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First Day of Class for 'People's Law School'

PHOTO: The People's Law School opens its doors tonight at Casper College. It's a popular yearly series of classes open to anyone, covering topics such as judicial process, criminal defense, family court proceedings and bankruptcy. Photo credit: Microsoft Images
PHOTO: The People's Law School opens its doors tonight at Casper College. It's a popular yearly series of classes open to anyone, covering topics such as judicial process, criminal defense, family court proceedings and bankruptcy. Photo credit: Microsoft Images
February 5, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. - The People's Law School opens its doors tonight at Casper College. It's a popular yearly series of classes open to anyone, covering topics such as judicial process, criminal defense, family court proceedings and bankruptcy.

Attorney Michel Shickich, who teaches a unit on personal injury litigation, said those attending are surprised to learn that "real life" is so much different than what's portrayed on television shows - "the anatomy of a lawsuit and what happens, as opposed to what is relayed in the press and in popular culture."

Because of television and movies, he said, folks generally believe that a police officer will read the Miranda rights the moment a person is arrested. That's not the case, and those attending the law school series will learn how and when those rights come into play.

Shickich has been teaching and coordinating the People's Law School for several years. His goal is to fill in the knowledge gaps about how all the court systems work.

"We all hear like, well, it was filed in State District Court; filed in State Circuit Court,” he said. "So, by the time they're done, they'll know where the courts are."

Police officers, judges and attorneys will address the legal topics. Shickich said he finds that the question-and-answer sessions are most popular - and fun.

Although classes begin tonight, those interested still can enroll late through Casper College Community Enrollment Services, and classes will be held through early March. There is a small fee, but all other expenses are covered by the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association.

Enrollment information is online at caspercollege.edu.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - WY