On the fourth Tuesday of the month, people sign up at the Fremont Main Library to take part in a lottery that awards 15 free minutes of consultation with an attorney. The Lawyer in the Library program at Fremont Main this year ends on Tuesday, November 22, and resumes in January. During the break, volunteer lawyers may still be available in other libraries that offer the program. Since registration methods vary, be sure to contact the host library beforehand and find out how to register. The Information Desk at Fremont Main can be reached at tel. (510) 745-1401.
If you are researching a legal matter, you may find something useful at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center. There is also legal information available through the Alameda County Library website.
Incidentally, on a recent trip to Hong Kong, I heard of “villain hitting” for the first time. I did not have the chance to see how this is done, but apparently here’s how the ceremony goes. I wonder what made me think of this just now?