"Lawyer in the Library" Program to Begin in Shawneetown this Month

Second Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Melissa Morgan is proud to
announce the Second Circuit’s “Lawyer in the Library” program will begin
in Gallatin County this month. The program consists of a local attorney
meeting one-on-one with individuals and providing them with free legal
coaching, document review, e-filing, and referrals regarding civil issues.
These services are made possible through a grant from the Illinois
Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice and the Administrative
Office of the Illinois Courts that seeks to fund programs aimed to assist
self-represented litigants. The Second Circuit applied for and was
awarded funding last year to create the “Lawyer in the Library” program
in Franklin County. This year’s grant award will allow these services to
be offered in three additional counties, including Gallatin County.
Gallatin County native and local attorney Allen Roe has partnered with
the program and will begin meeting with individuals on a walk-in basis
only on the third Wednesday of each month between the hours of 1:00 -
4:00 pm. Attorney Roe will meet with interested participants at 450
Lincoln Boulevard East (formerly known as the Title Building, now home
to CASA), located across the street just east of the Gallatin County
Courthouse in Shawneetown. Participants must reside within the Second
Circuit and due to limited availability, will only be seen once every 60
The program will kick-off with the first walk-in session on Wednesday,
September 20, with the following sessions scheduled throughout the end
of this calendar year: October 18, November 15, and December 20.
Chief Judge Morgan stated, “I am grateful for this year’s grant award
because it lets us build on the program’s success last year. We started
in one county and wanted to focus on making it a sustainable program.
The goal was simple - to help people in our communities who were
attempting to navigate the court system without a lawyer. The program
has flourished and I am excited to now partner with Attorney Allen Roe
and CASA to bring these services to Gallatin County.”
The Second Judicial Circuit is comprised of 12 counties: Crawford,
Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jefferson, Lawrence,
Richland, Wabash, Wayne, and White. For more information, please
contact the Office of the Second Circuit Chief Judge at 618-244-8036.
Pictured: Attorney Allen Roe, Gallatin County “Lawyer in the Library”
program counsel