Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Donate Law Books to Africa

Africamap_2 You have too many books.  You know you do.  Old editions, books from earlier writing projects, and that stack of books in the corner that you've never even had a minute to look through.  What to do?  Donate them to law schools in Africa.

Colleagues in the United States, Kenya, and other countries are organizing donations of law books to law libraries around Africa.  You can send your books as a contribution to that effort.

The project is organized by APPEAL (Academics Promoting the Pedagogy of Effective Advocacy in Law), a group you should probably join to promote legal education in Africa.  APPEAL is partnering with Boeing to deliver the books to Kenya.  There is a relatively short window within which to have the books transported.  If you have books to donate, please send them to:

Law Books for Africa
c/o Professor Anne Enquist
Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Ave., Sullivan Hall
Seattle, WA 98122-1090

This call for books is not limited to legal writing texts.  Our colleagues in Africa need texts in all law school subjects.

AAppeal_2 PPEAL is an organization that promotes the exchange of ideas and resources about how to teach effective legal writing advocacy among academics in the United States and Africa.  If you would like more information about APPEAL, click here. 

Put your books in boxes (up to a maximum weight of 40 lbs per box).  Include a packing list inside the box and on the side of the box to make things easy.  Your books will be sent first to Kenya (sometime around August 7, 2008, so get your books in before then).  Boeing is donating the transportation costs to Kenya.

I do not know if there is an address where you can also send books directly to law schools in Africa, but if we get that we will pass it on.

A number of professors from Africa will be attending the Legal Writing Institute Conference next week in Indianapolis, Indiana.  You can meet them there if you will be attending the LWI conference, and have a better idea about how you can help a great number of students and professors in Africa (while making your own office a better place as well).



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