Category Archives: Communications Strategy

The Needed Components for National ATJ Initiative Taking

A couple of years ago, I blogged about what a state capacity for access to justice might look like.  Folks might find this post useful to start to talk about evaluation of the progress of their state’s ATJ Commission (or … Continue reading

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Building the ATJ Communication Capacity While Enhancing Public Awareness of Issues of Law and Poverty

It occurred to me that the way that Voices for Civil Justice has responded to the recent Justice Department Report on Ferguson provides an opportunity to see how our access community is gaining in sophistication and effectiveness. Those who are … Continue reading

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Guest Post From Elizabeth Arledge: #LegalAid Voices “Storm” the Twitterverse

Elizabeth writes as follows: Well, THAT was fun. Something amazing happened last week on the way to tonight’s State of the Union address. When Voices for Civil Justice invited members of our JusticeVoices network to participate in a “Twitter storm” … Continue reading

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The Expanding Role of ATJ Commissions — Florida and California

As we build out state level access to justice leadership that does beyond information sharing to project leadership and the building of an integrated system, it is great to see two new state level initiatives that are building the needed … Continue reading

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Press Clips Section of Voices Website Helps Create Momentum About Communications and More

The Voices for Civil Justice website now includes a “Press Clips” section. This tool lets you see all the significant press coverage about legal aid (broadly defined).  It also lets you filter and sort based on a number of criteria … Continue reading

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A Fabulous Job Opportunity at Voices for Civil Justice

As most folks know, Voices for Civil Justice has been remaking the way we think about civil legal aid and access to justice.  While on one level it has merely been seeking the best way to talk to policy makers, … Continue reading

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NYT Publishes First Article on Comprehensive Changes in Legal Aid (Broadly Defined)

Showing the huge value and potential of a coherent communications strategy for the legal aid world (broadly defined to include both community-based and court-based legal aid) the New York Times on Saturday published its first real comprehensive article on the … Continue reading

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Finding Good News and a Strategy for Access After the Midterms

Obviously, the results of yesterday’s election are potentially very bad news for legal aid funding (broadly defined).  Notwithstanding the generally bipartisan support demonstrated for LSC at its recent 40th anniversary, the risk of cuts to the LSC budget is very … Continue reading

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Assessing the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Institutional Structure of Communty Based Legal Aid

As “access to justice” receives more and more attention, and as we start to put in place new structures such as the “communications hub,” perhaps it is time to step back and think about the strengths and weakness of our … Continue reading

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NYT Report on California “Court-Aided Divorce” is a Milestone in Several Ways

Today’s Times report’s on one day court-aided divorce is a breakthrough in several ways. First it is a breakthrough that the concept, while perhaps obvious once articuleatd, is actually now deployed, if only in a few places.  The core paras … Continue reading

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Glenn Rawdon’s Visionary White House Speech is About 100% Access, And More, Not Just About Technology

Glenn Rawdon’s speech titled Everyone, Anytime, Anywhere at the April 8 White House Forum on Increasing Access to Justice was about far more than technology.  After describing how Bill gates talked in 1999 about technology convergence, the history of the … Continue reading

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Suggestions for an Expansive and Popular Definition of “Civil Legal Aid”

Given that on Tuesday April the 8th there is an invitational event at the White House described as “White House Forum on Increasing Access to Justice,” it seems a good time for reflections on how best and most effectively to … Continue reading

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Self-Represented Litigation Network Pre-Conference April 30 in Portland

The Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) will be conducting its annual Pre-Conference on Wednesday April 30, 2014 before the main Equal Justice Conference at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in Portland Oregon May 1-3. My replacement as Coordinator of SRLN, … Continue reading

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Maybe It Means Something That the Word “Access” Was Used Six Times in the State of The Union

That’s right, while the President mentioned “justice” only once in the State of the Union Address (“. . . to promote justice, and fairness, and equality under the law, so that the words set to paper by our founders are … Continue reading

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