UHLC faculty and local attorneys teach legal fundamentals at People's Law School 

Professor Emeritus Richard Alderman discusses common scams that target consumers recently at "The People's Law School" at the University of Houston Law Center.

Professor Emeritus Richard Alderman discusses common scams that target consumers recently at "The People's Law School" at the University of Houston Law Center.

April 19, 2017 — More than 230 Houstonians with an interest in everyday legal issues recently visited campus for the latest edition of The People's Law School at the University of Houston Law Center.

The popular biannual event, led by Richard Alderman, professor emeritus and director of the Center for Consumer Law, was co-sponsored by the Houston Lawyer Referral Service.

"When it comes to the law, knowledge is power, and I hope attendees left feeling empowered," Alderman said. "The People's Law School won't make you an attorney, but it will help you settle disputes and avoid problems. Whether you are buying a car, preparing a will, dealing with a debt collector or in a dispute with your neighbor, knowing your legal rights can make a difference."

In addition to the program's traditional classes on consumer law, there were several topics that involved current events, including a discussion by Law Center Professor Seth Chandler on health insurance and the future of Obamacare.

Associate Clinical Professor Janet Heppard gave instruction on family law and adjunct Professor Chris Dykes taught a session on finding the law.

Additional topics included business law, credit and debt, criminal law, employment law, immigration law, landlord-tenant law, small claims court, Social Security, tax law and wills.

The next session of The People's Law School is Sept. 30, 2017.

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