Target Audience: Librarians interested in interpretation of this historic U.S. Supreme Court decision and the law librarian’s role in access to justice; librarians who serve self-represented litigants, especially those with civil matters
1) Participants will be able to explain the impact Turner v. Rogers has on due process requirements for the unrepresented.
2) Participants will be able to identify new ways that law library services contribute to meeting the courts’ access standards.
Turner v. Rogers (131 S.Ct. 2507) is a 2011 decision that calls for fundamental fairness and access to the courts in civil cases. “Civil Gideon” champions the right to counsel in civil cases. Law librarians can unite with Turner as a landmark case in the delivery of legal services to the unrepresented. The Turner case offers a new perspective for advocating the library’s role in access to justice services. The program will conclude with a dialog on how law librarians might implement the Turner principles.