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Comedian Hasan Minhaj put up the website dontgetkickedout.com to help renters struggling during the pandemic. This site has links to sites that help renters see if their building qualifies for the federal eviction moratorium, review state eviction protections during COVID-19, and locate legal aid services in their state. This comes from the May 18 episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, which explores the looming rent crises from COVID-19 and the challenges tenants face in the legal system.

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PUGS, the Portland Underground Graduate School, is offering a course on contracts, taught by Michael Jonas, Attorney and Owner of Rational Unicorn Legal Services PC (Portland, Oregon):

Introduction to Contracts: Learn what contracts are, their importance, and their application to business and life:

Contracts are more important than ever. They are there to protect us (and yes sometimes annoy us), but do we really understand what they are? This class will teach you what you need to know about contracts and contract formation. We will discuss their importance and why they matter. And how having and understanding contractual processes and practices can help your business and every day life. Come learn about contracts in a fun environment. Yes we promise, contract law can be fun….” [Link to PUGS course information.]

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Interesting decision by Multnomah County Circuit Court Administrators and judges given even the little we know now about how Covid-19 spreads, not to mention the condition of the old Courthouse:

“Oregon Law Forces Jury Trials To Continue, Increasing Virus Risk,” by Conrad Wilson, OPB, May 12, 2020

If you are called for jury duty, grand or petit, in Oregon, please check your Circuit Court’s website for instructions and contact information. Or, call the phone number on your juror summons.

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Yes, even New Zealand has its contrarians. The “good guys” don’t always get everything right either and besides, we barely know who Covid-19 is, let alone if we want to be left alone in a room with it:

From New Zealand, “A modest defence of the coronavirus contrarians,” by Danyl Mclauchlan, May 12th 2020, The Spinoff.

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If you need legal research assistance, check your county’s law library website for hours and contact information. If your county law library doesn’t have the professional legal research librarians you need, visit one of the Oregon law libraries listed below.

And don’t forget that your own public library reference librarians and library assistants can reach out to Oregon county law librarians for legal research assistance as well.

OCCLL* (Oregon Council of County Law Libraries) will link you to these and other county law libraries:

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May Day Virtual DACA Renewal Clinic

This May Day, ICS will offer a no cost virtual legal clinic for dreamers to renew their DACA status in partnership with Catholic Charities, SOAR Immigration Legal Services, Causa, Latino Community Association of Central Oregon, PCC Dreamers Resource Center, PCC Paralegal Program, and Community Services Consortium serving Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties, as well as many others.”

“During this free legal clinic, attorneys and legal workers from around the state will join remotely with the PCC Paralegal Program and the PCC Dreamers Resource Center to complete applications for qualified applicants to file to RENEW their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

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Please add Retraction Watch to the list at my April 2, 2020, post:

How to Evaluate Covid-19 Resources: the Good, Bad, Puzzling, Outdated, Rumor, Un/Official, and the Profiteering

Never believe anything other people tell you, especially if said with Great Authority, and no qualifications. Look it up, check it out, put it to the test. Doubt takes time, but it takes less time and less money than lawsuits.

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1) COVID-19 Resources for Students and Parents, from the Oregon Department of Education, including topics such as civil rights and civic engagement, death, mental health, and much more:

This page contains the most recent information available on how the 2019 Novel Coronavirus is affecting schools in Oregon. Please email us with any questions. If you have an urgent health need, please contact your local health department or health care provider.” [Link to website]

2) Senior Loneliness Line, About:

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Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ORVOAD)

From the ORVOAD About Us page:

The Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ORVOAD) is the state chapter of the National VOAD.

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Half of the coronavirus and related service websites I’ve been visiting lately are insecure. Mega Yikes!!

A website lacking an SSL certificate, the bare minimum of website security, is a sign that there is more insecurity present – and a clear sign of danger ahead.

If you visit an insecure website, do not enter any private or personal information on the site. In fact, don’t enter anything “into” the site.

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