The Madison County Bar Association, in conjunction with Lewis and Clark Community College, and the Illinois State Bar Association, will present a series of free, non-credit law classes in March.
Called the People’s Law School, the series includes two two-hour programs featuring a variety of law-related topics taught by local licensed and practicing attorneys. According to program organizers, the sessions are aimed at increasing awareness of laws and understanding of legal issues of interest to the general public. Handouts and light refreshments will be provided.
The program runs for two nights, with classes Monday, March 24, and Thursday, March 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Leclaire Room at Lewis and Clark Community College’s N.O. Nelson Campus in Edwardsville, 600 Troy Road, Edwardsville.
The People’s Law School class schedule is as follows:
Monday, March 24
Buying And Selling Used Cars In Illinois: Carfax, Contracts And Protection From Fraud, taught by Attorney Michael P. McGinley
Small Claims 101: An Introduction, taught by Third Judicial Circuit Judge Clarence W. Harrison II
Thursday, March 27
Custody and Paternity: Important Legal Issues For Unmarried Parents, taught by attorney Leslie Wood
Guardianships: Understanding The Legal Process, taught by Attorney Joan Spiegel, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance
According to the Madison County Bar Association, the public education project allows bar association members to share legal expertise in a user-friendly forum. Attorneys involved in this program are not compensated but provide this valuable community service free of charge as a service to their community.
“The People’s Law School is a great opportunity for us to reach out to the general public and let them know how the law can work to protect them,” said Dave Jones, president of the Madison County Bar Association. “At the same time, it gives our bar association members a chance to present themselves in a positive environment. Many consumers are afraid of attorneys or are hesitant to contact one in a time of need. These programs introduce attorneys to the community in a user-friendly setting.”
The classes are free and open to the public. Anyone may attend one, several, or all of the sessions, and no reservations are required.
For information, call David Weder at 314-444-1364.