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Our friends over at Legal Aid of Western Ohio are looking for a vender to create a series of video modules to help pro se litigants through the process of sealing a criminal record. If you or someone you know has experience in this area please submit a proposal. Full details in the document but entries are due no later than 5:00 pm EST February 5th 2016.


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Ohio Documents for Justice Project

Video Production  

The objective of this Request for Proposal (“RFP”) is to engage a qualified vendor to develop a series of instructional video modules as companion guidance to a set of automated forms and guided interviews that will help pro se litigants through the process of sealing a criminal record.

The instructional video modules will explain key complex terms and processes that pro se litigants may encounter when removing barriers to housing and/or employment by sealing a criminal record.  


Through this RFP process Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) is soliciting written proposals that identify capabilities, capacity, deliverables, and pricing for this video project.  



1.1     Background and Overview:

LAWO is initiating this Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit responses from vendors interested in creating short video modules as part of the Legal Services Corporation Technology Initiative Grant funded Ohio Documents for Justice Project (“the Project”). The goal of the Project is to create an online resource center of automated court forms and interviews for low income pro se litigants, legal aid staff, and volunteers, and to pilot a virtual clinic by creating video instruction modules as companion guidance to a set of automated forms that will help remove barriers to housing and employment by sealing a criminal record.

1.2 Scope of the Project:

The project will pilot a virtual clinic by creating online step by step video instruction modules as companion guidance to an existing automated forms packet to remove barriers to employment and/or housing by sealing a criminal record. The automated forms packets will be uploaded to the Law Help Interactive (LHI) server and be available online as a link through the Ohio statewide website. The videos will be uploaded to YouTube (or similar format) and be available via a link on the Ohio statewide website. The statewide justice community members and courts will be able to access the forms and videos by linking to the statewide website.

1.3 Deliverables:  

  1. Usability:  The video must present materials in a manner that is user-friendly and explains this particular guided interview process in a simple conceptual style for low-literacy users.

  2. Format:  The video files must be delivered in a format or formats that are easily uploaded to YouTube and other video sharing sites.

  3. Ownership:  The video shall become the property of LAWO, including all rights to own, share, or publish to the web or in any other formats, and the right to reproduce. LAWO may authorize use and/or adaptation of the video by other legal services programs.

  4. Completion date:  The video must be fully completed by and submitted to LAWO no later than May 15, 2016. This timeline must include time for LAWO to test the video and request modifications in case of a problem.


1.4  Requirements

1.      Vendor will work with the Project’s Steering and Content Development committees to     determine the scope and length of the video based on parameters of style and budget.

2.     Vendor will present two or three “story board” concepts to the Project’s Steering and Content Development committees containing story lines and proposed visual concepts.

3.     Vendor will work with the Project’s Steering and Content Development committees to finalize the script. The proposed module scripts can be found in this Google Drive.  

4.     Video content may utilize any variety of production methods Vendor proposes based on the vendor’s expertise and skill utilizing still photography, graphics, animation, or other creative means of explaining or conveying the process and concepts to users.

5.     Vendor will work with the Project’s Steering and Content Development committees on any narration or music selections, as appropriate.

6.    Vendor will be responsible for completing the project on time and within budget, and submit the final video in the appropriate format to LAWO on or before May 15, 2016.


1.5 Vendors’ Minimum Desired Qualifications

    1.    Knowledge and practical similar experience in the video production industry.

      2.    Ability to have virtual meetings with the Project’s Steering and Content Development committees in a meaningful way to facilitate the project development and evaluation.

3.    The ability to deliver projects on time and within budget.

4.     Familiarity with the non-profit legal services sector or non-profit community outreach projects.

5.    Experience using resources effectively and efficiently.  


1.6    Payment:  

Payment will be made in monthly installments or per completed video module  depending on the progress made on the project.  




RFP Coordinator: Upon release of this RFP, all vendor communications must be directed to the RFP Coordinator listed below. Any oral communications will be considered unofficial and nonbinding on LAWO. Only written statements issued by the RFP Coordinator may be relied upon.


Debra M. Jennings, Managing Attorney

Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc.

525 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 400

Toledo, OH 43604


Telephone: (419) 930-2536


2.1 RFP Schedule


RFP released: January 22, 2016

Proposals due not later than 5 p.m. EST,  February 5, 2016

Evaluation Period: February 8, 2016  – February 10, 2016

Successful vendor announced: February 11, 2016  

Contract signed and work commences:  February 22, 2016 


2.2 Vendor Questions:  Vendors may contact the RFP Coordinator at the address and/or number listed above with any questions concerning this RFP. All questions must be received prior to the response due date and time listed above. Written questions are preferred and should be submitted by email to ensure receipt and timely response.


2.3 Response Format: The proposal must be sent electronically via email in Microsoft Word 2007 or newer version, RTF, or Adobe PDF format to the RFP Coordinator designated in this RFP.  The email subject should be clearly marked “Ohio Documents for Justice TIG RFP”.


The proposal must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on February 5, 2016.


Vendors should allow enough electronic delivery time to ensure timely receipt of their proposals by the RFP Coordinator. Vendors assume the risk for any email delay problems. Late proposals will not be accepted and will be automatically disqualified from further consideration. Vendors assume the risk of the method of dispatch chosen. LAWO assumes no responsibility for delays caused by a third party or communication device.  


2.4 Response Requirements and Content: Vendors must respond to each question/requirement contained in Exhibit A, Vendor Response. In preparing their proposal, vendors should restate each requirement and then give their response to that requirement.


2.5 Costs of Preparing Responses: LAWO will not pay any vendor costs associated with preparing proposals submitted in response to this RFP.


2.6 Responses Property of LAWO:  All proposals, accompanying documentation, and other materials submitted in response to this RFP shall become the property of LAWO and will not be returned.


2.7 Proprietary Information/Public Disclosure:  All proposals received shall remain confidential until the evaluation is completed and the vendor is selected and approved. Thereafter proposals shall be deemed public records.


2.8 RFP Amendments/Cancellation/Reissue/Reopen:  LAWO reserves the right to change the RFP Schedule or issue amendments to this RFP at any time. LAWO also reserves the right to cancel or reissue the RFP.  


2.9 Minor Administrative Irregularities:  LAWO reserves the right to waive minor administrative irregularities contained in any proposal.


2.10  Inability to Enter Contract:  LAWO reserves the right to eliminate from further consideration any vendor that LAWO, because of legal or other considerations, is unable to contract with at the time proposals are due in accordance with the schedule contained in Subsection 2.1 above.


2.11  No Obligation to Enter a Contract:


     2.11.1  The release of this RFP does not compel LAWO to enter into any contract.


    2.11.2  LAWO reserves the right to refrain from contracting with any vendor that has responded to this RFP whether or not the vendor's proposal has been evaluated and whether or not the vendor has been determined to be qualified. Exercise of this reserved right does not affect LAWO’s right to contract with any other vendor.


2.11.3  LAWO reserves the right to request an interview with any vendor and/or a demonstration from any vendor prior to entering a contract with that vendor.


If a vendor declines the request for an interview or demonstration for any reason, the vendor may be eliminated from further consideration.


2.12 Multiple Contracts:  LAWO reserves the right to enter contracts with more than one vendor as a result of this RFP.


2.13 Non-Endorsement:  The selection of a vendor pursuant to this RFP does not constitute an endorsement of the vendor's services.  The vendor agrees to make no reference to LAWO in any literature, promotional material, brochures, sales presentations, or the like without the express written consent of LAWO.


2.14 Contract Payment Limitations: Vendors should anticipate payment at the end rather than the beginning of the invoice period in which they provide services or after they submit any deliverable for which a payment is due.


3.  RFP Evaluations


An Evaluation Team (Team) of no less than two and as many as four (4) persons will evaluate the proposals submitted in response to this RFP.  The Team may consist of the Project’s Steering Committee and additional LAWO staff. The Team may also consider past contract performance and check references beyond those listed in the vendor’s proposal.


As part of the evaluation process, at the discretion of the Team, vendors may be asked to clarify specific points in their proposal. However, under no circumstances will the vendor be allowed to make changes to the proposal.


4.  Post Evaluation


4.1. Notification of Selection of Apparently Successful Vendor: Vendors whose proposals have not been selected for further negotiations or award will be notified via email.


4.2. Contract Award/General Terms and Conditions: The successful Vendor(s) will be expected to enter into a contract with LAWO.





Ohio Documents for Justice Project

Video Production  


EXHIBIT A: Vendor Response


Proposals must contain the following information in the following format. Please number your responses to correspond with the information requested here.


1.  Vendor’s name, address, federal tax identification number or Social Security Number (SSN), Uniform Business Identifier (UBI) number, and a description of the vendor’s legal status, e.g., corporation, sole proprietor, etc.


2.  Vendor contact’s name, telephone number, fax number, and email.


3.  A statement that guarantees that the proposal constitutes a firm offer valid for sixty (60) days following receipt and that LAWO may accept any time within the 60 day period.


4.  A statement on whether the vendor or any employee of the vendor is related by blood or marriage to an LAWO employee or board member or resides with an LAWO employee or board member. If there are such relationships, list the names and relationships of said parties. Include the position and responsibilities within the vendor's organization of such vendor employees.


5.  State whether the vendor has been a party to any litigation during the past five (5) years; all such incidents except employment related cases must be described, including the other parties' name, address, and telephone number.  Present the vendor's position on the matter.


6.  A statement that all videos will  involve  content scripts as drafted by the statewide content development committee under the guidance of the Project’s Steering Committee, and delivered by LAWO and that the completed videos must be delivered in a format or formats that are easily uploaded to YouTube and other video sharing sites.


7. Provide two (2) references from programs/organizations for which you have completed video projects.   Please include a telephone number or email address of the referenced individual so he/she may be contacted.


8. Describe in detail the timeline to complete the project.


9. Propose the cost to produce the video instruction modules in a format that is easily uploaded to YouTube and other video sharing sites. (video budget limited to $10,000).


10.  Describe:

  • Knowledge and practical similar experience in the video production industry. Include links to examples of similar work, describe expertise with different forms of presentations including animation or similar style choices;

  • Ability to have virtual meetings with the Project’s Steering and Content Development Committees;

  • Ability to deliver projects on time and within budget; and

  • Familiarity with the non-profit legal services sector or non-profit community outreach projects .


Just in these past few days the Author's Alliance have put a physical version of their Understanding Open Access up for sale. For those of you that missed it the (free) digital version of the book came out last fall which was the follow up to the more general Understanding Rights Reservation. This book explores many of the different aspects of open acces including the different kinds of open access, why you might want to do it, and how apply it to both old and new works.



Request for Proposal for Webinar Presentations 2016

  1. Organizational Overview

The Legal Services National Technology Project (NTAP) is housed at the Northwest Justice Project in Seattle and serves a nationwide audience of legal aid organizations. NTAP helps nonprofit legal aid programs improve client services through the effective and innovative use of technology. To do this, we provide technology trainings, maintain information, create online tools, and host community forums such as the LStech email list and a YouTube channel.

  1. Request Overview

NTAP is responsible for providing the community with at least 10 webinars in 2016. NTAP is requesting proposals from interested vendors to host one or more structured online interactive web based trainings or webinars. These Webinars should cover topics, both cutting edge and in use currently, that will enhance the legal services community’s use of technology. The webinars should be 60 to 90 minutes in length with at least 15% of the time left for open questions and answers from the attendees.

Webinars can be presented using NTAP’s account or other on-line conferencing software. These webinars are free to the attendees.

NTAP is open to proposals that incorporate new ideas and technologies. Recordings of past webinar series can be found at our YouTube Channel: Do not let the past limit the proposals though. 

  1. Target Audience

Legal Aid professionals including:  lawyers, paralegals, executive directors, support staff and technology staff

  1. Required Deliverable

OPTION A – Vendor Provides All Technical Aspects

1) Screencast: The online training must be recorded by the vendor for long term archival and use by the community. It must be done in a format that is easily transferable to YouTube or other publicly available video sharing sites.

2) Materials: Vendor is responsible for collecting course materials and slides from all speakers and providing them to NTAP to be posted online 1 week before the Webinar.

OPTION B – Vendor Contributes Some Technical Aspects

1) Screencast: Vendor may contribute to screencast. NTAP will handle the backup recording.

2) Materials: Vendor may contribute course materials and slides, but NTAP will ultimately handle materials.


1) Survey: After each training, vendor will work with NTAP on a short survey to judge the communities reaction to the webinar and gather feedback on how to improve future trainings. (NTPA will conduct the survey using survey Monkey)

2) Licensing: All training content must be eligible for an open license, like a Creative Commons By Licenses, that allows the community to reuse and build upon the resources created from this project

3) Final Reporting: Each vendor must submit a short report, less than 5 pages, on how the trainings performed. NTAP will conduct surveys after each training and share the results with vendors.

Proposal that do not include all required deliverables will be considered on a case by case basis. NTAP is open to new ideas.

  1. Topics:

Topics may include:

  • Online Intake
  • Expert Systems
  • Disaster preparedness and Backups
  • Free Tech/legal Resources
  • Tech Tips
  • Github & online sharing
  • Video production & Sharelaw Video
  • Business Analytics for Legal Services
  • Usability and Accessibility
  • Limited English Proficiency (LEP) & Technology
  • Translation Tools
  • Case Management Systems
  • Mobile Apps for Legal Services
  • Data Visualization
  • Basic Tech trainings in core technologies (office, google, ect)
  • RSS for advocates
  • Business Process analysis
  • Social Media use in Legal Services
  • Privacy & Security
  • GIS Mapping 

We are looking for new applicable topics that will aid legal services offices, improve their technology infrastructure, as well as client services. Feel free to propose topics beyond this list.

  1. Required Proposal Format

The proposal must contain a (1) a cost section (2) a technical section and (3) an experience section (4) references (5) outreach plans.

  1. Cost Section

Vendor must provide a budget with cost possession. NTAP has a limited budget and must host at least 10 trainings this year.

Please specify the number of trainings you are interesting in developing and presenting. All webinars must be presented during 2016.

  1. Request for References

Vendor must include contact information for at least two references for similar work.

  1. Outreach Plans

Vendor may include any relevant plans for contributing to outreach, such as email, blog posts, or other use of social media to promote the trainings.

Submission Deadline

January 28th, 2016

Submit Proposal To:

Via Email to

Brian Rowe

National Technology Assistance Project Coordinator


For Additional Information or Clarification, Contact:

Brian Rowe

National Technology Assistance Project Coordinator

(206) 395-6094


Basis for Award of Contract

Cost, feature offered, and past experience.


Award Date

February 4th, 2016

Request for Proposal for Webinar Presentations 2016.docx


Today we had the last webinar of the year it went pretty well and covered a lot of ground in some of the ways to start using a dashboard and had a lot of great questions from chat, if you missed it earlier be sure to check it out.




Laura Quin - Idealware

Peter - Campbell LSC

Brian Rowe - NTAP Coordinator


Pie Charts


Slides and Survey



Earlier this week on the lstech mailing list  Gabriel Teninbaum pitched the idea of putting together a website that that would curate a comprehensive list of the best free resources on various legal tech topics. This project hs been picking up a little traction 

Currently we are using a Google Doc to to assemble things if there are any resources you like please head over there and share them, it doesn't require registerating or downloading anything.