Free 30-minute consultations with a lawyer
DPL partners with the Deschutes County Access to Justice Committee to offer free 30-minute consultations with an attorney offering general legal information or referrals to other agencies.
Lawyer in the Library is intended for self-represented individuals. If you already have an attorney we may not be able to help you.
Lawyer in the Library does not provide ongoing legal representation nor advice about specific cases.
Due to COVID-19, Lawyer in the Library has transitioned to online consultations using Zoom conferencing software. Appointments can be accessed from a computer, tablet, smartphone or landline.
Spanish interpretation is still available with advanced notice.
Lawyer in the Library takes place on Wednesday nights* from 5:30-8 p.m.
*Lawyer in the Library will not be held during the weeks of common bank holidays including Christmas, New Year’s Day, July 4th, and Thanksgiving. Call or check the online calendar to verify the program is running.
If you're interested in learning more or registering for an online consultation:
Spanish interpreters are available with advance notice. Request when registering or call: 541-388-3187.
Areas of Law*
Lawyers volunteer their time to staff this service. We aim to schedule one family-law lawyer and one general-law lawyer each week.
Lawyer in the Library does not help with criminal law questions.
*Lawyers may not have experience in all areas of law
- Family law: custody, divorce, child support
- Domestic violence: restraining orders, stalking orders, assault
- Housing: public housing, evictions, foreclosure
- Public Benefits: TANF, SSI, SNAP, food stamps, medical, OHP
- Education: IEP, student loans
- Employment: discrimination, unemployment
- Consumer Issues: garnishments, debts, bankruptcy
- Civil rights: discrimination
- Senior law: wills, long-term care, Medicaid/Medicare, power of attorney