LSC Technical Issues Conference – home thoughts from abroad

The point of a conference report can sometimes seem unclear. If you were there, you don’t need it. And, if you weren’t, the proceedings – however riveting for those present- can seem more than a little distant. This is mainly for those not in New Orleans for the second day of the Legal Services Corporation … Continue reading LSC Technical Issues Conference – home thoughts from abroad

Technology in the Big Easy

Jim Sandman, the President of the US Legal Services Corporation, told the opening session of its  annual conference on technical issues that it was his best conference of  the year. You could see that, as the head of an organisation once more facing a hostile presidency, this could well be true.  In New Orleans for … Continue reading Technology in the Big Easy

Legal empowerment – dodging the bullet but spreading the fire

Stay in the same place long enough and what goes around, comes around. Thus it was that ‘legal empowerment’ as a goal of legal services has emerged again almost as if no one else remembered the 1970s. It was then a big issue among UK law centres (and no, doubt, others) split on whether the point … Continue reading Legal empowerment – dodging the bullet but spreading the fire

Online Dispute Resolution in the Justice System: ten points on not ‘paving the cow path’

Shannon Salter is the chair of British Columbia’s Cvil Resolution Tribunal (CRT). As interest in the tribunal grows, she clearly spends more and more of  her time on the road satisfying growing international interest. And, if you are interested in online tribunals then you should go online and watch her Sir Brian Neill lecture given … Continue reading Online Dispute Resolution in the Justice System: ten points on not ‘paving the cow path’

Technology and Leadership: the Civil Justice Council forum on access to justice

The Methodist Central Hall in London was, in some ways, rather an appropriate venue for the Civil Justice Council (CJC) to hold its 7th national forum on access to justice on Friday. I was brought up a generic non-conformist. The Methodists seemed uncertain – even to a teenage member – whether they were heirs to … Continue reading Technology and Leadership: the Civil Justice Council forum on access to justice