'User Friendly' People's Law School at Baylor Scheduled for March 1

Feb. 22, 2008

Contact: Julie Carlson, Baylor Law School, (254) 710-6681

The People's Law School at Baylor University will return for a third year from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, March 1. Hosted by Baylor Law School, the one-day, free event is designed to make the law "user friendly" and to educate members of the community about their legal rights.

"The law can sometimes be confusing," said Patricia Wilson, professor of law at Baylor. "The 2008 People's Law School will not answer every question for every specific situation, but it can help you get a grasp on some fundamentals that may help you in your day-to-day personal and business life."

The People's Law School will offer 15 courses on a variety of legal topics. Two new courses on traffic tickets and the judicial process have been added this year. Each People's Law course will be taught by a Baylor law professor or a local attorney. Participants can register for three courses, which will last approximately an hour each.

The People's Law School will be held at the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center on the north side of University Parks Drive on the Baylor campus. Registration ends Feb. 28. For more information, visit law.baylor.edu and select the People's Law School link or call Wilson at (254) 710-6591.

The courses for this year include:

Access to the Law
• Small Claims Court
• How to find and work with an attorney
• Arbitration and mediation

Consumer Law I
• Deceptive car sales
• Shoddy home and car repairs

Consumer Law II
• Dealing with debt collectors
• Fair Credit Reporting Act

Employment Law
• Hiring and firing employees
• Discrimination at work
• How to get paid for your work
• Family Medical Leave Act

Elder Law
• Guardianship
• Scams against the elderly
• Social Security and Medicare

Family Law I
• Divorce
• Protective orders

Family Law II
• Child Custody
• Grandparent's rights

Finding the Law
• Where to find the law
• How to use the library and Internet

Landlord/Tenant Rights
• Rights and responsibilities
• Fair Housing Act
• Deposits and Repairs

Immigration Law
• Work visas, immigrant rights
• What employers and employees need to know

Insurance Law
• Dealing with insurance companies
• What to do when you have a claim
• Maximizing insurance claim recovery
• Homeowner and health insurance claims

Small Business
• Choice of business entity
• Tips to avoid legal pitfalls

Wills and Estate Planning
• Requirements of a valid will
• Basic estate planning techniques
• Powers of Attorney

Traffic Tickets
• What to do when pulled over for a moving violation
• Your rights in traffic court

The Judicial Process
• The organization of the federal and state courts
• What to expect if you sue or are sued

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