Spring has sprung and the new RCLL website is now live! If you haven’t already, check it out and explore its new features including easy to navigate way-finders and customized menu bars for self-represented litigants, legal professionals, and students of all ages in our community needing access to legal information. Our goal is to make RCLL collection, programs, and services accessible to you from wherever you are. The coronavirus pandemic has challenged us to rethink the way we provide services and quickly pivot to providing online access to legal research collection, classes, and library news and events. We will continue to provide you with these online services and find fiscally sustainable ways to enhance and expand access to legal information for all in Riverside County.
As you begin to explore the new RCLL website, you will find that this month, we have implemented the following:
As we begin to plan for reopening, hopefully by mid-summer, we are establishing necessary policies and procedures to ensure library staff and patrons continue to follow State and County Health COVID-19 prevention protocols. A limited in-person service hours and use of the law library will be implemented along with restricted access to print collection, conference rooms and the mezzanine, limited use of public computers to allow for 6-feet distance between patrons, contactless MCLE check-outs, online reference service, and virtual classes and programs.
We are delighted and proud to welcome our two new law library trustees: Hon. Harold W. Hopp and Hon. Kira L. Klatchko.
Judge Hopp, appointed to the Riverside Superior Court in 2005, served as the court’s Presiding Judge for two years and served on its Executive Committee, Legislative Outreach Committee, and Budget Advisory Committee. He also chairs the court’s Project Advisory Group for the construction of a new family and juvenile courthouse in Indio. He has served on many Judicial Council advisory groups, including its Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee, Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee, Civil Jury Instructions Advisory Committee, and the Bench Bar Coalition, which he co-chaired for two years.
Judge Klatchko was appointed to the Riverside Superior Court in 2016. Prior to joining the Bench, Judge Klatchko served as RCBA President (2015-2016) and chaired its Appellate Law Section. She was a volunteer mediator at the Fourth Appellate District, Division Two and conducted private mediations through the Riverside County Superior Court’s Civil Mediation Panel. She served on the State Bar’s Standing Committee on Appellate Courts for six years and chaired it in 2013-2014. She also served on the ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers Board of Directors and Pro Bono Committee. She has served on the Board of Directors of Angel View, a non-profit serving children and adults with disabilities since 2007 and the Desert Foundation of Academics and the Opera Arts Board of Directors, in addition to coaching high school mock trials. She was a 2010 Athena Award recipient for her valuable community service to the City of Palm Springs.
Lastly, but certainly not the least, we acknowledge and deeply appreciate board member Robert N. Dunn for his 38 years of unconditional commitment, dedication, and service on the Law Library Board of Trustees. Robert Dunn is stepping down from his position as Vice-President but will serve for one more year as ex officio member.