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National Volunteer Week 2018 Highlight: Wantee Ramkaran, LiveHelp Volunteer

Posted in Legal Services, Technology, Volunteer Profile

In honor of National Volunteer Week we will be highlighting volunteers and sharing ways lawyers and advocates can get involved. Today we would like to highlight Wantee Ramkaran, a LiveHelp Volunteer for LawHelpNY.  LawHelpNY.org, is a website designed to help low-income New Yorkers solve their legal problems. Volunteers staff LiveHelp, an online, real-time chat service that directs… Continue Reading

Online resources empower Spanish speaking communities in the US

Posted in Immigration, Legal Services, Resources, Technology

Hispanic Heritage month, a chance look at the wealth of contributions the Hispanic community has made and continues to make in our society, is almost over. As we celebrate the contributions, we continue to support our communities in achieving their dreams and goals by providing assistance in overcoming civil legal issues and access to justice. Continue… Continue Reading

LawHelp.org Offers Tax Help to the Public

Posted in Press Release

For Immediate Release March 31, 2016 CONTACT: Karin Romans, Pro Bono Net 212-760-2554 x496 | kromans@probono.net National Legal Help Website Features Self-help Resources, Information, Referrals New York – March 31, 2016– While our nation’s economy continues to improve, the enduring effects of the economic crisis continue to impact the lives of millions of Americans. LawHelp.org offers critical… Continue Reading

Innovation in Collaboration: Call for Justice & United Way 2-1-1

Posted in Legal Services, Technology

A recent partnership in Minnesota crystalizes the power of collaboration and technology to increase access to justice and provide Americans with the legal advice they so desperately need. The partnership began thanks to a lucky happenstance. One of the leading attorneys at the Hennepin Bar Association was also a board member at United Way , and… Continue Reading

LSI and PBN: Creating Access with Sponsorships

Posted in Immigration, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology

Whenever I present on language access issues there is always a question of how to provide information to website users who have limited English proficiency (LEP). Because my focus is providing support for the LawHelp.org community, these discussions may range from how best to present information to making content mobile accessible to reaching out to… Continue Reading

#DisasterLegalAid: LawHelpNY Webinar Outlines Best Practices in Post-Disaster Social Media

Posted in Social Media, Superstorm Sandy, Technology, Webinar

Non-profits and legal services organizations have come to recognize the importance of social media and many now have well-developed social media strategies implemented by staff experts. That being said, disaster response brings with it special considerations for every facet of an organization’s operations and social media is no exception. In order to assist legal services… 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

Re-Post: Innovative Technology Projects Are Connecting Pro Bono Lawyers with Clients

Posted in Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology

The post below is reproduced from The Shriver Brief and is written by Michele Host, the Senior Attorney-Legal Editor at The Shriver Center. We’re excited that The Shriver Center is taking an interest in Pro Bono Net’s work. Whether they work in private practice, for nonprofits, or for state or local governments, lawyers have many… Continue Reading

Funding Opportunities for Tech-Enabled Access to Justice Partnerships

Posted in Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology, Webinar

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) released its TIG Letter of Intent (LOI) invitations last week. This year the priorities are very focused and closely aligned with the Technology Summit Report of 2013. This year the total amount of funds available to Legal Services grantees is $3.45 Million. There are two main categories: 1) innovation and improvements,… Continue Reading

In South Carolina, LHI Increases Efficiency and Access to Justice in Child Support Cases

Posted in Legal Services, Technology

The Problem In the weak recovery from the worst recession in nearly a century, many South Carolinians have found it increasingly difficult to make their child support payments and have sought modifications to reduce their burden. One study reported that 79% of non-custodial parents in South Carolina who are unable to pay court-mandated child support… 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

Mobile Accessibility Strategies: LSNTAP & Pro Bono Net Webinar Recap

Posted in Legal Services, Pro Bono, Webinar

On Wednesday June 19th, LSNTAP and Pro Bono Net collaborated on a webinar highlighting the Mobile Accessibility Strategies of various partner organizations. The webinar was moderated by Xander Karsten, LawHelp Program Coordinator at Pro Bono Net, and presentations on various mobile campaigns were given by Mike Monahan, Pro Bono Director at the State Bar of… Continue Reading

Tackling Resource Access Together at 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference

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

by Xander Karsten and Jillian Theil As part of our work with Pro Bono Net, we frequently attend conferences, which offer us the opportunity to connect with colleagues as well as learn and share trending topics, information and new tools.  This year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota was no different. But what sets… Continue Reading

Visit Pro Bono Net at NLADA in Chicago

Posted in Conferences, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology

Pro Bono Net will be attending the NLADA Annual Conference in Chicago this week, and we’d love to see you! Staff from virtually all of our major programs will be there:  Executive Director Mark O’Brien, Matthew Burnett from Immigration Advocates Network, Mirenda Watkins from LawHelp Interactive and Xander Karsten from LawHelp. Claudia Johnson will also… Continue Reading

Connecting Library Patrons with Legal Information

Posted in Legal Services, Libraries

“With a surge in the number of people seeking assistance for issues with a legal dimension there is a need for partnerships between libraries and agencies that care about access to justice in the community.” – Mary Ann VanCura, Continuing Education & Library Development Specialist, Library Development Services, Minnesota Department of Education With Mary Ann… Continue Reading

Welcoming Librarians to the Access to Justice Movement

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

“Libraries are everywhere … this is a partnership we should encourage.” – Glenn Rawdon, Program Counsel for Technology, Legal Services Corporation This statement is one of the cornerstones of the Libraries and Access to Justice Webinar Series, a training series developed by Pro Bono Net that kicked off on September 13th.  More than 150 attendees… Continue Reading

New Webinar Series on Libraries and Access to Justice Kicks off this Week

Posted in Legal Services, Technology

This fall, Pro Bono Net is producing four national training webinars for public and public law librarians about free, online resources for people with legal needs. The Libraries and Access to Justice Webinar Series kicks off this Thursday, Sept. 13, with an overview of the legal information needs among low-income Americans and why libraries are… Continue Reading

Q&A with NJP’s Sue Encherman & Daniel Ediger, Educating the Public via Video

Posted in Legal Services, Technology

The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is charged with creating a series of instructive videos for WashingtonLawHelp.org through the federal Communities Connect Network Project (part of the Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technology Opportunity Program) which aims to increase access to technology and improve legal literacy for unrepresented Washingtonians.  NJP recently released its 8th video, on Public… Continue Reading

Have you seen LawHelp lately?

Posted in Legal Services, Technology

This spring, Pro Bono Net is rolling out a new LawHelp platform to our justice community partners in 27 states. Originally developed in 2001 with funding from the Legal Services Corporation, the Open Society Institute and others, the network of LawHelp nonprofit legal information portals has become a significant part of legal services delivery in… Continue Reading