Summer 2013 SWEB Support Site Update

  • 6/22/2013
  • Pro Bono Net


Pro Bono Net SWEB Site Update

Welcome to the Summer 2013 SWEB Support Site Update!

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Young child in an innertube in the pool    As the summer arrives, Pro Bono Net and the SWEB community are heating things up!  For more information on site launches, interesting projects, new library resources, events and other quarterly updates, check out our SWEB newsletter below.

In This Edition
  • LawHelp Rebuild News
  • Language Access Initiative
  • New SWEB Items
  • Other PBN News of Interest
  • Event and Training Resources
  • Pro Bono Net Team Transitions

LawHelp Rebuild News
To find important platform updates (including recent release notes), be sure to check out the LawHelp Rebuild blog.
This past March, New York launched their LawHelp3 site. Coinciding with their launch, LawHelp/NY was honored with the 2013 Angelo T. Cometa award to recognize their extraordinary commitment toward advancing the goals of the New York State Bar's Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS). Congratulations to the team on their recognition and site launch! 

Language Access Initiative
In 2012, through LawHelp's Language Access Initiative, 93 pieces of content were translated into a total of 25 languages for 15 statewide websites. In the first quarter of 2013, 5 partners submitted 25 pieces of content for translation into 7 languages. We are currently accepting translation requests for quarter two. This opportunity will end on June 21st. All services are free for the partners, and provided by an in kind grant Pro Bono Net brokered through Linguistic Systems, Inc. Please contact Xander Karsten at with any questions.
Additionally, we are excited to announce the addition of 10 plain language guides to the national homepage, which are offered in both Spanish and English, and cover common legal issues and questions. You may also find version to add to add or adapt for your LawHelp3 site in the SWEB library here.

New SWEB Items
To find important updates, including advocate and client site developments, as well as interesting news from our community, be sure to check out notes from the Monthly Coordinator calls in the Coordinators folder in SWEB.
LawHelp Promotional Materials
This past March, Pro Bono Net developed and mailed a two-sided promotional LawHelp postcard to public libraries across the nation to promote the network. A two-sided promotional postcard in English and in Spanish was also developed by to promote at conferences and outreach events. For a state-specific example of LawHelp promotional materials, be sure to check out this poster developed by Legal Services State Support in Minnesota, and this brochure developed by OneJustice for
Intern/Volunteer Resources
During the May 2013 Coordinator Call, a roundtable was held to share lessons learned from our community on managing volunteer and intern projects. Be sure to check out this informative roundtable with Quisquella Addison of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Molly French of Colorado Legal Services, and Lisa Stansky of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. Also make sure to check out new resources that have been added to the Interns & Volunteers folder in SWEB.
Tip of the Week Resources
Patrick Reynolds, PBN's AmeriCorps*VISTA member, presented on Legal Tip of the Week resources during the June 2013 LawHelp Coordinator Call. To learn more about his presentation, take a look at the June 2013 Coordination Call resources.
LawHelp/ Network Webinar
At the end of February, Pro Bono Net held a webinar sessions for LawHelp and statewide partners to discuss network developments and activities. For more information on what was shared during this information webinar, view the slides and recording from this presentation here.
50 Tech Tips Webinar
Materials from the LSNTAP Community Training Series Webinar: 50 Tech Tips are now available online.
To view an archive of past SWEB Support Site Updates, be sure to check out the  Quarterly SWEB Support Site Update folder in the SWEB library.

Other PBN News of Interest
New Disaster Recovery Resources
In April, PBN announced the launch of to help victims of Superstorm Sandy create their own FEMA appeal letters via interactive forms powered by LawHelp Interactive. With the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma, has been working on adopting these forms and integrating them into their site as part of their recently launched Disaster Relief and Recovery efforts. For questions about these resources, please contact Adam Friedl at
Connecting Justice Communities Blog
Be sure to check out the latest posts from the Connecting Justice Communities Blog:

Event and Training Resources
Upcoming Webinars
There are a series of webinars being held this June that may be of interest to members of our community. Be sure to check out the Update on the Connect 2 Compete initiative and EveyoneON campaign on Tuesday, June 25th. Lastly, the Rural Affinity Group: State Planning and Collaboration for Rural Broadband Development webinar will be held on Thursday, June 27th.
Upcoming Conferences
In the next two months several of our staff will be attending conferences geared towards librarians. Mirenda Watkins will be leading a workshop hosted by Reforma on civil legal services partnerships with libraries with Stacy Colston Patterson, Outreach Coordinator for Illinois Legal Aid Online at the American Librarian Association conference in Chicago. In July, Xander Karsten and Matthew Burnett will be headed the Seattle for the American Association of Law Librarians' national meeting. At this conference Matthew will be presenting on IAN and CitizenshipWorks in the workshop "Public Law Libraries in the 21st Century: An Opportunity to Rethink, Reinvigorate, and Redesign" focusing on successful efforts to serve patrons within the library setting.
LHI Live Training for Beginners
This fall, September 12 - September 13 a LHI Live Training for Beginners will be held in Chicago. A few spaces are still available - to find out more information, click here.

Pro Bono Net Team Transitions
At the end of March, after twelve years with Pro Bono Net, our Deputy Director Allison McDermott accepted a position as the Executive Director of The Havens Relief Fund Society, a nonprofit foundation in New York City. While Allison will be greatly missed, we wish her the best of luck on her new endeavors!

In other team transitions, we are excited to welcome Jake Hertz to the Pro Bono Net team. Jake joined us in May as a program associate based in our New York office, working on Hurricane Sandy projects and assisting with administration of the New York site. Before arriving at Pro Bono Net, he worked in a range of fields including political consulting, think-tanks, and New York City government. He graduated with honors from Wesleyan University in 2012 with a B.A. in political science.

Jake Hertz
Jake Hertz

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