Language + Web Tools = Access

The folks at techno.la have done it again. They have pointed readers to information on the web for LEP people or people with Limited English Proficiency. The specific article is well worth reading if you work with LEP. Check it out here.

If you want to learn more about equal justice ideas and initiatives, read the whole magazine starting here.

-RFW

Nominations Sought

 2009 Harrison Tweed Award Nominations Open

The ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association invite nominations for the 2009 Harrison Tweed Award.

The Harrison Tweed Award will be presented at the 2009 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago in recognition of work accomplished during the year beginning April 1, 2008.

The award honors state and local bar associations that develop or significantly expand projects or programs to increase access to civil legal services to poor persons or criminal defense services to indigents.Projects that began prior to that date will be considered if substantial services have been provided between April 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009.

 Nominations must be received by April 1, 2009.

A full description of the award, past recipients and nominating procedures are available at http://www.abalegalservices.org/sclaid/ harrisontweedinfo.html or by contacting Tamaara Piquion at mail to: piquiont@staff.abanet.org or 312/988-5767.

-RFW

See also my earlier post – https://scaccesstojustice.wordpress.com/2009/02/07/nominations-sought-for-harrison-tweed-award/

Boston Bar Association Press Release

On Tuesday, the Boston Bar Association announced plans to expand right to counsel in civil cases. This is in response to a study by the BBA’s Task Force on Civil Right to Counsel.

“Studies of courts and administrative agencies consistently show that indigent litigants without counsel routinely forfeit basic rights, not due to the facts of their case or the governing law, but due to absence of counsel. That violates even the most primitive concepts of fairness and decency,” said Task Force co-chair Mary K. Ryan, a partner at Nutter, McClennen & Fish.

To view the press release, visit http://www.bostonbar.org/prs/nr_0809/ExpRight2Councel090208.htm.

For a brief history of Right to Counsel, visit http://www.nlada.org/About/About_HistoryDefender.

-RFW