“Tinkering” with the Law: Imagining Law Library Makerspaces

It’s been a while since my last blog post! I’ve been focusing on getting through my LIS program (I’m halfway done) and learning as much as I can in my job as an academic law librarian. I’m currently writing a paper for my Library Management class on planning law library facilities as makerspaces. A makerspace, […]

Illinois Legal Aid Online Debuts Re-designed Self-Help Center Pages

Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) recently re-designed their directory of legal self-help centers. Site users in need of legal help should now be able to better understand what each center does and doesn’t offer. The ILAO network includes 173 legal self-help center (LSHC) locations in 99 counties, and they organized the information on the site in a way that […]

The ABA Legal Fact Check Site is Pretty Awesome

The ABA Legal Fact Check** website takes current events (mass shootings, Colin Kaepernick taking a knee, presidential/congressional speeches/quotes/tweets, the #metoo movement, flag burning, etc.) and uses cases and statutory law to “separate legal fact from fiction”.   I think it’s a fun take on the bizarre issue of “alternative facts”. I’ve advised my family and friends to use […]

Round-Up: What I’m Reading

How Do We Engage with Ideas that Make Us Uncomfortable from the RIPS Law Librarian Blog Digital Divides and Justice Gaps from Ex Libris Juris, a blog publication for the Harris County Law Library Legal Reference for Public Libraries from the Maryland State Law Library 2013 National Self-Help in Libraries Survey by the Self-Represented Litigation Network’s Library Working Group […]

Resource Highlight: Arizona’s Handbook for Self-Represented Litigants

I came across this helpful guide through the Self-Represented Litigation Network‘s listserv. I think it’s well-written, concise, and clear, so I wanted to save a copy here on the blog. I’m actually not sure if any actual law librarians worked on this, but I’d imagine it’s incredibly useful at legal self-help centers. I really like […]

Harris County Law Library Expands Services for Low-Income Houstonians

I’m a proud Houston native, so I was especially thrilled to read this announcement. Joseph Lawson, Deputy Director of the Harris County Law Library, shared a press release announcing extended “Library Booth” hours for self-represented litigants. The booth is staffed by local pro bono attorneys. Full press release below: HVL Announces Expanded Pro Se Program at […]

I Need Your Voice!

Are you part of a law library that helps self-represented litigants in unique ways? Innovative assistance can come in the form of programs, events, published materials, protocols, workshops, tutorials, online help, and more. If you’re interested in sharing these methods, please email me at matthewsa@cua.edu, drop a comment below, or click “Contact” in the header […]

Law Library Makerspaces

The Cochise County Law Library in Tucson, Arizona recently told a local news outlet that they’re renovating their building for the first time in about 50 years. From Tucson News Now: For decades, the Law Library has housed thousands of books, which were available to both the public and legal experts looking for information or […]

Paradigm Shift: Focus on what we *can* do as Law Librarians, and not on what we can’t

This post will be quick since I’m swamped (in a good way, I suppose!) with work at the law library, library school finals, group projects, research, and way too many other things. Found this older article by A2J lawbrarian Shawn Friend on the RIPS Law Librarian blog, and this paragraph jumped out at me: For dual-degreed […]

“Eliminating Barriers to Justice” Con: Teach pro se litigants to D-I-Y

The “Eliminating Barriers to Justice” conference at Georgia State University School of Law gathered A2J experts together to discuss access to justice for Georgia’s rural population, specifically for those who speak limited English or have a disability. During the event, Georgia Supreme Court Justice Nels Peterson noted that access to justice means more than having access to […]