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June 18th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
Gary Kovacic, who spearheaded the Law Day program a decade ago will be on hand in Arcadia with 40 other attorneys offering free legal advice Saturday. – Photo by Terry Miller
Originally started by Arcadia attorney and longtime city council member Gary Kovacic over 10 years ago, the City of Arcadia and the Arcadia Chinese Association this weekend will offer a free Law Day at the Arcadia Public Library, 20 West Duarte Road, on Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of the nationwide celebration.
Over 40 Volunteer attorneys will be on hand to meet with the public and provide them with a free brief one-on-one consultation on general legal questions. They will provide a summary of legal rights and general advice on a “walk-up” basis and, where appropriate, will refer individuals to the proper legal or governmental organizations. Law Day attorneys are unable to accept any cases from the people they meet.
Law Day attorneys will answer questions on immigration, consumer rights, landlord-tenant issues, insurance problems, property, family law, bankruptcy, government benefits, employee rights, workers’ compensation, personal injury and other topics. Informational brochures and pamphlets will also be available as additional legal resources.
“The Arcadia Chinese Association is delighted to once again co-sponsor this valuable program. We take great pride and enjoyment in helping all members of our community gain access to professional and personalized legal knowledge at no cost,” said Sho Tay, President of the Arcadia Chinese Association. More than 26 volunteers from the Arcadia Chinese Association will provide refreshments and assist in language translations where needed at this year’s Law Day event. Translation services will be available in Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish, and other languages maybe also available. For more information, call Arcadia City Hall at 574-5460.