Author: Michael Van Aken

California Free Legal Answers: A New Virtual Pro Bono Legal Aid Service

With the ongoing pandemic, the need for virtual legal help is still greater than ever. Luckily, the American Bar Association, in conjunction with the California Lawyers Association and Legal Access Alameda, present the pro bono virtual legal service California Free Legal Answers. David Chircop, a provisionally Licensed Lawyer, Disaster Legal Assistance Collaborative at Legal Access Alameda, and one of the administrators for the California Free Legal Answers. (FLA) Platform shared more information...

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Legal Research from Home Series 5: Family Law Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of the family law entry of the legal research from home series. We know family law can be overwhelming and we are here to help. We’ll look at some of online resources available to use when researching family law matters regarding children (custody, support, adoption, IEP etc. IEP stands for the Individual Education Program, which ensures special needs children receive an equal and fair education. Nolo produces guides for parents of special needs children to advocate for them). RCLL’s...

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Legal Research from Home Series 5: Family Law Part 1

Family law covers a broad range of topics. Most of family law can be separated into two categories: the first dealing with marriages (forming marriages and ending marriages), and the second category dealing with children (adoption, custody, and support). For part 1 of this family law portion of the legal research from home series, we will look at some online resources to research the marriage side of family law.    EBSCOHost is a valuable online reference resource. RCLL’s subscription includes...

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Legal Research from Home Series 4: Employment Law

In the current Covid-19 pandemic, many people have faced the loss of jobs. Now more than ever, employment law is an important area of law. There are many online resources at a person’s disposal to research employment law-related issues at home. The following list of website links provide many helpful employment resources on the federal level: U.S. Department of Labor  (DOL) E-laws Employment Law Guide (A guide describing the major statutes and regulations administered by the DOL) Occupational...

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Legal Research From Home Series 3: Consumer Protection Law:

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary defines consumer law as “federal and state laws established to protect retail purchasers of goods and services from inferior, adulterated, hazardous, and deceptively advertised products, and deceptive or fraudulent sales practices; these laws cover everything from food to cosmetics, from banking to fair housing.” These types of laws are specifically set in place to protect the consumer. Suppose you decide to visit a brand new local market in your neighborhood....

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Rural Libraries Create Pathways to Civil Legal Justice

On September 28, RCLL staff attended the 2020 Association for Rural and Small Libraries conference session: “Rural Libraries Create Pathways to Civil Legal Justice.” The session focused on how public libraries should be mindful of the civil legal justice gap and ways that they can help patrons with civil legal issues. As reported in the 2017 Justice Gap Report by the Legal Services Corporation, 86% of the civil legal problems by low-income Americans in the year 2017 received inadequate or no legal...

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Legal Research From Home Series 2: How to locate free case law

A benefit of having access to the internet is you have access to (almost) every kind of information in the world at your fingertips. Case law happens to be one source of information that you can find at home for free! Even though you can find case law from home, it only provides a good starting point for your research and does not take the place of commercial print and electronic resources like West and Lexis. In order to properly Shepardize (i.e.,see if the case is still good law), you will still...

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Using EBSCOHost and Nolo to Tackle Common Legal Issues.

Using EBSCOHost and Nolo to Tackle Common Legal Issues Are you having trouble figuring out how to start your legal issue? Here at the Riverside County Law Library, we have excellent starting point resources in various legal issues. Nolo print books and the EBSCOHost database are great starting points of reference and are both available at the library. Can’t make it into the library? No problem, you can use EBSCOHost on your computer at home. As a Riverside County resident, you can call in to...

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Up In Smoke

The area of cannabis law in California is in a state of being continuously updated. History of cannabis’ legislation in California has been slowly extending the range of use. The 1996 California Compassionate Care Act passage legalized marijuana use for qualified patients and their caregivers strictly for medical purposes. Recently, the passage of the 2016 Adult Use of Marijuana Act legalized the regulated sale, possession, and consumption of cannabis for adult, personal use here in California....

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