The Lawyers in Libraries project is organized by the Maine Justice Action Group’s Collaboration on Innovation, Technology and Equal Access to Justice which includes:
- Maine State Bar Association
- Maine Bar Foundation
- Pine Tree Legal Assistance
- Maine’s public libraries
- Volunteer Lawyers Project
- State of Maine Judicial Branch, and
- other organizations interested in helping people access the legal resources they need
We provide statewide legal information workshops through the Maine libraries' video conferencing units and Movi/Jabber desktop video conferencing technology. We choose civil legal subjects that are likely to be of interest to Maine people with low incomes (but the workshops are open to all patrons of public libraries). These clinics are remote, but in real time, so patrons in different libraries will be able to ask questions directly to the attorney during the video conference
In the near future, we plan to set up one-on-one free consultations for people with low incomes to speak privately with a lawyer using the MOVI technology. The client will be at their local library, while the lawyer will be at the Volunteer Lawyers Project offices.
We are focusing on bringing these video-enabled legal services to rural areas where fewer local resources are available, but we are opn to participation for all Maine Libraries.
Use our feedback form if you want to get involved.