Whether scheduling weekly legal advice clinics, coordinating continuing legal education classes for attorneys or pointing pro se individuals to needed information and forms, law librarian Pauline Afuso serves the public.
With Afuso’s leadership, the county law library served about 700 pro se clients in clinics in 2015 and has assisted an untold number of individuals in finding the legal forms they needed to enter the legal system says her supervisor Joyce Schneider, deputy director of the Washington County library system.
Afuso says, “I like the challenge of trying to provide excellent service to all the law library users, whether they are attorneys trying to find current information or self-represented litigants. The two main user groups have such disparate needs that it is a constant challenge to make sure that we are allocating adequate resources to meet the information needs of both groups.”
Afuso works with other county departments, staff at other county libraries, volunteer attorneys, and the Washington County Bar Association. She also she serves on the 10th Judicial District Self-Help Steering Committee.
Afuso has worked at the Washington County Law Library since 2012 and as a law librarian since 1993. She has a master’s degree in library science and a juris doctor degree.