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Portal Initiative

State Justice Portal Initiative 

The Initiative


To address the growing need for legal aid in the United States the Legal Services Corporation, in partnership with Microsoft Corporation and Pro Bono Net, is creating online, statewide "legal portals" to direct individuals with civil legal needs to the most appropriate forms of assistance.

This partnership will to develop portals for two statewide pilots in Alaska and Hawaii, intended to demonstrate how this approach can be replicated as widely as possible in an economic fashion.

"We are delighted to have found legal aid, court, and community partners in Alaska and Hawaii who are committed to innovation designed to help individuals find the appropriate level of assistance to meet their legal needs, and that will allow state justice communities to deliver services more efficiently and effectively," - Mark O'Brien, Pro Bono Net Executive Director

The portals will use cutting-edge, user-centered technology to help ensure that all people with civil legal needs can navigate their options and more easily access solutions and services available from legal aid, the courts, the private bar, and community partners.

Mark O'Brien (Pro Bono Net) speaking on the announcement of new portal pilot states with Jim Sandman (LSC) and Brad Smith (Microsoft)

State Justice Portal Initiative - Pilot State Announcement 

LSC Access to Justice Forum
April 25, 2017 at Georgetown University Law Center

Mark O'Brien, Executive Director Pro Bono Net, Inc.
James J. Sandman, President Legal Services Corporation
Brad L. Smith, President & Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft Corporation

 

State Justice Portal Announcement

White House Access to Justice Forum
April 19, 2016 at the White House

Mark O'Brien, Executive Director Pro Bono Net, Inc.
James J. Sandman, President Legal Services Corporation
Brad L. Smith, President & Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft Corporation

Latest Updates

April 25, 2017 1:30pm - LiveStream

  • Forum on Increasing Access to Justice - Portal Initiative Announcement with Pro Bono Net Executive Director, Mark O'Brien

April 24, 2017 - Press Release

  • State Pilot Partners Announced - Alaska and Hawaii announced as state pilot partners for portal initiative

January 19, 2017 - RFP

  • State Portal Pilot RFP - Deadline for submitting RFPs to LSC

November 22, 2016 - RFP

  • State Portal Pilot RFP - Request for Proposals for portal pilots released

April 19, 2016 - Video

  • White House Access to Justice Forum - Portal Initiative Announcement with Pro Bono Net Executive Director, Mark O'Brien
  • White House Acces to Justice ForumPanel: Pro Bono & Technology Innovations with Pro Bono Net Executive Director, Mark O'Brien
Press Releases

April 24, 2017 - The Legal Services Corporation Announces Pilot States for Innovative Program to Increase Access to Justice 
(View on LSC)

April 19, 2016 - The Legal Services Corporation Launches Pilot Program to Increase Access to Justice
(View on LSC)

In the News

2017

Legal Services Corp. Selects Two States As Pilots for Access to Justice Program, LawSites Blog

2016

Microsoft partners with Legal Services Corporation and Pro Bono Net to create access to justice portal, Microsoft Blog

Legal Services Corp., Microsoft and Pro Bono Net Team Up to Create Legal-Aid Portals, LawSites Blog

Microsoft To Fund New Pilot Project To Improve Legal AidLegalTech News

 

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  • Practising Law Institute
Pro Bono and legal aid attorney resources - Pro Bono Net

Volunteer Profile

Margaret "Peggy" Wojkowski is the Co-Supervising Manager at the Self-Help Web Center at the Cook Country Circuit Court in Illinois. LEARN MORE

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