News (AP) - People's Law School offered by MAJ starting Sept. 15th

The MAJ People's Law School in Lansing will offer seven weeks of legal seminars for the general public every Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. starting on Sept. 15, at the Thomas Cooley Law School 6th Floor Auditorium at 217 South Capitol in Lansing. There is a nominal fee of $20 for the entire seven-week session to cover books and materials. Instructors volunteer their time and Thomas Cooley Law School donates their facilities.

According to Lansing attorney James Hofer of the Sinas Dramis Law Firm who chairs the People's Law School Committee, "People are fascinated by the law and often a bit of afraid of it. Our goal is to try to open the curtain a bit so people can understand and appreciate their rights and how the law works. Over 310 Lansing area residents took advantage of this opportunity last year and we expect another full house in 2010."

"It is especially critical during these tough economic times for people to at least know some basics about the law," Hofer observed. "While there is no substitute for hiring an attorney when you face a difficult legal situation, often just knowing how the law works and how to avoid problems is all you need."

Past People's Law School instructors include Michigan Supreme Court Justice Michael Cavanagh, other judges and elected officials, law professors, and attorneys who specialize in the appropriate areas of law. People's Law School students who attend a minimum number of classes will be presented with a People's Law School completion certificate. However attendees can chose to come to only selected classes if they prefer.

According to Hofer, The People's Law School program is so popular that the classes fill weeks before the session begins and each year people must be turned away at the door. "We have people who come every year because we update the topics and the law is always changing," Hofer noted. "The People's Law School attracts elected officials, small businesspeople, retirees, students, and people from all walks of life. Some even discover an interest in earning a law degree."

MAJ has been sponsoring People's Law School seminars since 1978. Over four hundred such People's Law School seminars have been held in cities and towns all over the state. Sinas Dramis Law Firm and Thomas Cooley Law School have been on board with the Lansing People's Law School almost since the beginning.

"We couldn't hold People's Law Schools without the generous assistance of community partners like Sinas Dramis Law Firm and Cooley Law School," Hofer explained.

MAJ's People's Law School has proven so successful that, with MAJ's approval and encouragement, the model has been exported to more than 15 other states.

To register or for additional information, go to or call MAJ at (517) 321-3073.

Published: Tue, Aug 31, 2010