Legal classes offered |

Legal classes offered

Susan Wood

Suzanne Kingsbury believes the South Lake Tahoe community could benefit greatly from “street law” forums because she knows firsthand that disputes can occur at anytime to anyone.

The El Dorado County Superior Court judge recalled being challenged to go to court years ago over a car dispute.

“Of course that’s like throwing down the gauntlet to a law student,” she said.

She won a small claims judgment based on her understanding of consumer rights.

Kingsbury urges others who feel either too intimidated or uninformed about the judicial system to learn about the rules of evidence and how to present a viable defense in an assortment of common categories like consumer rights, estate planning and personal injury law.

The Superior Court and South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring weekly, evening workshops beginning Tuesday.

The free workshops are slated for 7-9 p.m. at the courtroom at 1354 Johnson Blvd.

The court already hosts a legal clinic on Tuesday afternoons under an access-to-justice grant program, but participants must be age- and income-eligible.

“My feeling is we have a large unmet need in the community from people who might benefit from this information,” Kingsbury said.

The first Tuesday forum deals with residential landlord and tenant relations, covering the eviction process and rent increases. It’s followed by a personal injury law forum scheduled for Sept. 18. The consumer rights workshop rounds out the September schedule the following Tuesday.

Please call 530-573-3064 for more information.

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