Category Archives: Funding

SJI Technical Assistance Grants focus on Self-Represented and Re-Engineering

Here is the way SJI described its latest technical assistance grants: Nine (9) Technical Assistance (TA) Grants were approved, including: development of appellate court time standards by National Center for State Courts (NCSC) in close coordination with the Conference of … Continue reading

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Changes in Byrne Grant Program Create New Openings for Defenders and Courts

The 2012 solicitation time for Byrne Grants is over (link here.) But I think it is important to highlight some very significant changes, which, given the inertia built into government systems, are likely to stay in place, and to provide … Continue reading

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Office of Child Support Enforcement Highlights ATJ Innovations

This is big.  At the DOJ/HHS Turner anniversary Symposium last week, The Office of Child Support Enforcement unveiled four Fact Sheets, an Information Memorandum, and an Action Transmittal. One Fact Sheet, is titled Access to Justice Innovations (yes, you read … Continue reading

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Draft LSC Strategic Plan Available — Comments Requested By July 11

LSC has made public its draft Strategic Plan, and is requesting comments, which are due July 11.  Its an impressive and encouraging document, that should help focus the work of the Corporation, and indeed the access to justice community, in … Continue reading

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Open Society US Progams New Head Has ATJ Experience

As announced by incoming OSF head Chris Stone, US programs have a new head.  It is Kenneth H. Zimmerman. The OSF profile notes his legal aid roots: Zimmerman began his career as a legal services lawyer in Oakland, California, where … Continue reading

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NCSC Court Trends 2012 Online — Article on Turner v Rogers and Due Process

The NCSC publication Future Trend in State Courts 2012, is now up on their website. From the preface by Mary McQueen: This year’s edition of the National Center for State Courts’ Future Trends in State Courts series focuses on “Courts … Continue reading

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Setting Public Goals for Access Commissions: The Massachusetts Model

Kudos to the Massachusetts ATJ Commission for publicly setting itself objectives that are both concrete and ambitious — and for assigning groups and individuals to be responsible for moving them forward.  I am particularly impressed that goals for working with … Continue reading

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SJI Announces Six Self-Represented Litigation Grants

The latest issue of SJI E-News announces that the Board has approved six SRL related grants. Here is the text of the announcement: During the 2nd quarter Board meeting, 6 SIG grants were awarded totaling $275,158. These projects address one … Continue reading

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Claudia Johnson on “A Tale of Two Bars”

So, this blog has shared information on the debate that ensued in Texas, when the Supreme Court moved to simplified family law forms. https://accesstojustice.net/2012/01/25/texas-supreme-court-moves-forward-on-forms/. The State Bar has tried to change  the Court’s decision to move towards simplifing the forms … Continue reading

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More on Public Welfare Foundation Grant to ABA for ATJ Commissions Work

Here is more information on the new grant to the ABA to support ATJ Commissions. An American Bar Association project has been selected to administer a $270,000 grant to support state panels that promote access to civil justice for low-income … Continue reading

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Public Welfare Foundation Grants in Access to Justice

The Public Welfare Foundation has announced two grants for access to justice.  They are being made under its Special Opportunities Fund.  This is how they are described on the Foundations Website. These companion projects are part of a Special Initiative … Continue reading

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SJI Reports Almost $4.7 Million Requested in 45 Self-Represented Litigation Concept Papers

Here is the language: . . . SJI received 45 Concept Papers totaling $4,695,208 for the recent Strategic Initiatives Grants solicitation for self-represented litigation in the state courts. The Board will meet in April to finalize decisions on both grant … Continue reading

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Claudia Johnson On Ideas for the 2012 TIG Round

The Legal Services Corporation has made available their Letter of Intent Request for this cycle of TIG grants. The letters are due 3/12/2012. More information can be found here. The areas of interest are 4 this year: a) using mobile … Continue reading

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Access to Justice Updates from the President’s 2013 Budget Submission

Here are the headlines: LSC budget would go back up to $402 million. (LSC press release here) SJI is level-funded at $5,121,000. The Coproration for National and Community Service would get a 1.3% increase, described below by the Chronicle on … Continue reading

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National Justice Corps Application Filed

Readers of this blog will know that a lot of networking has been going on to create a national application to the Corporation for National and Community Service to expand Justice Corps. I am happy to report that Pro Bono … Continue reading

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