BHBA Barristers, in association with L.A. Law Library, host Lawyers in the Library on October 25, 2014, in conjunction with the Library's annual Pro Bono Week.

L.A. Law Library


The Lawyers in the Library clinic offers complimentary 20 – 30 minute consultations to members of the public who are in need of legal advice, and is held at the L.A. Law Library, on a monthly basis. The special Pro Bono Week edition of the clinic will run from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

The BHBA has pledged to serve the 100+ members of the public attending the clinic, so we need YOU to volunteer for this fantastic opportunity to give back!

Each volunteer only needs to commit to a one-hour timeslot on Saturday, October 25th between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m. (though you are able to volunteer for the entire four-hour clinic, or any portion thereof, if you so desire).

Volunteering for Lawyers in the Library is an amazing opportunity to reach people throughout the county who need our help most by providing pro bono legal services. Our collective efforts are helping to improve access to justice for all.  Moreover, this event is a perfect way to give back, both for newer attorneys looking for great experience, as well as for more seasoned attorneys who are seeking pro bono opportunities that are sufficiently limited in scope and time to fit into a busy schedule.

Pro Bono Committee Co-Chairs and Program Chairs:
Rachel Balchum, Elizabeth Hall Peterson and Immediate Past President, Autumn Ronda

Additional information:

As the number of self-represented litigants is growing exponentially because the cost of legal representation continues to exceed the financial reach of most of the County’s population, this program focuses on low income and individuals of modest means in Los Angeles County that are desperately in need of legal assistance, yet often lack the resources, information, and tools to find the help they need.  Public Law Libraries are on the front lines of providing access to justice for these individuals. However, while the L.A. Law Library staff is able to provide educational and self-help services, they cannot provide legal advice.

The consultations usually involve any of the following activities:  issue spotting, recommendation regarding viability of a case, referrals to appropriate agencies and/or lawyer referral services, as well as screening for further representation, etc.

Topics covered include:

  • Bankruptcy/Credit
  • Civil Rights
  • Debt Collection
  • Employment
  • Expungements
  • Family Law
  • Government Benefits
  • Immigration
  • Landlord /Tenant
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate/Wills
  • Small Business
  • Small Claims
  • Traffic Tickets and Warrants