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Ask A Lawyer In the Library – Wrap-Up

Since the last Ask a Lawyer program on January 25, the library has offered the program at the two offsite, public library locations, in addition to the weekly Circuit Court location.  

Carole Brown and Nathan Volke covered the Eastport-Annapolis Neck location on January 31. Jack Paltell, Mike Ragland, Chris Boucher, and Crighton Chase all volunteered for the law library program, held in the courthouse. Alan Forman, Cliff O’Connor and Katelyn Maloney provided the service at the Glen Burnie Regional Library on February 15.

Pictured Crighton Chase,  Cliff O’Connor and Katelyn Maloney, Jack Paltell and Mike Ragland, Nathan Volke, Alan Forman, Carole Brown and Chris Boucher.

These volunteer attorneys helped 40 people with such issues as child custody, estates, homeowner association fees, landlord and tenant, tax foreclosure and guardianship.

The next Ask a Lawyer Program will held on February 22, 2017 in the law library in the courthouse at 8 Church Circle.

The Ask A Lawyer In The Library program is a civil, non-family law, self-help program sponsored by The Anne Arundel Bar Association and the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Every Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., you can talk with a volunteer attorney for up to 20 minutes. No appointment is necessary, but sign-up is required at the law library’s information desk. Sign-up begins at 10:45 a.m., and time slots are determined by a lottery. In addition to the weekly program, the Ask A Lawyer In The Library program is held monthly at two Anne Arundel County Public Library branches: Glen Burnie Regional Library on the 3rd Wednesday and Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library on the last Tuesday. For more information, please see

Do you have a family law matter? Family Law matters are best addressed by Family Law Self-Help Center which is located in the back of the law library.  For more information:

Do you have a criminal case? The Office of the Public Defender provides legal services to eligible individuals. Information about the Office of the Public Defender is available at

Need help with a District Court matter such as landlord/tenant, small claims (less than $5,000), consumer matters, or return of property (replevin and detinue).The District Court Self-Help Resource Center provides limited legal services for people who are not represented by an attorney. Services are provided in-person (in Glen Burnie, Upper Marlboro and Salisbury). More information is available at .

Help with family and civil questions is available by phone and online chat from the Maryland Courts Self Help Center, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. More information and link for chat can be found here:

By Joan Bellistri

Law Library Director for the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library

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