COMMUNITY LEGAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
(Legal Presentations for Self Helpers Program)
One of the primary responsibilities of law libraries is to promote accessibility and ensure fairness within the justice system. Oregon is required, by statute, to operate a free law library or provide free law library services.
Linn County Law Library (LCLL), in collaboration with Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) and the Albany Public Library has initiated a seminar series for those who self-represent. The Legal Presentations for Self-Helpers (LPSH) Program is a series of law seminars designed to educate the public about common legal problems which frequently arise, for instance: landlord tenant issues; divorce and custody issues; and expungements and property line disputes. Program objectives include:
· Improving access to justice for those living in Linn County
· Promoting and supporting pro bono opportunities in Linn County
· Providing access to legal information for those with difficulties affording legal services
· Identifying needs of the community
· Developing strategies to reduce barriers to access
Partnering to provide these seminars are; Linn County Law Library, Legal Aid Services of Oregon Albany Regional Office and the Albany Public Library. The free series covers a variety of interesting legal topics and attendees will gain a better appreciation of how the legal system works, particularly, pro se litigants.
The LPSHP is designed to help those above the legal aid threshold. The program remit falls under the Linn County Law Library's mission of providing access to justice. Intended for self-represented individuals, it is designed to assist those needing general legal guidance to self-represent.
Seminars on specific topics will be presented by volunteer attorneys in one to two hour sessions. The public is encouraged to ask questions and handouts will be provided.
NOTE: There is no continuing attorney/client relationship formed during these sessions. The Legal Presentations for Self-Helpers Program is a limited legal advice service and should not be considered a substitute for representation. Attendees will be required to sign a waiver before each session. Lawyers will provide general guidance only. If attendees have particular issues that needs addressing, they may be referred to another agency or the Oregon State Bar Lawyer Referral Service to seek an attorney to hire.
Name of Series
Legal Presentations for Self-Helpers Program (LPSHP)
Presentations will be made four times per year (January, April, July and October) on the fourth Wednesday of the month, beginning in January 2019.
· October 23, 2019 Small Claims Court presented by Steven Crawford
· January 22, 2020 Social Security Disability presented by Andrew Long
· April 22, 2020 Divorce and Custody Issues ..Cancelled
· July 24, 2020 Wills: Getting Started presented by TBA
· ID Theft /Computer Hacking presented by TBA
Length of Time Needed
Meetings will begin at 5:30 pm and will last for approximately one to two hours, allowing for Q&A time.
The Legal Presentations for Self-Helpers sessions will be held at the Albany Public Library in Albany, Oregon. Advanced registration for the presentations for the program may be required.
The presenter will make it clear that this is an educational opportunity and not a consultation. Pro bono attorneys will be responsible for drawing the line between legal advice and information. Library staff will assist with set-up, ushering people in to the conference room and crowd control.
Presentations for the LPSHP will be marketed through the dissemination of flyers, radio announcements and by publishing a notice in the local newspaper (Democrat Herald).
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