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January 19, 2005

Press Contacts: Kirston Fortune, UT Law, (512) 471.7330 and Monica Williams, Austin Bar Association, 512-472-0279.

People’s Law School Offers Public Free Legal Education, Feb. 26

WHAT: 11th Annual People’s Law School
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 26, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: The University of Texas School of Law, 727 E. Dean Keeton St.
WHO: Free to the public. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.

AUSTIN, Texas — On Saturday, Feb. 26, more than 400 people are expected to attend People’s Law School, a free program held at The University of Texas School of Law designed to educate the community about common legal issues. Dozens of volunteer attorneys and legal experts, many of whom are UT Law alumni, will be on hand to teach the basics of the law and answer general legal questions. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s People’s Law School has been organized by the Austin Bar Association in partnership with the UT School of Law, Lawyer Referral Service, and K-EYE.

The half-day seminar offers more than 40 classes in topics such as small business issues, identity theft, wills & estate planning, adoption, and more. Courses will be taught on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during three timeslots. For example, you can take a Wills and Estate Planning course at 9 a.m., a Small Business course at 10:30, and an Identity Theft course at 12 p.m.

The classes are geared toward people who need general legal information before deciding on how to proceed with their situation. There will also be two classes just for Spanish-speakers in Divorce Law and Employment Law. The event will also offer three new "hot topic" courses: Love Your Neighbor, Unmarried Partner Issues, and T.V. Trials.

A volunteer attorney-expert in each field will present the topic during the 75-minute seminar, to be followed by a Q&A period. UT Law students—including many members of the Student Bar Association—will volunteer at the event, serving as classroom assistants to the attorneys teaching the class, providing directions to participants and answering questions about the Law School.

For more information or to make special accommodations, please call the Austin Bar Association at 512-472-0279. To view a course schedule, obtain directions to the event or for other information, go to the web page on People’s Law School at http://www.austinbar.org/pages/PLSmain.

Related Link:
People's Law School Brochure