The Law Library is currently CLOSED in compliance with the local Stay Home Order to contain COVID-19 in our community. We do not have a specific date for reopening at this time.
Sept 15: Marin County moves into Tier 2 on the State Blueprint, effective today.
Announcing one Vacancy on the Law Library Board of Trustees. Volunteer for three year term at: HERE
Activities: Conference room reservations, proctored exams, and community service programs are suspended while the Stay Home Order is in effect.
First Thursdays at the Law Library: Join us on Zoom on November 5, at 6 p.m. to hear Amber Chavez, Esq., Deputy District Attorney in the Consumer Protection Unit of the Marin District Attorney's Office, talk about the work they do to mediate consumer complaints and enforce consumer protection laws. In addition, they provide consumer rights information to the public. To attend, you must register on Eventbrite HERE.
Next Board Meeting: October 20, 2020
The next board meeting will be held on October 20, 2020 at 5:15 p.m. on Zoom with a call-in option. See agenda packet at Monthly Meetings tab for how to connect online or by phone. A print agenda will be available for viewing on the outdoor bulletin board at the middle archway entrance to the Civic Center (courts entrance) on October 16.
FREE ONLINE LEGAL RESEARCH WESTLAW:
Try Westlaw with Practical Law for free and get full access to content and attorney-editors: HERE
Check Special Additional Instructions: HERE
Online Video Resources:
The California Lawyers Association has prepared a variety of videos for the public addressing various legal issues that are coming up in light of COVID-19. They currently have 11 videos on their YouTube Channel with another 22 in post-production. Many are available in Spanish or have Spanish closed captioning. HERE
National Resources: The American Bar Association offers a webpage intended as a national source of information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the delivery of legal services. It includes resources on remote service delivery, court access and rules changes, legal needs, public benefits programs, and pro bono mobilization. HERE
Local Resources and Assistance: For impacts of COVID-19, use this link to access Marin Health and Human Services Community Resources:
Mon. a.m. - p.m.
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Wed. a.m. - p.m.
Thurs. a.m. - p.m.
TENANT & LANDLORD INFORMATION
Marin County Renter and Landlord Resources, including information about the temporary emergency ban on evictions due to COVID-19, are available HERE.
For more extensive coverage, see Landlord-Tenant Resources, under "Legal Resources" Tab, above.
WHERE CAN I GO FOR HELP??
During times of crisis county law libraries are available to help: https://www.publiclawlibrary.org/covid.htm
Direct Assistance is available from: "Ask a Law Librarian"
Email Reference Questions: Limited Legal Research Assistance using Westlaw and OnLaw available from Law Library staff working remotely; send request to:
and staff will respond as soon as they are able.
Self-Help: Use the "Legal Resources" tab above to access links to legal information, online self-help, federal and state laws and regulations, jury instructions and more.
WHAT IF I HAVE A CASE PENDING AT MARIN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT??
For information about the impact of the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic on the Marin County Superior Court schedule, click "COVID-19 UPDATES" on banner above, or go to home page of .
For credible information related to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on numerous legal topics, see these resource links compiled by the San Diego County Law Library: While some of the information is specific to San Diego, there are many links to state and federal resources as well.
Consumer Law Legal Resources:
The National Consumer Law Center has generously granted us permission to make the following publications available to the public for free during the COVID-19 emergency:
1. Protecting Against Creditors' Seizure of Stimulus Checks. HERE
2. Surviving Debt: Expert Advice for Getting Out of Financial Trouble. HERE
3. A state-by-state summary of protections from judgment creditors. HERE
4. Newly Implemented Consumer Protections a Response to COVID-19. HERE
5. Consumer Debt Advice: Excerpts from Surviving Debt. HERE
6. Enforcing the CARES Act Credit Reporting Protections. HERE
7. Mortgage Relief for Homeowners Affected by COVID-19. HERE
8. Summary of Foreclosure Alternatives with COVID-19 Hardships. HERE
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides national coverage with information and resources to protect and manage your finances: HERE
Future Events and Classes
Lawyers in the Library - Program Suspended Due to COVID-19
Sign-ups begin at 3:30 p.m. and are first come, first served.
Meetings with Attorneys: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
A community service program for self-represented litigants. You may wish to arrive earlier than 3:30 to ensure your inclusion on the sign-up list, as sign-ups are limited. For details of the program, click here (English) or here (Spanish). For future meeting dates, click here.
Introducing First Thursdays at the Marin County Law Library,
an opportunity for residents of Marin to learn about the numerous agencies that provide services to the public at no or low cost. Who are these folks and how can they help you? A representative of the agency or county department will present information about their organization followed by a question and answer period. Get to know your local officials and community service agencies.
Due to COVID-19, First Thursday events will be held on Zoom. You must register HERE to attend. Registration is free.
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
November 5, 2020 - Marin Co. District Attorney's Office, Consumer Fraud Unit
December 3, 2020 - Donna Garske, Executive Director, Center for Domestic Peace
The Marin County Law Library serves the public by providing access to legal formation resources
through a variety of media, research assistance, and technologies needed to give practical expression to the law, while maintaining a flexible and supportive presence that fosters the ends of community service and social justice.
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