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Small Claims Workshop and Clinic

A Collaborative Project of:
The Law Firm of Greenberg Glusker, Selman Breitman, The Los Angeles County Bar Association ALSP, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, The Center for Civic Mediation, and Southwestern Law School.

In 2009, the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and Bet Tzedek Legal Services began working with the court to create the Small Claims Project as an innovative and collaborative approach to helping small claims litigants.They recruited the law firms of Greenberg Glusker and Selman Breitman, Southwestern Law School and LACBA's Center for Civic Mediation to join together to provide advice, counsel and public education to self-represented litigants, as well as mentorship and training to law students. On a monthly basis, firm attorneys and Southwestern law students conduct detailed small claims workshops open to both plaintiffs and defendants hosted at Southwestern Law School. An average of 30-40 participants attends each workshop and outreach efforts specifically target low-income residents. Attendees view a PowerPoint presentation, are invited to discuss the option of mediation with a mediation representative, and have the ability to meet one on one with a volunteer to discuss issues further or to ask additional questions. In 2011, volunteers contributed 600 hours—300 by law students and 300 by firm attorneys—helping almost 400 ethnically diverse individuals. In addition, the Project has created website materials hosted on the LACBA website for the general public. The site has been accessed by nearly 3,000 people thus expanding the reach of this important project.


In assisting you we are not acting as your attorney.


By use of this website and the associated forms and informational sheets, you agree that neither The Law Firm of Greenberg Glusker, Selman Breitman, The Los Angeles County Bar Association ALSP, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, The Center for Civic Mediation, or Southwestern Law School has undertaken to provide you with legal advice, is not providing you with legal advice and that no attorney client relationship of any kind is intended or created between you and any of these organizations.

Welcome to the Small Claims Workshop & Clinic Online forms and informational packets. The forms and informational packets are available online as a compliment to the FREE monthly workshop/clinic.

Workshop Location and Schedule:

The workshop is held on the Second Thursday of each month from
6:00-9:00 pm at:
Southwestern Law School
3050 Wilshire Blvd. (just east of Vermont- see map below)

Following are the dates scheduled for 2014:

  • January 9
  • February 13
  • March 13
  • April 17(Please Note: Third Thursday of the Month)
  • May 22(Please Note: Fourth Thursday of the Month)
  • June 12
  • July 10
  • August 14
  • September 11
  • October 9
  • November 13
  • December - CLOSED

If you plan to attend a workshop, you MUST register first by calling (323) 648-4719.

Workshop location and parking:
$10.00 parking available in the lot. The parking lot entrance is on Wilshire Place near 7th street behind the old Bullocks Wilshire building. There will be signs directing you to the room location at the rear of the Bullocks Wilshire building or ask any security guard. Metered street parking is also available along Wilshire Place, Westmoreland and 7th Street. In addition, the school is easily accessible from the Metro Red and Purple Line – Wilshire/Vermont stop and numerous bus routes.

Workshop Overview
During the first hour of the workshop, volunteer advocates will explain the Small Claims process from beginning to end, and discuss alternative ways to resolve your dispute. During the remaining time, volunteers will be available to answer your individual questions about the Small Claims process generally and specific questions you may have about your case, review or assist you in drafting your forms, and assist you in preparing for your hearing. Please note that this part of the workshop is only available to people who attended the presentation. 

Forms and Informational Packets:
The forms at this website cannot be completed online. You can download and save them to your computer or print them. If you'd like, you can bring completed forms to the next workshop/clinic (you must register first) and a volunteer advocate will review them with you.
In addition to the forms, the informational packets provide an overview of the Small Claims process, with a particular focus on (a) how to identify the appropriate parties to name in your action, and (b) the proper way to serve the action. You will also find some additional practical tips about the Small Claims process, the hearing and the Judgment that you may obtain.

To open an informational packet, click on one of the following links:

  1. Referral
  2. Glossary of Terms
  3. Filing a Small Claims Action
  4. Fee Waiver Forms
  5. Serving the Complaint
  6. Defendants Guide to Small Claims
  7. Preparing for Court
  8. Collecting the Judgment
  9. Judgment & Appeal
  10. Paying the Judgment

Other Resources
In addition to the workshop, the following websites provide helpful, detailed information about Small Claims proceedings:

The California Courts Self-Help Center for Small Claims:

The California Department of Consumer Affairs publication titled "The Small Claims Court – A Guide to Its Practical Use"

The Los Angeles County, Department of Consumer Affairs, Small Claims Advisor Service




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