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    • Pro-Se and Librarians: Legal Self Help Options
      Beth Goble, Government Information Services
      Nebraska Library Commission
      Julie Beno, Bennet Martin Public Services Manager
      Lincoln City Libraries
      Laura Johnson, Continuing Education Coordinator Nebraska Library Commission
      Mary Jo Ryan, Communications Coordinator
      Nebraska Library Commission
      NCompass Live – September 29, 2010
    • What we will Cover Today
      Issues
      Do’s and Don’ts
      Nebraska Legal Referral Resources
      Nebraska Legal Web resources
      Legal questions you may get
      Help is on the way—BTOP Grant
      Handout
      www.nlc.state.ne.us/libdev/ce/prosencompass.html
    • Why Are We Doing This Session?
      Huge number of e-government services available
      People can’t afford to hire lawyers
      Increasing Pro-Se "for himself" "on one's own behalf" A person who represents himself in court alone without the help of a lawyer
      Increasing need for online legal resources
    • Impact on Libraries
      ALA 2009-10 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey
      http://www.ala.org/ala/research/initiatives/plftas/2009_2010/index.cfm
      83% of Nebraska Public Libraries provide assistance in accessing e-government
      68.8 % provide access to jobs databases
      78% report they offer the only free access to computers and internet in their communities
      Expectation that libraries have access to resources and are able to help people use them
    • Pro-Se Assistance: Background
      Summit on Nebraska Public and Law Library Resources for Pro Se Litigants
      Fundamental right of access to the system and system should be accessible
      Nebraska Supreme Court committee on Pro Se Litigation
      County court cases 55% pro se
      District court 43%
    • Partnering with Court System
      What can we offer customers when they walk through our door?
      We do not give legal advice
      But we CAN have the attitude “Let’s see what I can offer you”
    • We Can
      Explain/answer questions about how the court works
      Provide names, phone numbers, for lawyer referral services
      Provide contact information for legal aid services
      Provide access to legal information resources
    • We Cannot
      Select legal forms for customers
      Fill in forms for people
      Explain or interpret the law
      Give legal advice
      Tell people
      whether to bring a case to court
      What words to use on court papers
      What to say in court
      What will happen in court
    • Nebraska Legal Assistance
      www.nlc.state.ne.us/libdev/ce/prosencompass.html
      Self-Help Centers
      Low Income Legal Services
      Law School Legal Clinics
      Libraries
      Lawyer Referral
      Mediation Centers
      Court clerks and magistrates
    • Web Resources for Self-Help
      Links on Handout
      www.nlc.state.ne.us/libdev/ce/prosencompass.html
    • Questions and Resources
      questions about what one can & cannot legally do e.g. "Can my divorced spouse do x with the kids without my permission?"  "If I know my ex-spouse is doing drugs, can I have my kids removed?"  "What do I need to do to get custody of my kids?" What are my visitation rights for my children, who live with my ex? "Can a police officer legally do x when he arrested my son?"   "My neighbor & I had a verbal agreement about x and now he's not following his end of the bargain."  "My neighbor & I bought a snow blower together, but now he's moving & he wants the snow blower.”
    • Questions … and resources
      www.nlc.state.ne.us/libdev/ce/prosencompass.html
      How to put a lien on a property
      Concealed weapons law in Nebraska
      Landlord/Tenant
      Forms…divorce, name change, small claims, etc.
      Living wills
      Setting up a trust
      City ordinances on barking dogs, junk cars, weeds….
      Appealing my case
    • Help is on the Way
      Library Broadband Builds Nebraska Communities
      http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/lbbnc/index.html
    • Contact Us
      Beth Goble, Laura Johnson, Mary Jo Ryan
      Nebraska Library Commission
      1200 N St. Suite 120 Lincoln, NE 68508-2023
      beth.goble@nebraska.gov 402-471-4017
      laura.johnson@nebraska.gov 402-471-2694
      maryjo.ryan@nebraska.gov 402-471-3434
    • Contact Us
      Julie Beno
      Lincoln City Libraries
      Bennett Martin Public Library
      136 S 14th St, Lincoln, NE 68508-1899
      j.beno@lincolnlibraries.org 402-441-8535