Joint Roundtable on Pro Se Patrons and Prisoners at AALL

Are you interested in learning new ideas for serving your pro se patrons (self-represented litigants)? Interested in learning how librarians can support prisoner access to legal materials? Please join us for an exciting Joint Roundtable on Library Services to Pro Se Patrons and Prisoners  at AALL in Philadelphia. We’ve got great speakers and light refreshments. We’ll be in the Marriott Downtown, Room 401-403, Mon July 25th 12-1:15pm. Our agenda:

  1. A“Best of” show of services to Pro Se/Pro Per patrons from librarians around the country. We’ll post links to some of these “Best of” resources on a Google Wiki after the meeting. If you would like to have your “best of” pro per item included on the wiki for this event, please email it to Amy Hale-Janeke at If you would like to bring your item to the meeting for a quick show ‘n’ tell, or to share with others at the roundtable, please plan on bringing at 40 copies of the item.
  2. Two guest speakers on Wrongful Conviction & Prisoner Legal Research:
  • Marissa Boyers Bluestine, Legal Director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and adjunct professor at Temple Law. Ms. Bluestine oversees all legal work undertaken by the Project, which works to exonerate those who were wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit.  In addition, Ms. Bluestine works to coordinate the policy initiatives of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project geared toward reforming the criminal justice system to prevent wrongful convictions from occurring.
  • Fernando Bermudez, an exonerated prisoner, served more than 18 years in New York State maximum security prisons following his wrongful conviction of murder in the shooting death of Raymond Blount in 1991 until proven innocent in late 2009 with assistance from pro bono attorneys from Washington, D.C., New Jersey and New York. He will discuss his experience and the role his own legal research played in gaining his freedom. His story was the subject of Innocent: Inside Wrongful Conviction Cases by Scott Christianson (NYU Press 2006). Watch a brief interview with Ms. Bluestine about the Bermudez case and the unreliability of eyewitness identifications, (Fox 29).

Thanks to the 3 SISs sponsoring this event: LISP (Bret Christensen, Chair), SR (Jorge Juarez, Chair), SCCLL (Kathy Carlson, Chair).

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One Response to Joint Roundtable on Pro Se Patrons and Prisoners at AALL

  1. Thanks to AALL for inviting me to guest speak in Philly this summer. Fernando Bermudez

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