July 1, 2014
This report reviews how law libraries are part of the access to justice community. Not only do they offer long-standing traditional reference services, but they also develop programs that foster innovation.
This White Paper offers general themes and specific recommendations for all types of law libraries interested in access to justice. In one sense, these may qualify as best practices in the access to justice movement. They also represent obvious law library principles with an evolving focus on access to justice.
For example, partnerships are essential for law libraries to reach out to legal aid agencies and the courts; law librarians gain from these more direct providers, but they also promote their own unique resources.
Law firm librarians support the practicing bar in their ethical duties as practitioners to engage in pro bono service. By reaching out to other firm librarians, a collaborative approach to developing resources for the broader pro bono community helps expand available legal resources for pro bono volunteers.
State, court, and county law librarians offer space and resources where self-represented litigants will hopefully find a self-help friendly courthouse.
As a core value, academic law librarians can help foster pro bono service by teaching students how to utilize low-cost and free legal research resources. Academic librarians can also promote access to standard self-represented collections in law and non-law academic libraries
PUBLICATION DETAILSFormat: Research
Publication Type: Report
Geographic coverage, US: NATIONAL
Who Served: General/unspecified clients
How Provided: Libraries
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