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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

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.


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


These have been posted for a little while on LSC's Vimeo account but they haven't been getting the attention they deserve so allow me to reshare them, videos from Rapid fire Tecg from the TIG conference.

There is some really good information packed into each of these 400 second talks.  I think my favorite was A/B Testing but at seven minutes a piece they are all worth checking out.



Harvard Law School seeks to hire an Access to Justice/Technology Fellow to lead initiatives within our clinical programs that use technology innovations to increase access to justice. Using Harvard Law School’s 18 in-house clinics and 11 student practice organizations as laboratories for experimentation and innovation, the Fellow will collaborate with clinical faculty, instructors, and students to develop, test, and implement technology solutions that increase access to justice.  This is a newly created position that the Fellow will play a role in defining.

Candidates must possess a J.D. or equivalent and have significant technical knowledge, familiarity with technical projects, and project management experience; expertise in the role of technology in the legal profession and in the delivery of legal services; and a demonstrated commitment to pro bono and public interest work.  Applications must be submitted via Harvard University’s Human Resources website. Applicants should apply for the position designated as Access to Justice / Technology Fellow, Harvard Law School (ID # 39420BR); a description is attached.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer, and candidates who would bring diversity to our university and clinical programs are strongly encouraged to apply.


If you want to apply or learn more about this position go to Harvard's job listing here.



This is a video that everyone involved in writing materials for the public needs to read, While many of us understand the general need for producing clear, understandable materials for the public exactly we often struggle in putting the theory into practice. In this webinar Maria Mindlin from Transcend outlines the problem and then provides concrete steps on how to make your materials more accessable.


Below are some slides and a survey you can take to improve our webinars.