Contact: Joseph D. Lawson, JD, MLS
Harris County Law Library
The Texas Bar Foundation awarded the Harris County Law Library a $23,000 grant in its first round of charitable giving in 2017. The funding will be used to purchase equipment for the Law Library’s Hands-on Legal Tech Training Program.
The Law Library currently offers programs on legal technology through its Legal Tech Institute that are free and open to all. Training sessions focus on technologies that attorneys, self-represented litigants and members of the public need to understand to access the court system and accomplish legal tasks. The Hands-on Legal Tech Training Program provides experiential learning opportunities for participants who use a computer and software during trainings to apply skills learned in real-time.
“We are very grateful for the Texas Bar Foundation’s support,” Law Library Director Mariann Sears said. “There is a real need for technology training in the legal field. By providing legal tech training to self-represented litigants and the small firm attorneys who help individuals and small businesses, we can remove some of the hurdles people face when accessing the legal system.”
Programs using equipment purchased with the Texas Bar Foundation grant will be listed in the Law Library’s Legal Tech Institute Course Catalog. Those interested in attending are encouraged to visit www.harriscountylawlibrary.org/tech to register for a program and to view training videos available on demand through the Legal Tech Institute website.
About the Texas Bar Foundation
Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation. For more information, visit www.txbf.org.
About the Harris County Law Library
The Harris County Law Library opened in 1915 and has continued to serve Harris County’s legal information needs for more than a century. After joining the Office of Vince Ryan, Harris County Attorney, in 2011, the Law Library greatly expanded its technology offerings and educational opportunities. Ryan’s support for the revitalization of the Law Library was recognized by the American Association of Law Libraries in 2016 when he was named the Law Library Advocate of the Year. The Law Library is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit www.harriscountylawlibrary.org for more information.