It's time to get ready for Law Week 2017
Law Week is a nationwide initiative to promote community awareness and understanding of the law, the legal system and the legal profession. Courts, legal agencies, solicitors, barristers, police and of course public libraries are all encouraged to get involved. It’s a wonderful opportunity for you to promote the Find Legal Answers resources and service to your community.
Law Week 2017 is 15-21 May, so it’s time to start planning now. You can start by getting ideas from past years: events to think about include talks on a range of legal topics, mock courts, a living library, court open days, talks in community languages, plays, debates, and displays.
LIAC can provide you with promotional material to use at your Law Week events. There are two versions of the promotional packages. You can order:
Showbags. The showbags are medium sized paper bags, and you will also be sent Find Legal Answers promotional material (bookmarks, magnets, flyers) to include in each bag,
Promotional material only (bookmarks, magnets, flyers). Many libraries prefer not to use the bags, and just need promotional material for display and for clients to take if they want them.
Order your promotional material here. Orders close on Friday 31 March.
Don't forget to use the pull-up Find Legal Answers banner. Most libraries have been sent a banner, to keep and to use for events such as Law Week. We also have a limited number of extra banners which can be sent out to you on loan. If you would like one, please email Catherine with the date the banner is required and your delivery address.
If you are planning an event on a particular legal topic, there may be a useful free pamphlet or booklet you can order and give away to your audience. Multiple copies of pamphlets on a variety of legal topics can be ordered directly from the supplier. You should also highlight the relevant titles from the Tool Kit and Law Books for Libraries collections.
You can find relevant resources at:
- Find Legal Answers website - look under your topic area
- Pamphlets page - this has some suggested pamphlets, as well as links to the publications pages of agencies including Legal Aid NSW and Fair Trading NSW
Don't forget that some Tool Kit books, such as Fined out: a practical guide for people having problems with fines, and Speaking for myself: planning for later life decision making can also be ordered in multiple copies.
Many of you have used local solicitors to speak at your events in past years. If the event was successful, it's a good idea to build this relationship by contacting them again.
Your local Legal Aid or Fair Trading NSW office are also great places to contact. Many libraries have worked successfully with these organisations, with staff able to talk on a range of issues of interest to the community. For example, during Law Week 2015 and 2016 Tamworth Library had a temporary stand at the Library's entrance, open for two hours each day. The Library's Tool Kit was displayed, and representatives from Fair Trading, Centacare and Tamworth Legal Aid answered questions from the community.
You local court may also be interested in holding a Law Week event. Contact them and see if you can organise a joint event.
LIAC and Legal Aid NSW worked together this year to plan events in public libraries. Two legal talks are being presented by solicitors from local Legal Aid offices at libraries:
- Traffic law
- Cyber safety for older people
Bookings are now closed for the Legal Aid events, however a number of libraries are involved this year and I look forward to finding out how they go.
It's important to brief your speaker before the event. Let them know that the Find Legal Answers service is available at the State Library, in public libraries, and online.
Make sure you show the speaker the Tool Kit and point out any relevant resources. Ask the speaker to refer to the Tool Kit in their talk if they can. Also show the speaker any pamphlets you have ordered. Often lawyers have no idea of the plain language resources available in libraries, and it's a great opportunity to promote them.
Make sure you have a Tool Kit available for the participants to see and use. If it's possible, have the Find Legal Answers website on display. The participants will be able to see the wealth of legal information available in books and online.
Centre of Excellence Award
Finally, don’t’ forget that Law Week events can be used as the basis for a Centre of Excellence Award. If your event increases awareness and use of the Find Legal Answers service within your community, think about applying for an Award this year. The Awards dinner is held in October each year, with applications closing in August.
Have fun planning, and let's see if we can exceed last year's amazing number of events!