A blog post from Richard Zorza’s rich blog on Access to Justice discusses an issue I am currently working on — whether the Internet is a usable and effective resource for non-lawyers to get legal information and support. Some findings of particular interest: Non-lawyers use search pages to find legal information to diagnose their situation.…

A great article from Slate on Tech being used for Legal Aid & Access to Justice, with lots of specific examples of how SMS and other basic tech can give reminders, process updates, basic advice, and more lawyering to people who can’t afford lawyers. The concepts: Automated Call Back Systems from legal services to people…

CanLii is an app out of Toronto that allows for easier searching of Canadian law. It’s an effort to make the legislation more accessible, and hoping that trickles down to more numbers of people in Canada being in control of their legal pathways. New mobile app gives free access to legal resources, legislation and jurisprudence:…

The Chicago-Kent School of Law and IIT completed a massive study of how to build better tools for self-represented litigants (pro-se). Their 470+ page write up includes a variety of concept designs and prototypes for each of 5 stages of the pro se process. IN the past decade since the study was released, a few…

An article about how radio technologies are mashed up with SMS tech to allow community members to text into radio programs, to talk back and participate in discussions.  Instead of having to go through expensive voice calls, they can use SMS to send in messages or participate in surveys. FrontlineSMS: Giving Radio Listeners a Voice…

This slideshow presents the project “Advancement through Interactive Radio”, which details ways for community members — especially women — to broadcast radio programs and talk back to them. It presents the data on how popular radio is in Africa and India, and how it reaches women.

Assisted Decision Making from Josh Blackman Here is the presentation from today’s Stanford Law lunch, with law professor Josh Blackman discussing his startup to rival Pacer in distributing case information in a more usable way, with better ways to see relations between firms, judges, cases, companies, etc. Assisted Decision Making from Josh Blackman He also…

LawTechCampLondon from tmcgn7 LawTechCampLondon from tmcgn7 A presentation from a member of the VirtualCourthouse.com team, on the current problem of Access to Justice, and looking at how online tools — particularly around online dispute resolution and diy legal tools for pro se individuals — could address it.

  The M-Jirga from Colin Rule A presentation by Colin Rule, of Online Dispute Resolution fame, on a concept design for a mobile traditional justice platform. The m-Jirga program would mimic an elders council meeting in a town square or mosque, that would hear disputants’ sides of a conflict, then vote and issue a ruling…