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Upcoming Sessions

ALA is planning on bringing Lawyers for Libraries online in 2012! Stay tuned for announcement about planned webinars. If you have any questions, contact Jonathan Kelley at (800) 545-2433 x4226.

About Lawyers for Libraries

Our mission: To equip attorneys to counsel and defend libraries, librarians, and library trustees.

Lawyers for Libraries, an ongoing project of the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom, is designed to build a nationwide network of attorneys committed to the defense of the First Amendment freedom to read and the application of constitutional law to library policies, principles, and problems.

National Lawyers for Libraries training institutes were held in 1997 and 1998. Regional trainings have been held in 2003 in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and San Francisco; 2004 in Dallas and Boston; 2005 in Atlanta and Seattle; 2006 in Houston at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference and in Columbus, OH; 2007 in Philadelphia and Denver at the Colorado Association of Libraries Annual Conference; 2008 in Tampa; and 2009 in Los Angeles. Over 300 attendees have participated in Lawyers for Libraries trainings to date. Read the history of Lawyers for Libraries.

We continue to plan future regional trainings. If you are interested in receiving information about upcoming Lawyers for Libraries events, please contact the Office for Intellectual Freedom at lawyers at or (800) 545-2433, x4226.

Who may attend Lawyers for Libraries

Lawyers for Libraries workshops are open to licensed, practicing attorneys retained to represent or advise libraries on legal issues. Library trustees or board members who are responsible for establishing library policy may also attend. Librarians are encouraged to attend, with the caveat that they must be accompanied by practicing attorneys with whom they work on these issues. (Having a librarian attend with his or her library's attorney can be very helpful for the attorney.)

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