The law is a mystery to many, and Rend Lake College’s Community Education Department is helping people solve it through the "People’s Law School," a selection of presentations made by members of the Jefferson County Bar Association.
"People’s Law School" covers areas of the law in which people have the most frequent legal problems. Attendees will leave these free sessions better equipped to understand and deal with these problems when confronted with them.
The speakers featured during "People’s Law School" are outstanding local attorneys who will explain the law in language everyone can understand. There will be an opportunity for questions during each session.
The sessions are held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Jefferson County Courthouse. The subjects and dates are: Divorce/Child Custody and Support Law, February 5; Bankruptcy/Debtor Relief, February 12; Estate Planning, Wills and Probate, February 19; Circuit and Appellate Court, February 26; Real Estate Law, March 4; Criminal Law/How the System Works, March 11; and Social Security Disability, March 18.
According to Community Education Director Dawn Gibson, the sessions are usually well attended. During the "Circuit and Appellate Court" presentation, participants will receive a tour of the historic 5th District Appellate Courthouse in Mt. Vernon, which draws quite a crowd, she said.
"All of the sessions have good attendance because they cover areas of the law that touch most everyone at some point in time," Gibson said.