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This morning we had a great talk where we went through the LSC Tech Baseline. We covered many topics ranging from how many tech people should your organization have to how to manage your social media presence to how to approach security.


Most of these topics we would need to do one or more full length webinars to do them justice, fortunately for a few of them we have. If you look through the NTAP Youtube channel you can see videos we have done that cover many of these topics including social media, security, and VoiP and unified communications /blatantplug. Watching this and going over the document will give you enough knowledge to make a plan and identify where to start to improve how your organization uses technology.


You can see the official document for the LSC Tech Guidelines here, and the slides we used for the presentation here.


Presented  by:

Jeff Hogue of LegalServer

Jane Ribadeneyra of LSC

William Guyton of Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma

Brian Rowe of LSNTAP

We have a few more opening in organizations within our community as well as an RFP for a website redesign. If you are looking for something new take a look at what we have below. If you aren’t look anyways, you might know someone else who is looking who would be a good fit.

Database Administrator

Our first job is for a more technical person, the Health Consumer Alliance (HCA) is looking for a database administrator in San Diego. HCA is a network of ten California based legal aid organizations that works on both a systemic and individual level to ensure that consumers get the health care they need.
They are looking for someone to help review proposals and then implement a new data collection and management system. You will be supporting a transition from ten remote databases to one aggregated database and then using that database to generate monthly reports for funders.

Director of Information Systems

Our next opening for a Director of Information Systems at Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Maine. This position is responsible for supporting a network for about 180 users in 15 offices and requires a good deal of both the high and low level admin skills.
The ideal candidate will have five to seven years experience in the tech field with three of those being an admin. Experience working in a nonprofit or law firm is highly desirable.

ABA Center for Innovation-Microsoft NextGen Fellow

Next the ABA Center for Innovation and Microsoft have announced a new fellowship open to a recent (in the last 5 years) law school grad. This position will primarily be working on advancing the LSC portal project while also contributing to other technology projects.
This position is located in Redmond, WA and runs one year from 8/1/17 to 7/31/18

A2J Author/HotDocs Developer and Web Content/Tech Support Specialist

Goin back east Michigan Legal Help Program and Michigan Poverty Law Program are looking for an A2J Author/HotDocs Developer and Web Content/Tech Support Specialist.
This position is split between the two organizations, half of it will be maintaining, updating, and adding to the interviews on MLHP and half will be managing some drupal websites and assisting MPLP’s system administrator with general tasks.

RFP for Website Redesign

And finally we have a RFP from Columbia Legal Services to redesign and build a new website. It’s been five years since the site has been redesigned and they are looking for something that reflects modern design principles and strategic priorities.
Earlier today we had Sandy Rylander come over to our offices to teach us some tips and techniques to help us be more efficient when using Microsoft Word 2016. We cover a lot of little things you probably don’t know like some of the subtle differences between types of saving and compatibility, optimising text formatting and navigation, and of course more ways to get the most out of the quick access toolbar.
Presented by:
Sandy Rylander
Brian Rowe
The handout mentioned in the video can be found here.

All Trainings are at 1 PM Eastern, Noon Central, 11 AM Mountain, 10 AM Pacific

Cost is always: Free

Videos of these will be archived on YouTube:

Updates will be available at:


Inclusive Design for Legal Aid Technologies


Language Access for Websites 8-16-17


Teaching Your Staff about Phishing 9-12-17


Understanding the Role of AI in Legal Aid 9-20-17


E-Filing for Self Representing Litigants 9-27-17

Intro to Office 365 10-11-17

Technology Policies Every Organization Should Have in Place 10-24-17


Supporting Pro Bono Attorneys with Mobile 10-25-17


Completed in 2017 with videos on YouTube:

Word: Shortcuts and Timesavers Video, Intro to Docubot VideoBaseline Training Intro VideoExcel: Time Saving Tips Video

Legal Aid Data Analysis Resources Can I Work Remotely?Excel: Formula & FunctionsIntro to SharepointSoftware SelectionVideo Coming soonIntro to Sharepoint - Documents and LibrariesCreating a Tech Disaster PlanCurrent Privacy and Security Issues and Responses50 Tech TipsData Visualization Tools 

Please contact with any questions or comments

Updated 7-28-17

On February 17-19 we hosted the Social Justice Game Jam, at this event we brought together game developers, artists, sound designers, and legal advocates to spend the weekend creating games that in some way increase access to justice. You can find more information on the Eventbrite page but the event boils down to a bunch of teams working very hard to make the best games they can in 48 hours.
On average we had about 50 people on site making games over the weekend with a few more people participating online. At the end we had seven game that we presented Sunday night. The event was a big success, the seven games we got to show off represent a big step forward in games designed to promote legal aid.. Two participants of the game wrote up their experiences, you can find the first write up here and the second here.
You can check out all games they made over on the event page. Some of the games can be played in browser while others will need to be downloaded.
We have captured a ton of great footage of the event, we will be posting it over the coming weeks so keep an eye on our YouTube channel to catch it as it comes out.
We will also be doing a comprehensive writeup of the event. In it we will incorporate what we learn in the process of organizing the jam and from feedback into a document that will both give a detailed breakdown of how this event went and a guide how other organizations could host their own game jam or hackathon.
For now I just want to thank everyone that made this possible. In addition to all the participants that decided to spend their entire weekend with us I want to recognize the following people and organizations.
Supporting Organizations    
Brian Rowe: Planning, logistics and was the voice of reason and experience
Ket Ng: Convinced people to help and made the menus and shopping lists
Evan Witt: Logistics, and made the games sound good through Tree of Audio
Nicole Jekich: Organizing board game materials and handling the desk
Kazuo Mayeda: Documented the event
Hon. Don Horowitz, former Superior Court Judge
Mike McCain, Creative Director at HareBrained Schemes
Rebecca Heineman, CEO & CTO at Olde Skuul
John Krajewski, Founder/CEO Strange Loop Games
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