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Summit Report outlines new ways technology can expand access to justice

Monday, December 30, 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013
WASHINGTON--The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) today released the report of a national summit on ways to use technology to provide all Americans some form of effective assistance with essential civil legal needs.

More than 75 representatives of legal aid programs, courts, government, and business as well as technology experts, academics, and private practitioners convened at two sessions in 2012 and 2013 to explore the many ways technology can expand access to justice.

The “Report of The Summit on the Use of Technology to Expand Access to Justice” presents a number of concrete recommendations to broaden and improve civil legal assistance through an integrated service-delivery system that brings the knowledge and wisdom of legal experts to the public through computers and mobile devices.

“This report is important,” said LSC President James J. Sandman.  “It charts a path to a future where, through the smart and disciplined use of technology, the legal aid community can provide some form of assistance to everyone with a significant civil legal problem -- and not have to turn people away with nothing.”

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