Preparing for Law Week 2021

Law Week 2021 is 17-23 May

 

Law Week is a nationwide initiative to promote community awareness and understanding of the law, the legal system and the legal profession. Courts, legal agencies, solicitors, barristers, police and of course public libraries are all encouraged to get involved. It’s a wonderful opportunity for you to promote the Find Legal Answers resources and service to your community. 

Promotional material

LIAC can provide you with promotional material to use at your Law Week events. There are two versions of the promotional packages. You can order:

  • Showbags  - the showbags are medium sized paper bags, and you will also be sent Find Legal Answers promotional material to include in each bag, OR 
  • Promotional material only - many libraries prefer not to use the bags, and just need promotional material for display and for clients to take if they want them.  

Orders for promotional material have now closed.

 

Promotion on social media

Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media are effective methods of communication. You could use these channels to provide links to useful online resources in order to promote legal information.

Use the following hashtags:
#nswpubliclibraries
#legalanswersnsw
#LawWeek

Law Week social media campaign

Finding speakers

Many of you have used local solicitors to speak at your events in past years. If the event was successful, it's a good idea to build this relationship by contacting them again.

Your local court may be interested in holding a Law Week event. Contact them and see if you can organise a joint event.

There are 29 regional law societies in NSW.  You can contact your local law society to see if they would like to partner in an event or provide a speaker. The best person to contact is the President of your local law society - find their details here.

It's important to brief your speaker before the event. Let them know that the Find Legal Answers service is available at the State Library, in public libraries, and online. 

Make sure you show the speaker the Tool Kit and point out any relevant resources. Ask the speaker to refer to the Tool Kit in their talk if they can. Also show the speaker any pamphlets you have ordered. Often lawyers have no idea of the plain language resources available in libraries, and it's a great opportunity to promote them.

Make sure you have a Tool Kit available for the participants to see and use. If it's possible, have the Find Legal Answers website on display. The participants will be able to see the wealth of legal information available in books and online.

Ordering free pamphlets and books

If you are planning an event on a particular legal topic, there may be a useful free pamphlet or booklet you can order and give away to your audience. Multiple copies of pamphlets on a variety of legal topics can be ordered directly from the supplier. You should also highlight the relevant titles from the Tool Kit and Law Books for Libraries collections. 

Pamphlets

You can find relevant pamphlets at:

  • Find Legal Answers website - look under your topic area
  • Pamphlets page - this has some suggested pamphlets, as well as links to the publications pages of agencies including Legal Aid NSW and NSW Fair Trading 
  • Legal Aid NSW 2021 publications catalogue -  lists all the publications available to order or download from Legal Aid NSW including free legal information about common family law, criminal law and everyday legal problems such as debt and fines, disasters and your rights.

Many pamphlets can be ordered in community languages.

Neighbours and the law

If you're planning an event dealing with neighbours, you can order free copies of the book Neighbours and the law to give away (maximum of 20 copies per library). 

The book is an easy to understand guide to the different areas of law that are involved in neighbourhood issues and disputes. It covers areas that commonly cause problems between neighbours including dividing fences, retaining walls, overhanging branches, animals and noise.

Order Neighbours and the law

Subject resource sheets

Nine subject resource sheets are available:

These sheets show you how to find information on the Find Legal Answers website, highlighting some of the resources available. You can print these out and add them to your showbags or promotional material.

Reporting

IMPORTANT! Don't forget to report your event or activity via our online form.

Report your Law Week event