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How to Evaluate Covid-19 Resources: the Good, Bad, Puzzling, Outdated, Rumor, Un/Official, and the Profiteering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

I created this list for my Oregon librarian community (and with their invaluable assistance) but others may find the list useful.

I include full URLs, some of which I entered into the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, and sufficient bibliographic info to enable readers to locate new URLs if the ones listed break.

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Note 1: There is limited space for this clinic, but walk-ins may still be able to pick up document packets.

Note 2: It is not clear if the forms can be filed in Circuit Courts other than Multnomah County, but some are state and federal level forms, which would be useful outside of Multnomah County.

Note 3: PCC = Portland (Oregon) Community College

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Questions about MAX 8 & 9 safety, the Three Hour Rule, and the Passenger Bill of Rights?

FlyersRights dot org is a non-profit organization that advocates for commercial airline passengers. It supports a Flyers Rights Hotline.

From Flyers Rights About page:

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If you want to make a stab at trying to understand why con-men succeed, listen to Episode 7 (“For a small investment …”) of The Grift (podcast), which includes some Jimmy Breslin wisdom. (Warning: the last 10 minutes may leave you speechless.)

Among many other books on the topic: “Swindling and Selling,” (1976) by Arthur Allen Leff and Harry M. Markopolos’ 2010 book about Bernie Madoff, “No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller.

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A Layperson’s Guide to Legal Research and Self-Help Law Books,” by Kendall Svengalis (author and publisher of the extraordinary and invaluable “Legal Information Buyer’s Guide & Reference Manual,” which has been published annually since 1996).

From the publisher NE Law Press website, “A Layperson’s Guide …”:

“Unlike previous bibliographies of self-help law books, this book adopts a new approach. Each subject-specific bibliography is prefaced by commentary on the nature of the law of that field, together with links to online sources for further information, including legal research guides. The intent is to give laypersons some broader context in which to comprehend the nature of the specialty of their concern.

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Please do your research before despairing, screaming, and especially before signing anything or saying anything to collection agencies. (Yikes). In the latter situation, the rule is, Say Nothing (but take detailed notes), until you talk to a professional. What you say to a debt collector CAN be held against you. Look for trustworthy sources of student debt information and even then, double and triple check on the accuracy of the advice given.

Remember what Winston Churchill said about trusting and verifying.

1) Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC): “The Student Borrower Protection Center is a nonprofit organization solely focused on alleviating the burden of student debt for millions of Americans. The SBPC engages in advocacy, policymaking, and litigation strategy to rein in industry abuses, protect borrowers’ rights, and advance economic opportunity for the next generation of students.”

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