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STLCC, BAMSL to Conduct People’s Law School

September 07, 2011

Individuals who want to learn more about the legal system will benefit from a series of workshops this fall sponsored by St. Louis Community College and the Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL).

The People’s Law School will consist of four workshops led by distinguished judges and/or lawyers who will explain how the legal system works and how it can help the average citizen. The workshop schedule is as follows:

  • Oct. 4 – “Family Law: Divorce and Support.”  This workshop will offer an overview of family and domestic legal issues including divorce, when is a lawyer necessary, where to file and when; separation and annulment; calculation of child support and maintenance, enforcement and modification; and paternity, visitation and custody. Training Center Room 202/204 at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, 3400 Pershall Road.
  • Oct. 18 -- “Criminal Law and the Rights of the Accused.” This workshop will offer a summary of the criminal legal process from arrest through trial, including state and federal court; when are you entitled to speak with an attorney or have one appointed; constitutional rights upon arrest and imprisonment; felonies and misdemeanors; judge trials and jury trials; sentencing; and appeals and other post-trial motions. Room L-007, STLCC-Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave.
  • Nov. 1 – “Litigation: A Practical Guide.” This workshop will define civil and criminal litigation and other legal processes; the process for filing a lawsuit (where, by whom, and when), pleadings, responses, discovery and trials (jury and non-jury trials) and evidence; remedies after the trial; personal injury and medical malpractice law suits; small claims lawsuits and workers compensation. Lecture Hall 102, STLCC-Meramec, 11333 Big Bend Road.
  • Nov. 17 – “Environmental Law.” This workshop will explore how environmental law affects our daily life as consumers; the governing state and federal laws, including hazardous waste and disposal, air and water pollution; wildlife; and enforcement, violations, fines and penalties. Multipurpose Room 102, STLCC-Wildwood, 2645 Generations Drive.

Individuals may register through STLCC’s Continuing Education department. Fee is $10 per workshop.  To register or for more information, call Susan McKnight at 314-513-4237 or e-mail smcknight@stlcc.edu.