About Public Law Libraries


If you are interested in access to justice, that is, justice and fairness within our legal system, then you might think about ways public law libraries can be put to use to help people.  There are two articles (PDF files) you should read:  The Evolution of the Public Law Library and The Future for Public Law Libraries.

A colleague of mine, Laureen (Adams) Kelly, co-authored The Evolution of Public Law Libraries.  Laureen is a lawyer and law librarian who has pioneered a wonderful public law library found in the local courthouse in Albany, Georgia.  After you read her article, visit her public law library website where you will see her words in action:

Through our online legal subscriptions, patrons who visit the Library can access legal materials from all states and all federal jurisdictions at no charge. The library has many form packets for self-represented litigants that can be purchased at the library or downloaded from our website for free.

The Dougherty County public law library sits about 1 city block from the local office of Georgia Legal Services Program, the free legal aid provider for low-income Georgians.  Laureen connects users of her law library to legal aid and other help resources.

How does your courthouse law library compare?

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Lawyer and justice architect wannabe... I am the pro bono director for Georgia Legal Services Program and direct a program that is funded by GLSP and the State Bar of Georgia. I am a lawyer licensed to practice law in the state of Georgia, and not in any other jurisdiction. Nothing posted on this blog should be considered legal advice. Your use of this blog does not create an attorney-client relationship with me. I do not have an active legal practice and do not have clients. I am not using this site to market to clients. I do not recommend attorneys or law firms. If I reference an attorney or a law firm in this blog, I do so to tell a story, make a point, or urge you to think about an issue presented by that attorney or law firm.
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