Goodbye 2013! We had such an amazing and exceptional year growing and reaching new heights!

Here is a look back at some of our greatest 2013 moments:

The Partnership Program: A unique program allowing business owners and law firms to sponsor educational programs and to help us raise funds. These funds are used to maintain the quality of our operations and fulfill our mission of providing free community access to legal information and educational programs.

Writers & the Law: A new program in partnership with Warwick’s Bookstore, the La Jolla/Riford Branch Library, and the 19th Annual San Diego Jewish Book Fair, the “Writers and the Law” series brings together community members and authors whose books have connections to the law to discuss how the law impacts various aspects of everyday life.

The Bookmas Tree: A new fundraising effort to help us develop a special collection of books representing the year’s most important legal issues. The Bookmas Tree project was an instant hit, individuals participated by donating at least $5 to help us build our Bookmas Tree, a tree made entirely out of books. At our Open House event, we held a raffle to reveal the winning selection for our 2013 Book of the Year: Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest For Poor People’s Justice.

Law Library Justice Foundation Day! Celebrating 52 years! The Law Library Justice Foundation is a non-profit corporation affiliated with the Law Library whose sole mission is to aid us in our efforts to provide access to justice through our many resources and programs.

Legal Clinics: 2013 was the year of the clinic! We offered over 60 legal clinics in areas of consumer law, tax law, general civil litigation, criminal law, landlord-tenant law and family law.  A big thank you to Legal Aid Society of San Diego, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, the District Attorney’s Office, University of San Diego Law School’s Legal Clinic Program, the San Diego County Bar Association, the Foothills Bar Association, and the North County Bar Association who made these clinics possible.

Law & Comics: Always a popular program, our 4th Annual Lindley Lecture on Law & Comics drew a large crowd to hear our guest speaker, Charles Brownstein, discuss the past and present censorship of comics.

In addition to the above accomplishments, 2013 also saw the launch of our new website, the reformatting of our newsletter, a more robust volunteer program, and the successful continuation of ongoing programs such as Law Day and Get out the Vote.

Overall, 2013 was an incredible year and we look forward to serving you in 2014!