The Trial Court Law Libraries celebrated their 200th anniversary last month at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston. 

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crowd at law library event
SJC Chief Justice Ralph Gants (second from right) and others listen to speakers, who praised the law librarians' in-depth knowledge and efficiency, and for their long-standing efforts to make the courts more accessible to the public.
Marnie, Cindy and Leonor
From left, Cynthia Campbell, Departmental Law Librarian, Office of Court Management, Leonor Figueroa-Feher, Program Manager for Training, Office of Court Interpreter Services, and Marnie Warner, retired Law Library Coordinator. Ms. Figueroa-Feher said she frequently collaborates with Trial Court law librarians and admires them for the services they provide to the public.
Judge Fishman with law librarians
From left: Superior Court Judge Kenneth Fishman, Lowell Head Law Librarian Catherine Alves, and Bonni Dinneen, Judicial Secretary, Lowell Superior Court.
private and public sector supporters of law libraries
From left: Sarah Hook Lee, Associate Dean of Information Services for Northeastern University's Law Library; Kyle Courtney, Copyright Advisor for Harvard University's Office for Scholarly Communication and Harvard's library; and Susan Cleary, Director of Library Services at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP. Ms. Hook Lee said that both students and pro se litigants - "walk-ins" - make up a core part of Northeastern's library services. Ms. Cleary noted that her firm's attorneys frequently rely on the Trial Court's law libraries when they are "onsite in the courtroom."