Access to Justice

80 ABA Journal Access to Justice articles.

Funding your legal tech initiative through an initial coin offering

Ari Kaplan: Why is Legaler funding its access to justice initiative through an initial coin offering?

Stevie Ghiassi: Fundraising has seen a significant shift to companies actually raising money directly from their communities.

ABA House urges legal employers not to require mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment claims
After a year in which sexual harassment in the workplace has taken center stage, the ABA’s House of Delegates voted Tuesday to urge legal employers not to require mandatory arbitration of such claims.
At ABA JusticeHack Chicago, community policing collaboration talks through potential tech solutions

An app is unlikely to solve complex trust issues in community policing, and hackathons have their own challenges simply in turning good ideas into workable prototypes. Getting a finished tech product in the hands of wary citizens would be a tall order. But the Aug. 4 daylong JusticeHack during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago pointed at a winning approach to this dilemma.

Reforming law school: Start with the end in mind
Last month, I wrote here about some potential changes to legal training in the United States, based on my own experience and conversations within and outside both the industry and country. The response was overwhelmingly positive from those who understood that I am trying to improve our profession for lawyers and clients alike.
California Supreme Court rules indigent litigants are entitled to free court reporters
People of modest means involved in civil cases are entitled to a court reporter if one is not already provided, the California Supreme Court ruled July 5.
Focus on client outcomes, says new report on legal aid data
A new report released Wednesday calls for civil legal aid to rethink how it uses data and tracks impact.
Prosecutors should create innovation offices to improve justice and public safety

Barring a successful write-in candidate, Satana Deberry will be Durham, North Carolina’s next prosecutor. Previously a defense attorney, she is a part of a reform-focused cohort from both major parties. These district attorneys are not running on the usual “tough on crime” platform. Instead, they see the role of prosecutor as more than merely securing a conviction.

Tech is not the only answer to legal aid issues, justice center director Joyce Raby says (podcast)
Since the late 1990s, Joyce Raby has spent a career bringing technology to legal aid. While a booster and believer in technology's potential to improve America's legal system, her experience is tempering.

"We've been saying for a very long time that technology was going to be the saving grace for the justice ecosystem," she says. "I don't think it is."
Illinois disciplinary agency seeks comment on letting lawyers use for-profit referral services
Update: An Illinois Supreme Court administrative agency is taking comments on the concept that lawyers be allowed to participate in for-profit referral services.

The Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission survey cites a state appeals-court finding that fee sharing with a local bar association was a "positive force" in improving access to justice.
ABA submits testimony urging LSC funding be restored to at least 2010 levels
The Legal Services Corp.'s funding should be restored "at least" to inflation-adjusted 2010 levels, ABA President Hilarie Bass said in testimony submitted to a U.S. Senate subcommittee Wednesday.

“The federal government has a definite role in promoting equal justice and justice for all,” her written testimony says. “The federal role in promoting equal civil justice is funding the Legal Services Corporation.”
Want to improve AI for law? Let’s talk about public data and collaboration
When data scientists want to know if their artificial intelligence software can recognize handwritten digits, they have to test it. For most, this means taking a dataset of black-and-white handwritten symbols and running it through the software.
Improving access to justice via technology
“Access to justice” is an interesting phrase. It suggests a right to justice, one that is generally accepted as a fundamental part of American culture and which is recognized in our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. But, in today’s world, access to justice is too often only theoretical.
The path forward for the legal technician model
On Easter Sunday, my husband woke me at 4 a.m. because his eyes were red and his vision clouded. Although it was painful, it was not an emergency-room situation, so we waited until the urgent care center opened. There, he was seen by a physician’s assistant who was more than capable of diagnosing his condition and providing a remedy—all without a doctor present.
Legal tech has a diversity problem, new report says
New research confirms what many had suspected: women and minority founders are underrepresented in legal technology.
Global Legal Hackathon announces winners
The Global Legal Hackathon announced its winners Saturday night in New York City.

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