Tag Archives: Legal Services Corporation

Technology: not the complete solution but an important part of it

Jim Sandman, President of the US Legal Services Corporation, could not exist in England and Wales. Obviously, there is a distinction between the office and the man. Mr Sandman is personally more than welcome to visit any time he wishes. The point is that we have no equivalent of the Legal Services Corporation as a … Continue reading Technology: not the complete solution but an important part of it

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

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 portals and general sources of information, advice and referral

Many jurisdictions have a lead site or sites which provides some combination of information, assistance and referral. The balance between the three functions differs which makes comparison difficult – but not impossible. This, however, is the direction in which we should go. It is notable that the last year has been characterised less by any … Continue reading Online portals and general sources of information, advice and referral

ORBIT: not just a chewing gum

An integrated online referral and booking system is not exactly the most sexy use of technology in the access to justice field. But, Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) claims that its new system, ORBIT, halves the time previously taken and extends the service provided by VLA and  the community legal centres which are now using it. … Continue reading ORBIT: not just a chewing gum