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New York Crime Victims Legal Help being piloted in Erie, Genesee and Niagara counties

Posted in Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology

Originally published by NYS Office of Victim Services New York, NY (October 1, 2018) – The New York State Office of Victim Services today announced a new website connecting crime victims with information and free civil legal assistance is being piloted in three Western New York counties, allowing victims to learn about their rights and… Continue Reading

Pro Bono Week Volunteer Profile: Christopher Mendez, VOLS New York Volunteer

Posted in Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Volunteer Profile

Pro Bono Net would like to recognize the thousands of volunteer lawyers who make a huge difference for those in need. We are celebrating Pro Bono Week, October 25-31, by honoring those dedicated volunteers. Each day we are spotlighting a pro bono volunteer in the community on our organization’s website in the Volunteer Profile section. As our… Continue Reading

PBN & JASA Collaborate on Innovative App to Help the Homebound

Posted in Courts, Launch, Legal Services, Technology

Earlier this year, Pro Bono Net partnered with JASA of Legal Services for the Elderly in Queens to develop a new web app that enables social workers to perform quick legal screenings for homebound and disabled seniors. JASA assists many at risk Queens seniors with their emergency issues, in particular housing, consumer debt, and elder… Continue Reading

probono.net Expands to Massachusetts

Posted in Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology

In honor of National Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Pro Bono Net is highlighting innovative and inspirational pro bono stories.Visit the Celebrate Pro Bono site to learn more about Celebrate Pro Bono. Below, we are pleased to provide an overview of MassProBono, one of our biggest projects of the past year. In the late 1990s, in the midst… Continue Reading

LSNTAP/PBN Webinar: Innovations in Technology-enabled Pro Bono

Posted in Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Immigration, Legal Services, Libraries, Pro Bono, Technology, Webinar

In honor of National Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Pro Bono Net and LSNTAP partnered to produce a pre-Celebrate Pro Bono Week webinar on innovations in technology-enabled pro bono. Moderated by Adam Friedl of Pro Bono Net, the webinar presented examples of new innovations in technology to support pro bono, as well as tips on how… Continue Reading

LSNTAP/PBN Webinar: 50 Tech Tips

Posted in Legal Services, Technology, Webinar

Last month Pro Bono Net and LSNTAP took the legal community back to school with the 50 Tech Tips webinar. Xander Karsten, the LawHelp Program Coordinator here at Pro Bono Net, moderated the webinar. I suppose one could say he was the principal! The lesson plan covered website launches, productivity and efficiency enhancers, and data… Continue Reading

PBN Attends PLI’s Supreme Court Review

Posted in Conferences, Legal Services, PLI, Pro Bono

At the end of July, my colleague Adam Friedl and I attended the Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) 16thAnnual Supreme Court Review. We want to thank PLI, a Pro Bono Net Bronze Sponsor since 2011, for inviting us (again) to the always-fascinating event. The daylong session kicked off with the themes and key decisions of the… Continue Reading

LSNTAP/PBN Webinar: The “whats” and the “whys” of Online Intake

Posted in Legal Services, Technology, Webinar

This past August, Pro Bono Net partnered with LSNTAP to produce a webinar on online intake in legal aid. Moderated by Claudia Johnson of Pro Bono Net, the webinar reviewed online intake, what it is and how it fits in the delivery of legal services continuum, in addition to sharing two different program model implementations…. 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

Goodbye Jon!

Posted in Legal Services, Staff News, Superstorm Sandy, Technology, Website Launch

Last week, Jon Weinberg, the Pro Bono Net and Montana Legal Services Association 2014 AmeriCorps VISTA, completed his year of service. Before he left, we asked Jon a few questions about the past year and what’s next for him. We’ll miss him and we hope you join us in thanking him for his tremendous work… Continue Reading

DisasterLegalAid.org Re-Launched as Online Hub for Disaster Legal Services

Posted in Launch, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Superstorm Sandy, Technology, Website Launch

In addition to developing new tools, sites, and solutions to increase access to justice, Pro Bono Net looks for ways to grow and adapt its programs to match evolving needs and leverage new technology. In that vein, over the past few months PBN Program Director Liz Keith and I have been hard at work with… Continue Reading

OlmsteadRights Site Launches to Educate All

Posted in Launch, Legal Services

Pro Bono Net recently partnered on a new site – www.olmsteadrights.org – that will inform a wide audience about the Olmstead decision and provide resources and information for self-advocates, family and friends of people with disabilities, and legal advocates alike. The project was spearheaded by Atlanta Legal Aid Society, in partnership with the Legal Services… 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

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

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

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

Speaking with the Master Part IV: Richard’s Reflections

Posted in 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

EJW Guest Post: Don’t Delay: Apply to AmeriCorps JD and Receive Funding for Your Service NOW!

Posted in Legal Services, Military/Veterans, Pro Bono

We are pleased to highlight Equal Justice Works’ campaign to recruit applicants for the AmeriCorps JD program. A guest post with application instructions (apply by May 2nd!) and a brief description of the program is below, along with a testimonial from L.G Corder, a US Army Veteran and Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow. Law students: are… 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

EJW Guest Post: Apply for AmeriCorps JD!!!

Posted in Legal Services, Military/Veterans, Pro Bono

We are pleased to highlight Equal Justice Works’ campaign to recruit applicants for the AmeriCorps JD program. A guest post with application instructions (apply before April 15th!) and brief description of the program are below, along with a testimonial from Jennifer Aronson, an Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow. Law students can give back to our… Continue Reading

Measuring The Justice Index: An Important Impetus for Conversations on Access To Justice

Posted in Launch, Legal Services, Technology

My work on disaster legal services at Pro Bono Net has made me keenly aware of the barriers to access to justice that many Americans encounter. I’ve also become cognizant of the vast regional and jurisdictional differences in how courts accommodate participation by non-lawyers in the civil legal system. So when Mark O’Brien invited me… Continue Reading

Innovation in Online Triage: A Discussion with Gwen Daniels of ILAO on their Award-Winning System

Posted in Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology

Last month, Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) won a 2013 Innovation Award in the Pro Bono category for their Statewide Online Access System. The awards were presented by Law Technology News (LTN).(For those not in the know, these are basically the Oscars of the legal tech community – except bigger.) ILAO’s System is “designed to… Continue Reading