SRLs – A Start

For those of you interested in learning where to start to learn more about self-represented litigants in South Carolina, here’s my cheat sheet:

Resources

1.         Online

A.  South Carolina:

B.  National:

  • http://www.selfhelpsupport.org/ – Members include judges, clerks, court staff, legal aid advocates, bar association representatives, law school faculty, researchers, and others who work to increase access to justice.
  • http://www.srln.org/ – The Self-Represented Litigation Network brings together courts and access to justice organizations in support of innovations in services for the self represented
  • http://devlegacy.ncsc.org/WC/CourTopics/ResourceGuide.asp?topic=ProSe – The National Center for State Courts’ Self-Representation Resource Guide.
  • http://www.ajs.org/prose/home.asp – The American Judicature Society’s Pro Se Forum.
  • http://www.lri.lsc.gov/prose/prose.asp – The Pro Se Section of the Legal Services Corporation Resource Library focuses on practices to help legal services programs empower low-income clients to help themselves through pro se advocacy.
  • http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/delivery/delunbund.html – The American Bar Association’s Pro Se/Unbundling Resource Center. This site has been developed as a project of the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. It is designed as a resource to help lawyers, bar leaders, the judiciary, court administrators, scholars and the media better understand and critically analyze the issues involved in self-representation and unbundled legal services.

C.  Other States:

  • http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/ – The California Courts Online Self-Help Center which helps self-represented litigants find assistance and information, work better with an attorney, and represent themselves in some legal matters.
  • http://www.legalhotlines.org/ – AARP’s Florida senior Legal Helpline Honored by State Coalition.

2.         Attachments

I’m sure there will be more to come, but this should give you a start!

And many thanks to probono.net for supporting many of these platforms.

-RFW

USC School of Law Librarian Terrye Conroy to receive AALL Public Spirit Award

I’m pleased to post that Terrye Conroy, a Reference/Public Services Librarian at the Coleman Karesh Law Library at USC School of Law will be one of two recipients of the Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award at the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

She worked with the South Carolina Library Association, to develop and coordinate the Circuit Riders Outreach Program which travels throughout the state teaching basic legal research skills to non-law librarians in public and academic libraries.

 Congratulations Terrye!

-RFW

Out of the Jungle and onto my Blogroll

There’s a great blog out there called Out of the Jungle that I happened upon this morning. It is written by law librarians and features current information about legal research, legal education and legal information. This morning I was drawn to their remarks about an article by Charles R. Dyer. Mr. Dyer has been featured as a speaker and somewhat of an authority concerning services to self-represented litigants. His article in Spectrum speaks to this expertise.

And if you’re wondering about Spectrum, it’s a publication of the American Association of Law Libraries aka AALL. If you have an extra moment, please surf their site. Law Librarians are a great asset to the legal community, not just self-represented litigants or law students, but also fledging and experienced attorneys.

Thanks Out of the Jungle, Mr. Dyer and AALL.

-RFW