Highland News Leader

‘People’s Law School’ is coming to Madison County during March

The Madison County Bar Association, in conjunction with Lewis & Clark Community College, will present a series of free, non-credit law classes this month.

Called the “People’s Law School,” the series includes two, two-hour programs featuring a variety of law-related topics taught by local, licensed, practicing attorneys. According to program organizers, the sessions are aimed at increasing awareness of laws and understanding of legal issues of interest to the general public.

“The People’s Law School is a great opportunity for us to reach out to the general public and let them know how the law can work to protect them,” said Chris Threlkeld, president of the Madison County Bar Association. “At the same time, it gives our bar association members a chance to present themselves in a positive environment. Many consumers are afraid of attorneys or are hesitant to contact one in a time of need. These programs introduce attorneys to the community in a user-friendly setting.”

The program runs for two nights — Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24 — from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Leclaire Room at Lewis & Clark Community College’s N.O. Nelson Campus, located at 600 Troy Road in Edwardsville.

This year’s People’s Law School class schedule is as follows:

Monday, March 23

• “DUIs: What Every Defendant Needs to Know,” taught by Bryce Joiner, attorney at law.

• Driver’s License Reinstatement: Getting Your License Back After Suspension or Revocation,” taught by Barbara Joiner, attorney at law.

Tuesday, March 24

• “The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act: An Overview,” taught by Michael Wesley, attorney at law.

• “Worker’s Compensation 101: Understanding the System and Your Rights,” taught by Dave Galanti, attorney at law.

Attorneys involved in the program are not compensated but provide this valuable community service free of charge as a service to the community.

The classes are free and open to the public. Handouts and light refreshments will be provided. Anyone may attend one, several, or all of the sessions. No RSVP is required.

For more information, call or email David Weder at (314) 444-1364 dweder@lewisrice.com.