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Pro Bono Net Staff to Present at NLADA Annual Conference

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

  • Pro Bono Net

Pro Bono Net staff will be offering insight into topics including effective outreach strategies for legal aid programs; use of multimedia content to deliver online legal information; innovations for pro se litigants; technology planning; and reaching clients with limited English proficiency at the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) Annual Conference Nov. 19-22 in Washington, DC.

Pro Bono Net will also have a booth in the exhibit area and will host a LawHelp/ PBN/ NPADO networks breakfast on Nov. 21 at 7:30 a.m. in the Taylor Room.

NLADA's Annual Conference is the leading national training event of the year for the civil legal aid, indigent defense and public interest law communities. The goal of this national gathering is to offer advocates the latest knowledge and professional skills to enable them to creatively and effectively meet the legal needs of low-income people.

Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice through innovative uses of technology and improved collaboration, has participated in the conference for nearly a decade.

Specific panels in which Pro Bono Net staff will take part include:

Expanding Presence through Outreach, 11/19 2:35pm-4:15 pm
Outreach is a key component of most legal aid programs' service delivery model. This session will focus on innovative uses of outreach around the country and will offer participants an opportunity to share what works well within their program. Kate Bladow, NPADO Coordinator, will participate.

Language Access and Technology: Reaching Limited English Proficient Clients with Technology, 11/20 3:15-4:45 pm
This session will discuss strategies for ensuring LEP clients have meaningful access to content on your program's website. Liz Keith, LawHelp Program Manager, will participate.

Technology Planning 101: Developing Service Based Plans for Programs and State Networks, 11/20 3:15 to 4:45 pm
This session will provide an overview of the technology planning process for legal aid programs and state legal aid networks. It will include information on conducting technology assessments, managing the planning process and harmonizing programmatic and statewide technology activities. Kate Bladow will participate.

Using Multimedia Content to Improve Web-Based Delivery of Legal Services, 11/21 10:15 am-11:45 am
Multimedia content such as podcasts and video provides a more accessible alternative for delivering legal information over the Web. This session will focus on how programs have successfully incorporated multimedia content into their web-based delivery systems. Liz Keith will participate.

Innovations in Pro Se Litigation Tools, 11/21 2:15-3:45 pm
This session will highlight how technology innovations and collaborations between courts and legal aid can assist and simplify the onerous task litigating pro se. Liz Keith and Claudia Johnson, Court Collaboration Circuit Rider, will participate.