Pro Bono Net Seeks New National LawHelp Circut Rider

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

  • Pro Bono Net


National LawHelp Circuit Rider

Pro Bono Net, a New York City based nonprofit organization using innovative technology to increase legal assistance for poor persons, seeks a highly qualified candidate to function as a "virtual" community organizer and a national "Circuit Rider." With funding from the Legal Services Corporation, this position will provide targeted project consulting to nonprofit legal aid organizations in 14 states building legal resource web sites to serve clients, lawyers, and pro bono volunteers.


Pro Bono Net is a nonprofit organization that works in close partnership with nonprofit legal organizations across the country to increase access to justice for poor and moderate-income people. It seeks to do so through (i) supporting the innovative and effective use of technology by the nonprofit legal sector, (ii) increasing participation by volunteers, and (iii) facilitating collaborations among nonprofit legal organizations and advocates working on similar issues or in the same region.

Currently thirty regions are using Pro Bono Net's tools to build web-based self-help legal resources for low-income persons facing legal problems, as well as online support forums for legal advocates working on behalf of the poor. These statewide website projects bring together representatives from legal services programs, pro bono projects, courts, law schools, libraries and social service organizations across the state to collaborate and coordinate their development. To view existing statewide web sites, visit and

Pro Bono Net seeks a Circuit Rider to assist our partner organizations as they plan and implement their statewide web sites. The Circuit Rider will provide strategic, editorial and technological advice; work to increase involvement by groups and individuals with a strong interest in access to justice; and serve as a critical communication link between the states. Although the Circuit Rider will troubleshoot site software issues with states, this is not a technology support position. The Circuit Rider will help website project coordinators in each state understand how to best generate and maintain legal content, work with project stakeholders, market the site to low-income clients, and evaluate its effectiveness. Additionally, the Circuit Rider will develop resource materials for web site coordinators; facilitate regular meetings among state partners; and travel on-site to problem-solve project issues, conduct outreach and promote the project to diverse audiences.

Position Responsibilities

Community Organizing and Consulting • • • • • • • •

Support the planning, deployment and maintenance of statewide web sites;

Coordinate and lead monthly meetings with assigned states;

Facilitate discussions among multiple service providers, courts, and community organizations within each state regarding creating and sharing online resources;

Facilitate use of collaborative support tools, e.g., email lists, model documents, online user guides and training materials, and content management tools;

Visit states partners to provide training, problem solving assistance, and cultivate new partnerships;

Work with host organizations to identify improvements and new features on the site.

Training and Resource Development

Conduct virtual and on-site trainings for host organizations on site administration procedures and substantive project issues;

Make presentations at law firms, conferences, and other venues around the country to gain support for project and cultivate community partnerships;

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Write articles for state partners discussing site administration procedures and substantive project issues;

Maintain an online support site for state partners with resources on best practices for developing and maintaining content, maintaining and managing the sites, marketing the sites, and other key issues;

Participate as a moderator and/or trainer in national industry conferences.

Administration and Partnerships

Coordinate closely with other LawHelp Circuit Rider based in California as well as other PBN staff;

Participate in regular meetings with other industry circuit riders;

Create and maintain reporting systems among multiple organizations to document work with each state in an efficient and effective manner; and

Participate in national industry email lists.

Candidate Qualifications

Strong self-motivation and initiative required;

Very web-savvy and fluent in the discussion of web-based tools required; additional technical knowledge such as HTML preferred;

Demonstrated ability to work well with people, coordinate team projects, and communicate effectively;

Excellent and proven project management skills;

Ability to foster and facilitate collaborations creatively;

Comfortable with public speaking and training;

Excellent communication and writing skills, particularly the ability to make technology understandable to people without technical skills;

Sense of humor required;

Willingness and ability to travel extensively and frequently;

Based in New York City or willing to relocate to NYC preferred; and

Experience working with civil legal services, pro bono or other public interest legal organizations preferred.

Pro Bono Net is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Email resume, references, and cover letter to No calls please.