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Report: Law Libraries and Access to Justice. A Special Report of the American Association of Law Libraries Access to Justice Special Committee (AALL 2014)

This white paper is the work of AALL's 2013-2014 Access to Justice Special Committee, chaired by Sara Galligan, and explores how all types of law libraries - including private; state, court and county; and academic - contribute to the ATJ movement. The white paper explains the myriad ways law libraries can contribute to the administration of an effective Access to Justice system and successfully work with others on the front lines of Access to Justice. It includes a detailed list of best practices for different law library types, recommendations for small libraries or those just getting started and describes programs already underway to achieve goals. The report also includes a section on state, county and court type libraries and offers models fordeveloping strong ATJ resources and services in state, court, and county law libraries.

Intermediate Level-Next Steps, Expand Services: 

King County Law Library’s Public Services Attorney (Seattle, WA)

New York State’s Judicial District Self-Help Centers

Advanced Level-Attorney on the library staff directing the operation of the self-help center:

Sacramento County Public Law Library (Sacramento, CA)

Travis County Public Law Library & Self-Help Center (Austin, Texas)

The report can be accessed here: 

 

For additional coverage of the AALL Access to Justice White Paper, view hearing videos or read the testimony before the American Bar Association Commission on the Future of Legal Services where Holly Riccio, 2013-2013 President of the American Association of Law Libraries, explains what law libraries can do to improve access to justice.