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We have set our training calendar for the year and the topics.  Please mark your calendars now.  All Trainings are Free to attend.

Time: 1 PM Eastern, 12 PM Central, 11 AM Mountain, 10 AM Pacific

Length: 90 minutes


March 4th , Outlook Tips and Tricks - Rylander Consulting

March 25th -  Made to Be Modern: Current Trends in Websites - Idealware

April 8th , OneNote - Rylander Consulting

June 3rd  PowerPoint Basics - Rylander Consulting

June 24th   50 Tech Tips for Getting you Started on Summer Projects –

July 15th Process Mapping for Civil Legal Services: Small Investments with a Big Impact! –

August 19th Next Generation Advocacy and Advocate Training Tools –

Sept 9th  - Cultural Competency and Legal Technology: Considerations and Best Practices –

Sep 16th  - Understanding Document Assembly - Idealware

October 14th -  Virtual and Remote Pro Bono Legal Services Models: A Special National Pro Bono Celebration Webinar - 

Oct 21st  – Excel Tips and Techniques Intro – Rylander Consulting

Nov 11th - Visualization Through Dashboards - Idealware

All training will be recorded and posted to our YouTube Channel:

PS: These dates are all Wednesdays

Additional information will be posted to the as it becomes available.


LSC will be updating their site with 2015 TIG Conference Session Materials. Here is the Conference Book with all the sessions and discriptions:

LSC has released the first set of slide decks and some videos of popular sessions.

If the session you are looking for isn't posted yet, keep checking back as LSC will continue to update this site.


Last week at LSC's 15th TIG conference, I attended some really great breakaway sessions about how different groups are using technology to better assist their clients. As somewhat of a gamer myself, I was very excited to learn about orgs that are developing or interested in developing games to assist self-represented litigants.

"Serious Gaming as A Learning Tool" explored the evolution and application of game design for serious purposes. There is a lot of evidence that games are engaging and effective teaching tools, but in legal services we are just beginning to explore this area. The presentation included visual examples of successful efforts using games to teach real-life skills, both in and out of legal services.



Susan Garcia Nofi, Executive Director, New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc.

Dan Jackson, Executive Director, NuLawLab - Northeastern University School of Law

Casper Harteveld, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University


Connecticut Law Help (CTLawHelp) Identified a need to develop solutions for self represented litigants (SRL) after finding that a large number of SRL's experience stress related issues including depression and weight loss. Moreover, about 80% of litigants appear in court without lawyers to argue very serious cases. 


New Haven Legal Assistance partnered with NuLawLab to create a game which could better prepare SRL's for their day in court. The game which is currently under development will put litigants before a virtual judge to help demystify the courtroom and diminish anxiety for those who cannot afford legal representation. 

Dr. Harteveld, an assistant professor of game design at Northeastern University, is also working closely with New Haven Legal assistance and NuLawLabs to develop the game. Harteveld offered a brief history of games emphasizing that  power of learning inherent in games.  He referenced  Homo Ludens or "Playing Man" a book which discusses the importance of play to the development of culture and society.


Military games date back to ancient Egypt. Senet, a board game from predynastic and ancient Egypt dates to around 3100 BCE! 


More Educational Games:

Military: Chess, Go, America's Army

Political Games: The ReDistricting Game, Budget Hero, the McDonalds game

Health:  Remission 2

Science & Education:  Fold it

 Legal Aid Organizations are beginning to utilize games and their unique power to teach. There were several  great ideas for innovative games being thrown around at the TIG conference, and I'm excited to see what people come up with this year!


Please use the comments section to share your game ideas and suggestions. If you are interested in developing a game, I  suggest using the LSTech listserv to find experts and potential partners. 


Below are the worksheets used at the 2015 TIG Conference Session on Collaborative Game Design. The worksheets were developed parallel to Dr. Harteveld's Triadic Game Design (TGD) book to educate about TGD a model which incorprates reality, meaning, and play in game design. These worksheets are a great place to get started!

Reality Worksheet Develop a model of reality to base your game. IE) Religion, Globalization, Financial Crisis, etc

              Sample Reality Models

Meaning Worksheet Pick a value or value proposal. IE) Exploration, Social Skills, Declarative Knowledge

               Meaning/Value Examples & Explanations

Play Worksheet Choose the genre (shoooter, strategy, survival, etc) of your game and fill out this worksheet. 

                Game Genres 

Criteria Worksheet Is your game flexible and adaptable? Is your game realisitc (look/feel) Is it fun to play? etc.


Gabe Teninbaum, Professor of Legal Writing at Suffolk University Law School, will be teaching Lawyering in an Age of Smart Macines at Suffolk University this spring. The course will focus on teaching students to use document automation tools. As a course requirement, each student will complete a project using A2J Author and Hot Docs to automate a legal form or document and create a guided interview along with it. The best projects will be those that can actually be used to help real clients.

If your organization has identified a need to automate any specific legal documents or forms, and you'd be willing to review/give feedback to a student that claims the project, contact Gabe Teninbaum. He will be creating a spreadshee of possible projects for students to claim that will help the legal services community. Once a student claims the project, he/she will be put in touch with you so they can get guidance in order to meet your organization's needs.


Information graphics or Infographics are graphic representations of data or knowledge, and they are used for a variety of purposes  due to their unique ability to present information in an easily understandable and aesthetically pleasing way. Infographics incorporate data and design to tell a story or present complex information.  The infographic format simplifies information by creating a visualization that our brains are more likely to understand and remember. They are also more readily shared on social media sites and can be a great way for legal aid organizations to promote their work. Here are some ways legal aid orgs are using infographics:


Illinois Legal Aid Online

Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) created this powerful infographic which demonstrates a correlation between national events and the impact on their organization. Although this could easily be presented as data in a chart, the infographic is more likely to be read and shared  with other prospective donors. 

ILAO created this infographic in house using Photoshop & Illustrator.


Empire Justice Center

The Empire Justice created a couple of infographics this fall to help more easily explain complex issues. The infographic below was used in  their education efforts with state policymakers to more easily explain the steps of a Social Security Appeal. They also developed an infographic for their C.A.S.H (Creating Assets, Savings & Hope) Program, which provide free tax preparation and financial literacy for low-income working families.


The Shriver Center

The Shriver has used infograhics for various purposes including fundraising, legislative advocacy, and promoting reports.  The infographic below was used to promote The Shriver Center's 2012 Poverty Scorecard which rated state representatives on their efforts to end poverty. The Shriver Center is also running a year-end fundraising campaign on Facebook which includes a series of infographics. Here is another example of an infographic The Shriver Center used for legislative advocacy work.


The Shriver Center uses to create their infographics. They've also used InDesign & Photoshop.  . Piktochart has a robust free option which comes with a lot of icons and fully customizable templates. The free version can go a long way, but has a premium version which nonprofits can apply for at $39/year.


The Northwest Consumer Law Center

The NWCLC used this infographic in a newsletter which was handed out to guests at their "friendraiser." The event and the infographic were designed to help raise awareness, celebrate accomplishments, and get the attention of potential donors.

This infographic was created using Microsoft Publisher 2013 with images from Images were combined and edited with GIMP, a free image editing program.



New York Legal Assistance Group

The New York Legal Assistance Group used this infographic to help raise awareness about their work and reach potential donors. The infographic gives a quick visualization of what "Your $200 gift can become."

These are just a handful of ways legal aid organizations are taking advantage of the infographic's unique ability to present information.  Please use the comments section to share helpful resources and tell us about how your org is using infographics.


Special Thanks to NYLAG, The Shriver CenterILAO, NWCLC, & the Empire Justice Center for sharing your infographics with LSNTAP for this post.