Trial lawyers launch cable show

“Consumers who want the legal edge can get it for free from the comfort of their own living room.The Washington State Trial Lawyers Association and AT&T Broadband are launching a new consumer cable television show entitled The People’s Law School. WSTLA and AT&T are scheduled to broadcast the show on public access channels statewide. The first of 12 shows will debut at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Pierce County on cable Channels 76 and 29. Each show will run for a month, three times a week: Mondays at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 7 p.m.; and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.This show will help people fight for their rights and understand what power they have under the law, says Patrick Palace, a Tacoma attorney who hosts and co-produces the show with a team of volunteer attorneys. You don’t have to be a lawyer to understand basic principles of the civil justice system, he said.Residents of Tacoma, University Place and Fircrest neighborhoods can view the show on Cable Channel 76. All other Pierce County residents can view the show on Channel 29.The show features a talk-show format with guests panelists to discuss a wide spectrum of legal issues ranging from auto insurance tips to filing a complaint with the state’s Attorney General’s Office. The show is taped live by AT&T’s community television manager, Ed Hauge, at the company’s Tacoma studios, 2316 S. State St.The first show will feature a discussion on legal issues surrounding family safety on playgrounds, play fields and outdoor recreation. It will offer basic tips on what citizens can do to better protect their families against defective playground equipment or potential hazards in Washington’s great outdoors. The second show will focus on legal rights and remedies against corporate wrongdoers. It will include a discussion on the recent cases against Firestone and Olympic Pipeline and the role of juries and state regulators to protect the public.Palace emphasizes that viewers can e-mail attorneys or guests from the show with questions or suggestions for future shows at: Our goal is to make this show helpful, relevant and timely for Washington citizens, he said. “