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New Series: American Law Reports

ALR 7 Volume 1 Image
Volume 1 of ALR 7

A new series of the American Law Report (ALR) has been released! ALR 7 will succeed ALR 6, bringing along helpful updates. Much like ALR 6, ALR 7 includes summary and analysis of cases as well as providing a jurisdictional Table of Cases and Research References with each article.

One of the primary changes to take effect in ALR 7 is a new citation method. Now, ALR 7 cites section numbers (i.e. article numbers) instead of page numbers. As a result, this new method allows for the same citation to be used interchangeably between print and online sources. When using the new citation, be sure it is only in relation to ALR 7 and not previous ALR series.

See examples below:

NEW citation for ALR 7
25 A.L.R. 7th Art. 3

OLD citation for ALR 6
84 A.L.R. 6th 589 (Originally published in 2013)

Additionally, new components relating to content have been introduced to the sleek, new ALR 7. These elements include:

Jurisdictional headings for case summaries
Checklists of important factors
Graphic visualizations of case law outcomes for selected articles
Article indices consolidated into a single, full-volume index

To verify you are using the most current version of an article, be sure to check the back of the volume for pocket parts, or use WestlawNext (available in the library).


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National Library Week: Partnerships and Programs

ALA_NLW2015_336x280This week, the Law Library celebrated National Library Week, so what better time than now to highlight the Law Library’s partnerships and programs. The Law Library’s mission is to serve the information needs of the judiciary, court and government agencies, the legal community and the citizens of Anne Arundel County. We are committed to providing access to legal information, resources and referrals for our community. In connection with our mission, the Law Library has developed partnerships with the Anne Arundel County Public Library, the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, the Anne Arundel Bar Association and the Anne Arundel County Local Pro Bono Committee to promote access to justice through access to legal information and resources.

poster raglandThe Law Library coordinates and administers the Ask a Lawyer in the Library Program, which is a FREE program where volunteer attorneys provide limited legal advice on a one-on-one basis for a wide variety of civil matters (excluding family law matters). Every Wednesday, attorneys from the Anne Arundel County legal community donate their time and expertise to provide program participants with legal assistance and guidance on issues ranging from foreclosure, debt and bankruptcy, real estate transactions, landlord/tenant disputes, employment and wage claims, contract disputes and estate planning.The Ask a Lawyer program is offered monthly on the third Wednesday at the Glen Burnie Regional Library.  Program partners include the Anne Arundel County Public Library, the Anne Arundel Bar Association and the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers service. Since its inception in 2009, 124 attorneys have volunteered over 1,200 hours to assist nearly 2400 participants!

In addition to the ongoing Ask a Lawyer in the Library Program, the Law Library hosts and coordinates a variety of standalone or short term clinics. One upcoming program is the Personal Bankruptcy Clinic provided by the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, which will be held on April 30, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Law Library. This clinic is an opportunity for attendees to learn experience attorney about filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  This program will be repeated September 17, 2015.

For those you who cannot visit the Law Library in person, we are available via phone (410-222-1387) and email ( The Law Library has developed and continues to update the AACPLL Self Help and Pro Bono WIKI, a public wiki that serves as a guide to pro bono and self-help resources and referrals. Check out the wiki to learn more about family law resources available online, attorney referrals, pro bono and reduced fee legal services and volunteer opportunities.

Don’t forget, the Law Library is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can provide you with one-on-one legal reference assistance.

If you are interested in participating in the programs described in this post as either a volunteer or program participant and would like more information, please contact us!

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Guest Column: Let’s Celebrate National Library Week

Check out this Guest Column in honor of National Library Week, written by Anne Arundel County Public Library CEO Hampton “Skip” Auld, which was published in The Capital yesterday.

Guest column: Let’s celebrate National Library Week.

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National Library Week and National Legal Research Teach-In!

ALA_NLW2015_336x280This week is National Library Week! Let’s celebrate the contributions made by libraries and librarians, both past and present, across the United States. National Library Week, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), has a long history in the United States, with the first celebration occurring in 1958. Running from April 12, 2015 through April 18, 2015 this year, National Library Week celebrates the contributions made by libraries of all types, including public libraries, school libraries, academic libraries and special libraries, all of which will participate in this weeklong celebration in order to promote library use and support. If you are interested in participating in a National Library Week event, check out the National Events posted on the ALA’s website.

In conjunction with this week’s National Library Week celebration, the American Association of Law Libraries is sponsoring the 23rd National Legal Research Teach-In. The National Legal Research Teach-In was born in 1993  to address the need to improve the research skills of students and new attorneys and to celebrate legal research instruction and acknowledge and demonstrate the value of law librarians in teaching legal research skills. Law Librarians are uniquely positioned to address the research instruction needs of the legal community.The Law Library will be celebrating the National Legal Research Teach-In by launching a series of instructional presentations later this year. Stay tuned, but in the meantime, come visit the Law Library for one-on-one training and a tour!

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Ask a Lawyer In the Library: Wednesday Wrap-up

Brian Lyman
Brian Lyman

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, the Law Library hosted another successful Ask A Lawyer In The Library program. Thank you Brian Lyman of Hillman, Brown & Darrow, P.A., for  volunteering and providing this service to the public. Six people took part in the program and  were able to speak with the attorney to request assistance with issues such as real estate, garnishment, and consumer debt. The next program date is Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

This Wednesday is the third Wednesday of the month and that means that the program is also held in the evening at the Glen Burnie Regional Library of the Anne Arundel Public Library.  Today 17 people participated in the program and three attorneys were available to answer questions on such topics as debt, wills, landlord and tenant, construction disputes, mortgages and debt.

Alan Forman, Kurt Roper, and Nathan Volke
Alan Forman, Kurt Roper, and Nathan Volke

We appreciate the time of the three attorneys who volunteered:  Kurt Roper of Staiti and DiBlasio, and Nathan Volke of the Law Office of Marla Zide, and Alan Forman.  The Glen Burnie program is held monthly, on the third Wednesday,  August through May. The next date for Glen Burnie will be April 15, 2015.

More information about the program is available at The Ask A Lawyer In The Law Library program is a limited legal advice service. The program is not a substitute for representation. If you need an attorney to represent you, you can contact the Anne Arundel Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service.