SRLs – A Start

For those of you interested in learning where to start to learn more about self-represented litigants in South Carolina, here’s my cheat sheet:

Resources

1.         Online

A.  South Carolina:

B.  National:

  • http://www.selfhelpsupport.org/ – Members include judges, clerks, court staff, legal aid advocates, bar association representatives, law school faculty, researchers, and others who work to increase access to justice.
  • http://www.srln.org/ – The Self-Represented Litigation Network brings together courts and access to justice organizations in support of innovations in services for the self represented
  • http://devlegacy.ncsc.org/WC/CourTopics/ResourceGuide.asp?topic=ProSe – The National Center for State Courts’ Self-Representation Resource Guide.
  • http://www.ajs.org/prose/home.asp – The American Judicature Society’s Pro Se Forum.
  • http://www.lri.lsc.gov/prose/prose.asp – The Pro Se Section of the Legal Services Corporation Resource Library focuses on practices to help legal services programs empower low-income clients to help themselves through pro se advocacy.
  • http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/delivery/delunbund.html – The American Bar Association’s Pro Se/Unbundling Resource Center. This site has been developed as a project of the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. It is designed as a resource to help lawyers, bar leaders, the judiciary, court administrators, scholars and the media better understand and critically analyze the issues involved in self-representation and unbundled legal services.

C.  Other States:

  • http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/ – The California Courts Online Self-Help Center which helps self-represented litigants find assistance and information, work better with an attorney, and represent themselves in some legal matters.
  • http://www.legalhotlines.org/ – AARP’s Florida senior Legal Helpline Honored by State Coalition.

2.         Attachments

I’m sure there will be more to come, but this should give you a start!

And many thanks to probono.net for supporting many of these platforms.

-RFW

Technology and the Law – 3 online articles

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Many thanks to www.selfhelpsupport.org/news for these 3 online articles:

  1. Signs of Innovative Life in the Practice of Law – Transforming Legal Aid by Ronald W. Staudt. This article offers insight into recent changes in the way that technology is affecting law. It notes some of the entities that have impacted the practice including ProBono.net, Kaivo, NPADO and A2J Author, and the way that these technologies are expanding access to justice for individuals living in poverty.
  2. Technology Evangelist Keeps Faith in Legal Aid by Maria Kantzavelos. This article documents the accomplishments of the previous author, Ronald W. Staudt, who proclaims himself the “technology evangelist.” Staudt is the director of Chicago-Kent’s Center for Access to Justice & Technology.
  3. Tazewell County Legal Self-Help Center Opens by Tara Mattimoe. This article introduces the new Self-Help Center in Tazewell County (IL). The purpose of the Center is to assist people unable to afford an attorney. All the information is found online at http://tazewell.illinoislegalaid.org, which is maintained by Illinois Legal Aid Online.

Enjoy!

Robin