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Daily Archives: March 14, 2019

Digital Pro Bono: Leveraging Technology to Provide Access to Justice

Vinson, Kathleen Elliott and Moppett, Samantha A., Digital Pro Bono: Leveraging Technology to Provide Access to Justice (2018). St. John’s Law Review, Vol. 92, No. 551, 2018; Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 19-8. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3347381

“…This article examines how law students, law schools, the legal profession, legal services’ agencies, and low-income individuals who need assistance, all have a shared interest—access to justice—and can work together to reach the elusive goal in the Pledge of Allegiance of “justice for all.” It illustrates how their collaborative leveraging of technology in innovative ways like digital pro bono services, is one way to provide access to justice. It discusses ABA Free Legal Answers Online, the program that the ABA pioneered to help confront the justice gap in the United States. The program provides a “virtual legal advice clinic” where attorneys answer civil legal questions that low-income residents post on free, secure, and confidential state-specific websites. The article provides a helpful resource of how law schools can leverage this technology to increase access to justice for low-income communities while providing pro bono opportunities for attorneys and students in their state.”

OECD – Fast Forward to Gender Equality

Mainstreaming, Implementation and Leadership – “This report maps strategies, governance tools, institutional settings and innovative approaches used by governments across the OECD to drive and support society-wide gender equality goals. It covers all state institutions, including legislatures and judiciaries, and discusses the challenges faced by OECD countries in achieving long-lasting impact. Finally, the report provides… Continue Reading

A beginners guide to voice search and digital assistants in 2019

Search Engine Land: “Voice search isn’t only here to stay, it’s on the rise. Is your website optimized for spoken queries? If not, then you could lose market share to competitors whose websites are optimized for voice search. Good news, though, that’s a problem you can start fixing today. In this article, I’ll explain the… Continue Reading

Welcome to Birdpunk: A Subculture of a Subculture

Via Audubon – Punk has always been about embracing different forms of expression. Meet the people who are putting birding on that spectrum “…The overlap between birding and punk might seem strange to outsiders, but for birdpunks like Croasdale, the Do-It-Youself (DIY) values that shape punk living feed perfectly into low-frills activities such as birding. The DIY aesthetic… Continue Reading

The Internet Knows You Better Than Your Spouse Does

Scientific American – The traces we leave on the Web and on our digital devices can give advertisers and others surprising, and sometimes disturbing, insights into our psychology Users’ digital footprints disclose certain preferences and characteristics, such as their personality or mood. Companies are very interested in such data. Automated language analysis is already being… Continue Reading

Around the World, More Say Immigrants Are a Strength Than a Burden

Publics divided on immigrants’ willingness to adopt host country’s customs – “Majorities of publics in top migrant destination countries say immigrants strengthen their countries, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey of 18 countries that host half of the world’s migrants. In 10 of the countries surveyed, majorities view immigrants as a strength rather than… Continue Reading

AALL State of the Profession Snapshot 2019

AALL [note – the snapshot is free – the entire report is fee only] “The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) believes that people need timely access to relevant legal information to make sound legal arguments and wise legal decisions. Members include—but are certainly not limited to—research librarians, chief knowledge officers, metadata managers, law professors,… Continue Reading

How a Major SCOTUS Decision in Favor of Arbitration Is Shaping the Landscape for Workplace Lawsuits

National Law Journal [paywall – alternative – free acces via Yahoo and GitHub data and methodology for the research: “The case before U.S. District Judge Gerald McHugh Jr. was not unlike others he’d seen before. A woman alleged sexual harassment in the workplace so severe she had been forced to quit her job. Her former… Continue Reading

Free Webinar – Steps to Ensure You Capture All Billable Time

MyCase: “Whether at the end of the day or the end of the month, hard-working lawyers often look back and wonder why their billable time just doesn’t seem to measure up to all the long hours they spend in the office. Discover ways to detect holes in your system, as well as how to develop patches for the… Continue Reading