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Lay Deployment of Professional Legal Knowledge

D. James Greiner, Harvard University - Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
Dalié Jiménez, University of Connecticut School of Law, Harvard Law School - Center on the Legal Profession
Lois R. Lupica, University of Maine School of Law

Taking Public Access to the Law Seriously: The Problem of Private Control Over the Availability of Federal Standards

Nina A. Mendelson, University of Michigan Law School

Habeas Libris: For Books in Need of a Reprieve

Ross E. Davies, George Mason University School of Law, The Green Bag

Browsing Versus User-Centric Spaces in Academic Law Libraries

Paul Riermaier, Independent

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D. JAMES GREINER, Harvard University - Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
DALIÉ JIMÉNEZ, University of Connecticut School of Law, Harvard Law School - Center on the Legal Profession
LOIS R. LUPICA, University of Maine School of Law

We will never have enough lawyers to serve the civil legal needs of all low- and moderate-income (LMI) individuals who must navigate civil legal problems. A significant part of the access to justice toolkit must include self-help materials. That much is not new; indeed, the access to justice community has been actively developing pro se guides and forms for decades. But by focusing self-help materials on educating LMI individuals about formal law, and by considering the task of helping LMI individual complete once the self-help materials have been made accessible, the access to justice community has hamstrung its creations. In particular, modern self-help materials fail to address many psychological and cognitive barriers that prevent LMI individuals from successfully deploying their contents.

This Article makes two contributions. First, we develop a theory of the obstacles LMI individuals face when attempting to deploy professional legal knowledge. Second, we apply learning from fields as varied as psychology, public health, education, artificial intelligence, and marketing to develop a framework for how courts, legal aid organizations, law school clinics, and others might re-conceptualize the design and delivery of civil legal materials for unrepresented individuals. We illustrate our framework with examples of re-imagined civil legal materials.

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Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 45, No. 8, 2015

NINA A. MENDELSON, University of Michigan Law School

To save resources and build on private expertise, federal agencies have incorporated privately drafted consumer and environmental safety, benefits, testing, and other standards into thousands of federal regulations — but only by “reference.? Unlike the entire U.S. Code and the rest of the Code of Federal Regulations, freely available in depository libraries or online, access to the text of this regulatory law is under largely private control. Apart from the option to travel to a Washington, D.C. reading room, the private drafting organizations control access. Standards can be difficult to find and a reader must often pay a significant fee to see one. This brief article overviews the problem, as well as the reasons that underlie the intuition that law, in a democracy, needs to be readily, publicly available. Beyond the need of regulated entities to gain notice of their obligations, ready public access is needed for regulatory beneficiaries, including Medicare recipients, consumers of risky products, or neighbors of natural gas pipelines. The content, as well as the existence, of these standards can importantly affect beneficiary choices regarding what to purchase, where to live, and so forth. Meaningful public access is also critical for citizens to engage in public debate and to hold government accountable both for complying with the law and for devising it, particularly (though not only) when government relies on private organizations whose interests can be narrowly focused and processes closed. Moreover, when individuals have to pay a fee to read the law, it sends a damaging message that starkly contrasts with the long-established American tradition of widespread public access to the law. The article calls for meaningful levels of free public access to the text of these incorporated standards.

"Habeas Libris: For Books in Need of a Reprieve" Free Download

ROSS E. DAVIES, George Mason University School of Law, The Green Bag

I am here just to offer what I would like to think is a workable suggestion about one way to support book-loving law librarians and their loved ones in this time of much dramatic re-ordering of priorities and facilities, and much less re-shelving of books. This no-cost program — it’s not quite no-cost, because you must do the work of giving information to the Green Bag and then dealing with people who are interested in your books, and the Green Bag must do the work of maintaining the Habeas Libris website — is simple and straightforward (it really is). You send the Green Bag two things: (1) a list, in pdf or Word, of books you want to dispose of and (2) a pdf or Word document with the terms on which you are willing to dispose of them. The Green Bag posts the documents, as soon as it reasonably can, next to your library’s name in the list of libraries on the Habeas Libris website. You can send the Green Bag updates whenever you like and we will post them. Anyone can visit the website and poke around on it in search of books, and anyone can reach out to you based on what they find in your book list and in your rules. That is all. For now, Habeas Libris will simply give librarians a place to share news about their books that are on a bibliographical death row, and give the world — the interested part of it — one last chance to grant those books a reprieve. At the very least, librarians who list their last-gasp books on Habeas Libris will be able to sleep a little easier at night, knowing that they gave those books a chance to survive and serve more readers.

"Browsing Versus User-Centric Spaces in Academic Law Libraries" Free Download


Academic law libraries are increasingly tasked with making difficult decisions about the best use of library space. This article considers the costs and benefits of converting open, browseable stacks into closed stacks that use a more efficient shelf arrangement than classification order.


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