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Pro Bono Net just launched a new blog, Connecting Justice Communities.  You can read it at or they ahve up a great peice on EJC: Impressions of an EJC First-Timer
By Jessica Stuart

As you may have read in Jillian Theil’s blog post, Pushing the Envelope of Innovation, earlier this spring Pro Bono Net attended the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) in San Francisco, where we shared lessons from our and our partners’ uses of technology in the justice community, and also gained insights from other nonprofits. Fast forward a month and 3,000 miles to the Equal Justice Conference (EJC) in Jacksonville, FL, in May, where Pro Bono Net staff members Liz Keith, Tony Lu, and Claudia Johnson presented during a combined total of 10 sessions.  (Materials from some of these are posted here.)

Pro Bono Net staff at EJC: Tony Lu, Liz Keith, Claudia Johnson & Jessica Stuart

It’s at this conference where the work we do connecting justice communities through the use of technology really shines. During our panels, we presented on a number of topics that illustrated the large scope of the work we do, such as:

    Improving language access to better connect non-English speakers with access to legal resources and institutions
    Taking advantage of internet and mobile technologies to allow volunteer attorneys to engage in pro bono remotely
    Using technology to connect rural communities to pro bono lawyers and other justice resources they need
    Expanding efficiency in the courts and improving access for self-represented litigants through the use of online document assembly forms
    Collaborating with librarians to provide access to legal information for a broad population of individuals

In addition to presenting on a number of substantive topics, we had the opportunity to attend other sessions related to the wider worlds of legal services and pro bono. As an EJC first-timer, I bounced from one session to another, picking up a wealth of interesting information from each presentation. One of the sessions I enjoyed the most was the Community Action Poverty Simulation, led by Pro Bono Net board member Tiela Chalmers. The Poverty Simulation is an interactive exercise enabling participants to experience, in detail, the barriers and challenges low-income families face each day. As Tiela notes on her website, the Poverty Simulation “simulates a one-month time frame, with each week consuming a 15-20 minute period.

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