Lawyers across the state will spend time in local libraries on Law Week to provide resources and assistance to people in need, talk about statewide legal issues and meet with library patrons. Lawyers in Libraries: Law Week 2018 is a free event that is open to the public. It will take place in libraries statewide during the first week in May. Camden Public Library will participate on Tuesday, May 1 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Fifteen-minute free consultations are available to the public. Please email Cayla at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not include legal information in your email. The guest lawyer will be Laura Shaw, Esq. Laura is a partner at the law firm of Camden Law LLP located in Camden, ME. She grew up in Southern Maine and graduated from the Maine School of Law. After law school, she clerked for the Chief Justice Saufley at the Maine Supreme Judicial Court before relocating to the mid-coast. She primarily practices in the areas of criminal law, family law, and general civil litigation, but she is happy to field questions concerning any area of law on law day. For more information about Laura or camdenlaw, please visit www.camdenlaw.com.
Organizers of the series are the Maine Justice Action Group Collaboration on Innovation, Technology and Equal Access to Justice (the Collaboration) which includes Maine’s public libraries, the Maine State Bar Association, the Maine Bar Foundation, the State of Maine Judicial Branch, Maine’s legal aid providers and other organizations interested in helping people access the legal resources they need, all working under The Maine Justice Action Group.
The goal of the day is to provide Maine citizens with access to legal advice and information so that they are better prepared to face legal issues that arise. 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.
“Access to justice is about fairness,” explains Hon. Andrew M. Mead, Associate Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, “so that, regardless of your income, you have access to our society’s system of justice. When we say the Pledge of Allegiance, we close with the promise of ‘justice for all.’ If individuals lack access to legal assistance, it profoundly affects their lives, the lives of their children, and the stability of their communities.”
Participants in Lawyers in Libraries: Law Week 2018 will have an opportunity to meet with a lawyer based in their community and receive information about free resources, low-cost legal assistance and legal referrals. In addition, some attendees will have the opportunity for a brief private consultation with an attorney about personal legal matters.
The names and locations of participating libraries, along with the scheduled times for the event, are available at www.lawyersinlibraries.org.
About the Justice Action Group
The Justice Action Group is a coalition of Maine’s state and federal judiciaries, the University of Maine School of Law, the Maine State Bar Association, the Maine Bar Foundation, the Maine Trial Lawyers Association, and the boards of legal service providers.