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Our Portal in Los Angeles is located at LA Law Library. LA Law Library is a vibrant community education center in Los Angeles County and a leader in providing public access to legal knowledge, putting national and international sources of law into the hands of those seeking legal information.   In addition to acting as the curator and cultivator of a superior collection of legal resources comprised of nearly one million volume equivalents -- including one of the nation’s largest foreign and international law collections, LA Law Library serves as a gateway to legal information and a navigator facilitating access to the legal system for those who do not have or cannot afford legal representation.  Their staff serves more than fifty thousand patrons annually, both nationally and globally, and the number continues to grow daily as new programs and workshops are developed with the assistance of our many partners to provide innovative legal research technology and services.  These critical community efforts depend on revenue from civil court filing fees as well as private donations.  For additional information on LA Law Library, please visit www.lalawlibrary.org or call 213-785-2529.

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Criminal Justice Dialogues

The Portals Project at the Los Angeles Law Library in Summer 2017 will primarily focus on Criminal Justice Dialogues between Baltimore and Mexico City in addition to special conversations and activities to be announced. 

Criminal Justice Dialogues are conversations between cities and communities around the U.S. and Mexico about how people feel about policing in their communities as part of a research study conducted by the Justice Collaboratory at Yale University. These mutual one-on-one conversations on both sides ask participants to consider the following question:

There is a great deal in the news about how police interact with people in the communities where they work. How do you feel about police in your community?

Participants are also asked to complete short, confidential survey and to consent to being videotaped as part of this study. Researchers at Yale will utilize the confidential conversations to understand common themes that emerge in them. Video files are kept on a secured server that only these principal investigators have access to and all videos are professionally transcribed. Significant measures are undertaken to protect each participants' confidentiality. The video will never be used in presentations and the transcribed and written version will exist at Yale University to help to contribute to further knowledge and record on the topic.

Read more about the dialogues  here.

Special Event - A Music Exchange Between L.A. & Herat

Thursday, August 3, 8:30am-10am

Join the LA_Portal and Herat Portal for a morning of music crossing the globe and time zones to bridge cultures and build community! Los Angeles-based artists Aalok Mehta (sitar) and Neel Agrawal(percussion) are connecting with musicians from Herat, Afghanistan for a spontaneous and organic musical dialogue.  Hosted in L.A. at the LA Law Library and at Hariwa University in Herat, there will also be a few fun morning snacks and a display of historical legal materials from Afghanistan. We welcome an audience for this morning downtown! 

Past Events

LA Music Share With Milwaukee (Living Room Concert) Friday, June 16, 2pm-4pm

Detroit/LA: Pages Bookstore Women Writer's Exchange— Wednesday, June 21, 3pm-5pm

Mexico City/LA: Judicial Reform in Mexico  Tuesday, July 25, 6pm-8pm


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