Law Library partners with CBA and Public Library to launch “A Lawyer Explains…”

In the March 2021 edition of the CBA Report, then CBA President Chris Wagner set an ambitious goal “to more deeply fulfill our mission to educate the public on the law and the importance of legal process and the legal profession.”

As a law library, this goal spoke to us and our mission to provide legal information and education to the public. We reached out to the CBA’s Lawyer Referral Service to see if we might be able to work together to further both of these goals through a blog where attorneys would explain legal concepts, processes or ideas in a way that was easy for members of the public to understand. They jumped at the opportunity and A Lawyer Explains... was born.

So we had the blog, we had the attorneys, next we just needed the questions. What better place to go than the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library? We reached out to David Siders, Civic Engagement Coordinator for CHPL, and he delivered in a big way, sending pages of questions the staff at CHPL had received that could benefit from an attorney’s explanation.

The blog is now live! Check out current posts here.

Future topics in the works include:

  • voting rights of felons
  • why you need a Will and what happens if you don’t have one
  • what case law is, how to find it and how to use it
  • what to expect if you’re called as a witness
  •  the First Amendment right to protest
  • what is cash bail, how does it work and how is it different from bond
  • how to present evidence in court that is on your phone

Have a topic you would like explained?

Fill out the form on this page and we’ll do our best to find an attorney to tackle it. Just remember, this isn’t legal advice. We can’t speak to your specific situation or case, but we may be able to explain some overall concepts or processes to help you understand what’s going on.

Interested in helping out?

Attorneys can email Vanessa Seeger to inquire about writing for A Lawyer Explains...