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Pro Bono Net at the 2017 TIG Conference

Posted in Announcements, Conferences, Courts, Legal Services, Staff News, Technology

The 2017 Technology Initiative Grants Conference (TIG) kicks off on Wednesday in San Antonio, Texas. The TIG Conference brings together technologists, legal aid staff, courts, funders and others to explore innovative ways of using technology to promote full access to legal assistance for low-income individuals.   Pro Bono Net will be well-represented again this year, with a… Continue Reading

Document Assembly: An Essential Building Block for the Access to Justice Ecosystem

Posted in Courts, Legal Services, Resources, Staff News, Technology

We are delighted to announce that Claudia Johnson, Pro Bono Net’s LawHelp Interactive Program Manager, was invited to author a guest article for the Self-Represented Litigation Network entitled “Document Assembly : An Essential Building Block for the Access to Justice Ecosystem.” In this piece she not only describes the innovation and extensive reach of LawHelp… Continue Reading

Online Form Project Ideas for the Current TIG LOI Cycle 2016

Posted in Announcements, Courts, Legal Services, Libraries, Pro Bono, Proposals, Resources, Technology

Online forms are a key tool in the movement to close the justice gap. They can be used from anywhere and at any time and are now a well understood component of a robust and diverse legal services delivery system.  According to LSC’S Report of The Summit on the Use of Technology to Expand Access… Continue Reading

Groundbreaking Collaboration Helps New Yorkers Facing Foreclosure Get Live Chat Assistance

Posted in Courts, Launch, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology

Yesterday, LawHelpNY (www.LawHelpNY.org), a family of online legal information and referral Internet portals for low and moderate income New Yorkers, announced the launch of its LiveHelp chatting service for visitors to the New York State Unified Court Systems website, CourtHelp (www.nycourthelp.gov).  The LiveHelp service will allow site visitors  to chat with operators who can guide… Continue Reading

Commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month with tools by LawHelp Interactive

Posted in Courts, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology

A staggering number of Americans experience violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. Domestic Violence Awareness Month (each October) shines light on this issue and provides information to victims as well as the public about tools and resources available. Too often it is difficult for victims to access the justice system to get the help… Continue Reading

Mental Health Issues and the New York State Courts 2015: Understanding Risk

Posted in Courts, PLI, Seminar, Webinar

In July, I had the opportunity to attend a seminar called “Mental Health Issues & the New York States Courts 2015: Understanding Risk,” offered by the Practising Law Institute (PLI), a nonprofit continuing legal education and professional business training organization. PLI is bronze sponsor of Pro Bono Net’s work and Pro Bono Net is pleased… Continue Reading

NY Courts Honored with LTN Innovation Award for the Most Innovative Use of Technology in a Pro Bono Project

Posted in Courts, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology

Each year, thousands of individuals facing domestic violence in New York seek to protect themselves from abuse with an order of protection. Last month, ALM’s Legaltech News recognized The New York State Unified Court System with an LTN innovation award for the Most Innovative Use of Technology in a Pro Bono Project for the Advocate… Continue Reading

Online Developer Training to Create Easy-to-Use Online Forms Starts September 9th

Posted in Courts, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology, Webinar

With funding from the Legal Services Corporation Technology Assistance Grants, Pro Bono Net is organizing its first online developer training for the online legal services and court document assembly community. This five week series will start on 9/9/2014 and will end on 10/7/2014. Each two hour session will teach basic A2J Author and HotDocs skills,… Continue Reading

LSNTAP/PBN Webinar: Technology tools to enhance legal services for Limited English proficiency (LEP) Communities: Website, videos, and more

Posted in Courts, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology, Webinar

In June, Pro Bono Net partnered with LSNTAP to produce a webinar on technology tools for Limited English Proficiency communities. Moderated by Mirenda Watkins of Pro Bono Net, the webinar examined some of the challenges of creating and maintaining multilingual tech tools and showcased possible solutions to these challenges through innovative examples in the legal… Continue Reading

Is the LawHelp Interactive Rebuild essentially a Wedding?

Posted in Courts, Legal Services, Technology

LawHelp Interactive (LHI) is a Pro Bono Net program that helps poverty law and court access-to-justice programs implement online document assembly projects. Blue Ridge Legal Services and Pro Bono Net are rebuilding the technical infrastructure of LHI to make sure that it remains a sustainable, scalable national solution for the extensive development and use of… Continue Reading

Electronic Fax Filing at Riverside County Superior Court Increases Ease and Efficiency

Posted in Courts, Technology

A pilot program at the Riverside County Superior Court in California is allowing domestic violence victims to complete applications for Domestic Violence Restraining Orders (DVRO) online and electronic fax completed forms to the courthouse. I spoke with The Honorable Jackson Lucky about the initiative and the impact he has witnessed in the courthouse. At Riverside… Continue Reading

Practises in Pro Bono: A report on PLI’s Limited Scope Training

Posted in Courts, Legal Services, PLI, Pro Bono

Certain features of the American legal tradition are so fundamental as to be virtually sacrosanct: the adversarial system, attorney-client privilege, and pounding on the table to make a forceful point. Some basic assumptions underlie this model, including that lawyers provide litigants with beginning-to-end “full representation” in a case. To do otherwise has long been considered… Continue Reading

Speaking with the Master Part V: Where to Now?

Posted in Courts, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology

About the Series Richard Zorza, one of the founders and leaders of the access to justice (ATJ) movement, recently received the American Bar Association’s 2014 Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access’ Lifetime Achievement Honor for decades of work on behalf of self-represented litigants. Not to be outdone, the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of… Continue Reading

Speaking with the Master Part Three: Standing up for the Self-Represented

Posted in Courts, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology

About the Series Richard Zorza, one of the founders and leaders of the access to justice (ATJ) movement, recently received the American Bar Association’s 2014 Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access’ Lifetime Achievement Honor for decades of work on behalf of self-represented litigants. Not to be outdone, the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of… Continue Reading

Speaking with the Master Part Two: The SRLN Begins

Posted in Courts, Launch, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology, Website Launch

About the Series Richard Zorza, one of the founders and leaders of the access to justice (ATJ) movement, recently received the American Bar Association’s 2014 Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access’ Lifetime Achievement Honor for decades of work on behalf of self-represented litigants. Not to be outdone, the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of… Continue Reading

Speaking with the Master: Part One of Our Interview with Richard Zorza

Posted in Conferences, Courts, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology

About the Series Richard Zorza, one of the founders and leaders of the access to justice (ATJ) movement, recently received the American Bar Association’s 2014 Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access’ Lifetime Achievement Honor for decades of work on behalf of self-represented litigants. Not to be outdone, the Conference of Chief Justices and the… Continue Reading

Practicing Law Institute Hosts Leaders in Anti-Trafficking

Posted in Courts, Immigration, Legal Services, PLI

According to the Polaris Project, “human trafficking is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world” with the International Labor Organization reporting almost 21 million people in forced labor in 2012. In response to this growing and devastating trend, PLI recently sponsored a standout event that featured several top names… Continue Reading

Tech Pilot in Bronx Family Court Dramatically Increases Court Efficiency

Posted in Courts, Legal Services, Technology

In Bronx Family Court, Pro Bono Net’s LawHelp Interactive forms are a central component of an innovative e-filing project that has dramatically increased the court’s efficiency. The new pilot project is a paradigmatic example of technology’s capacity to increase access to justice, streamline court processes, and create a better and friendlier litigant experience. Traditionally, when… Continue Reading

New York State Announces Innovative Programs to Close the Justice Gap

Posted in Courts, Legal Services, Pro Bono

In Tuesday’s State of the Judiciary Address, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman highlighted the work of the Committee on Non-Lawyers and the Justice Gap (which includes Pro Bono Net’s Executive Director, Mark O’Brien) in his announcement, including pioneering new efforts that will better serve the unrepresented. For example, in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Court Navigators will… Continue Reading

New Programs Expand Access to Justice for Immigrants

Posted in Courts, Immigration, Legal Services

On November 20th, Talking Transition hosted “Accessing Justice for New York Immigrants,” a panel discussion on assisting immigrants facing deportation. Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and Angela Fernandez, Executive Director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, spoke about two new initiatives developed in response to the findings… Continue Reading