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Lawyers in Libraries

For the past 9 years, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Library Association, and the State Library of Louisiana have hosted “Lawyers in Libraries” events during National Celebrate Pro Bono Week. During this week, LSBA members and libraries across Louisiana come together to provide free, limited services to the public. Events took place October 23 - 28, 2023.  Planning for October 2024 events will commence in April 2024. 


Lawyers in Libraries Event Format

  • Ask-a-Lawyer Consultations at the Library: As in the past, libraries will have the ability to host attorneys for two-hour “Ask-a-Lawyer” sessions where they meet with patrons one-on-one to answer their civil legal questions and connect them to further resources.

  • Ask-a-Lawyer Phone Consultations: During COVID-19, we introduced phone consultations as a way to continue the program while we couldn’t meet in person, but we learned that they are a great option for attorneys and patrons alike who may not be able to get to the library for an event. Libraries interested in promoting the phone consultations can opt to direct patrons to a online sign-up form here, or collect patron information on a physical sign-up sheet (link and sign-up sheet provided in materials).

  • Facebook Workshops: We will again host attorneys for virtual webinars on our Facebook page on timely legal issues throughout the week of the program. Past topics have included divorce and custody, successions and estate planning, bankruptcy, and more. We encourage you to share our promotional posts on your library’s Facebook page in October to help spread the word.


If you're interested in signing up your library to participate, please click the sign up button below and complete the questionnaire. 

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'Law Talks' Educational Series 

The Access to Justice Commission's Justice For All Project has launched a "Law Talks" educational series, which are virtual presentations on important legal topics hosted quarterly by legal aid & volunteer attorneys. Presentations will be via Zoom & streamed on the Louisiana Lawyers in Libraries Facebook page. Also, you can check with your local library to see if they are hosting an in-person watch party. Click here for our list of 2024 Law Talks events. 

Upcoming events: 

                         Law Talks: Common Issues for Low-Income Taxpayers
                         March 20, 2024 AT 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
                         To register to attend by Zoom, click here
                         Download flyers here: in PDF   or  in PPT (Customizable) 
                         For more information, contact Stephanie Beaugh or Rachael Mills

                         Law Talks:
 Foreclosures
                         April 10, 2024 AT 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
                         To register to attend by Zoom, click here
                         Download flyers here: in PDF   or  in PPT (Customizable) 
                         For more information, contact Stephanie Beaugh or Rachael Mills
                       
                         Law Talks:
 Heirs' Property
                         June 12, 2024 AT 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
                         To register to attend by Zoom, click here
                         Download flyers here: in PDF   or  in PPT (Customizable) 
                         For more information, contact Stephanie Beaugh or Rachael Mills

                         Law Talks:
 Expungements
                         July 24, 2024 AT 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
                         To register to attend by Zoom, click here. 
                         Download flyers here: in PDF   or  in PPT (Customizable) 
                         For more information, contact Stephanie Beaugh or Rachael Mills

                         Law Talks: Divorce
                         August, 2024 - Time & Date TBD
                         To register to attend by Zoom, click here
                         Download flyers here: in PDF   or  in PPT (Customizable) 
                         For more information, contact Stephanie Beaugh or Rachael Mills

                         Law Talks: Landlord & Tenant Issues
                         September 18, 2024 AT 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
                         To register to attend by Zoom, click here
                         Download flyers here: in PDF   or  in PPT (Customizable) 
                         For more information, contact Stephanie Beaugh or Rachael Mills

                         Law Talks: Child Custody & Visitation
                         November 13, 2024 AT 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
                         To register to attend by Zoom, click here
                         Download flyers here: in PDF   or  in PPT (Customizable) 
                         For more information, contact Stephanie Beaugh or Rachael Mills

                         Law Talks: Navigating Online Civil Legal Resources
                         December 4, 2024 AT 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
                         To register to attend by Zoom, click here
                         Download flyers here: in PDF   or  in PPT (Customizable) 
                         For more information, contact Stephanie Beaugh or Rachael Mills


Lawyers in Libraries Guide for Library Staff

The Guide and materials below provide library staff with everything they need to schedule Lawyers in Libraries events in their library branches!

  1. Guide for Library Staff - 2023
  2. Sample Press Release -- Customizable 
  3. Ask-a-Lawyer Flyers (Portrait) -- Customizable
  4. Ask-a-Lawyer Flyers (Landscape) -- Customizable
  5. Statewide Ask-a-Lawyer by Phone Sign-Up

Other Resources for Patrons

Included below are several resources created by the LSBA Access to Justice Program to assist library staff in providing legal resources to patrons. These resources are available year-round:



LEAP Librarian Legal Resource Trainings

Other Resources for Librarians

Civil Legal Assistance Reference Guide -The ATJ Program, in conjunction with the Justice For All Project, recently created a Civil Legal Assistance Reference Guide to help library staff, court staff, community leaders, and social service providers direct patrons to available civil legal resources. The guide gives step-by-step directions on how to access and use those resources. 



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