LINN COUNTY LAW LIBRARY COMMUNITY LEGAL EDUCATION 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 the Albany Public Library would like to initiate a seminar series for those who self-represent. The Legal Presentations for Self-Represented Litigants Program (LPSRL) 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; Albany Public Library, Linn County Law Library and the Legal Aid Services of Oregon Albany Regional Office. The free series will cover a variety of interesting legal topics and attendees will gain a better appreciation of how the legal system works.
The LPSRL 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-Represented Litigants 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-Represented Litigants Program (LPSRL)
Presentations will be made four times per year (January, April, July and October) on the fourth Wednesday of the month, beginning in January 2019.
· January 23, 2019 – Expungements: How to Clear Your Record presented by Rob Welsh
· April 2019 - Landlord / Tenant Issues presented by …(TBA)
· July 2019 - Collections: What To Do About Unpaid Bills presented by ...(TBA)
· October 2019 - Neighbor Disputes 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 Albany Public Library would be a good location to hold the Legal Presentations for Self-Helpers sessions because of its central location and size. A conference room is available free of charge upon reservation. Advanced registration for the presentations for the program will 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).