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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.

Request for Proposal for Webinar Presentations 2017

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.


Request Overview

NTAP is responsible for providing the community with at least 10 webinars in 2015. 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 Go to Webinar 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.


Target Audience

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


Required Deliverable

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.

3) 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.

4) 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

5) 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.


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



Topics may include:

  • Online Intake

  • Expert Systems

  • Disaster Preparedness

  • Free Tech/Legal Resources

  • Tech Tips

  • Data Visualizations

  • Video production & Sharelaw Video

  • Business Analytics for Legal Services

  • Usability and Accessibility

  • Limited English Proficiency (LEP) & Technology

  • Case Management Systems

  • Mobile Apps for Legal Services

  • Basic Tech trainings in core technologies (Microsoft, Moogle, ect)

  • Social Media use in Legal Services

  • Privacy & Security


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.


Required Proposal Format

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


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 2017.


Request for References

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


Submission Deadline

January 25th, 2017


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



Basis for Award of Contract

Cost, features offered, expertise, and past experience.


Award Date

February 1st, 2017


Justice Hub needs your help!

JusticeHub, a Social Network and Hub for Justice Issues and Projects, in Development

Please join and collaborate on Github NOW!

JusticeHub is an online community of those interested in joining like minded individuals to create new and transformative justice technology solutions which will increase access to justice.  Though built within the legal aid community, long considered the most innovative adopter of justice technology because of its need to harness technology to serve vast numbers of clients, JusticeHub’s mission is to become the trusted online collaborative space which both consciously, and actively, transforms the current mechanisms of justice to increase access to justice for all.

HOUSTON, Texas (December 29, 2016) – JusticeHub, created by New Mexico Legal Aid (under a Technology Innovation Grant of Legal Services Corporation), is currently in development and is seeking testers and contributors to further enhance the platform’s features. Those interested can contribute and learn more about JusticeHub at

JusticeHub’s mission is to identify pain points for those who seek access to justice, and through creative collaboration come up with new technologies and processes which prevent justice problems from getting worse, and, ultimately,  helping to create a more fair and equitable justice system for our communities. As an egalitarian and trusted community, JusticeHub is dedicated to self-defined participation, open source development, attribution, and benefit for all.   JusticeHub functions under the assumption that it takes everyone’s voice to improve our justice systems – those in need – advocates – activists - law students – legal aid – coders - businesses – entrepreneurs – data analysts – shelter workers – government officials – anyone who realizes that it is time to change processes that no longer serve the people.

JusticeHub developers hope to congregate great justice technology ideas in one place for use and replication by communities throughout the United States and around the world. By adopting the open source collaboration model, users will be able to build upon each other's work in a meaningful and open way. Thus far, we have convened groups at both face to face and virtual legal hackathons ( to serve parents and children, persons with diminished capacities, and domestic violence victims. We are just now organizing an online community to serve veterans (

“There is a growing need across the entire legal system for technologies to be used in real time, free from limitations and access barriers created by unintended silos, and with coordinated monitoring to track justice needs, related parties, actions, and possibilities for alternative dispute resolution systems at the earliest possible stages,” said IBO President Jeffrey Aresty.

Tech For Justice® is an initiative of the virtual bar association and research Institute, Insittue.  Tech For Justice’s ® mission is to accelerate the development of technology applications and processes that improve access to justice in human rights, legal aid, and the environment. By supporting  those who need critical help more efficiently, and changing the  processes that no longer serve the people, access to justice for all is achievable. Open technology collaboration also creates a community of peer review and ownership that allows the people to be a part of the solution and create justice based on community needs.

By hosting a series of Hackathons, think tanks, and building sessions focused on solving justice issues through technology know-how and socially-focused action, Tech For Justice ®  seeks to incentivize some of our best minds to help solve pressing issues related to various world justice systems, namely that all are able to access their resources, and if not, to create their own.

Please join our Justice Hub Trusted Online Community to increase access to justice today at


Christy Leos
Director of Operations Institute


San Antonio CC-BY Corey LeopoldHere in San Antonio a day before the 2017 Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) Conference  TIG 33 people, 25 of them on site, have gathered for the first TIG Hackathon.  This hackathon was originally focused on Drupal, but there was so much excitement about getting together before the conference that about half the project are broader in focus. This one-day event has programmers, UX designers, system admins and technology leaders working on teams to improve.


Project teams:


Open Grant Standards, a data standard for streamlining grant reporting and strategic planning.


Write Clearly Google App for using Write Clearly during content creation.


Knowledge Management within Drupal for creating brief banks, sample pleadings, and other commonly used legal resources.


AI machine learning tool called Houston.AI that takes case data and uses it to identify legal problems and solutions


Legal Check Up, a tool for helping individual identify their legal issues and available resources.

The best part about this hackathon is that all the teams have representatives from legal services organizations, many of these project have home to continue the work after the hackathon.