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Open to the Public: How Law Libraries Are Serving Self-Represented Litigants Across the Country

Maryland Court Law Libraries serve a wide variety of customers from judges and attorneys to students and those dealing with a legal issue without an attorney. How law libraries across the country serve these self-represented litigants (SRLs) was the subject of a recent survey by the AALL GLL (Government Law Libraries SIS of the American Association of Law Libraries) and the SRLN Law Librarian’s Working Group through a research grant from LexisNexis.

For an introduction check out this video:

https://spark.adobe.com/video/L2eo5ukn344Jvn344Jv

You can dig into the details of the survey with the Story Map. Law libraries serve the SRL through the collections, technology, reference, referrals and partnerships.

If you find the AACPLL on the map you will see that we fit within all the criteria for an intermediate law library:

  • Basic levels
  • Guides and Pathfinders
  • Law Library Website
  • Email (AskLawLibrarian)
  • Interpreter Services
  • Referral Systems/Triage
  • E-Filing
  • Limited English Language Resources
  • More Court Forms (Online forms with document assembly and guided interviews)
  • Public Librarian Partnerships (training opportunities for public librarians)
  • Partnerships with Others in the Legal Community
  • Self-Help Center in the Law Library or Lawyer in the Library Program
  • Support for External Self-Help Centers as Available

The Anne Arundel County Public Law Library would be excited to move to the advanced level, a library with a staff attorney to provide brief legal advice, but for now will continue to provide the best service that we can to all in need.

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Ask a Lawyer in the Library: Wednesday Wrap-Up

Richard Ronay
Thank you Richard!

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. For more information, please see http://circuitcourt.org/legal-help/lawyer-in-the-library.

On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, the Law Library hosted another successful Ask A Lawyer In The Library program. Thank you Richard Ronay of the Law Office of J. Richard Ronay for volunteering and providing this service to the public. Five people were able to meet with the attorney to discuss issues related to worker’s compensation, property, civil procedure, landlord/tenant, and business litigation mattersThe next program date is Wednesday, July 6, 2016.

It is helpful to prepare for your session with the attorney.  Here are some helpful tips:

  • Write a list of specific questions for the attorney.
  • Bring any paperwork and information related to the case.
  • Organize any paperwork from most recent on the top to oldest at the bottom.
  • Identify all deadlines.
  • Prepare a timeline of the legal issue.

If you would like to research your issue prior to your session with the attorney, please come find us at the Law Library’s information desk.  We are happy to assist you.

More information about the program is available at http://circuitcourt.org/legal-help/lawyer-in-the-library

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.

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Ask A Lawyer In the Library – Wednesday Wrap-Up

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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. For more information, please see http://circuitcourt.org/legal-help/lawyer-in-the-library.

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, the Law Library hosted another successful Ask A Lawyer In The Library program. Thank you Evelyn Spurgin of Hillman, Brown & Darrow, P.A., for volunteering and providing this service to the public. Four people took part in the program and were able to speak with the attorney to request assistance with discovery, insurance, and trust issues.

In addition, on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, the Law Library coordinated the Ask A Lawyer In The Library program with Paul Farmer of Gormley Jarashow Bowman LLC as our volunteer attorney. Five people took part in the program and were able to speak with the attorney to request assistance with guardianship, property, appeals, and estate issues. The next program date is Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

Do you have a criminal law matter?  Criminal Law matters are best addressed by the Office of the Public Defender.  Information about the Office of the Public Defender is available at http://www.opd.state.md.us/.

More information about Ask a Lawyer in the Library program is available at http://circuitcourt.org/legal-help/lawyer-in-the-library. 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.

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Ask a Lawyer in the Library: Wednesday Wrap-Up

ValadezThe 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. For more information, please see http://circuitcourt.org/legal-help/lawyer-in-the-library.

On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, the Law Library hosted another successful Ask A Lawyer In The Library program. Thank you Mike Valadez for volunteering and providing this service to the public. Seven people were able to meet with the attorney to discuss issues related to small claims, traffic violations, wills, collections, foreclosure, bankrtupcy, and civil procedureThe next program date is Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

It is helpful to prepare for your session with the attorney.  Here are some helpful tips:

  • Write a list of specific questions for the attorney.
  • Bring any paperwork and information related to the case.
  • Organize any paperwork from most recent on the top to oldest at the bottom.
  • Identify all deadlines.
  • Prepare a timeline of the legal issue.

If you would like to research your issue prior to your session with the attorney, please come find us at the Law Library’s information desk.  We are happy to assist you.

More information about the program is available at http://circuitcourt.org/legal-help/lawyer-in-the-library

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.

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Ask a Lawyer in the Library: Wednesday Wrap-Up

Mike Ragland
Thank you Mike!

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. For more information, please see http://circuitcourt.org/legal-help/lawyer-in-the-library.

On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, the Law Library hosted another successful Ask A Lawyer In The Library program. Thank you Mike Ragland and Jack Paltell for volunteering and providing this service to the public. Seven people were able to meet with the attorneys to discuss issues related to business litigation, foreclosure, lemon laws, worker’s compensation, and mechanic’s liensThe next program date is Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

It is helpful to prepare for your session with the attorney.  Here are some helpful tips:

  • Write a list of specific questions for the attorney.
  • Bring any paperwork and information related to the case.
  • Organize any paperwork from most recent on the top to oldest at the bottom.
  • Identify all deadlines.
  • Prepare a timeline of the legal issue.

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Thank you Jack!

If you would like to research your issue prior to your session with the attorney, please come find us at the Law Library’s information desk.  We are happy to assist you.

More information about the program is available at http://circuitcourt.org/legal-help/lawyer-in-the-library

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.

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Upcoming Clinics

The Law Library serves a wide range of communities, including self-represented litigants. In addition to providing self-represented litigants with reference, instruction, and referral services, the Law Library coordinates and hosts programs that provide limited legal advice and assistance for civil matters with various partners, including the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, the Anne Arundel County Local Pro Bono Committee, and the Anne Arundel Bar Association. Check out these upcoming clinics and programs!

Ask a Lawyer in the Library

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. 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.

Anne Arundel County Public Law Library

WHEN:  Every Wednesday
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: 8 Church Circle, Suite 303
Annapolis, MD 21401
Sign-Up Via Lottery at 10:45 a.m.

Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library

WHEN: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: 269 Hillsmere Drive
Annapolis, MD 21403
Sign-Up Via Lottery at 4:15 p.m.

Glen Burnie Regional Library – The Ask a Lawyer in the Library program at the Glen Burnie Regional Library is on hiatus for the summer. The next program date is Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., with sign-up at 4:15 p.m.

SIGN-UP IS VIA LOTTERY for all three program locations. Sign-up begins fifteen minutes before the program’s start time on the day of the program. Names are pulled from the lottery to determine time slots. If there are more attendees than available time slots, the lottery will determine who is able to meet with the volunteer attorney.


Bankruptcy Clinic

Talk to an experienced bankruptcy attorney about your personal bankruptcy matter.

WHEN:  Tuesday, June 7, 2016
9:00am-12:00p.m.
WHERE: 8 Church Circle, Suite 303
Annapolis, MD 21401

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for this program. Call the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers service at (410) 547-6537 or (800) 510-0050 or register online at http://mvlslaw.org/get-legal-help/apply-for-services. To learn more about bankruptcy and bankruptcy-related resources, check out this page.


Foreclosure Clinic

WHEN: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
1:00-3:00 p.m.
WHERE: 8 Church Circle, Suite 303
Annapolis, MD 21401

This program is FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED. Consultations typically last for 20 minutes. Please sign-up on the day of the program at the Law Library’s service desk. To learn more about foreclosure and foreclosure resources, check out this page.


Expungement Clinic

Volunteer attorneys provide program participants with free legal assistance and information concerning criminal records, including expungement and shielding.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
WHERE: 8 Church Circle, Suite 303
Annapolis, MD 21401

To learn more about expungement and expungement related resources, check out this page.


Are you looking for additional clinics and assistance? Then check out these resources for additional programs and service providers.

Please note that FAMILY LAW issues (e.g., divorce, custody, child support, name change) are best addressed by the Family Law Self-Help Center, which provides walk-in and telephone services, Monday through Friday. Follow the link for the center’s telephone and walk-in hours. If you are looking for family law assistance outside Anne Arundel County, the Maryland Courts website provides links to similar programs in other Circuit Courts here, with walk-in assistance programs available in most Circuit Courts.

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Summer Hiatus for Glen Burnie Lawyer in the Library Program

Josh Tabor and Adam McCormick
Welcome to our newest volunteers!

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the Law Library coordinated the Ask a Lawyer in the Library program at the Glen Burnie Regional Library. Ten people were able to meet with our volunteer attorneys to discuss issues related to family law, employment, living wills, and insurance. Thank you to our volunteer attorneys, which included veteran volunteer Alan Forman of the Forman Clothier Law Group, and two new volunteers:  Adam McCormick of the Law Office of Marla Zide, and Adam McCormick of Lessans, Praley & McCormick. Thank you Alan, Adam, and Josh!

This was the last program date before the summer break for the Glen Burnie Lawyer in the Library program. The next program date at the Glen Burnie Regional Library is Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

Don’t forget, the Law Library’s weekly Ask a Lawyer in the Library program will continue every Wednesday throughout the summer, and the next Law Library program date is Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

Alan Forman
Thank you Alan!

In addition, we have added the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library as a new location for the Lawyer in the Library program. The program dates at the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library are as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

More information about Ask a Lawyer in the Library program is available at http://circuitcourt.org/legal-help/lawyer-in-the-library. 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.

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Ask A Lawyer In the Library – Wednesday Wrap-Up

photo (2)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. For more information, please see http://circuitcourt.org/legal-help/lawyer-in-the-library.

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the Law Library hosted another successful Ask A Lawyer In The Library program. Thank you Joe Gormley of Gormley Jarashow Bowman LLC for volunteering and providing this service to the public. Seven people took part in the program and were able to speak with the attorney to request assistance with car title, property, estates, homeowner’s association, child support, and custody issues. The next program date is Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

Do you have a criminal law matter?  Criminal Law matters are best addressed by the Office of the Public Defender.  Information about the Office of the Public Defender is available at http://www.opd.state.md.us/.

More information about Ask a Lawyer in the Library program is available at http://circuitcourt.org/legal-help/lawyer-in-the-library. 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.

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Ask A Lawyer In the Library – Wednesday Wrap-Up

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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. For more information, please see http://circuitcourt.org/legal-help/lawyer-in-the-library.

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the Law Library hosted another successful Ask A Lawyer In The Library program. Thank you Jonathan Pasterick of Hillman, Brown & Darrow, P.A., for volunteering and providing this service to the public. Seven people took part in the program and were able to speak with the attorney to request assistance with issues related to a tax sale, foreclosure, mandamus, personal property, real estate, guardianship, and medical malpractice. The next program date is Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

Do you have a criminal law matter?  Criminal Law matters are best addressed by the Office of the Public Defender.  Information about the Office of the Public Defender is available at http://www.opd.state.md.us/.

More information about Ask a Lawyer in the Library program is available at http://circuitcourt.org/legal-help/lawyer-in-the-library. 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.

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Personal Bankruptcy Clinic Next Month

On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service will be holding a personal bankruptcy clinic at the Law Library. This clinic will provide participants with a chance to hear from experienced attorneys about how to file personal bankruptcy as well as receive one-on-one assistance.

Pre-registration is required! Call the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service at (410) 547-6537 or (800) 510-0050 to register. Please note that program attendees cannot be in a foreclosure proceeding, and all program participants must be low-to-moderate income.