Loaves and Fishes: Providing Legal Assistance to SRLs When Resources Are Limited
Recorded On: 07/24/2020
Louisiana is unfortunately a state with a high percentage of its residents who don't have access to the justice system, yet earn too much to qualify for legal aid. The state also lacks a parish law library system. The four law school libraries and one Supreme Court law library are concentrated in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, with the rest of the state lacking law libraries. Civil legal aid funding from the Legislature doesn't meet the state's needs. How do law librarians assist this population with so few resources? This session will cover how Louisiana law librarians ensure access to justice in a state with far fewer resources than most. A three-part presentation will include law librarians who work directly with SRLs, members of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee, and representatives of the American Bar Association's Free Legal Answers program to provide information about resources their institutions have developed to assist self-represented litigants.
This program is sponsored by the GLL-SIS.
Recorded at the 2020 AALL Virtual Conference. Please note the opinions shared during the programs represent the views of the speakers and not of AALL.
Outreach and public law librarians; public librarians civil legal aid advocates; legal aid service providers
- Participants will be able to create a "one-stop-shop" guide incorporating SRL resources offered by disparate organizations to assist librarians on the front lines.
- Participants will be able to identify SRL resources in their home states, and then to utilize that knowledge to train public librarians.
- Participants will be able to gather the relevant statistics for conducting an analysis of the access to justice gap in their home states.
- Tali Albukerk, American Bar Association
- Rachael Mills, Louisiana State Bar Association
- Miriam Childs, Louisiana Supreme Court