Comedian Hasan Minhaj put up the website dontgetkickedout.com to help renters struggling during the pandemic. This site has links to sites that help renters see if their building qualifies for the federal eviction moratorium, review state eviction protections during COVID-19, and locate legal aid services in their state. This comes from the May 18 episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, which explores the looming rent crises from COVID-19 and the challenges tenants face in the legal system.
From the Law Librarians & Access to Justice Blog:
“The Law of Prison Law Libraries,” Lewis C. Zimmerman, 2/12/18, AALL SR-SIS
The LISP/SR BLOG: Law Librarians & Access to Justice (Legal Information Service to the Public and Social Responsibilities, Special Interest Sections of the American Association of Law Libraries.)
“What can you do when the wheels of justice don’t turn fast enough? Or when they don’t turn at all? Vivek Maru is working to transform the relationship between people and law, turning law from an abstraction or threat into something that everyone can understand, use and shape. Instead of relying solely on lawyers, Maru started a global network of community paralegals, or barefoot lawyers, who serve in their own communities and break the law down into simple terms to help people find solutions….” [Link to Vivek Maru’s TED Talk Reading List, and link to more TED Talks on justice, law, and crime.]
New public law librarians (MLS & MLS/JD) and new public law library employees usually have to tackle questions of Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) and the dreaded “Forms” questions very early in their employment (or careers, if they are in it for the long haul*).
(Non-Oregon new public law library employees reading this blog post can locate similar resources within their own state’s public law librarian world.)
FIRST AND FOREMOST:
We can “vote” 365 days of the year, not just on election days, at least as long as our U.S. Constitution remains intact:
Congress (use this one for contact info and this one for Congressional activities and documents), or:
The Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) is an organization for Access-to-Justice (A2J) professionals, lawyers, judges, law librarians, law professors, law students, and others who believe that everyone has a right to free or affordable legal assistance and access to courts.
The “2017 SRLN Conference will be held February 23 -24, 2017 at the California Judicial Council building in San Francisco.”
The Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) is “establishing a permanent Conferences Committee as part of the Strategy and Outreach Working Group….” Locate SRLN members where you work to find out how you can contribute.
Read the ABA article and the report:
“Can the access-to-justice gap be closed? These recommendations might make it possible,” by Victor Li and James Podgers, ABA Journal, August 06, 2016.
And read Bob Ambrogi’s comments on the report, at his LawSites Blog post:
There is no shortage of news about SRL (self-represented litigant) service resources, here in Oregon and beyond. Two recent stories and a list of SRL service provider resources:
- Legal self-help in Bend (Deschutes County), Oregon: Bend Bulletin article: “Is access to legal help equitable in Central Oregon? Deschutes County Circuit Court, library and attorneys to examine resources,” by Claire Withycombe, The Bulletin, April 3, 2016.
- Family Law Self Help Center Expansion in the Anne Arundel (MD) County Circuit Court.(Note: Anne Arundel is pronounced “an-a-RUN-dal”) (Now ask me how to pronounce Monongahela and Schuylkill)