Community Outreach
  Law Librarians of Puget Sound

2008 Community Access Grants Awarded

The LLOPS Outreach Committee is pleased to announce that we have awarded two $500 Community Access to Legal Information grants this year. LLOPS Community Access to Legal Information grants are awarded each year to non-profit organizations in the Puget Sound which create, expand, or update legal resource collections or facilitate access to legal resources. Our 2008 recipients are LAW Advocates of Whatcom County and the King County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.

LAW Advocates is a private, non-profit organization that has been providing civil legal services to low-income residents in Whatcom County since 1987. The programs they offer include family law, domestic violence prevention, debtor/creditor and immigration clinics, a will drafting service and summer “street law” advisory groups. LAW Advocates will be using the LLOPS grant funds to purchase a new software license for Legal Plus’ Family Soft pleadings program. Family Soft enables their clients to prepare standard mandatory family law forms on a computer through a user-friendly interface.

The King County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program provides 70 staff and volunteer ombudsmen who act as advocates for residents of nursing homes, boarding homes and adult family housing units. They will be using the LLOPS grant funds to create an updated version of their brochure about involuntary discharge. It will provide their clients with information about their discharge rights and how to appeal an unjust discharge.

Representatives from both programs will attend the January LLOPS meeting to accept their grants and answer questions about their services.

--LLOPS Outreach Committee
Kim Ositis, Chair
Dianne George
Rick Stroup

Past Grant Recipients
Northwest Justice Project - 2008
The Outreach Committee of the Law Librarians of Puget Sound (LLOPS) has awarded the 2008 Community Access to Legal Information Grant to the Northwest Justice Project (NJP). NJP’s mission is “to secure justice in a democratic society by working for equal access to the legal system by empowering low-income person and communities through education about their legal rights and obligations, and by promoting respect for human dignity through legal advocacy.”

NJP used the $500 grant to fund the production of marketing materials for the Washington LawHelp website ( Washington LawHelp is a web site dedicated to educating the public on legal issues affecting low-income individuals in Washington State as well as providing self-help materials to pro se litigants.” Grant funds paid for 1,000 copies of a postcard marketing the website in English and Spanish, as well as 5,000 bookmarks. These marketing materials are distributed to public libraries, social service agencies and other community organizations as well as used in outreach campaigns by legal aid advocates around the state.

DAWN - 2006
In 2006, a pilot program grant of $500 was awarded to DAWN (Domestic Abuse Women’s Network). The funds were used in part to purchase a copy of the three-volume Washington Family Law Deskbook published by the Washington State Bar Association. The purchase of the Deskbook was one part of a larger program to create the DAWN Legal Resource Center – a room at DAWN’s confidential location for their clients to safely access a computer, phone, fax, copier and other resources.