Category: News & Updates

“Can I Vote?” Flowcharts to Help You Understand Voting Rights

The Washington State office of the ACLU has posted helpful “Can I Vote?” flowcharts to help people with criminal convictions figure out if they are eligible to vote.  The flowcharts are written in seven languages–English, Chinese, Korean, Oromo, Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese.  A person convicted as an adult of a felony in Washington State loses their right to vote and is also ineligible if they are serving a sentence for any felony conviction from another State or federal court.  The right to vote is automatically restored once the person is no longer under the supervision of the Washington State Department of Corrections.  Read the English language version of the “Can I Vote?” flowchart here.

New Washington State Service Animals Law Takes Effect on 1/1/2019

This past session, the Washington State Legislature passed SHB 2822, Chapter 176 of the Laws of 2018, to address growing problems with people misrepresenting ordinary animals as service animals.  In addition to changing the definition of “service animal”, the new law also creates a civil penalty for misrepresentation of a service animal of up to $500.  WashingtonLawHelp has published a guide related to this new law here.

K & L Gates Creates Pro Bono Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project

K & L Gates has founded a pro bono project to help victims of “revenge porn” or nonconsensual pornography defend their “cyber” civil rights.  Assistance is available to victims both within the United States and abroad.  To contact the Cyber Civil Rights Project and K & L Gates, use this link.  For more information about cyber civil rights, see the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative’s web site.

Sociologist Says Public Libraries are the Bedrock of a Civil Society

The disconnect between the perceived value of public libraries–particularly in the eyes of influencial policy-makers–and the vital role they play in supporting the social infrastructure of a civil society is real.  And it’s something that anyone concerned about equity, open access, and diversity should be prepared to confront.  So says sociologist Eric Klinenberg, in his recent New York Times opinion article, To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library.

For more information about the recanted Forbes article about the value of public libraries, see this QZ article.

New KCBA Volunteer Legal Services Records Project

King County Bar Association’s Volunteer Legal Services program has launched a new service for low-income people trying to vacate criminal conviction records.  The ultimate goal is to reduce the barriers to employment and housing created by convictions.  To be eligible to participate, you must be low-income and your most recent conviction must have been from a court within King County.  Download this flyer for more information.

 

Upcoming Workshops: The Nuts & Bolts of Motions

Advanced Workshop for Self-Represented Litigants

This advanced workshop is designed for those who have attended Civil Lawsuits without Tears: The Basics of Representing Yourself in Court or those who need more information on the process for drafting, filing, and responding to motions and orders. In this workshop you will learn about the purpose, content, format and calendaring of motions along with the court rules governing them. Attendees will be granted access to a password protected website with additional information including sample motions & orders, blank motions & orders and instructions.

This class is part of PLLKC’s Self-Represented Litigants series.  It does not cover immigration proceedings or criminal proceedings such as DUI or felony and misdemeanor offenses.  Sessions are scheduled in various branches throughout the KCLS and SPL systems.

The Nuts & Bolts of Motions runs for 60 minutes.

Click here to see upcoming sessions for this workshop

Upcoming Workshops: Civil Lawsuits Without Tears

Representing yourself in court is a complicated process and can be overwhelming. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of the civil lawsuit process with a focus on court rules, court procedures, forms, scheduling, and deadlines. Attendees will be granted access to a password protected website with additional information and resources, including the most commonly used civil litigation forms.

This class is part of PLLKC’s Self-Represented Litigants workshop series. It does not cover immigration proceedings or criminal proceedings such as DUI or felony and misdemeanor offenses.  Sessions are scheduled in various branches throughout the KCLS and SPL systems.

The Civil Lawsuits Without Tears runs for 90 minutes.

Click here to see upcoming sessions for this workshop

Upcoming Workshop: Civil Lawsuits Without Tears: The Basics of Representing Yourself in Court

Representing yourself in court is a complicated process and can be overwhelming. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of the civil lawsuit process with a focus on court rules, court procedures, forms, scheduling, and deadlines. Attendees will be granted access to a password protected website with additional information and resources, including the most commonly used civil litigation forms.

This class does not cover immigration proceedings or criminal proceedings such as DUI or felony and misdemeanor offenses.

The workshop will be 90 minutes and will run from 6:30-8:00pm.

Online Registration is Required!

Register Here

 

When: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Where: Kent Library (KCLS)

212 2nd Avenue North
Kent, WA  98032

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Suitable for: Adults

Language: English

Upcoming Workshop: The Nuts & Bolts of Motions — Dec. 12, 2018

Advanced Workshop for Self-Represented Litigants

This advanced workshop is designed for those who have attended Civil Lawsuits without Tears: The Basics of Representing Yourself in Court or those who need more information on the process for drafting, filing, and responding to motions and orders. In this workshop you will learn about the purpose, content, format and calendaring of motions along with the court rules governing them. Attendees will be granted access to a password protected website with additional information including sample motions & orders, blank motions & orders and instructions.

This class does not cover immigration proceedings or criminal proceedings such as DUI or felony and misdemeanor offenses.

The workshop will be 60 minutes and will run from 6:30pm-7:30pm.

Online Registration is Required!

Register Here

 

When: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Where: Kent Library (KCLS)

212 2nd Avenue North
Kent, WA  98032
(253) 859-3330

Get Directions

Suitable for: Adults

Language: English

Reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities is available; please contact the library prior to the event if you require accommodation.