SDLRLA members Maricela Amezola and Omar Passons (also of Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association) appeared on KPBS Evening Edition yesterday evening to discuss and promote the Neighborhood Law School, a free series of legal clinics held on Mondays at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.  SDLRLA is proud to work with the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association to provide these clinics in English and Spanish. We hope this is just the first of many years of joint collaboration!

Watch the video here.

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The remaining clinic dates are:

7/8/13 – Running a Business
(Spanish & English classes)
Key items for starting and running your business

7/15/13 – Landlords & Tenants
(English & Spanish available)
Know your rights/Protect your property – both perspectives

7/22/13 – Understanding
Criminal Law
(English & Spanish available)
Know your legal rights and responsibilities

8/12/13 – Immigration Law
(English & Spanish available)


San Diego Attorneys Lead Series of Legal Workshops in English, Spanish

Monday June 24, 2013

By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh

The United States has been famously dubbed a nation of laws, not of men. But that doesn’t really help you much if you don’t know what the laws are or how to use them.

For instance, is it legal for a landlord to say you can’t rent a top floor because you have kids? Is it legal for an employer to ask for your Facebook password?

A series of free neighborhood legal clinics start tonight at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. The topic tonight is employers and employees.

Omar Passons is a San Diego attorney and a member of the Earl B Gilliam Bar Association. He has organized the Neighborhood Law School for the last two years.

Passons said the Neighborhood Law School was started more than two decades ago by a small group of African American attorneys who wanted to be a resource to the African American community.

This is the first year the Earl B Gilliam Bar Association has partnered with the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association to offer the workshops in both English and Spanish.

Attorney Maricela Amezola is a member of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association. She will lead a class on immigration on August 12.

Amezola said she will cover topics that often affect immigrants in San Diego including Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids, employment authorization, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and family petitions.

Passons said most attorneys won’t give legal advice at the workshops because of the liability. There’s also no such thing as attorney-client privilege in a room full of people. But Passons said workshop participants are free to contact the attorneys leading the classes outside of workshops.