Law Week 2022

Congratulations to everyone for a fantastic Law Week 2022! Law Week is a wonderful opportunity for libraries to highlight their Find Legal Answers service and to provide interesting and useful legal information to their community.  

It was wonderful to see libraries continuing to welcome the community back to attend law talks in person. But of course there is still a place for online events and it was also good to see libraries offer online talks. Some libraries chose to move their Find Legal Answers Tool Kit to a new location, and many of you worked with Legal Aid and other legal service providers. 

One library chose to use their Tech Savvy Seniors program to let the community know about legal information. And for the first time, library staff were interviewed as part of a Law Week podcast.

Check out some of the highlights below.

Library displays 

Georges River Library created library displays at all their branches. These displays included giveaway showbags filled with legal material. The bags had QR codes on the label that linked to the library's legal links web page. Displays were also in CALD languages within their own sections in the library. 

Display of coloured showbags and pamphlets

Law Week display at Georges River Library

Waverley Library displayed legal material all over the library and included legal information in showbags for their HSC events and senior programs. 

Ku-ring-gai Library at Gordon promoted the Tool Kit with a display for Law Week, including books, flyers and showbags with Legal Answers and Drug Info promotional material. They also displayed showbags and flyers in the Young Adult shelving. The showbags were popular (interestingly of the orange, yellow and blue bags - the blue bags were the most popular by far!). 

Many libraries invited local solicitors and other organisations to talk on legal subjects of interest to the community. 

Cumberland City Library Services hosted a number of talks at their Auburn, Granville and Merrylands branches. A Multicultural Legal Advice clinic was followed by a talk on Safe Relationships. The talks were held on site at the libraries and simultaneously available on Zoom. Supporting resources in community languages were also provided. This year's Law Week coincided with the comeback of the Multicultural Legal Advice service which will be available at Auburn Library every fortnight.

Campbelltown City Library partnered with the Macarthur Legal Centre to present a talk about making wills, enduring guardianship and power of attorney. Two weeks later, attendees could book a one-on-one will planning session with the Macarthur CLC lawyers to prepare these documents. 

Shellharbour City Libraries hosted two talks run by the Illawarra Legal Centre on consumer law and debt, and legal issues for older people.

Stanton Library hosted a talk on strata dispute resolution with a local legal firm. 

Shoalhaven Library partnered with the Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre to present talks at their Nowra and Ulladulla branches on planning ahead and scams. 

Randwick City Library Service hosted local high school legal studies students to attend a youth workshop by Legal Aid NSW about police powers: young people and public spaces. The group of almost 50 from South Sydney High School and Matraville Sports High School were engaged and participated in the workshop by both answering and asking many questions, demonstrating a solid knowledge of and interest in laws and legal issues impacting young people as they move through public spaces. 

Blacktown Library worked with organisations including the Marrickville Legal Centre to host three free law talks on wills and power of attorney, family law and strata law. 

LIAC worked with Legal Aid NSW to present two community legal information talks in public libraries during Law Week: 

Navigating the system.
Decisions made by government agencies and services like Centrelink or health services can have a major impact on you. Hear from a Legal Aid NSW lawyer about how to make complaints and dispute decisions including who can help if you can't resolve the situation yourself.

Dealing with NDIS service providers - what are my rights?
Buying products and services through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can be confusing, especially if you have never done it before. It is important that you know your rights if something goes wrong. Hear from a Legal Aid NSW lawyer about your consumer rights, contracts and guarantees and who can help if you are not happy with the service and can't resolve the issue yourself.

In-person talks were held at 30 public libraries, with other libraries hosting online talks.

For the first time, Legal Aid visited a mobile library - they visited the Mobile Library stop in Nimbin to present Navigating the System. The program was attended by four people in Nimbin. Although this was a small number of attendees, the event was considered a success, considering the recent flooding in the Lismore area. The attendees were extremely happy that the lawyer took the time to answer their questions. 

Podcasts

Two library staff members were interviewed for the brand new Spotlight podcast series. Spotlight is a mini-series that shines a light on different services involved in Law Week 2022. In each episode, the host chats to one organisation about their service and what they have planned for Law Week. 

The featured libraries were Randwick City Library and Richmond-Tweed Regional Library (Lismore). Click below to hear Nicola and Michael talk about their library service and why they participate in Law Week.

Listen to podcast

Tech Savvy Seniors for Law Week

Bayside Library Service ran a workshop on how to search the internet for free legal resources. Participants were shown how to access the Tool Kit online, how to find information on the Find Legal Answers website, and the information on Scamwatch. The workshop was very successful, and more sessions are planned for next year's Seniors Week or Law Week. 

Social media campaign 

A social media campaign was created for public libraries to use. Sample posts and images were provided that could be used on different social media channels. The posts highlighted content on the Find Legal Answers website and information from legal agencies.  

Although this campaign was originally prepared for Law Week, you can use it to let your community know about the legal information available to them at any time of the year. 

Law Week website 

Stata Library staff continued to work with the Marrickville Legal Centre and Legal Aid NSW on the Law Week NSW website. The website listed events held during Law Week by libraries and legal service providers. We look forward to seeing even more library events listed on the website next year!

Congratulations to everyone for a great Law Week 2022!