'People's Law School' educates Houstonians on legal essentials for 27th year

Professor Emeritus Richard M. Alderman welcomes participants to the fall 2018 edition of the “People’s Law School” at the University of Houston Law Center.

Professor Emeritus Richard M. Alderman welcomes participants to the fall 2018 edition of the "People's Law School" at the University of Houston Law Center.

Oct. 18, 2018 - Professor Emeritus Richard M. Alderman and other faculty members gave area citizens an introduction to the law during the most recent session of the "People's Law School" at the University of Houston Law Center.

Alderman, director of the Center for Consumer Law and the author of "Know Your Rights!: Answers to Texans' Everyday Legal Questions," said he started the program years ago to protect consumers.

"When it comes to the law, knowledge really is power," Alderman said. "A little bit of knowledge can save you a lot of money. If you don't know your legal rights, it really is the same as not having them. The People's Law School won't make you an attorney, but it will help you settle disputes and avoid problems."

Participants with legal questions attended classes about consumer law, credit and debt, finding the law, landlord-tenant law, post-disaster consumer law, tax law and wills.

Known as "The People's Lawyer" for his efforts to educate the public over four decades through his newspaper column, books, radio and TV appearances, Alderman founded the "People's Law School" in 1991. It is recognized as the longest running and most successful legal program for laypeople in the country.

The program has drawn more than 55,000 "students" to the Saturday morning sessions on the Law Center campus and around the state where they learn about their legal rights from volunteer professors, lawyers and judges.

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