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Mar
10
 

Please fell free to write NTAP into your grant as a palce to share Best Pratices from your grant. 2014 TIG LOI Webinar

For 2014, LSC has an appropriation of $3.45 million to fund technology projects across the legal services community. This year’s TIG areas of interest align closely with the key initiatives identified in LSC’s Summit on the Use of Technology to Expand Access to Justice. Applications for a wide variety of projects are welcome. Programs need not limit their proposals to the above topics. Any initiative that makes innovative use of technology to enhance client self-help or otherwise improve the legal services delivery system will be considered. The deadline for submission of TIG letters of intent is March 17, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

2014 TIG LOI Webinar from Legal Services Corporation on Vimeo.

Feb
18
 
dropboxAndBoxCryptor
Cloud Storage + Box Cryptor = cloud security!
 
Storing files on cloud has become an extremely secure and convenient way to keep you files easily accessible from many different kinds of devices. As a result, web applications that can store files on cloud such as Dropbox and Google drive have been getting lots of attentions. With those cloud service tools, you can have all their photos, documents, and videos available anywhere and anytime. Any file that you store in your cloud is automatically saved and synced to all your different devices and on their Websites. The cloud service providers make the files very easy to back-up, share and sync files. They sometimes also provide the features to share with other users with a just couple clicks.
 
To keep the client files secure, most of the cloud providers offer basic secure services. However, that doesn’t really assure users that hackers can’t get into their cloud accounts. Cloud users should keep in mind that even though the cloud services have already provided the first layer of secure to their files, there’s still possibilities that the files on the cloud could be hacked. The clients themselves should be responsible for the security of their files. So, the best way to go about this is to encrypt them.  Encrypting files before syncing them to the cloud is actually not hard at all. You do not need to know any code or hire someone else to encrypt your files. There are some services on the internet that offers encryption for free, or a small fee. Besides the web tools, you can also encrypt your file on your own.
 
One of the most popular on cloud encryption service is box cryptor. It is really easy to install and use. The program uses AES-256 and RSA encryption algorithms to protect your files. It could not be easily decrypted by others. If you know how to use dropbox, you already know how to use box cryptor as well. After installing box cryptor, the program will create a box cryptor folder that connect to all your cloud storage folders on your desktop. If theres any files that you want to save it on the drive with encryption, you can do that all in one action, drag the file to the box cryptor folder. Then, the file will be automatically encrypted and saved on you dropbox. It is an easy tool to use and help you to keep your files even more secure!
Feb
10
 

Great idea! Using video games to teach law. This could have a large impact on legal literacy. I myself lerned a lot about how code, both legal (statutes) and technological code by playing games. Combining learning the law and learning gaming seems like a natural fit. The Game is being crowd funded on Rocket Hub @ Game for Legal Services -Time Travel! An Estate Quest! Learn Law By Gaming!

Description

Please help us create one of the first games for legal services. We believe games can empower and educate the public to know their legal rights. Your funding will help us explore the ability to do this with basic estate planning concepts. Help us build a fun, new path to increase access to the law. Funds will be used to build out four additional levels of the game, playtest, refine, and provide to the public to play for free.
 

 

  • Solve mysteries!
  • Travel through time with a Time Machine!
  • Learn the basics of estate planning!
  • Connect with real-world resources that may be used to protect your friends and family!    

Game Play
The player is a detective presented with different case files about individuals who failed to prepare estate planning for their families before their death. The player uses a time machine to time travel to different dates showing scenes in the case. Each scene is interactive with animated elements and clues for the player to discover. The clues reveal what should have been written into an estate plan to prevent the negative consequences.

Through game play, the player uses the time machine and the clues to uncover the mystery and to create a more positive outcome for the family. In the process, the player learns basic estate planning concepts and connects with real-word resources that may be used to create estate planning to protect his or her family. Facebook and Twitter connections to the game allow the player to share progress and engage with their friends and family about end of life planning. "Rewards" for completing the game in later versions will include free or discounted legal services pertaining to estate planning. This game will be mobile, cross-platform and free to play.

Examples of basic estate planning concepts used in the game: 1) Naming a guardian for your children, 2) Providing specific bequests, 3) Setting up testamentary trusts for children, 4) Naming an executor, 5) Providing for your pets, etc.

This is a game for social good intended to educate the public in a fun, social way about their legal rights as they relate to estate planning. It is not intended to provide legal advice or substitute for the advice of a licensed lawyer. 

Click Here to Play the Prototype of Level One! 

Jan
31
 

Organizational Overview

The Legal Services National Technology Project (NTAP) is housed at the Northwest Justice Project in Seattle and serves a nationwide audience of legal aid organizations. NTAP helps nonprofit legal aid programs improve client services through the effective and innovative use of technology. To do this, we provide technology trainings, maintain information, create online tools, and host community forums such as the LStech email list and a YouTube channel.

Request Overview

NTAP is responsible for providing the community with at least 10 webinars in 2014. NTAP is requesting proposals from interested vendors to host one or more structured online interactive web based trainings or webinars. These Webinars should cover topics, both cutting edge and in use currently, that will enhance the legal services community’s use of technology. The webinars should be 60 to 90 minutes in length with at least 15% of the time left for open questions and answers from the attendees.

Webinars can be presented using NTAP’s Join.me account or other on-line conferencing software. These webinars are free to the attendees.

NTAP is open to proposals that incorporate new ideas and technologies. Recordings of past webinar series can be found at our YouTube Channel: youtube.com/NTAPvideos Do not let the past limit the proposals though. 

Target Audience

Legal Aid professionals including:  lawyers, paralegals, executive directors, support staff and technology staff

Required Deliverable

1) Screencast: The online training must be recorded by the vendor for long term archival and use by the community. It must be done in a format that is easily transferable to YouTube or other publicly available video sharing sites.

2) Materials: Vendor is responsible for collecting course materials and slides from all speakers and providing them to NTAP to be posted online 1 week before the Webinar.

3) Survey: After each training, vendor will work with NTAP on a short survey to judge the communities reaction to the webinar and gather feedback on how to improve future trainings. (NTPA will conduct the survey using survey Monkey)

4) Licensing: All training content must be eligible for an open license, like a Creative Commons By Licenses, that allows the community to reuse and build upon the resources created from this project

5) Final Reporting: Each vendor must submit a short report, less than 5 pages, on how the trainings performed. NTAP will conduct surveys after each training and share the results with vendors.

Topics:

Topics may include:

  • Online Intake
  • Expert Systems
  • Disaster preparedness and Backups
  • Free Tech/legal Resources
  • Tech Tips
  • Github & online sharing
  • Video production & Sharelaw Video
  • Business Analytics for Legal Services
  • Usability and Accessibility
  • Limited English Proficiency (LEP) & Technology
  • Translation Tools
  • Case Management Systems
  • Mobile Apps for Legal Services
  • Data Visualization
  • Basic Tech trainings in core technologies (office, google, ect)
  • RSS for advocates
  • Business Process analysis
  • Social Media use in Legal Services
  • Privacy & Security

 

We are looking for new applicable topics that will aid legal services offices, improve their technology infrastructure, as well as client services. Feel free to propose topics beyond this list.

Required Proposal Format

The proposal must contain a (1) a cost section (2) a technical section and (3) an experience section (4) references 

Cost Section

Vendor must provide a budget with cost possession. NTAP has a limited budget and must host at least 10 trainings this year.

Please specify the number of trainings you are interesting in developing and presenting. All webinars must be presented during 2014.

Request for References

Vendor must include contact information for at least two references for similar work

Submission Deadline

February 15th 2014

Submit Proposal To:

Via Email to BrianR@Nwjustice.org

Brian Rowe

National Technology Assistance Project Coordinator

LSNTAP.org

For Additional Information or Clarification, Contact:

Brian Rowe

BrianR@NWJustice.org

National Technology Assistance Project Coordinator

LSNTAP.org

(206) 395-6094

Basis for Award of Contract

Cost, feature offered, and past experience

Award Date

February 23, 2014

Jan
29
 

It is great to see an innovator from the TIG community win this award!

Pro Bono: Illinois Legal Aid

Critical legal needs of our population go unserved daily. Although the individual efforts of members of the legal professions to handle matters pro bono or at reduced cost are commendable, matters would be far worse if we did not have the efforts of innumerable pro bono organizations that not only deliver legal services but also frequently provide a vehicle for individual lawyers and others to volunteer their time effectively.

Illinois Legal Aid has greatly assisted in this effort by creating the Illinois Statewide Online Access System. Developed under the leadership of Gwendelyn Daniels, technology director of Illinois Legal Aid Online, this two-year-plus project was, in the words of the nomination, "designed to streamline the delivery of free legal services in Illinois by directing people seeking civil legal assistance to the best service available for their legal issue in their geographic area" and "is scalable, highly customizable, and it can be easily integrated into existing enterprise systems used by legal aid and pro bono programs." This is an invaluable contribution to pro bono efforts, one which could well be copied throughout the remainder of the nation.



Read more: http://www.lawtechnologynews.com/id=1390914374916/2013-LTN-Awards#ixzz2rjxPeMmC

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