Michael J. Malone
Douglas County Law Library

Judicial and Law Enforcement Center
111 East 11th Street
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
Phone: (785) 838-2477
Fax: (785) 838-2455

Welcome to the Website of the
Michael J. Malone
Douglas County Law Library

The Law Library is open to everyone. The public has access 12 hours per week (see Library Hours page) and attorneys who have been issued keys have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Library provides print resources for a Kansas-based practice and electronic resources including the WestlawNext on-line legal database. All Library users have free access to all of the Library's resources.

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> Self-Nominations Being Taken From Attorneys for Board Election: The nominating process to identify candidates for this spring's election of the five attorney members to serve on the Douglas County Law Library Board of Trustees for the 2015/2017 term has begun.

In order to ensure that only attorneys who are willing to serve are nominated, only self-nominations will be taken. Eligible* attorneys who have paid their 2015 Law Library Registration Fee, and for whom the Library has a postal mailing address on file, will be sent a copy of an Attorney Members Self-Nomination Form by postal mail. The self-nomination form is also available through the Law Library's website by clicking here.

Local attorneys who would like to nominate themselves to be placed on the ballot for the election in April should complete a nomination form and return it to the Law Library. All nominations must be received in the Law Library no later than 5:00 PM on March 2, 2015, the deadline for nominations.

* To be eligible to serve as an attorney member on the board, one must be an attorney whose principal office, i.e.: main practice, is in Douglas County, or, if the practice is in another state, resides in Douglas County.

> Judge James McCabria Joined Law Library Board: With his swearing in on December 8, 2014, as District Court Judge in Division IV of the Seventh Judicial District of Kansas, Judge James McCabria became a member of the Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library Board of Trustees.

Did You Know?

By making arrangements with local court reports, audio recordings of select hearings may be accessed and listened to through an audio player on the Amicus/FullCourt terminal in the Law Library.

"Did You Know?" is a service of the Law Library. Every month, a bit of Law Library trivia will be posted in the Law Library and here on the Law Library's website. The previous month's "Did You Know?" tidbit will also be published in the Law Library's E-Mail Newsletter. We hope this service will help improve communication between the Law Library and its users.

This Month In Legal History

February 17, 1897 - The New England Emigrant Aid Company transfers its claim for the destruction of the Free State Hotel to the University of Kansas.

For the full story, go to the This Month In Legal History page on this website.

"This Month In Legal History" features an event from the history of law and jurisprudence of Douglas County, Kansas, that occurred during the month. A different historical event will be posted here every month and published in the Law Library's E-Mail Newsletter. The archives of previously published entries can be accessed by going to the This Month In Legal History Archive page. Suggestions from readers of items for inclusion in this feature are encouraged and welcomed.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Douglas County Law Library is to provide legal and law related resources through a law library, focused on a Kansas practice, conveniently located in the Judicial Center for use by the bar, bench and public.

The Douglas County Law Library was established under the auspices of the District Court of Douglas County, Kansas, pursuant to Kansas Statutes 20-3126 through 20-3132, and opened on May 1, 2003. On August 28, 2014, it was renamed the Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library for the Honorable Michael J. Malone, who was the driving force behind the establishment of the Law Library. The Law Library is open to the general public as noted on the Law Library Hours page on this website. Licensed attorneys in Douglas County who have paid their annual Law Library Registration Fee and been issued a key have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Attorneys should contact the Library about getting a key.

Attorneys who have not paid their Registration Fee are prohibited from filing any and all transactions with the Clerk of the District Court until the fee is paid. They also are ineligible to run for one of the five positions reserved for attorneys on the Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library Board of Trustees and to vote in elections for those positions.

For more information, contact the Law Library at: info@douglascolawlibrary.org.

Comments to: Webmaster: Kerry Altenbernd, Law Librarian, Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library, Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 East 11th Street, Lawrence, KS  66044.

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Created: November 2002; Revised: February 18, 2015