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.
Since its start in 2000, LSC’s TIG program has awarded 561 grants totaling more than $40 million. With LSC-TIG funding, innovative legal aid organizations have built a solid foundation that includes a network of statewide websites serving both attorneys and clients, and many effective and replicable systems that support clients, staff, and pro bono efforts.
“Leveraging scarce resources to expand access to legal assistance for low-income Americans requires innovative, smart use of technology,” said LSC President James J. Sandman. “Judges repeatedly tell us that the number of low-income individuals who come to court without legal assistance is rising. I am particularly pleased that several of the 2013 grants will be used to develop information and tools for self-represented individuals.”
The full list is below.