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January 18, 2011 > Alameda County Library News: Lawyers with a heart

Alameda County Library News: Lawyers with a heart

Through a partnership with the Alameda County Bar Association, Tri-City residents with nowhere to turn for help with a legal problem can go to several Alameda County Library locations including Union City Library, 34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd., and Fremont Main Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd. For general information contact the Association at

The Lawyer in the Library program takes place once per month in these libraries assisted by dedicated Bay Area attorneys who volunteer their time to give free legal appointments in the libraries. The Union City Library program is held on the first Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Attorney George Derieg of Alameda. Mr. Derieg handles cases in criminal, family, probate, and estate planning law. People can sign up for a brief private consultation with the lawyer after 4 p.m. on the day of the program. Mr. Derieg is a Bay Area native who considers Alameda County his home. He has a background serving as a public defender and has worked with the innocence project ( For more information about the program in Union City contact the Library Information Desk at (510) 745-1464 x 7.

Fremont Main's Lawyer in the Library program occurs on the fourth Tuesday of every month except December, from 6 p.m. to 8 pm. This program offers a free appointment with an attorney who will help define your problem, get you started on a solution, and make a referral when needed. Each time slot is 15 minutes. Fremont Main usually has two lawyers for this program, so there are generally a total of 16 slots. Sign up in person between 5 p.m. - 5:45 pm at the Information Desk on the evening of the program. A lottery is held at 5:50 p.m. to award slots. Persons wishing an appointment must be present at the time of the lottery. Contact the Information Desk at (510) 745-1401 with any questions about Fremont's program.

The Newark Library staff would like to offer a similar program to Newark Library users, but first need to find an attorney willing to volunteer for the program there. Contact the Newark Library Information Desk at (510) 795-2627.

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