Do You Know Your Rights? Free Legal Information Sessions for the Community

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The phrase “knowledge is power” is certainly true when it comes to defending your rights.  Learn to protect yourself and your family.  The Rutgers Law School has partnered with the Newark Public Library to offer a series of free legal information sessions for the community during the months of October and November.

Questions?  Please call 973-733-3637 or email

Immigrant Rights: DACA and ICE Stops

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Auditorium, 4th Floor, Main Library

In light of the decision by the President and his administration in regards to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), this seminar will focus on:

  1. How the beneficiaries of this program are affected
  2. What to do if your DACA coverage is about to expire
  3. What steps are not recommended for those whom are covered by DACA, and those whom would have been covered but did not apply by the deadline.

Moreover, this seminar will instruct undocumented members of the community on their rights if they are stopped by a police officer or an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent.

Know Your Student’s Rights to Due Process in Public Schools

Thursday, October 19, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Auditorium, 4th Floor, Main Library

Sometimes parents and students feel that their schools have placed unjust punishments for alleged violations of the School’s Code of Conduct. What options do you have as a parent or student to ensure that students receive fair treatment? Learn your rights as a student faced with school disciplinary punishments. This presentation will address due process rights, which public schools are required to afford to all students.

Trans Rights: A Discussion

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 pm
James Brown African American Room, 1st Floor, Main Library

Transgender issues have quickly become a major topic in American society. Newly visible struggles over bathrooms, discrimination, military service, and health insurance coverage are constantly in the news. We will discuss the current state of transgender rights as employees, students, and military personnel, as well as their intersection with healthcare rights.

Domestic Violence

Thursday, November 2, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 pm
James Brown African American Room, 1st Floor, Main Library

Join us for an informative discussion New Jersey’s laws regarding Domestic Violence. After a brief introduction to the most common form of injury to women, far exceeding rape, mugging, and traffic accidents (as well as the misconception that only women are sufferers of DV), we will walk listeners through all pertinent legal issues and common concerns in the chronological order they may appear. Topics include

  • what crimes constitute domestic violence
  • who can be a victim
  • procedure for filing a temporary restraining order
  • procedure for filing a criminal complaint
  • what are the alleged abuser’s rights
  • and many more

Intellectual Property for Artists: An Introduction to Intellectual Property for Artists, Authors, and Creators

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 pm
James Brown African American Room, 1st Floor, Main Library

Please join us as the Rutgers Law School Intellectual Property Clinic discusses issues for independent artists, authors, and creators:

  • idea protection
  • trade secrets
  • the right of publicity
  • trademarks, copyright, and patents

Are You a Landlord or a Tenant?  Know Your Rights!

Thursday, November 9, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Auditorium, 4th Floor, Main Library

Landlord-tenant laws affect many of us in our day-to-day lives. If you’d like to learn more about what rights you have as a landlord or tenant, join us for an informative presentation covering issues like eviction, security deposits, leases, and more.

Know Your Rights as a Consumer

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 pm
James Brown African American Room, 1st Floor

Sometimes life presents obstacles that can leave us in a financial bind. Unfortunately, predatory lenders take advantage of these periods of vulnerability. Learn how to protect yourself from loans that may seem innocent on the surface, but often leave borrowers in a vicious cycle of repayment and further borrowing. This presentation will examine state and federal efforts to curb these practices and inform you of your rights as a consumer to better preserve your financial well-being.

Know Your Rights When It Comes to Interactions with the Police

Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 pm
James Brown African American Room

Dealing with the police has always been a sensitive subject for many, and in the current climate it is more important than ever to know what rights we are afforded under the Constitution. During this seminar will be discussing 4th Amendment law through the lens of police interaction, with a focus on distinguishing between stop & frisk Terry stops, custodial arrests, and non-seizure encounters.

Apart from the legal doctrine, we will also be discussing the informal practice of knowing how and when to exercise your rights.

Sexual Assault

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 pm
James Brown African American Room, 1st Floor, Main Library

As we have seen in modern times, sexual assault charges have been on the rise. Do you want to avoid an avoidable situation? Join us for a discussion of consent and sexual assault prevention.

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