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 free 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 and judges who will explain the law in language everyone can understand. There will be an opportunity for questions during each session.
Each session is free to attend and is held from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in Room 354B of the RLC MarketPlace each Thursday from Feb. 7 through March 20. The schedule of topics and speakers is:
-- "Family Law / Child Custody / Divorce," Aaron Carnine and Meleah Walton, Feb. 7.
-- "Accidents / Injuries / Worker's Compensation," Brian McGovern, Feb. 14;
-- "Estate Planning / Wills / Probate with Mark Ballard," Hank Villani, Feb. 21;
-- "Real Estate Law," Jim Hanson, Feb. 28;
-- "Small Claims," Sean Featherstun, March 6;
-- "Criminal Law / How the System Works," Jeff Bradley and Scott Quinn, March 13;
-- "Traffic / DUI / Secretary of State Hearing," T. J. Parrish, March 20.
According to Community Education Director Dawn Gibson, previous years' presentations have been popular. There will be an opportunity for questions at each session.
"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.
The People's Law School is presented jointly by the Illinois Bar Association, Jefferson County Bar Association and Rend Lake College.