Contributed by Prince William County Bar Association
In January, the Bar launched the Library Learning Series, a cooperative effort between the PWC Bar and the PWC Public Library Adult Education Department. This Series features monthly presentations on various law related topics which are led by volunteer members from the Bar. Individual programs run from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm on the second Tuesday of most months at the Chinn Regional Library in the adult programs room. These programs are open to the public and free of charge. Angela Morehouse, Esq., with the Morehouse Law Firm, is the Library Learning Series’ administrator and presented the first program which focused on marriage and divorce. Her presentation touched on the legal and practical ramifications of marriage and divorce on finances, medical authority, wills, property, parenting, debts retirement and taxes.
The February program focused on basic landlord and tenant law and was presented by Heather Steele, Esq., with Compton & Duling, LC. Ms. Steele provided tips for landlords and tenants from each point of view concerning protecting their rights, the leasing process, the rent payment process and the eviction process. Tax was the topic for the March program which was presented by Bernadette Peele, Esq., Senior Assistant County Attorney. Ms. Peele discussed real estate and personal property taxes, the assessment process and tax relief programs. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Brad Marshall covered the basics of traffic law in April, touching on DUI, reckless driving, texting while driving, driving without a license or on a suspended license and the DMV points assessment regime.
For the May 13 Library Learning Series program, the Prince William County Bar will present a seminar titled, “Legal Literacy Essentials.” Speakers include The Honorable Steven S. Smith, Chief Judge of PWC General District Court who will present information about the courts and how they work; followed by Clerk of Court Michele B. McQuigg , who will discuss jury service; and ending with Amy N. Tobias, President of the PWC Bar, who will provide information about how to find a lawyer. Other topics to be covered this year in the Library Learning Series include Small Business Ownership, Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Custody, Personal Injury and Mediation.
Older American’s Month is celebrated in May and to celebrate that national focus, the PWC Bar will sponsor the Senior Citizen’s Project in cooperation with the PWC Area Agency on Aging. Through this program, volunteer attorneys from the Bar will visit the Woodbridge Senior Center on May 8th from 11:00 am to noon, and the Manassas Senior Center on May 12th from 11:00 am to noon and present information on, “Getting Your Records In Order So Your Family Doesn’t Have To”, and “the Importance of Insurance: Life, Disability and Umbrella.” The presenters at the Woodbridge Center will be Amy McCullough, Esq, with Zelnick & Erickson, PC and Jenine Graves, with A. Attorney, LLC. The presenters at the Manassas Center will be Todd Bunn, Esq., with Carluzzo, Rochkind & Smith, PC and Vanessa Reed, Esq. with the Reed Law Firm, PLLC. The PWC Bar will distribute copies of the Senior Citizen’s Handbook, which is published by the Virginia State Bar, to attendees. These seminars are open to the public and free of charge.
The PWC Bar is also working to develop a speakers bureau whereby volunteer attorneys from the local bar association can visit area service organizations, religious groups, parent teacher associations, and other venues in addition to public libraries and senior centers to speak on law related topics of interest to the audience. If you are interested in arranging for a speaker for your group, please contact Jason Hickman, Esq., with Compton & Duling, LC at (703) 583-6060.
These public education programs are being sponsored by the PWC Bar Association in celebration of Law Day, which is celebrated on May 1st each year. Law Day was established by President Eisenhower in 1958 to help cultivate a respect for and appreciation of the law. For more information on these and other public service programs sponsored by the local bar association, visit them on-line at www.pwcba.org
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