Register for Webinar on Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice

WebJunction will host a webinar on 11 February about the status of civil legal justice in our system, the vital role public libraries can play in reducing the justice gap, and about the upcoming course.

Legal Clinic at Wicomico Public Libraries
"Legal Clinic @ YOUR Library," Courtesy of Wicomico Public Libraries

WebJunction is partnering with the nonprofit organization, Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to offer Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries, a free national training initiative for public library staff to help strengthen access to civil legal justice.

Barriers to civil legal justice disproportionately affect low-income people in the US, creating the justice gap—the divide between the civil legal needs of low-income people and the resources to meet those needs. Though legal issues can be intimidating for library staff, public libraries are well positioned to help reduce this justice gap by providing more access points to legal information and services.

“Legal matters are unfortunately one of life’s necessities, yet too many Americans lack the knowledge and resources to access civil legal justice. There is a larger role for public libraries to assume in improving access to legal justice for all our community members, and this free training intends to fill this void,” says Chris Le Beau, former President of ALA’s Reference & User Services Association.

WebJunction will host a webinar on 11 February 2020 where participants will learn about the status of civil legal justice in our system, the vital role public libraries can play in reducing the justice gap, and about the live, multi-week course to be offered in April, which takes a deeper look at supporting people to navigate the complexities of the legal system. 

The course will cover: 

  • Understanding the role of public libraries in addressing the justice gap
  • Recognizing the difference between legal information and legal advice
  • Conducting the legal reference interview; addressing patron stress and anxiety 
  • Reviewing and strengthening your library’s civil legal reference collection
  • Examining commonly addressed and important civil legal topics, including family, housing, veterans, and consumer issues
  • Exploring trusted local- and state-specific online self-help resources  
  • Identifying and cultivating relationships with local organizations that offer legal aid, legal referrals

Register for the webinar and learn more about the project.

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For more information about this work, please contact OCLC Research.

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