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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

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

A Law Student Perspective into the 2016 NYS Civil Legal Aid Tech Conference

Posted in Conferences, Legal Services, Technology

On June 23rd 2016, the New York State Permanent Commission on Access to Justice, in partnership with NYSTech, held the New York Statewide Civil Legal Aid Technology Conference. Pro Bono Net’s summer legal intern was in attendance and offers her perspective on the conference below. Darlene Mottley is a 2L student at Brooklyn Law School in New York.    As… 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

LawHelp Interactive is Making a Big Difference for Domestic Violence Survivors

Posted in Legal Services, Libraries, Technology

There are over 4,000 online forms on LawHelp Interactive, the largest national online document assembly platform designed specifically to meet the needs of low-income communities and the legal aid providers that serve them. Forms are available in various areas of law and for a range of audiences. By and large, family law is the area… 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

PBN and IAN Attend the Inaugural New York Immigrant Assistance Consortium Conference

Posted in Conferences, Immigration, Pro Bono, Technology

On June 9th Pro Bono Net Executive Director Mark O’Brien and Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) Director Matthew Burnett participated in the inaugural conference of the New York Immigrant Assistance Consortium. Close to three hundred immigration advocates, legal service providers, government officials, and community members joined together to discuss how to better coordinate legal support for… 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

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

Fordham Law Symposium Panelists Address Long-Term Policy Responses to Sandy and Advocate for Survivors

Posted in Conferences, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Superstorm Sandy

On Friday, February 21st I broke from my normal office routine and headed up to Fordham Law School for the annual Fordham Environmental Law Review Symposium, which this year was titled “Eye of the Storm: Hurricane Sandy Response and Rebuilding Strategies.” The panels at the Symposium demonstrated an emphasis on addressing the systemic problems Sandy… 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

“Bridging the gap between Park Avenue and Harlem”

Posted in Pro Bono

In our newsletter, Pro Bono Net profiles individuals, law firms and organizations that are changing the face of pro bono through their use of new technology and resources and by taking on exciting projects and doing great work to help those most in need. Recently Pro Bono Net staffers Pam Weisz and Karin Romans had a chance… Continue Reading