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Student Loan Crisis: Is Bankruptcy the Answer?

Recent efforts by the U.S. Congress hopes to make student loans dischargeable through bankruptcy law.
Every graduate has the same message drilled into their head by every financial aid department: bankruptcy won’t save you from your student loans. The case In Re Brunner lists sever…

National Law Day – 2019 Wrap-Up

A thank you for everyone who made this year's National Law Day celebrations possible.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who made our year’s National Law Day celebrations possible. From our esteemed speakers to our amazing patrons, thank you for coming…

National Law Day – Judicial Independence Panel Discussion

Judicial Independence in a Politically Divided Society - A discussion
In honor of National Law Day, our library will be holding a judicial panel discussion with three esteemed justices from the Fourth Court of Appeal and two Riverside County Superio…

Whose Dance is this?

An update on the copyright law suits being filed against Epic Games, makers of Fortnite.
For those of you not familiar with some of my past blogs, I took a liking to a story about a macaque who lived in Indonesia. The monkey allegedly took a selfie and from there ensu…

New Law Would Eliminate Bail

On August 28th of last year, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB10, better known as the bail reform bill, into law. Originally scheduled to go into effect in October 2019, the new law …

What was lost was (almost) found

Sometimes when you look long and hard enough you can find whatever it is you are looking for. Sometimes, however, even if you look long and hard and have a great library assistant at the Riverside County Law Library helping you, you can't find whatever i…
Isn't it amazing what you can find if you look hard (or long) enough?  Take for example the gentleman recently visited our Indio branch with a very straight forward request (well,…

We've Got Some Great Cheat Sheets

Some of the best cheat sheets in life can be found at your local county law library. So come on over and let us help you help you.
Do you remember the first day of the first job you ever had?  Were you a wizard at what you were doing?  Was there a learning curve?  Did you wish you had a cheat sheet or somethi…

RCLL's LW17 Legal Clinic

While library staff cannot give legal advice, once a year the RCLL hosts a legal clinic where attorneys can provide legal advice to anyone during National Library Week.
Library Week is a time to celebrate libraries.  In addition to the programs we offer, and the resources we provide, one thing many Riversidians look forward to every year is the L…

"Can I get legal advice at a law library?"

Legal advice refers to written or oral counsel about a legal matter that would affect the rights and responsibilities of the person receiving the advice.
Is there someone at the law library who can advise what I should do in my case?  Short answer is, no. What you are asking is whether library staff can give you legal advice in you…

Find it on HeinOnline has created a series of "how-to-use-HeinOnline" videos covering everything from how to create a MyHein account, navigating Hein’s congressional documents collection, retrieving case law, and how to conduct a legislative intent search,
Recently, I was tasked with reviewing the series of videos created for HeinOnline’s YouTube channel.  These videos were designed as a crash course in navigating Hein’s…

National Pro Bono Week

In celebration of National Pro Bono Week the Temecula Law Resource Center organized a free legal clinic at the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library. The event took place on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 10am-2pm. This was our biggest free legal cl…
In celebration of National Pro Bono Week the Temecula Law Resource Center organized a free legal clinic at the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library.  The event took place on T…

Help You Help Yourself

The Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library hosted the on-going series “Help You Help Yourself.” The goal of this series is to bring legal resources to the local community. This family law class was open to the public and free for anyone wishing to atte…
The Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library hosted the on-going series “Help You Help Yourself.” The goal of this series is to bring legal resources to the local community. This…

Free Legal Clinic for National Library Week

The Temecula Law Resource Center hosted a free legal clinic for National Library Week on April 12, 2016.
In celebration of National Library Week at the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library the Temecula Law Resource Center hosted a Free Legal Clinic on April 12, 2016 from 10am-2p…

Taffy Pull

If you get enough people mad at you, courts/judges will do ANYTHING to get you - even if it means making up crazy interpretations of the law just to make your life miserable.
In today's news is the story of a guy whom the Feds really wanted to nail to the proverbial wall.  See, once upon a time Dennis Mahon of the White Aryan Resistance of Arizona plan…

Law School Basics

Whether you’ve been dreaming of being a lawyer for years now or you’re just now considering if a career in law might be the right choice for you, this guide will give you foundational knowledge of need-to-know information on getting into law school.
Whether you’ve been dreaming of being a lawyer for years now or you’re just now considering if a career in law might be the right choice for you, this guide will give you foundati…

Don't Do It

Just because the front door to your local county public law library says the word "PUBLIC" on it doesn't mean you can walk out the front door with anything you want. If you didn't buy it or it wasn't given to you, it's not yours to do as you wish.
Love my job, I do.  What I don't like all that much is seeing materials walk out the library.  Well, I mean, it doesn't just sprout legs, get up, and walk out the front door of it…

Sneaky. Very Sneaky, Indeed...

Sometimes the best books are the ones that no one thinks to read. Sometimes the best books are the ones that sneak up on you and help to expand your horizons. Sometimes the best place to find a good book is at your local county law library.
The other day I was talking with a friend of mine who was in a book club.  Seems she was on the prowl for a new book for her book club to dissect.  She was looking for something w…

Calling all Paralegals!

The Riverside County Law Library attracts people across the spectrum of legal research and in the midst of it all are the Paralegals who are often responsible for the day-to-day success of an attorneys
The Riverside County Law Library attracts people across the spectrum of legal research.  In the midst of it all are the Paralegals. They are responsible for a variety of tasks, an…

Litigation by the Numbers

In addition to its collection of hard-core legal materials, the Riverside County Law Library has a number of helpful resources to assist self-represented litigants discover and learn to use legal materials at the Library.
We often have self-help litigants walk in needing some basic information on how to start or respond to a civil law suit.  We could load them up with a copy of the California Rules …

What's with the Waiting?!

Waiting until you need to have something done is usually a recipe for despair and failure. Whatever it is you need doing, do it before it is due. Heck, go to your local county law library and we'll help you find what you need to get what you need done l…
It never ceases to amaze me how people can wait to do somethings and it, seemingly, doesn't faze them until they get down to the absolutely last day/hour/minute/second it's due an…

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