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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.



Here is a very cool looking opening for someone who has an eye for picking projects with potential. If you are looking for something interesting shoot them a resume, and if you prefer this in PDF form you can find that here.


Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois

Counsel for Innovation & Technology

The Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois is a not-for-profit foundation and the largest funder of legal aid programs based in the state. In 2016, the Lawyers Trust Fund (“LTF”) will distribute over $11 million in grants. In addition to providing operating support for legal aid programs, LTF invests in strategic initiatives to make the legal aid system more accessible, more efficient, and more effective.
The Lawyers Trust Fund is hiring a Counsel for Innovation & Technology. This new position offers a unique opportunity for someone interested in using technology and innovative delivery strategies to improve legal aid and increase access to justice.
The ideal candidate:

 Has a deep and demonstrated interest in how law, technology, design, and delivery systems affect the accessibility, availability, and quality of legal services;
 Has a strong interest in trends that are shaping the future of the legal profession;
 Has a strong commitment to legal aid, access-to-justice issues, and/or other efforts to improve the lives of low-income individuals and communities;
 Is a bold, creative thinker;
 Is a good listener and a good talker;
 Is comfortable meeting people and building networks;
 Can synthesize complex issues in clear prose;
 Has a flexible, collaborative work style and a sense of humor.

The position requires a law degree. Preference will be given to individuals whose law school experience included academic and/or clinical work in the areas of technology, design, or delivery systems related to legal aid and access to justice. Strong preference will be given to individuals who have also worked on these issues in a professional capacity, either before or after law school.

The Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois is a not-for-profit foundation created in 1983 by The Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. Under Illinois Supreme Court rules, LTF administers Illinois’ Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA) program. LTF provides grants to 35 – 40 not-for-profit legal aid organizations each year.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter of no more than two pages that addresses the qualifications listed above. Cover letters should be addressed to LTF Executive Director Mark Marquardt and sent via email to by June 20, 2016.



In this webinar, we explored some of the new features in the most recent version of Microsoft Outlook and in doing so also went over some of the basics of Outlook. Lots of us use Microsoft Outlook, but do not take full advantage of Outlook's powerful features, including the ability to condense, categorize and archive the ever-larger amounts of email received.

This training will also cover some of the lesser-known tips and techniques that will save you hours of time. Major functions in Outlook, including Email, Contacts, Tasks, and Search are all included in the presentation.


The handout with all the information presented here and more can be found here.

A survery you can fill out to help up improve  can be found here


In this webinar, Sam Halpert of Pro Bono Net and Eve Ricaurte of Iowa Legal Aid will share their experiences with the migration process to help other LiveHelp programs transition to LiveChat smoothly and with confidence. Sam will also prepare similar notes on the process of transitioning to Comm100, which PBN also recommended. (Sam has been supporting LHNY with its migration to the Comm100 platform.)

As an added bonus there were a few snags we ran into and in dealing with them we learned quite about about how things work.

No slides but if you watch this please do take a minute to fill out our survey.



What risks and benefits frameworks should legal aid groups and decision makers when designing data-driven interventions? How can data regulation, policy, and standards effectively govern and provide accountability? Where should legal aid programs turn to seek guidance on emerging data ethics, laws, and policies? 


  • Solon Barocas, Associate at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University.
  • Alethea Lange, Policy Analyst at Center for Democracy and Technology's Consumer Privacy Project.
  • Wilneida Negron, Florida Justice Tech Center/Data & Society Research Institute (moderator)

The slides can be found here.


A survey can be found here.


The infographic can be found here.