Michael J. Malone
Douglas County Law Library

Judicial and Law Enforcement Center
111 East 11th Street
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
Phone: (785) 838-2477
Fax: (785) 838-2455

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Michael J. Malone
Douglas County Law Library

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The Law Library is open to everyone. The public has access 12 hours per week (see Library Hours page) and attorneys who have been issued keys have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Library provides print resources for a Kansas-based practice and electronic resources including the WestlawNext on-line legal database. All Library users have free access to all of the Library's resources.

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> Self-Nominations Sought from Attorneys for Board of Trustees Election: The nominating process to identify candidates for this spring's election of the five attorney members to serve on the Douglas County Law Library Board of Trustees for the 2017/2019 term has begun.

The attorneys current serving as members of the Board are Curtis G. Barnhill, Kyle Brittingham, Napoleon Crews, Sarah Warner, and Charles E. Whitman. Their terms expire on May 1, 2017.

In order to ensure that only attorneys who are willing to serve are nominated, only self-nominations will be taken. Eligible* attorneys who have paid their 2017 Law Library Registration Fee, and for whom the Library has an e-mail address on file, will be sent a copy of an Attorney Members Self-Nomination Form by e-mail. The self-nomination form is also available through the law library's website.

Local attorneys who would like to nominate themselves to be placed on the ballot for the election should complete a nomination form and return it to the Law Library. All nominations must be received in the Law Library no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2017, the deadline for nominations.

* To be eligible to serve as an attorney member on the board, one must be an attorney whose principal office, i.e.: main practice, is in Douglas County, or, if the practice is in another state, resides in Douglas County.

> Law Library Closed to Public from Noon to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 2017: Due to an Executive Session of the Law Library Board of Trustees, the Law Library will be closed to the public from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 2017.

> Law Librarian Position Ends on March 31, 2017: The Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library Board of Trustees has decided that the position of law librarian is no longer needed, and that it will be replaced with a new, non-library-professional position effective April 1, 2017. The law librarian position was created in 2002 to organize and open the library, and has been in continuous service since.

The advertisement for the new position is on this website.

> Free Lexis Advance Training and CLEs for Attorneys: Attorneys may take advantage of the law library's contract with LexisNexis to get free individual training on legal research using Lexis Advance. The half-hour one-on-one online training sessions are free and are conducted by LexisNexis trainers.

Attorneys also have access to free online CLE sessions through the law library's contract with LexisNexis that are approved for credit in Kansas and Missouri.

For more information on how to access the free training and the CLEs, contact the library.

Did You Know?

After fourteen and a half years, the position of Law Librarian in the Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library will end on March 31, 2017, to be replaced by a Library Manager.

"Did You Know?" is a service of the Law Library. Every month, a bit of Law Library trivia will be posted in the Law Library and here on the Law Library's website. The previous month's "Did You Know?" tidbit will also be published in the Law Library's E-Mail Newsletter. We hope this service will help improve communication between the Law Library and its users.

This Month In Legal History

February 11, 1855 - Leffridge dies after having been shot by Moody.

For the full story, go to the This Month In Legal History page on this website.

"This Month In Legal History" features an event from the history of law and jurisprudence of Douglas County, Kansas, that occurred during the month. A different historical event will be posted here every month and published in the Law Library's E-Mail Newsletter. The archives of previously published entries can be accessed by going to the This Month In Legal History Archive page. Suggestions from readers of items for inclusion in this feature are encouraged and welcomed.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Douglas County Law Library is to provide legal and law related resources through a law library, focused on a Kansas practice, conveniently located in the Judicial Center for use by the bar, bench and public.

Policy Manual

The Law Library's Policy Manual is available by clicking here.

The Douglas County Law Library was established under the auspices of the District Court of Douglas County, Kansas, pursuant to Kansas Statutes 20-3126 through 20-3132, and opened on May 1, 2003. On August 28, 2014, it was renamed the Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library for the Honorable Michael J. Malone, who was the driving force behind the establishment of the Law Library. The Law Library is open to the general public as noted on the Law Library Hours page on this website. Licensed attorneys in Douglas County who have paid their annual Law Library Registration Fee and been issued a key have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Attorneys should contact the Library about getting a key.

Attorneys who have not paid their Registration Fee are prohibited from filing any and all transactions with the Clerk of the District Court until the fee is paid. They also are ineligible to run for one of the five positions reserved for attorneys on the Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library Board of Trustees and to vote in elections for those positions.

For more information, contact the Law Library at: info@douglascolawlibrary.org.

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Created: November 2002; Revised: February 2, 2017