NIC offers classes through ‘The People's Law School'

Studying law is not a common hobby. Most people don't shuffle through mounds of legal books to educate themselves in preparation for a legal situation they might someday face.

Now they don't have to.

North Idaho College's Workforce Training Center is offering a series of noncredit community education classes this fall through “The People's Law School,” which is an introduction to the law designed to give participants a basic understanding of legal rights and how to effectively resolve legal issues when they arise.

The classes will be broadcast simultaneously through interactive video conferencing technology throughout the five northern counties of Idaho. North Idaho residents can take the classes at Boundary Junior High School in Bonners Ferry, the NIC Workforce Training Center in Post Falls, the NIC Sandpoint Center in Sandpoint, the NIC Silver Valley Center in Kellogg or St. Maries High School in St. Maries.

“This is the first time that we've been able to offer a community education class through distance education, which really opens the doors of opportunity to everyone in North Idaho,” said NIC Community Education Director Kathryn Hunt.

The three classes will be offered sequentially so participants can take just one or all three courses. Each of the three classes will comprise three sessions offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. The enrollment fee is $15 per class.

The People's Law School I will be offered Sept. 22, 29 and Oct. 6. Participants must register by Thursday, Sept. 15 to reserve a seat in the class since space is limited. The first of the People's Law School series will focus on criminal law, differences between the state and federal system, the courts and court alternatives and bankruptcy.

The People's Law School II will be offered Oct. 13, 20 and 27. Participants must register by Thursday, Oct. 6. This class will focus on torts, real estate and business law.

The People's Law School III will be offered Nov. 3, 10 and 17. Participants must register by Oct. 27. This class will focus on consumer, family and elder law.

The classes will be led by local attorneys and Judge James R. Michaud, chair of the First Judicial District's Bar Association, which is cosponsoring the classes. Michaud was a Coeur d'Alene lawyer for 12 years before becoming a judge. In his 18-year career as a judge, Michaud has presided over felony criminal trials and major civil cases in addition to adjudicating administrative appeals and appeals from the lower court. He has sat with the Idaho Supreme Court on several cases and authored an opinion for the court. Now a senior judge, Michaud devotes his time to mediation, arbitration and learning facilitation along with work as a trial judge.

Register for the People's Law School classes online or call the NIC Workforce Training Center at (208) 769-3333.

For More Information
NIC Community Education Director Kathryn Hunt, 769-3224

Posted: Friday, Sept. 2, 2005

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