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Library Now a Partnering Site for the Virtual Justice Project

Chatham Community Library (CCL) in Pittsboro is now an official partnering site for the Virtual Justice Project (VJP), administered by North Carolina Central University’s School of Law.  Originally established to address limited access to legal services for low-income and marginalized communities, the VJP offers legal information sessions made possible through the use of high-definition videoconferencing equipment. CCL is currently one of seven public libraries in the state to become a VJP partnering site.

CCL hosted its first VJP session, Immigration 101, on July 19th.  The next session entitled Tax and Facts takes place on Wednesday, August 30th at 6:00 pm. Professor Deanna Coleman and Local Taxpayer Advocate Chris Nebel will be discussing how the Taxpayer Advocate Service and NCCU School of Law’s Low Income Taxpayers Clinic can be of assistance to taxpayers.

VJP events are free and open to the public. While registration is not required, seating is limited. Unless otherwise stated, all VJP sessions are conducted in English.

For additional information on the Virtual Justice Project, and to view the 2017 calendar of events, please visit the Project’s website at: http://law.nccu.edu/technology/virtual-justice-project-2/virtual-justice-project/.

If you have questions regarding the Library – VJP partnership, please contact Rita Van Duinen, Branch Manager, at 919-545-8083.

Resource of the Month: Legal Information Reference Center

Legal Info Ref CtrIf you’re looking for expert guidance on a wide variety of legal issues, the Legal Information Reference Center is a great place to start.  Available through NC LIVE, this resource offers information on just about any legal topic you can imagine.  You can browse one of several categories, including information relating to:

  • business and corporations
  • family affairs and divorce
  • immigration and travel
  • money and financial planning
  • patents, copyrights, and trademarks
  • property and real estate
  • rights and disputes
  • wills and estate planning

You can search for specific legal forms for issues like bankruptcy, patents, accident claims, home buying and selling, green cards, adoption, wills, and more. You can narrow your search to forms by state, too – for example, only North Carolina forms. And finally, you can read online copies of several useful legal guides, including Nolo books on bankruptcy, neighbor guides, becoming a U.S. citizen, retirement plans, and several others.

After you’ve found some helpful information, you can save it to your online folder to peruse at your leisure.

So the next time you need legal information or forms, visit www.nclive.org, look under the Government & Law category, and check out the Legal Information Reference Center!