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Civil Lawsuit Basics: Making & Opposing Motions

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301 West 1st Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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A motion is the way a litigant requests a court order and may be made at any time while an action is pending and the relief sought is appropriate. Motion can have a huge impact on your case. This class is intended to give an overview of motion practice in California state court and the rules of procedure that apply to making, filing, serving and opposing motions.


Class covers:

  • What a motion is and why law and motion practice is an important part of your case
  • When a motion is appropriate
  • What is included in a motion
  • How to get a motion on calendar and rules regarding service, filing and proper notice
  • Requirements for ex parte, noticed and oral motions, and when each is appropriate


Presented by Katie O'Laughlin:
Katie O'Laughlin is a Reference & Research Librarian. In addition to earning her Masters of Science in Library Science from USC, Katie is a graduate of Loyola Law School. She began her career as a reference librarian and legal research instructor at Southwestern University School of Law and then practiced law for many years before opening an independent bookstore in the Los Angeles area. Returning to her roots in law librarianship at LA Law Library, Katie now provides reference services, is involved with the Members Program, the law school internship program, and teaches several classes.


Registration fee: $20
Non-refundable, payment reserves spot
Parking options available during registration


LA Law Library does not provide legal advice:
LA Law Library does not provide legal advice. LA Law Library provides legal resources and assistance with legal research as an educational service. The information presented in this program is not legal advice and is provided solely as an educational service to our patrons. For legal advice, you should consult an attorney.


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