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San Diego Attorneys Lead Series Of Legal Workshops In English, Spanish

Evening Edition

Aired 6/24/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

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Omar Passons is a San Diego attorney and a member of the Earl B Gilliam Bar Association.

Maricela Amezola is also a San Diego attorney and a member of San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association.

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The Neighborhood Law School Session focusing on legal basics for business owners and employees starts at 6:30 tonight at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. For more information or to attend the workshop, call Alara Chilton at (619) 672-7201 or alarachilton@gmail.com

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Workshop Schedule, English

Workshop Schedule, English

Neighborhood Law School Workshop Schedule in English

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Workshop Schedule Spanish

Workshop Schedule Spanish

Neighborhood Law School Workshop Schedule in Spanish

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.

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