Monterey College of Law recently announced several new advisory workshops in which law students under faculty supervision provide help to individuals who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. “The law school works collaboratively with the Monterey County Superior Court and the Monterey County Bar Association to provide assistance to individuals who wish to represent themselves in certain civil court matters,” said Sara Sturtevant, Associate Dean of Community Programs for the law school.
The law school has added advisory workshops for family law and guardianships this past Fall and will be adding programs for domestic violence civil restraining orders and habeas corpus petitions (appeals to Superior Court for currently incarcerated individuals) during the Spring and Summer. These are in addition to the school’s existing programs for small claims mediation, landlord-tenant disputes, expungement (petitions to remove previous misdemeanor convictions from juvenile records), and the neighbor project (mediation for neighbor disputes).
Supervised law students are excellent at helping people understand how to prepare the basic forms and documents needed to represent themselves in simple civil matters. If law students help an individual understand the process and information they need before they appear in court, it greatly increases the chance that they will have a successful experience. It also saves an enormous amount of time and frustration for the individual and the court. Dean Mitchel Winick
Information about the law school’s advisory workshops programs can be found at www.montereylaw.edu or by calling the law school at 831-582-5234.
Monterey College of Law is celebrating its 40th year providing legal education to residents of the Central Coast. The law school has a main campus adjacent to CSUMB in Seaside and also a first-year program in Santa Cruz. Over the past several years, the law school has received recognition as having one of the highest cumulative bar pass rates in the state.
For additional information contact:
Mitchel L. Winick
President and Dean
Monterey College of Law