The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) has partnered with the Santa Cruz County Bar Association to offer a free monthly series of discussions with Q & A on various legal and financial life event topics.
The new series, titled Legally Speaking, answers questions about the most frequently experienced legal issues faced by people in our community. These discussions will take place at various locations throughout the county. The first event, covering immigration law, will be held at the Downtown Library on January 24th from 6-7 p.m.
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Led by Jeraline Singh Edwards, Esq, this presentation will encompass “Know your Rights,” immigration law fundamental principles, such ways to become a U.S. citizen, main categories of immigrant, ways to get a green card, process of naturalization, and the “Do’s and Don’ts” of immigration law. Most importantly, we will discuss the truths and myths about current immigration law and policies. Jeraline is a Professor at Monterey College of Law teaching Immigration Law Clinic. She is a Seaside Rotary Club Board member, Del Monte Manor Board Member, and a member of Monterey County and Santa Cruz Bar Association and American Immigration Lawyers Association.
According to Library Director Susan Nemitz, “Navigating legal and financial life events can be overwhelming. Getting a good overview and having a professional answer questions can significantly reduce this stress.” Nemitz also indicated that the series is a result of a 2018 SCPL Innovation Grant. These small internal grants “…encouraged staff at all levels to look to their own passions, and to try something new to meet the needs of the community.” The new series will serve as a pilot to help determine which additional topics and formats will benefit the community.
Other events in the series include:
- Thursday, Feb 14, 2019: Estate Planning with Emily Buchbinder at the Aptos Library
- Thursday, Mar 14, 2019 Elder Law and Abuse with Anna Penrose at the Downtown Library
- Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 Coastal Access with Gary Redenbacher at the Scotts Valley Library
- Thursday, May 9, 2019 Labor Law with Gretchen Reganhardt & Lizett Rodriguez (CRLA) at the Downtown Library
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