October 11, 2012
Director of Library Development
Volunteer Lawyers Project
Maine’s Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), with the support of the Maine Regional Library System (MRLS), will offer free legal information clinics at libraries across the state beginning with a clinic focused on family law court processes on Tuesday, October 16 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
The presentation will go out live from the Maine State Library in Augusta to participating public libraries across the state. Library patrons will be able to go to a local participating library, watch the presentation and ask questions to the volunteer lawyer in Augusta. The clinics will also be streamed to library computer terminals and be recorded for future web access.
The VLP legal information clinics and future person-to-person legal consultations will be available through the MRLS’s desktop video conferencing system, a secure SKYPE-like technology. This new resource, funded by a grant from the Legal Services Corporation, is created specifically to address the urgent need of low-income Maine residents in rural areas seeking help navigating the civil justice system.
The VLP legal information clinics will take place every third Tuesday and will cover different civil legal issues. Starting in the spring of 2013, VLP will begin to offer live computer based appointments for people with low incomes in rural Maine who need to consult with a volunteer lawyer.
Anyone interested in attending VLP legal information clinics should check with their local public library for schedules and availability or go online to http://www.bit.ly/legalaidclinic and click on the green “Lawyers in Libraries” link.
About Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project:
VLP coordinates the volunteer efforts of Maine attorneys and community members to help low income people navigate the civil justice system. VLP provides free information, brief assistance and pro bono legal representation in civil legal matters to qualifying clients. VLP volunteers give Mainers in need the tools and know-how to be equal participants in our legal system. VLP, P.O. Box 547, Portland ME 04112, (207) 774-4348, http://www.vlp.org
Confirmed Libraries for the Oct 16 Clinic:
Bangor Public Library
York Public Library
Norway Memorial Library
Cary Library in Houlton
Cherryfield Free Public Library
Skowhegan Public Library
Maine State Library in Augusta – Live presentation, video conferencing host