For Librarians


LEAP/Lawyers in Libraries Homepage

Who:
With the help of Louisiana’s librarians, LSBA attorneys will provide public library patrons with limited legal services at no charge.

What:
Volunteer attorneys will provide general “Ask-a-Lawyer” sessions, allowing patrons to ask all types of legal questions in a one on one setting. Alternatively, attorneys may provide workshops on specific topics (i.e. divorce, wills, etc…) in a classroom setting without providing individualized legal advice. The type of service provided will vary by location depending on local need, and attorneys’ practice area and preference.

Where:
“Lawyers in Libraries” events will take place in public libraries across the state. Both attorneys and library representatives are encouraged to contact the LSBA Access to Justice Department to volunteer by emailing Nicole.Louque@lsba.org. The LSBA will then connect volunteer attorneys and local libraries who have expressed an interest in participating.

When:
The “Lawyers in Libraries” event will be held on October 27th, 2016 in conjunction with National Celebrate Pro Bono Week. Volunteers can coordinate what time of day is best to schedule the event.

Why:
Librarians play an integral role in directing patrons with legal issues to reliable resources and local agencies that may be of assistance. The LSBA has partnered with the Louisiana Library Association and other partners to create the Legal Education & Assistance Program (LEAP), which will provide libraries with free "Libguides" and specialized staff training to better enable your branch to assist with questions about legal issues.  "Lawyers in Libraries" is a supplemental component of this program which provides expanded information and access to attorneys. 

For more information about hosting an event, training for your staff, or other questions regarding LEAP, please contact the LSBA Self-Represented Litigation Counsel at Michael.Schachtman@lsba.org.


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