Everett Public Library announces Lawyers in the Library, a legal clinic in partnership with Snohomish County Legal Services, on second Thursdays each month from 4-6 pm, at the Evergreen Branch, 9512 Evergreen Way. The first clinic will be held June 9.

At this legal clinic, SCLS attorneys will meet with attendees one-on-one for free half-hour consultations on general civil legal issues, including family law, housing, and debt collection. “We’re thrilled to provide an avenue for people representing themselves in court to access legal aid at the library,” says adult services librarian Naomi Clegg.

Together, Everett Public Library and SCLS hope to reach low-income residents of Snohomish County who would not otherwise be able to access affordable legal assistance. Recent research from the Legal Services Corporation shows that the gap between civil legal needs and Americans’ ability to find legal help is wide: “Low-income Americans received no or inadequate legal help for a staggering 92% of all the civil legal problems that impacted them substantially.”

Lawyers in the Library will supplement the robust series of legal aid offerings that SCLS provides to Snohomish residents including a family law clinic and classes, housing clinics at the Carnegie Resource Center and Snohomish County Superior Courthouse, and general legal clinics at Edmonds Waterfront Center and Everett Recovery Café.

Attendees must be low-income residents of Snohomish County. Interested attendees should sign up for an appointment at Sign Me Up. Pre-registration is recommended; walk-ins will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Snohomish County Legal Services aspires to guide people in poverty out of crisis by providing quality legal services. Started in the early 1980’s as a program of the Snohomish County Bar Association, SCLS is now an independent nonprofit organization. The vision of SCLS is a world without barriers to justice. SCLS promotes social justice by establishing and managing volunteer-based, client-focused legal programs and providing services on an equal and non-discriminatory basis for low-income Snohomish County residents who would not otherwise receive legal assistance.

Marcee Maylin has a degree in Editorial Journalism from the University of Washington and 30+ years media experience. She is currently the Editor of the Everett Post dedicated to providing current, relevant, and entertaining content for the local community.