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We recently added two excellent series of training videos from Idealware.


The first set covers making a great Legal Aid website. Our website guide from earlier this year will teach you you the basics of designing and constructing a website. This series will go into more depth on things like designing with usability and accessibility in mind as well as some higher principles like determining the goal of your site. To supplement these videos we have included a worksheet you can use evaluate your website.



This second set of videos we will go over some of the various way organizations in the legal aid community are using technology, the benefits the reap, and how to adopt the techniques into your own organization. We have included a short worksheet to help take notes as you watch these videos.


I just want to briefly go over the upcoming webinars we have scheduled and make sure everyone knows what we have coming up in the next couple months.

On October 14th will be presenting a webinar that will cover remote and virtual services are changing how we provide services and extending reach into underserved communities.


On October 20th (a Tuesday) we will be talking with Deverse, an organization that connects students doing mobile development with NPOs that need help. We will learn more about them and their past project and how to apply for help on your upcoming projects.


The following Day on October 21st Sandy Rylander will do a webinar on Excel. She will be show us some tips and tricks to get the most out of Excel, this is one of our most popular webinars so be sure to check it out.


On November 11th Idealware will be presenting on using dashboards for visualizing data. We will go over the basics of dashboards, learn how to set yourself up to use them,  and explore some of the different options available.



At least 80 percent of the legal needs of the poor and two-thirds of the legal needs of middle income Americans are not met. Seattle University’s Social Justice Hackathon will unite the legal and tech communities to create innovative solutions to American access to justice.

We’re looking for projects that seek to eliminate the gap between those who need civil legal services and those who provide legal resources. Participants include developers, designers, lawyers, law students, business developers, “idea people”, or anything in-between!

Teams can work on a project of their own interest or select from any number of problems suggested by our community partners. Ideas of all sorts are accepted, from Web and Mobile Apps to Wearables and Algorithms.

More Information can be found at their website
29 founders Sandro Tuzzo and Larry Maloney have an ambitious goal, they aim to do to family law what TurboTTax has done for filing taxes. They have are are simplifying the process and pushing it online, and they are starting with divorces.


Tuzzo has been a divorce lawyer for 15 years, Maloney created the first smartphone virus scanner and is one of the Founders of Hacker Dojo. is an online web application that helps users fill out, file, and serve divorce papers online. The user will answer questions one at a time and the application will use that to determine what forms are needed and plug the data in at appropriate points. is a corperation not a legal firm, should the process reach a point where a lawyer or other professional needs to get involved the user will be reffered out.


The are currently launching in California with plans to follow with Texas and New York, and then geographically from there.

To briefly editorialize this is quite exciting, this is someone taking what we are starting to do and trying to blow it up on a much larger scale. I see two main potential benefits of this for us in legal aid. One is we can learn from watching, it’s nice to be able to learn from the mistakes and successes of other, the other is if we are lucky might share some of their tools and data with us.

Today we had a webinar focused on getting you up to speed on document assembly. We covered the basics and then discussed some of the different tools people used and their associated prices and tradeoffs. 
Laura Quinn, Idealware
Chris Alfano, Automated Document Producer
Brian Rowe, National Technology Assistance Project Coordinator
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