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Office of Engagement and Outreach

Dept. 4315 | Bureau of Mines 231

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5202

Email: engage@uwyo.edu

OEO-WIHR Humanities Faculty Engagement Fellowship winner

Tawnya Plumb

Photograph of Tawnya Plumb
Tawnya K. Plumb earned a B.A. in English from the University of Wyoming in 1996 and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas in 1998. She is the Head of Collections at the George W. Hopper Law Library. She worked previously as a law librarian at the Texas State Law Library and then with a Texas law firm before moving to Japan to teach English as a second language in Japanese high schools. She became a librarian at the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2004 and teaches Legal Research and continuing legal education programs at the University of Wyoming College of Law.
 

Project Abstract: Access to Justice: Legal Research on the Road

Many individuals find legal research intimidating. That statement is true even for those with expertise in researching. An example of such intimidation in legal research could come from conversations with public librarians who wish they knew more about legal research and who feel uncomfortable answering legal research questions. These librarians are often called upon to field requests from low-income Wyoming citizens with legal issues. Wyoming’s two public law libraries are both located in the southeast corner of the state, and this is also the location of the state’s four law librarians. As one of those four law librarians, this project will be giving back to the state of Wyoming by offering in-person community-tailored legal research training sessions in all 23 Wyoming county libraries, in all of our community colleges, and on the Wind River Reservation. A survey of librarians across the state will take place in the spring and summer of 2020 that will assess the publics' legal research needs. A tailored presentation, as well as handouts that address these needs and a research tool-kit that includes a list of recommended legal titles, will provide the format for the research. To alleviate ethics concerns, the parameters within which librarians may assist patrons while still honoring the rules governing the unauthorized practice of law will be highlighted. A report on the findings, an annotated map of the state of Wyoming with brown and gold stars marking the locations in which the research was conducted, and a published article on the findings will accumulate with a presentation to a UW audience.
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Office of Engagement and Outreach

Dept. 4315 | Bureau of Mines 231

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5202

Email: engage@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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