Wednesday, May 1, 2013; 12 p.m.
Location: Pittsfield Public Library, 110 Library Street, Pittsfield , ME
Contact: Lyn Smith; 487-5880
Lawyers across the state will spend time in local libraries on Law Day, Wednesday, May 1 from noon-2:00 p.m. to provide resources and assistance to people in need, talk about statewide legal issues and meet with library patrons. Local lawyers, Alfred P. Bachrach and Richard McCarthy will be at the Pittsfield Public Library. Lawyers in Libraries: Law Day 2013 is a free event that is open to the public.
Organizers of the series are the Maine Justice Action Group Collaboration on Innovation, Technology and Equal Access to Justice (the Collaboration) which includes the Maine State Bar Association, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Maine’s public libraries, the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the State of Maine Judicial Branch 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 two fold: to provide Maine citizens with access to legal advice and information and to demonstrate how 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 a fundamental right that we all believe we have as citizens of this state and nation,” explains Hon. Andrew M. Mead, Associate Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, “But for many individuals lack of access to legal assistance profoundly affects their lives and the lives of their families. The Lawyers in Libraries program will raise awareness of these issues and provide individuals with an opportunity to connect with legal resources at a familiar location in their communities.”
Participants in Lawyers in Libraries: Law Day 2013 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.
For more information, call the Pittsfield Public Library at 487-5880 or Gillian Britt at 775-2126