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JustFixNYC, a tenant’s rights organization, recently launched a LawHelp Interactive-powered mobile and web application, the Emergency Housing Part Action tool, that allows renters to sue their landlord for emergency repairs that are required by New York City renter protections. This integration with LawHelp Interactive was developed under an Legal Services Corporation Technology Innovation Grant. The remote legal option has generated media attention from outlets like CNN and the Appeal.  With the expiration…
Even before the pandemic led courts to completely shutter or severely limit services, Pro Bono Net’s technology was taking root in District of Columbia Courts, helping individuals navigate the domestic violence process. Legal services organizations were already seeing an increase in domestic violence matters nationwide, with more than 137,000 cases handled by Legal Services Corporation-funded agencies in 2019. That’s the highest number of cases recorded by LSC since the organization began collecting data almost a…
This blog post was originally posted on LawHelpNY’s blog.  Because of the pandemic, people are turning online more than ever to look for information and resources to resolve their legal problems. The newly created COVID-19 resource page has quickly become one of the top accessed pages on LawHelpNY. Chats on LiveHelp have increased by 50% following the state of emergency declared in mid-March. LawHelpNY is New York’s statewide legal information website providing access to…
The Cyber Dignity Program is an interesting program that we have wanted to highlight since we sat down with the team early in the year to discuss. While COVID-19 and Racial Justice activities have been top of news, we feel this program is as current and pressing of an issue as ever and we applaud the great work. Social media has, in many ways, magnified the complexity of the issues teens and young adults face.…
In a Daily Matters video podcast appearance, Pro Bono Net’s co-founder and executive director talks about the need to connect with and listen directly to underserved communities to tackle complex equity issues in the justice system. “The law is very important for people to be able to live their lives, to remove the barriers that keep them from participating fully in society,” Mark O’Brien says in a conversation with podcast host and Clio Co-founder Jack…
David A. Heiner, chair of Pro Bono Net’s board, shared a powerful story about a remarkable man, a broken system and the story–in the sharing–shows how lawyers can make a difference through pro bono service. Dave’s piece about a Washington State clemency petition for a pro bono client gives us a glimpse of the path far too many take to prison, as “juvenile delinquents, throwaways and runaways.”  Michael A. Lidel, an African-American man from Seattle,…
As a recent podcast guest on Reimagining Justice, LawHelp Interactive Program Manager Claudia Johnson talks about how using smart-form technology can break down barriers for those who are heading to court without a lawyer. Johnson, who has an extensive background working with low-income clients, also shares how critical it is for lawyers to be able to have the tools so they can do the very best for their clients, many of whom are facing…
At a time when the access to justice movement, and indeed the legal services sector overall is experiencing enormous challenges, I am excited to announce the appointment of two new board members. Jack Newton – CEO & Co-Founder of Clio and Frank Torres-Director of Public Policy at Microsoft, bring unique backgrounds with diverse experiences that make them an asset to Pro Bono Net’s Board of Directors and to our organization as a whole. Jack…
The senseless and tragic police killing of George Floyd was yet the latest episode in a long legacy of  pervasive violence our society has countenanced against Black Americans.  Witnessing the events of recent days, together with the profound and disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on communities of color, our hearts are with those who have lost loved ones or live in fear for their health and safety each day. Pro Bono Net’s mission…
Pro Bono Net’s Executive Director, Mark O’Brien, published an update on how Pro Bono Net is responding to increased need during the COVID-19 pandemic. This blog was originally published on Mark O’Brien’s LinkedIn page.   Over the past few weeks, it has been heartening to witness our community coming together to respond to critical needs. As healthcare workers provide urgent medical care, police and fire fighters continue to respond to urgent calls for help, and essential workers…