The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced the list of 33 projects nationwide that will receive Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) funding in 2013. The grants will support a variety of initiatives, including “legal triage” tools to guide self-represented individuals through complex legal procedures, online support for pro bono attorneys, and improved access to legal assistance for people in remote areas.
If you had six minutes and 20 slides to share an idea, best practice, lesson learned (remember we learn from our failures as well as our successes), or to show off a Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) project, what would you talk about?
LSC Chief Information Officer Peter Campbell has a new post on the LSC Technology Blog.
The next TIG-funded webinar will be held Wednesday, March 27th at 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT and will cover free and low-cost software tools available to nonprofits. Technology experts will help legal services organizations assess the most effective low-cost solutions and avoid pitfalls that require excessive time and effort. The team will walk through at least 20 software packages and provide a framework for assessing costs.
The latest issue of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT) published seven articles from LSC's June 2012 technology summit. These articles focus on how to best utilize particular technologies to enhance access to justice in the American legal system; they are presented as a single integrated piece. The TIG program's own Jane Ribadeneyra authored the article on “Web-Based Legal Services Delivery Capabilities.” Other topics include:
The 2013 TIG Evaluation Planning webinar recording is now available. The webinar was recorded using the GoToMeeting/GoToWebinar codec. Most users should be able to view the webinar after downloading it; however, some may need to also download and install the special codec. Users may also need to right-click on the webinar and save it to their computer.
LSC will host an online training for grantees on preparing TIG evaluation plans on Friday, January 4, 2013, at 1:00 pm EST/ 10:00 am PST. This training will provide TIG grantees with information and guidance necessary to prepare effective TIG project evaluation plans for their 2012 grants. This is a required training for all 2012 TIG recipients. At least one person from each grantee should participate in the live webinar or watch the recording, preferably the person attending the TIG Conference.
Prior to Legal Aid of Nebraska's Access to Justice Automated Forms Project, no automated forms were available for non-lawyers in the state. Pro se litigants could only hand-write forms, “borrow” from unauthorized form providers, or try to get help from other agencies. This made navigating the justice system particularly difficult for low-income Nebraskans who were unable to find a lawyer.
This fall the legal services community will lead two more free webinars to help librarians better understand the legal information needs of low-income and vulnerable Americans; the nonprofit legal aid, court and community groups that serve them; and why public and public law libraries are essential partners in meeting these information needs. The nonprofit Pro Bono Net is producing these webinars in collaboration with the Legal Aid Society of Louisville, Central Minnesota Legal Services and Legal Services State Support (MN), with funding from LSC's Technology Initiative Grants program.