"Going to Court on Your Own" is a short instructional video for pro se litigants that was recently created by the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association, The Chicago Bar Foundation and Illinois Legal Aid Online. At the American Bar Association's Annual Meeting earlier this month the video received 2nd place in the ABA's Young Lawyers Division Award of Achievement Competition. Projects from across the country were submitted by bar association young lawyers sections, and we heard from a reliable source that this video helped the CBA's Young Lawyers Section secure the title of #1 overall young lawyers section in the country. The video introduces those who cannot afford an attorney to the court process and instructs viewers on the basics of going to court. This award-winning video, which was funded through a grant from The Chicago Bar Foundation, will be accessible on www.IllinoisLegalAid.org soon. Congrats to the YLS and all involved!
Thinking of using Survey Monkey to conduct an online survey in the future? Instead of paying $19.95 a month (or more) to use commercial quality online survey software, legal aid programs will soon have access to the Poverty Law Surveys, a free web-based survey application. A primary benefit of this tool (besides being free) is the ability to share surveys, which allows users to look for surveys similar to the one they would like to conduct, and modify it as needed. For more information and to sign up to use the survey tool visit http://surveys.lstech.org; You can also view a recent training seminar on how to use the survey tool at http://www.lstech.org/ntap/trainings/training_topics/CRP/CRP_Techies207.
www.IllinoisLegalAdvocate.org and www.IllinoisProBono.org now feature a national news page, "Legal Services News Around the Country." This feature can be reached from the News page on either website. Legal Services News Around the Country pulls RSS feeds from various national legal services content providers, including the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Center for Law and Social Policy, Legal Services Corporation, Brennan Center, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. These feeds are integrated into a single national "legal services newspaper." Suggestions for other RSS feeds that might be included on this webpage can be sent to Gwen Daniels.
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