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Congratulations to Gwen Daniels at Illinois Legal Aid Online for winning LTN's Innovation Pro Bono Award
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.