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Jul
12
 

 

 

Logos of Idealware, LAF Chicago, and LoL Legal Assistance

We had a good turnout for this week’s webinar, if you missed it or if you want a refresher you can watch it here. In this webinar we talked about what process mapping is, how to apply it, and then some discussion of how the panelists have used it themselves.

 

 

Karen Graham, Idealware

Vivian Hessel, LAF Chicago

Susan Zielke, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance

 

As usual we also have the accompanying slides and a survey.

 

And finally we have some sample works from the speakers

 

Some sample case acceptance policies for various topics.

Bankruptcy CAPS

Consumer CAPS

Education CAPS

Family Standardization CAPS

 

Land of Lincoln's LARC High Level Intake Process, both a draft and the final copy

LARC Intake Draft

LARC Intake Final

 

 

 

Jul
5
 

Today we are sharing two video packs created by Atlanta Legal Aid Society. If you use all the provided resources and add the appropriate information to the slides, tweak the transcript, and follow one of the video editing guides provided you can make your own custom video. The software is free and you probably already have some sort of microphone so all it takes to create a video is a couple afternoons of free time. All the resources and much more can be found at ShareLawVideo.org.

Today we are sharing two video packs created by Atlanta Legal Aid Society. If you use all the provided resources and add the appropriate information to the slides, tweak the transcript, and follow one of the video editing guides provided you can make your own custom video. The software is free and you probably already have some sort of microphone so all it takes to create a video is a couple afternoons of free time. All the resources and much more can be found at ShareLawVideo.org.

 

Windows Moviemaker

Food Stamps Slides

Medicare Slides

 

To start things off grab one of the presentations linked above and open it up. The minimum you need to do is replace all the red text with the appropriate information. If you want to go the extra mile you can do some more tweaks, you might add a slide or two to highlight some especially useful resources in your state or something similar. Something else to keep an eye on is the date, if the resources are a couple years old it would be wise to double check things to make sure nothing has changed in the intervening time.

 

Food Stamp Script

Medicare Script

 

For some people, myself included, a script really helps me do my best performance. In a

ddition to making sure you hit all the important points it does a couple things. It frees you up from having to think of the concepts and focus on speaking clearly and with a good rhythm. A side effect of this is this gets rid of a lot of the verbal pauses, ums and ahs sound very unprofessional.

 

Something else to do when recording to save time, every time you mess up a line be silent for a moment and then restart the line/paragraph. Consciously adding that space makes it much easier to trim and splice together one good audio track.

 

Apple iMovie

Using Moviemaker

Using iMovie

 

Moviemaker comes with packaged with Windows and iMovie with OS X, they are both designed to be simple video editors for people new to editing. Using the appropriate guide above you should be able to finish a video without any trouble. One thing to note is less is more when it comes to transitions, working with slides you should stick no transition or if you must fast fades or dissolves, it’s hard to do much more and not have it look tacky.

 

CC BY-NC 4.0

 
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

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