Rural Libraries Connect Communities to Legal Aid
Many rural and frontier communities are facing a shortage of attorneys. Legal aid organizations are increasingly partnering with public libraries in these areas to help people in rural communities connect virtually to free legal services. In this video, Jennifer Cuesta, Rural Pro Bono Program Attorney with Colorado Legal Services, explains how rural public libraries are key partners for reaching rural populations with legal aid services.
As partners for legal aid clinics, public libraries provide:
- Reliable technology and internet connection
- Public space that is familiar and is not associated with legal services
- An established and trusted relationship with the community
- A shared goal to provide resources to their community
Watch this video for ideas on how your public library can help improve access to civil legal justice in your community by partnering with legal aid organizations to support remote legal clinics.
To learn more, make sure you don’t miss the free, online course Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice which begins on April 6 and runs through May 8. This instructor-led, online-only course offers more in-depth continuing education opportunities on the role of libraries in improving access to civil legal justice for their communities. Register and learn more at oc.lc/civil-justice-course.
For more on WebJunction and Legal Services Corporation’s training initiative Improving Access to Civil Legal through Public Libraries see oc.lc/legal-justice.