The San Diego Law Library Foundation’s 2020 Witkin Awards Virtual Reception is less than ONE WEEK away! Fortunately, that is plenty of time for you to sign up! Due to the ongoing pandemic, the San Diego Law Library Foundation will be hosting a virtual event via Zoom on Thursday, October 8th from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. So you can celebrate this year’s amazing Witkin Award Honorees online from your home or office. This event is free, but the Foundation is asking for a suggested donation of $100.

The annual Witkin Awards Ceremony is the primary fundraiser for the San Diego Law Library Foundation, a charitable trust affiliated with the San Diego Law Library. The Foundation’s sole mission is to aid the San Diego Law Library in our efforts to provide access to justice through our many resources and programs.

And we need your help now, more than ever. As many of you know, the Law Library derives its revenue from the San Diego Superior Court’s first paper filing fees for civil and small claims cases.  Unfortunately, this means that we had no revenue coming in while the San Diego Superior Court was closed from March 17, 2020, through May 22, 2020.

Fortunately, our staff was able to adapt. We found ways to cut costs while continuing to provide the quality service that the people of San Diego County expect from us. But, we are still in financial need. As we prepare for reopening, we need to ensure that we have the personal protection equipment (PPE) to keep our patrons and staff safe. Additionally, we have pivoted to providing more online services.

We want to continue making more legal resources available to you where ever you are. Your support will help make our resources and information available to even MORE people. Your donation will go directly to support our most basic needs: repurchasing print resources that have been recently canceled, and ensuring staffing is provided for both in-library and online services.

The Witkin Award Ceremony is an opportunity for your to help us, help the community, and honor some incredible people! If you would like to support the San Diego Law Library, but have plans for the evening of Thursday, October 8th, you can still help the Law Library by donating to the San Diego Law Library Foundation or by making your online purchases using AmazonSmile.