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Jul
26
 

 

 

Here are a couple of position that have recently opened up at the Cyberlaw Clinic based at Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. The Clinic is on the leading edge of research in cyber law and has an impressive list of alumni, these positions will have you doing interesting work with talented people.

 

Particularly interestingly the Clinic has spent a considerable amount of time working on access to justice and in 2010 assembled a report on best practices.

 

Also they are active on Twitter, go over there and give them a follow.

 

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The Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard Law School -- based at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society -- is seeking attorneys to join its unique practice and teaching team:  a Clinical Instructor and one or two Clinical Fellows.  These positions will round out and expand the Clinic's cohort of faculty and staff, which manages and supervises cases and projects involving intellectual property, civil liberties, privacy, human rights, speech, and beyond.

Job listings are available via Harvard, as follows:

  Instructor -- http://brk.mn/CI2016

  Fellow(s) -- http://brk.mn/CIF2016

Clinic clients and collaborators include mission-driven startups, non-profit advocacy organizations, scholars and researchers, government institutions, and creators of all stripes.  The Clinic employs a fairly traditional law school clinical teaching model to offer pro bono legal services on tech issues.  HLS students enroll for credit and gain practice experience by advising and representing clients, under the supervision of experienced practitioners.  Details about the Clinic and the kinds of cases and projects that comprise its docket are available at http://clinic.cyber.harvard.edu.

The Fellow(s) and Instructor will be involved in leading teams of Harvard Law students as they complete pro bono work for clients, ranging from transactional works to advisory to advocacy.  They will also participate in the greater Berkman Klein Center community.

The Cyberlaw Clinic team is passionate about technology and its power to promote innovation in the public interest and about educating and mentoring future lawyers.  The Clinic is open to hearing from a wide variety of applicants with a range of areas of legal specialization.  The Clinic would be particularly happy to hear from candidates with transactional backgrounds; an interest in government use of technology and civic innovation; and -- generally -- experience with and curiosity about law and policy issues that lie at the intersection of IP, privacy, and speech.

About the Cyberlaw Clinic

The Clinic provides high-quality, pro-bono legal services to appropriate clients on issues relating to the Internet, technology, and intellectual property. Students enhance their preparation for high-tech practice and earn course credit by working on real-world litigation, client counseling, advocacy, and transactional / licensing projects and cases. The Clinic strives to help clients achieve success in their activities online, mindful of (and in response to) existing law. The Clinic also works with clients to shape the law’s development through policy and advocacy efforts. The Cyberlaw Clinic was the first of its kind, and it continues its tradition of innovation in its areas of practice. The Clinic works independently, with law students supervised by experienced and licensed attorneys.  In some cases, the Clinic collaborates with counsel throughout the country to take advantage of regional or substantive legal expertise.  More information is at http://clinic.cyber.harvard.edu.

 

Jul
22
 

A 5 part video series on "Website Design" by idealware is part of our online training and covers important aspects one must consider when creating a legal aid organization's website. We added closed captioning to this series to improve the accessibility of these videos.

'Defining Your Website Goals' - Helps you narrow your website's goals to make sure it fulfills it's purpose in the most effective way possible.

'Is your Website Usable?' - Describes ways to ensure your website is usable and valuable to your audience. 

'Improving Your Website's Accessibility' - Explains how to make your website accessible to all, including those with disabilities or other limitations, so as to provide equal access to justice for everyone.

'Auditing Your Website's Design, Content, and Forms' - Describes the importance of the content, appearance and navigation of your website and the message it sends to your audience.

'Optimizing Your Website For Search Engines' - Explains how to optimize your website's content so it appears more prominently in search results.

This video series, along with all of our online training videos, are archived on our Youtube channel NTAPvideos. Please subscribe to our channel!

Jul
20
 

 

 

In this webinar we learned what VoIP and Unified Communications is and how it was implemented at Northwest Justice Project and Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma. A Unified systems gives it’s users far more flexibility than a traditional system. In the past a number would be tied to a single phone in a unified system not only can you have it ring through to some combination of your computer and multiple phones you can change it on the fly and even automate it to change depending on the time of day.

 

In addition since everything is unified record keeping is much easier. The system can be easily set up to do things like keep track of every single call you make, handy both for improving services and for grant reporting.

The big catch is to get all these benefits you need to put some thought into setting up the system. Something to watch out for that was highlighted during this webinar is a sub par connection to the internet. It is important to spend necessary money to get a connection that not only has the required capacity but also the more reliable connection. Providers targeting consumers rather than business tend to have more down time, and when your entire operation runs through the internet that can cripple you while it’s happening.

Presented by

William F. Guyton, Jr. - Director of Information & Technology

James Logan - Northwest Justice Project

 

Here are the materials used in James’s presentation and William’s presentation

 

A survey can be found here, filling it out helps us produce more and better content for you.

A handy tool mentioned is HelloFax, a more civilized alternative to the fax machine.

Jul
13
 

Lean the LawLearn The Law is a repository for useful classes, checklists, and trainings that are community created and freely available. Here they take legal problems and break them down into small steps and then walk the user through them one at a time.

 

Checklists are an underrated tool, the book The Checklist Manifesto was written on the topic and and was one of the inspirations for Learn The Law. In addition to going into a lot of detail on how they work and how to make good checklists it explores some of the stories of how they are being used around the world.

 

Without diving too deep here a few of the things checklists can do

 

  • Break large tasks into manageable pieces

  • Insure no details are missed

  • Visually progress through a task

 

Here is a screenshot from one of the checklists. We can see it has broken the task down into discrete tasks, provided guidance and the resources required at each step, and shows visually how far along in the process we are. This is simple enough that someone representing themselves could use this, at the same time an attorney can use this as they go to double check and make sure they didn’t overlook any steps.

 

Creating your own checklist is easy, there are detailed instructions provided here. Pretty much anything which as a definite start and end and doesn’t have very much variation is suitable for adaption. The value of these resources grows exponentially with the amount of content so I strongly encourage everyone to check this out and if it seems like something that would be handy make something. Remember that you don’t have to start from scratch, if there is something you like that is for another state there is a good chance you can reuse some of the structural elements.

 

This video is a bit old but some of the people involved in Learn the Law talk about it.

 

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

 

 

 

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