Pro Bono Net, a nonprofit leader in increasing access to justice, is producing the webinars in collaboration with the Legal Aid Society of Louisville, Central Minnesota Legal Services and Legal Services State Support (MN), and with funding from the Legal Services Corporation’
According to a study by the American Library Association study, 71 percent of all libraries (and 79 percent of rural libraries) report that they are the only source of free access to computers and the Internet in their communities. As a result, libraries are a critical resource for those seeking services and information online.
“As free access points to information, government institutions, and computing resources, libraries are key partners in the effort to bridge the justice gap,” said Liz Keith, LawHelp Program Manager at Pro Bono Net. “We are very pleased to be able to present these trainings, which will help librarians be an even more effective resource for individuals seeking assistance with problems that have a legal dimension.”
The four 75-minute webinars are free to public library and public law library staff, as well as stakeholders from the legal aid, court and access to justice communities. Topics to be covered include:
• Welcoming Librarians to the Access to Justice Movement (Sept. 13) - an overview of legal information needs among low-income and vulnerable Americans, the nonprofit legal aid, court and community groups that serve them, and why public and public law libraries are essential partners in meeting these information needs.
• Connecting Library Patrons with Legal Information:
• Helping Patrons Find Legal Assistance in their Community: Online Referral Tools (Oct. 11) – an overview of online resources for people looking for a lawyer, including where to find referral information for specific populations such as military members and veterans, and individuals seeking assistance with immigration issues.
• Developing Legal Aid-Library Collaborations:
The webinars will be recorded and made available online for those who cannot attend. For more information, visit http://www.probono.net/
About Pro Bono Net
Pro Bono Net is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice through innovative uses of technology and increased volunteer lawyer participation. Pro Bono Net uses innovative web-based platforms—www.probono.net, www.lawhelp.org, and www.lawhelpinteractive.org—