The Opelousas-Eunice Public Library Partners with the Louisiana State Bar Association and Louisiana Library Association to host a Legal Advice Program on October 23.
The Opelousas Public Library, in partnership with the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) and the Louisiana Library Association (LLA), is presenting its first “Lawyers in Libraries” event on Thursday, October 23 from 10am-12pm.
Attorney Steven “Buzz” Durio will present an Ask-a-Lawyer Program beginning at 10am in the library’s meeting room. He will provide public library patrons with limited legal services, allowing patrons to ask all types of legal questions in a one on one setting. This program is free and open to the public, but those interested should contact the library to reserve a space.
Mr. Durio is a founding partner of Durio, McGoffin, Stagg and Ackermann in Lafayette, Louisiana. He graduated from LSU in 1977 and has over 35 years experience. He has served in the Louisiana State Bar Association’s House of Delegates since 1986 and has been a member of the Legislation Committee since 2004. He has also been a member of the Public Access and Consumer Protection Committee since 1997, chairing the committee from 1997-2000 and 2004-2005. He has been published many times and, in 1999 and 2004, received the LSBA’s President’s Award.
The “Lawyers in Libraries” program is part of a larger LSBA initiative called the Legal Education and Assistance Program (LEAP). The LSBA and the LLA aim to have an attorney in a library in each parish in the state on October 23.
“Libraries are a natural starting point for people seeking information about a particular issue, which is why the LSBA is excited to launch the Legal Education and Assistance Program to help meet the legal needs of low-income families in Louisiana,” said LSBA President Joseph L. Shea, Jr.
“Louisiana’s civil legal aid programs’ resources have been significantly reduced in recent years. In response, the LSBA and our partners have had to do more with less,” Shea said. “LEAP is the type of innovative collaboration that we hope will lay a foundation for future initiatives that address the needs of communities and connect vulnerable individuals with the resources they need,” he added.
The “Lawyers in Libraries” initiative was designed in partnership with the LLA. “The Louisiana Library Association is thrilled to be collaborating with the Louisiana State Bar Association and the legal community to provide much needed services to public library patrons,” said Vivian McCain, past president of LLA. “We believe this partnership will enable libraries to answer many legal questions that were previously not possible. We appreciate the dedicated attorneys who have given of their time and expertise to make this collaboration a reality,” she added.
For more information about the program, go to http://www.LouisianaLawyersinLibraries.org,
http://www.OpelousasEunicePublicLibrary.org, or visit our Facebook page. To reserve a
space call the library at 337-948-3693.
Come and join us!
When: Saturday October 18, 2014
Time: 10:30 AM
Place: Opelousas Public Library 212 E. Grolee
WEAR YOUR COSTUMES!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Opelousas Eunice Public Library in cooperation with the Opelousas Public Library
All children attending receive a free book
Janitor position open. 40 hours per week, salary negotiable. Duties include but not limited to cleaning, vacuuming, mopping, dusting , washing windows, mowing grass, and some light lifting. Knowledge of basic workman’s tools desirable. Applications accepted at the Opelousas Public Library until September 29th.
Opelousas Eunice Pubic Library
212 E. Grolee
Opelousas, LA 70570
Join Us For A
Special Story Time!
We will be reading about the importance of rescuing and fostering animals
Special guests from the St. Landry Parish Animal Shelter:
o Rescue dogs Beau and Bayou
o A kitten that is up for adoption
Thursday, September 18
At the Opelousas Public Library