Monthly Archives: August 2012

Discharging Student Loans — Self-Represented Effectiveness

The NY Times has an interesting article on how few student loans are discharged in bankruptcy — actually an additional procedure with different standards is needed.  There’s a debate about whether the problem is lack of attempts, or the admittedly … Continue reading

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How to — and How Not to — Talk about Increasing Resources for Access Services

In the last few days, I have been in three different conversations about how to talk about the need for resource for access advocacy. There has been a common theme in these discussions — the unfortunate tendency for this to … Continue reading

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NCSC Launches New Court Access Center

Here is the announcement: New Court Access Center The Center on Court Access to Justice for All (Access Center), an initiative of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), helps judges and courts advance access to justice, especially for poor … Continue reading

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Payday Loans, Non-Payment, Default Judgement, Warrant, Incarceration — What About Due Process

This makes my blood boil. As reported in the St Louis Post Dispatch, and picked up by the Brennan Center: Still, people do go to jail over private debt. It’s a regular occurrence in metro St. Louis, on both sides … Continue reading

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A Step Forward: New York Times Endorses Judicial Candidate Based on Experience with the Self-Represented

Its nice to see, and good news for the self-represented, regardless of the merits (on which this blog is not here commenting).  The Gray Lady endorsing a judicial candidate based on experience dealing with the self-represented. CIVIL COURT, THE BRONX, … Continue reading

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American Judicature Society and Drake Law Review Offer Opportunity to Advance Analysis of Due Process

The tenth Symposium Issue of the Drake Law Review, co-sponsored with the American Judicature Society, will be on “Access To Justice: Where Is The Boundary For Due Process?” This is a great opportunity for the access to justice community to … Continue reading

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Two Perspectives on Standardization and Efficiency, and a Suggested Synthesis

A recent New Yorker article talks about possible lessons for the health care system from the highly efficient production and management system of middle range chain restaurants like Cheesecake Factory. To show me how a Cheesecake Factory works, [the host] … Continue reading

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The Terrifying Potential of the “E-Score” — And How to Turn it Inside Out

Recently, the New York Times, had an article on the new trend to e-scores. Companies gather data on you, and make a calculation of your value as a customer.  As I have blogged before, and as the Times here notes, … Continue reading

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“Own the Dream” is on the Ball with Screenng Tool for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

This is wonderfully prompt. Own the Dream has a simple online tool up to help people figure out their eligibility for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (this link is to the US Govt). The tool walks users through … Continue reading

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AP and NBC Website Carrying Story on Need for Pro Bono

The NBC News Website is carrying a story on the increasing need for pro bono to help respond to the crisis of the self-represented.  The story is also running on the AP wire. Sample: Garcia is part of a crush … Continue reading

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How to Prioritize Tech Projects for Access to Justice

I was recently asked for thoughts on how to prioritize technology and access to justice projects.  In case they may be of use, here are some of my ideas, not in any particular order. Immediate increase in access Overall transformative … Continue reading

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Lessons from Launch of Michigan Self-Help Site

Michigan has launched its self-help site, michiganlegalhelp.org. It is notable for its question-oriented menuing.  The top level menu is the traditional Family, Housing, etc, list, although it includes more cross cutting topics like Find a Lawyer, and Community Services.  But … Continue reading

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The Age/Innovation Conundrum and Implications for Access to Justice

A fascinating post several months ago in the New York Times Economix blog, Getting More Liberal With Age, deals with the age-old conundrum as to whether people really become more conservative as they get older. In contrast to received wisdom: A … Continue reading

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Implications of News Report on Problems with Credit Card Debt Collections

The New York Times reports today that credit card debt collection practices have just the same problems that emerged in the foreclosure crisis: The same problems that plagued the foreclosure process — and prompted a multibillion-dollar settlement with big banks … Continue reading

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Use of Data for Discriminatory Pricing

Back in 1998, for the first LSC Summit on Legal Services Technology, I wrote in a paper: Moreover, corporations are as intense in their collection of data about their consumers as they are of information about their workers.  Corporations will … Continue reading

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