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Friday, April 20 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Spotlight on Justice: How Small and Rural Counties Support the Legal Information Needs of the Public

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Did you know that each county in Oregon is statutorily required to “operate a free law library…or provide free law library services at one or more locations that are convenient and available at reasonable hours?” However, what those libraries look like and the depth of resources they offer vary dramatically among the state’s 36 counties.

This session will showcase specific ways that small and rural counties are striving to provide public law library services via county law libraries, public libraries, and/or partnerships with other agencies. A panel of speakers will share their efforts to help further “access to justice” goals – that is, the endeavor to promote accessibility and ensure fairness within the justice system. Attendees will learn about “Lawyer in the Law Library” events in Columbia County, the Access to Justice Committee in Deschutes County, the Law Library Advisory Committee and legal education programs in Klamath County, and the public library-county law library working relationship in Josephine County. Supplemental materials will provide additional examples of outreach, marketing, and training strategies that promote community access to legal information. Allowing for sufficient Q&A time, attendees will leave enlightened and inspired to investigate how their county can enhance legal information services to the public.

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Amy DaSaro

Senior Law Library Assistant, Klamath County Library Service District
Received paralegal certificate from 3 Georges (George Washington, George Mason, and Georgetown via USDA program) before moving to Asia for 16 years. B.S. in Communications from Oregon Tech, where my husband is in 10th year of teaching Business Management.

Pam Davis

Law Librarian, Columbia County Law Library

Beecher Ellison

Chief Deputy Clerk, Josephine County Clerk’s Office

Erika Hente

Managing Attorney, Lane County Legal Aid/Oregon Law Center
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Kate Lasky

Library Directors, Josephine Community Library
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Sue Ludington

Law Librarian, Lane County Law Library
Sue Ludington (Chair, OLA Legal Reference Round Table and 2019 OLA-WLA Conference Co-Chair) recently accepted the Lane County (OR) Law Librarian position, and moved to Eugene in March 2018. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Law Librarian at the Washington County (OR) Law Library... Read More →
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Nate Pedersen

Community Librarian, Deschutes Public Library

Madelynne Sheehan

Attorney, Sheehan & Sheehan LLC


Friday April 20, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am PDT
Director's Room Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA