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

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