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TYPE: Special Committee
PURPOSE: To identify and evaluate existing law library programs and strategies for enhancing citizens' access to the justice system; to suggest new practices or projects for law libraries to adopt that will facilitate access to justice; and to draft a "white paper" for circulation to the legal community that describes the existing and prospective roles all types of law libraries play in fostering access to justice.
CHARGE: The Special Committee will:
- Survey AALL member libraries to identify services that assist self-represented litigants and underserved populations.
- Analyze potential gaps in the provision of legal information services to these groups.
- Draft "best practices" for all types of law libraries to participate in the "access to justice" movement.
- Create a "white paper" for broad circulation illustrating the topics listed above.
The Special Committee shall submit its white paper to the Executive Board at its July 2014 meeting.
SIZE: Chair, plus six members. In addition, the Chair of the SCCLL-SIS, Chair of the LISP-SIS, and the Director of Government Relations will serve in ex officio roles.
RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER COMMITTEES/STRUCTURES: The Special Committee will solicit input and feedback from AALL Special Interest Sections, chapters, caucuses, and committees.