April 6, 2016 — Almost 300 Houston area residents gathered Saturday at the University of Houston Law Center for the annual People’s Law School to learn about their legal rights on issues ranging from wills and debt collection to family law and social security.
“While the sessions on specific areas of the law won’t make you an attorney, knowing your legal rights can make a difference,” said Professor Emeritus Richard M. Alderman who retired from teaching two years ago, but continues to direct the Center for Consumer Law at the Law Center.
Hosted by the Center for Consumer Law with the sponsorship of the Houston Bar Association, the free program is the oldest and most successful of its kind in the nation having taught more than 55,000 people over the years.
More than 40 volunteer lawyers, judges, and law professors teach classes in 14 different areas of law.
“I wanted to attend this event because my husband died years ago and did not leave a will,” said one middle-aged woman who asked not to be identified. “I need to find out about things that I need to do a will.”
Every person who attended the event received the latest version of Alderman’s book, “Know Your Rights,” which discusses the topics addressed at the People’s Law School.
At the end of the event Alderman had a book signing.