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January 30, 2006

Press Contact:
Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications Coordinator, (512) 232-1408 or jbart@law.utexas.edu.
Event Contact: Kat Hinson, Austin Bar Association, (512) 472-0279 or austinbar@austinbar.org.

People’s Law School Offers Public Free Legal Education, Feb. 25

WHAT: 12th Annual People’s Law School
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 25, 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 (http://www.austinbar.org/pages/PLS_Registration) is encouraged but not required.

AUSTIN, Texas—On Saturday, Feb. 25, 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.

Introductory remarks will be made at 8:30 a.m. by the Honorable Darlene Byrne, a judge for the 126th District Court.

The half-day seminar offers more than 30 subjects such as small business issues, identity theft, wills & estate planning, family violence, and more. Courses will be taught on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during three time slots. 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. Each class will last 75 minutes and will include a Q&A session at the end.

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.

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.

Related Links:
About The People’s Law School: http://www.austinbar.org/pages/PLSmain
The People's Law School Brochure (pdf): http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2006/pls_brochure.pdf