Lawyers in Libraries: Law Day 2014 is a free event that is open to the public. It will take place in libraries statewide May 1st from noon- 2:00 p.m. Participants in Lawyers in Libraries: Law Day 2014 will have an opportunity to meet with a lawyer based in their community and receive information about free resources.
The goal of the day is two fold: to provide Maine citizens with access to legal advice and information and to demonstrate how legal access is critical to a community’s well-being; an entire community suffers when neighbors and friends go through foreclosure, are not safe in their homes, or cannot afford heat or food.
Organizers of the series are the Maine Justice Action Group Collaboration on Innovation, Technology and Equal Access to Justice (the Collaboration) which includes the Maine State Bar Association, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Maine’s public libraries, the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the State of Maine Judicial Branch and other organizations interested in helping people access the legal resources they need, all working under The Maine Justice Action Group.
“Access to justice is a fundamental right that we all believe we have as citizens of this state and nation,” explains Hon. Andrew M. Mead, Associate Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, “But for many individuals lack of access to legal assistance profoundly affects their lives and the lives of their families. The Lawyers in Libraries program will raise awareness of these issues and provide individuals with an opportunity to connect with legal resources at a familiar location in their communities.”
You are invited to Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library on Law Day, May 1 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Attorney Christian Barner (a Partner at Bergen & Parkinson) will meet and speak with members of the public about issues of access to courts and justice in the 21st Century. Attorney Barner will also provide guidance and information on referral to legal resources to attendees. Please call the Graves Library for further details (967-2778).
The names and locations of other participating libraries, along with the scheduled times for the event, are available at www.lawyersinlibraries.org.