Statistics show that many Americans cannot afford legal representation and self-represented litigants (sometimes called pro se litigants) are common in Federal and State courthouses throughout New England. At the same time that litigants without lawyers are becoming more common, law libraries' budgets are being slashed. Technology has provided some resources to the librarians who help self-represented litigants at the law library or at the local public non-law library. This program aims to introduce law, special, academic, and public librarians to a variety of legal research concepts and technologies available to best assist our patrons. This program will also discuss common complications when a librarian tries to answer a complex legal reference question.
Track: Adult Services