Oct. 6. 2016 – Houstonians with a curiosity for law gained a better understanding of common legal issues during the most recent edition of the People's Law School this past weekend at the Deluxe Theater in the Fifth Ward and the University of Houston Law Center.
The popular event, led by Richard Alderman, professor emeritus and director of the Center for Consumer Law, and was co-sponsored by the Houston Bar Association and Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Alderman, the author of "Know Your Rights!: Answers to Texans' Everyday Legal Questions," said he started the program years ago to protect consumers.
"A little bit of knowledge can save you a lot of money," Alderman said. "If you don't know your legal rights, it really is the same as not having them."
This marked the first time the People's Law School was taught simultaneously at two locations. About 90 people attended the event in the Fifth Ward, while 350 participated at People's Law School courses at the Law Center.
"For a first-time program, the session in the Fifth Ward went very well," Alderman said. "We look forward to the People's Law School and the Fifth Ward community collaborating in the future."
The People's Law is one of the oldest and most successful law programs for laypersons in the country, counting more than 50,000 partcicipants. Volunteer lawyers, judges and law professors taught courses and answered legal questions in multiple areas of the law including, business law, criminal law, credit and debt collection, wills and estates, health law, and landlord tenant law.
In his presentation on consumer law, Alderman gave tips on how consumers can elude scammers, especially online.
"There is no one out there who is going to make you rich or give you money. If something sounds too good to be true, it is." Alderman said. "Nothing important comes through the Internet or the phone, or, if it does you are instructed to go directly to official website, not click on it.