Public librarians are on the front lines when it comes to helping NH citizens navigate the court system and access legal information. They are an integral part of ensuring access to justice for our citizens and for the most part, they are doing this without specialized training in legal reference or in using legal resources.
In recognition of this, the law librarians of the NH Law Library and the UNH School of Law Library have for several years teamed up to present legal reference workshops for public librarians. NHPubLaw.org is an extension of those workshops. This website is meant to help public librarians help their patrons by bringing together reliable online and print resources about NH law and giving them guidance in the use of NH legal reference materials.
The idea for the website developed from a legislative study committee created in 2008. Peter Franklin, then a representative in the state legislature, introduced HB 1488 which established the Committee to Study the Feasibility of Establishing Pro Se Law Libraries. After a series of meetings with legal services groups, public librarians, law librarians, legislators, and government officials, the study committee recommended that the NH Law Library work with public libraries throughout the state to help develop print and online legal collections and to provide support for public librarians in conducting legal reference.
NH Law About ... is the product of many people's contributions, notably our volunteers past and present:
Jocelyn Kennedy, J.D., M.L.I.S.
Sarah Montgomery, J.D., M.L.I.S.
Christopher Nelson, J.D.
Jennifer Warburton, J.D.
Cynthia Landau, J.D., M.L.I.S.
Zach Osterloh, M.L.I.S.
They have provided ideas and advice as well as drafts of much of the material you see online.
It is our hope that this website, with the help of NH’s public librarians and law librarians, will continue to expand and improve, and that it will help public librarians fill the legal information needs of their patrons.
If you have suggestions for the site or want to know more about it, email Mary Searles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding for this website is provided by the New Hampshire Law Library’s Pro Hac Vice Fund. The Fund is used for projects whose goals reflect the mission, vision and values of the law library and the judicial branch and that provide access to reliable, authoritative New Hampshire legal information.