious legal problems are encouraged to contact an appropriate legal referral service or community service organization as soon as possible.

 Be assured that, even though you are not entering into a continuing attorney/client relationship, your discussions with the attorney will be confidential.

 Be advised: the LIL attorney is not permitted to consult with patrons outside the clinic setting; and the LIL attorney cannot make a private referral of your case to themselves, another member of their firm, or another attorney.