Law and the Library: Adoptions and Voting Rights

by Nickie Kortus, Alachua County Library District

The Alachua County Library District is partnering with the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association to present Law in the Library: Adoptions on Monday, December 7, 6 to 7 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue. Cynthia Swanson, a board certified adoption law attorney, will discuss different types of adoptions. She will cover step-parent Cynthia and relative adoptions, adoptions of newborns, interstate adoptions and intervening in a Florida Department of Children and Families case to adopt a child who is the subject of a dependency matter. She will talk about the requirements of home studies, notifications and consents, and help available to birth mothers in private adoptions. This presentation is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

The Law in the Library series also includes:

Restoration of Civil Rights Workshop on December 3, at Tower Road Branch, 3020 S.W. 75 Street. Attorneys from Josiah T. Walls Bar Association and law students from the University of Florida Levin College of Law will provide one-on-one assistance to persons who have been convicted of a felony and are interested in applying to have their civil rights restored and people interested in having their records sealed/expunged. If civil rights are restored an applicant will have the right to vote, sit on a jury and hold public office. See more details on this event on p. 2.

During these free presentations experienced attorneys and professionals share their knowledge on a variety of pertinent legal issues. Legal resources are also available to the public in the John A.H. Murphree Law Library, located at Headquarters Library. Resources include the Florida Bar Journal (2009 to present), Florida Cases, Florida Law Weekly, the Florida Statutes plus the Nolo’s small business essentials series and online WestLawNext (only available at Headquarters) and Gale Legal Forms eSources.

For additional information, please visit or contact Nickie Kortus,, or (352) 334-3909 or Jan Bendik, Esq., at or (352) 372-0519.

If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance.  Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event.  TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service). D

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