Teaching Legal Literacy.2012

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Teaching Legal Literacy.2012

  1. 1. Teaching Legal LiteracyOutside the Law LibraryBrian R. Huffman, JD, MLISWashington County Law Library27 April 2012 – ARLD Day
  2. 2. Recipe for an EffectiveTransliteracy ProgramIngredients: • Information • Presenter • Technology • Audience • Public space • Publicity Product: Proactive, localized reference
  3. 3. Librarians Lending a Hand: Teaching the public how to find and use legal resources Knowledgeable presenters: Lawyers Eager audience: Pro se litigants/patrons of law library Information: Legal forms, and fact sheets and online guides Technology: LSTA-funded laptops using wireless Location: Public libraries throughout the county Publicity: Promotion through various publicity outletshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/thomwatson/4702530398/
  4. 4. Purpose and ScopeWorkshop Participants:• Use laptops* to access free legal forms and online resources• Learn the basics of various legal issues• Become more informed of their legal options• May chat one-on-one with a volunteer attorney *Equipment purchased with LSTA funds http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecstaticist/3077048704/
  5. 5. Results As a result of attending the “Librarians Lending a Hand” workshop, participants: • Cited increased knowledge of legal issues; • Felt more prepared to resolve own legal conflict; • Would use free services, forms and resources; • Were able to ask volunteer attorney questions; • Would attend additional WCLL workshopshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/liberato/2275622210/

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