2000 Annual Report
Back To School For Minnesota Constitution Day
Administration and the Outreach Services Department played key roles in the development and distribution of Inside Straight: The Third Branch, a video that introduces judicial concepts to junior and senior high school students. On October 13, 2000, over two hundred judges and attorneys went back to school to view the video with students and discuss the issues it raised. The Court Information Office estimates that over six thousand students watched the video that day. Our Library worked closely with the Court Information Office, the Department of Children, Families and Learning, as well as with others - under the leadership of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals - to make this day invaluable and increase awareness of the Minnesota Court System. The video was part of a three-year observance and celebration of the Minnesota Court System and was funded by the Minnesota Courts Sesquicentennial Committee with a substantial grant from Hubbard Broadcasting.
In Honor Of Wahl
In June, the Library presented retired Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Wahl with The Social Justice, Legal and Judicial Career of Rosalie Erwin Wahl. This is the twelfth publication by the Library in its Minnesota Justices Series. The volume is a compilation of articles, pictures, newspaper clippings, letters, commendations, judicial opinions, and essays by or about Justice Wahl. The book was presented to Justice Wahl during an Extraordinary Session of the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Getting The Word Out
In 2000, the Library received a grant of $2800 from the Minnesota Library Foundation. The objective of the grant was to make two target groups more aware of the services the Library offers. Posters will be sent to every public library in Minnesota, in an attempt to reach people researching legal issues in their public libraries. The other targeted group includes solo practitioners and small-firm attorneys, lawyers who are not likely to own extensive legal collections. Our goal is to make them aware of the many ways the Library can assist them in their practices. The posters and communications to the attorneys will be mailed in 2001, with a report to be delivered to the Minnesota Library Foundation during the summer.
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