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Free Legal Assistance Offered at Select Santa Clara County Libraries

WHAT:
Virtual Lawyers in the Library Program, a virtual legal advice clinic connects experienced volunteer attorneys from local corporations and commercial law firms with community members.
 
Virtual meetings, using a video conferencing program between participants and qualified volunteer attorneys, are free and limited to 20 minutes per session.  Individuals can register online at: www.probonoproject.org/virtual-clinics or sign up at participating locations.  Short waiting lists will be maintained at each location after available sessions have been booked.
 
WHO:
The Pro Bono Project in partnership with Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD)
 
WHEN AND WHERE: 
 
Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Morgan Hill Library, 660 West Main Avenue, Morgan Hill
 
Monday, October 21, 6:00 – 8 p.m.
Los Altos Library, 13 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos
 
Tuesday, October 22, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Campbell Library, 77 Harrison Avenue, Campbell
 
Wednesday, October 23, 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Santa Clara County Bar Association, 31 North Second Street, 4th Floor, San Jose
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Somos Mayfair Community Center, 370-B South King Road, San Jose
 
Thursday, October 24, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Gilroy Library, 350 West Sixth Street, Gilroy
 
Friday, October 25, 10:00 a.m. – 12: 00 p.m.
Pro Bono Project offices, 480 North First Street, Suite 219, San Jose
 
HOW:
Individuals who wish to schedule a virtual appointment with a lawyer must first register via the website: www.probonoproject.org/virtual-clinics or at the participating libraries/centers for an appointment time.  For their virtual meetings, individuals will use laptops, a printer/scanner, and video conferencing software provided by the Pro Bono Project to meet with a volunteer attorney over the Internet.  Individuals will have the capability to scan and send documents to the volunteer attorney.  Attorneys will offer legal advice to individuals and provide further referrals to legal service agencies.  Library personnel will be available to help navigate the computer system should assistance be needed.
 
WHY:
The Virtual Lawyers in the Library Program was created to provide free, quality legal advice from experienced attorneys throughout the Bay Area to underserved members of the community. 
 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Derek Wolfgram/Mark Fink/Lili Smith, Santa Clara County Library District (408) 293-2326 ext. 3002/3010/3014
Posted:   October 15, 2013