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Earlier today we had Sandy Rylander come over to our offices to teach us some tips and techniques to help us be more efficient when using Microsoft Word 2016. We cover a lot of little things you probably don’t know like some of the subtle differences between types of saving and compatibility, optimising text formatting and navigation, and of course more ways to get the most out of the quick access toolbar.
Presented by:
Sandy Rylander
Brian Rowe
The handout mentioned in the video can be found here.

All Trainings are at 1 PM Eastern, Noon Central, 11 AM Mountain, 10 AM Pacific

Cost is always: Free

Videos of these will be archived on YouTube:

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Word: Shortcuts and Timesavers Video


Intro to Docubot Video


Baseline Training Intro Video


Excel: Time Saving Tips Video


Legal Aid Data Analysis Resources video coming soon


Can I Work Remotely? 4-26-17


Excel: Formula & Functions 5-10-17


Intro to Sharepoint 5-17-17


Software Selection 5-24-17


Intro to Sharepoint - Documents and Libraries 5-31-17


Creating a Tech Disaster Plan 6-21-17


Current Privacy and Security Issues and Responses 6-27-17


50 Tech Tips 6-28-17


Advances Baselines 7-19-17 (Tenative)


Data Visualization Tools 7-26-17


Inclusive Design for Legal Aid Technologies


Language Access for Websites 8-16-17


Teaching Your Staff about Phishing 9-12-17


Understanding the Role of AI in Legal Aid 9-20-17


E-Filing for Self Representing Litigants 9-27-17

Intro to Office 365 10-11-17

Technology Policies Every Organization Should Have in Place 10-24-17


Supporting Pro Bono Attorneys with Mobile 10-25-17

Please contact with any questions or comments

Updated 4-24-17

On February 17-19 we hosted the Social Justice Game Jam, at this event we brought together game developers, artists, sound designers, and legal advocates to spend the weekend creating games that in some way increase access to justice. You can find more information on the Eventbrite page but the event boils down to a bunch of teams working very hard to make the best games they can in 48 hours.
On average we had about 50 people on site making games over the weekend with a few more people participating online. At the end we had seven game that we presented Sunday night. The event was a big success, the seven games we got to show off represent a big step forward in games designed to promote legal aid.. Two participants of the game wrote up their experiences, you can find the first write up here and the second here.
You can check out all games they made over on the event page. Some of the games can be played in browser while others will need to be downloaded.
We have captured a ton of great footage of the event, we will be posting it over the coming weeks so keep an eye on our YouTube channel to catch it as it comes out.
We will also be doing a comprehensive writeup of the event. In it we will incorporate what we learn in the process of organizing the jam and from feedback into a document that will both give a detailed breakdown of how this event went and a guide how other organizations could host their own game jam or hackathon.
For now I just want to thank everyone that made this possible. In addition to all the participants that decided to spend their entire weekend with us I want to recognize the following people and organizations.
Supporting Organizations    
Brian Rowe: Planning, logistics and was the voice of reason and experience
Ket Ng: Convinced people to help and made the menus and shopping lists
Evan Witt: Logistics, and made the games sound good through Tree of Audio
Nicole Jekich: Organizing board game materials and handling the desk
Kazuo Mayeda: Documented the event
Hon. Don Horowitz, former Superior Court Judge
Mike McCain, Creative Director at HareBrained Schemes
Rebecca Heineman, CEO & CTO at Olde Skuul
John Krajewski, Founder/CEO Strange Loop Games
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Earlier this year Columbia Law School’s Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic and Glenn Rawdon, Program Counsel for Technology at LSC, produced the Optimizing Online Outreach for Legal Services Organizations report.
This report gives a rundown of how various groups people use the internet, both in general and specifically sites providing legal assistance. This report also pays special attention to the three groups that LSC has identified to be at risk of being unable to find or access online resources; non-native english speakers, low-literacy native english speakers, and the “tech-averse”.
After laying out the current situation the report goes on to make a series of recommendations for best practices that can be implemented. This list is particularly well put together, the items are all concrete and actionable. Some of the suggestions include collecting and sharing analytics on your website, ways to configure your website to get the most value from search engines,  and make it clear who the site is aimed at to reduce the the number of ineligible users.
In summary it is well worth your time to spend part of an afternoon going over this report and seeing if you can fit in some of the suggestions into your organization to improve your online reach.
The ABA Center for Innovation is looking to enable people who think they have a idea that will improve access to justice. They will provide a space and resources in two separate ways.
If you graduated from law school in the last 5 years you can apply to be a NextGen Fellow. With this you will spend a year in residence in the ABA headquarters in Chicago and  receive a $45,000 stipend with benefits. The first group of
On the other hand if you are a little bit more established you can come in as an Innovation Fellow. Here you will take a 9-12 week sabbatical from your job to come to the ABA headquarters to work on your idea. This position does not have a stipend that comes with it, instead the center will be working to finding outside sponsors to aid you. For this position a JD is not required.
In addition to a place to work and potentially a stipend both of these positions will provide some training to help you get your project off the ground and you will have access to some of the best minds in the area of education, technology, and innovation.
If you are interested you can apply by sending in a 500-750 word project statement that the problem you would solve, your experience with the problem, and the resources you would need for your idea. Also include your resume and optionally a short video or presentation that supplements your statement.
For more information and the FAQ  check out the ABA’s page on the openings.