American Library Association presents October lawyer training in San Francisco

Contact: Jonathan Kelley

OIF Administrative Assistant


For Immediate Release

July 25, 2003

American Library Association presents October lawyer training in San Francisco

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the third in a series of institutes for attorneys to increase their understanding of legal issues affecting libraries-specifically, censorship and privacy matters.
A Lawyers for Libraries Training Institute will be held in San Francisco, on October 16-17, 2003.
Participants will be instructed by practicing attorneys specializing in First Amendment law and will be eligible for CLE credits for their participation.

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) has many libraries wondering what their options are regarding Internet filtering and other censorship concerns.
At the same time, the USA Patriot Act has made it increasingly important for libraries to protect the privacy of users.
The Lawyers for Libraries Institutes give crucial help to attorneys and libraries as they prepare for emergency situations that will surely occur.

This training features sessions on:

  • The Library as a Public Forum
  • Unprotected Speech
  • Minimizing Liability, specifically regarding Internet filtering as well as "hostile work environment" issues
  • Privacy and Confidentiality, especially in light of the USA PATRIOT Act

“Libraries today need committed, informed attorneys to provide clear guidance and expertise,” Judith F. Krug, director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, said. “The Lawyers for Libraries regional training institutes will ensure that attendees know about the most up-to-date, accurate and relevant legislation and case law related to the First Amendment in libraries.”

The first two regional trainings, in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, were successful.
One participant called it “one of the best CLEs I have attended in 19 years of attending CLEs.”
Future institutes are scheduled to take place in the South and in New England in 2004.

The institute costs $500 per person to attend.
While the institute is primarily directed at attorneys and library trustees, librarians are welcome to attend, provided they are accompanied by an attorney.
For more information on Lawyers for Libraries, please visit our Web site at

The San Francisco institute will be held at the Canterbury Hotel, 750 Sutter Street.
The hotel is offering a special room rate of $105 a night for conference goers.
Call (415) 486-5151 for reservations.

Contact Jonathan Kelley with any questions at, or call (800) 545-2433 x4226.