The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) and Pro Bono Net (PBN) won this year’s ClearMark Award from the Center for Plain Language, for best Spanish-language website.  The winning site,, which was launched shortly after the November 2016 elections, helps immigrants understand their legal options and find legal help.  

Immi is a free online resource, in English and Spanish. It uses accessible language to reach a wide audience.  An estimated 15 to 20% of the 10 to 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. are eligible for legal status.  Immi’s interactive quiz asks questions about family, immigration history, and circumstances to help them identify the options.  The site provides additional plain language articles on immigration law, legal rights, how to get good legal help, and more. It has a directory of over 1,000 nonprofit legal service providers, searchable by location. Most recently, we launched a new “Make a Plan” interview on immi, to help immigrants prepare for the risk of arrest or deportation, and protect their families.

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Congratulations to Bonnie Hough, John Mayer, Lisa Colpoys, Robert Cohen, and Jim Sandman for becoming fellows of the College of Law Practice Management! Congratulations also to Prof. Ron Staudt of Chicago Kent College of Law, who was elected president of the College.

The College of Law Practice Management was formed in 1994 to honor and recognize distinguished law practice management professionals, to set standards of achievement for others in the profession, and to fund and assist projects that enhance the highest quality of law practice management.  In the words of incoming President Ron Staudt, “Fellowship in the College is the highest honor bestowed upon individuals involved in law practice management.”

Those listed above are partners and friends of LawHelp Interactive and Pro Bono Net, and all of them deserve this recognition for their significant contribution to innovation in the practice of law through the use of technology, particularly online forms and developing systems and methods to close the justice gap.

Jim Sandman is President of the  Legal Services Corporation; Lisa Colpoys is Executive Director of Illinois Legal Aid Online; Bonnie Hough is Supervising Attorney, Center for Families, Children & the Courts for the Judicial Council of California; John Mayer is Executive Director, Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction; and Robert Cohen is Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Orange County, CA.

Bonnie Hough, Lisa Colpoys and Ron Staudt all serve on the LawHelp Interactive Advisory Board.

Among the College’s activities are the InnovAction Awards, which recognize extraordinary innovation in the legal community.  Pro Bono Net won the 2010 award for LawHelp Interactive.