Lawyer in the Library

Get a free 15-minute consultation with an attorney! Lawyer in the Library is sponsored by the Alameda County Law Library. Volunteer attorneys come to the library to provide brief consultations for your legal concerns. Each appointment lasts 10 to 15 minutes. Registration must be done in person at the library, and begins 30 minutes before the program. Names are selected by lottery 15 minutes before the program begins. There are a limited number of appointments available. Contact the Main Library (510-881-7980) for more information.

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Rules for Participating in Lawyer in the Library at Hayward Public Library

Lawyer in the Library is a free service provided by volunteer lawyers through the Alameda County Law Library. Numerous libraries in Alameda County participate in this program. We aim to provide the best possible service to the greatest number of people in the most fair manner possible. For this reason, and in some cases because of the requirements of the ACLL, these are the rules under which we operate this service:

  1. Arrive 30 minutes before the beginning of the session to enter your name into the drawing. Names are drawn 15 minutes before the beginning of the session. Anybody arriving after names have been drawn may have a spot on the waiting list if there are any spots left.
  2. Each person, family, or couple enters their name in the drawing exactly once. Couples or families entering their name more than once will not be permitted to see the lawyer.
  3. Couples/families get one appointment, not two or more.
  4. You must be physically present in order to enter your name. Nobody may submit your name for you. No exceptions.
  5. Please keep track of your number and the number of the person ahead of you, and please be in the waiting area well before we estimate your turn will begin. The time listed on your ticket is only an estimate. Some turns last significantly less than 15 minutes, and if you are not in the waiting area when your turn comes up, you miss your turn for that session. You are, however, welcome to return and put your name in the drawing again during the next session.
  6. It is up to you to know who precedes you and to be aware when their turn is over. The library will not call your name or announce your turn.
  7. Keep your appointment slip and give it to the lawyer when it’s your turn. You will not be seen without an appointment slip.
  8. The lawyer cannot represent you and we do not have information about the lawyers’ specialties. You are welcome to discuss the lawyer’s specialty with him or her if you feel it’s relevant.
  9. The lawyers do not speak Spanish and the library cannot provide a translator. Please bring a translator if you need one.
  10. Each person’s turn lasts no more than 15 minutes, even if there are less than eight people waiting to see the lawyer.
  11. You may not speak to the lawyer after your turn is over, including as he or she is exiting the library.

We will not make exceptions to these rules. Thank you for your cooperation.

The Lawyer in the Library program is sponsored by the Alameda County Law Library

Additional Information

Lawyer in the Library FAQ from the Alameda County Law Library