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Tim Baran is the LawHelpNY Technology Innovations Manager at Pro Bono Net. After two decades in the legal profession as a law firm library director, legal technologist, and marketing director, he now engages the community the community to identify problems and collaboratively build solutions to help close the justice gap and improve access to affordable legal services. Here are Tim’s thoughts on attending ITC this year and moderating a fun, actionable panel.    The…
It should be no surprise that natural disasters exacerbate everyday legal problems. Resolving these problems can play a key role in helping families get back on their feet. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides assistance to disaster relief victims, but the process of applying for Individual Assistance can be highly complex and difficult to complete. Pro Bono Net teamed up with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a nonprofit organization that uses the power of…
Pro Bono Net’s Legal Empowerment and Technology Fellow, Katie Lam, originally posted this blog on Medium, read it here.  In late November, the Open Society Foundations (OSF) in partnership with Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico and Beytna Design hosted an Equity Design for Legal Empowerment workshop. Led by Beytna Design’s Tania Anaisse, the workshop focused on the role of power and inclusion in the design of legal empowerment initiatives. Three Pro Bono Net (PBN)…
The 2020 Innovations in Technology Conference begins Wednesday, January 15th in Portland, Oregon. This conference, hosted by the Legal Services Corporation, brings together technologists, legal aid staff, courts, funders and others to explore innovative ways of using technology to promote full access to legal assistance for low-income individuals. Pro Bono Net will be well-represented again this year, with many of our program and technology staff in attendance. We’re also presenting in panels and workshops…
Figuring Out FEMA – New resource helps natural disaster survivors apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  Pro Bono Net, in partnership with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and designer Carmen López, is pleased to announce the release of “Figuring Out FEMA,” a pocket-sized visual resource for disaster survivors. “Figuring Out FEMA” is part of CUP’s Public Access Design program, a series of projects that use design to make complex issues…
Author: Mark O’Brien, Executive Director & Co-Founder of Pro Bono Net We held a very special event recently to celebrate twenty years of Pro Bono Net. My co-founder Michael Hertz previously wrote about how the idea for Pro Bono Net came about, and as this week is Pro Bono Week, I thought it would be suitable for me to follow up by sharing some of the highlights of our event, and to thank all of…
In Oklahoma, survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence often seek help from their local Family Justice Centers. To shield themselves from their abusers, survivors rely on a range of support staff at the Centers for assistance filling out legal forms. One critical form is called a Petition for Protective Order (PO). POs provide protection for survivors by telling abusers that they must stop their violent and harassing behavior. POs also allow law enforcement to…
Pro Bono Net is celebrating twenty years of transforming access to justice. In honor of this milestone, our current Vice Chair, Ed Walters wrote an amazing blog about how Pro Bono Net utilizes technology to amplify and extend the reach of legal services to those who need it most. This blog was originally posted on Ed Walters’ LinkedIn page. Pro Bono Net turns 20 years old this year, and millions of families, legal aid clinics,…
Hello! My name is Katie Lam and I am Pro Bono Net’s Legal Empowerment and Technology Fellow. With support from the Open Society Foundation, Pro Bono Net is partnering with civil justice communities across the nation to advance the strategy and practice of technology-enabled legal empowerment efforts in the US. Over the next year, I’ll be sharing our about our work here on Pro Bono Net’s blog. In March 2019, members of the Immigration Advocates…
Pro Bono Net is celebrating twenty years of transforming access to justice. In honor of this milestone, our current Board Chair, Dave Heiner wrote an amazing blog about Pro Bono Net’s relationship with Microsoft. This blog was originally posted on Dave Heiner’s LinkedIn page. Ten years ago, Mark O’Brien, the Executive Director of Pro Bono Net, came to Microsoft to meet with Brad Smith. (Brad was the general counsel of Microsoft at the…