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Jun
30
 

Our friends over at Florida Justice Technology Center are looking for an intern, if you are a student and have some free time this summer it’s worth checking out.

   
 

FJTC Volunteer Engagement and Outreach Intern

About Florida Justice Technology Center

Every year, millions of low-income people face serious legal problems. They might be victims of domestic violence, families facing foreclosure and eviction proceedings, or immigrants threatened with deportation. Without access to legal representation, their rights can be denied and their ability to cope and thrive seriously undermined.

 

Florida Justice Technology Center (FJTC) is a nonprofit whose mission is to increase access to justice in Florida through the innovative use of technology. FJTC runs three statewide websites aimed at enhancing legal resources for low-income self-represented litigants, legal aid advocates and pro bono attorneys. In particular, FloridaProBono.org targets volunteer attorneys, pro bono organizations, and pro bono program coordinators; supporting their efforts to provide free one on one legal assistance to low income litigants.

 

FJTC, in collaboration with the Florida Bar Foundation, is undertaking sweeping updates and enhancements to Floridaprobono.org, intended to promote bono culture statewide by allowing attorneys to equip themselves to represent pro bono clients in unfamiliar areas of law. By lowering the obstacles to pro bono work for an increasing number of attorneys in Florida, FJTC aims to significantly decrease the existing gap in access to justice for Florida’s low income population.

 

Description

FJTC is offering an unpaid volunteer engagement and project management internship for Summer 2016. The intern is encouraged to work remotely from their location of choice.

 

The internship is for 10-20 hours per week, for 8 to 10 weeks this summer.  The main goal of the internship will be updating FloridaProBono.org opportunities guide, which includes all of the key legal aid organizations in Florida. The intern will develop an outreach plan for both listed and potential organizations, research organizations’ contact information and substantive legal resources, implement the outreach plan, and then update the guide and process feedback accordingly. In the latter part of the internship, the focus will shift to making improvements to the Opps Guide maintenance plan to maintain the guide’s integrity moving forward.

 

The internship will provide opportunities to develop project management, organization, research, and outreach skills. Upon completion of the project, the intern will have developed strong project management skills, demonstrated the capacity to undertake large-scale research and data gathering projects, and gained experience conducting outreach to national and local organizations.

 

Requirements & Qualifications

·       College, law, or graduate student

·       A demonstrated interest in nonprofit work and/or access to justice issues

·       Outstanding attention to detail

·       Strong organizational skills

·       Comfortable with and enthusiastic about computers and technology

 

·       Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

·       Comfortable working remotely and communicating via video and teleconference

 

Application Instructions

Email a resume and brief cover letter by July 8, 2016 to alla@floridajusticetechnologycenter.org with the subject line: FloridaProBono Outreach Intern, Summer 2016. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only those offered interviews will be contacted.

 
Jun
15
 
A link to the survey
 
Miguel H. Willis is putting together an Access Innovation Fellowship Program that will use law students and technology to help low-income and self-represented litigants. The program is slated to launch in the summer of 2017 but before then he could use your feedback. The survey focuses on figuring out the best way to use legal interns and which projects they are most appropriate for.
 
Please take the survey here, the whole thing should take no more than three to five minutes.

Miguel has been quite active in the legal tech community. Last year he put together and ran the Seattle Social Justice Hackathon. Over the course of two days eight teams made up of legal advocates and techies brainstormed and put together projects and presented them in front of a panel of judges. There were three winners who in addition to receiving some prizes went on to present at a demo day at Seattle City Hall. You can see the presentation for Court Whisperer here and a postmortem of the hackathon below
Jun
15
 
 
Presented by Gwen Daniels of Illinois Legal Aid Online
 
Source control is an important tool when you are working on any large or long running tech project. Basically what it does is store every change you make, it lets you have every version of the project at your fingertips.
 
This can helpful for a couple reasons. If you have multiple people working on the same project source control will help them stay synchronized. Sometimes you will have been working on something and realize it would be really handy to be able to see what it looked like two years ago, source control makes that easy. Other times you might want to try something novel on the project, with source control you can create a branch that is isolated from the main project to try that idea out. If it turns out well you can then merge it back into the main project, if it isn’t so good then you can just kill it.
 
In this webinar we go into more detail on the benefits and walk through how to use some of the most popular tools for source control. By the end you should be familiar with all the commands that are used to do 95% of the work with git, and the resources provided below will give you a chance to try out your new skills and learn about the remaining 5%.
 
The slides used in this webinar can be found at
 
The 15 minute interactive introduction to git can be found here
 
A nice guide that explains the different work flows
(also has a lot of other bits of handy information on git)
 
If you want a couple cheat sheets to refer to
 
More information and download links for Git, GitHub, and Bitbucket can be found below.
A link to the Bitbucket homepageA link to the Git homepageA link to the GitHub Homepage
 
Jun
1
 

Today our little community got an article in the New York Times. It covers our general goals of using technology to bring legal aid to as many people as possible and features Angela Tripp, Claudia Johnson, and Matthew Stubenberg. You can read the full article by following this link.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/01/opinion/legal-aid-with-a-digital-twist.html

 

If you want to get more insights from these people and other members of our community you can join our mailing list here.

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/lsntap

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