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When I asked a couple of weeks ago whether roving courts is a good or crazy idea, I leaned toward good idea but wondered how the process would work. We didn’t have to wait long for the answer. Utah has launched its Outreach Court, a roving courtroom that is traveling to homeless encampments at the […]…
Sometimes we know things at a fundamental level. But reminders and instruction, especially group instruction, can do a world of good.  Case in point, victims can be retraumatized in the retelling of their stories. How someone poses a question can cause victims to re-experience the trauma. The retelling can cause them to shut down and […]…
Revisiting ‘circuit riding’ judges There’s a rich history in this country of the courts coming to far-flung communities to resolve disputes. There are remnants of the practice in the names of our “circuit” courts. Circuit riders dispatched to rural and remote areas of the country to resolve disputes. The mostly abandoned practice dates back to […]…
Unlike so many legal conferences, Pro Bono Net’s Decolonizing Justice centered its sessions not on the lawyering but on problems in need of solutions. Before diving into highlights from the mid-November event, it’s worth pausing to consider the name. Decolonizing “justice” didn’t quite sit right with me. One speaker raised the issue during the event […]…
Much of the current justice system is built on processes and techniques that make it harder than it has to be to comply with orders and even show up to court dates. The no shows are hit with sanctions and weighty consequences from impossible to pay fines to jail time. Collateral consequences from an arrest […]…
The last decade has seen enormous advances in legal technology. The tech covers just about every aspect of supporting and delivering legal services, with the laggards in the judiciary quickly coming up to speed during the pandemic. Until now, legal tech largely focused on automation, data management, productivity and case management. What’s missing? Client experience. […]…
Another week, another conference on another platform. This one had a couple things going for it: It was short and it was fun. User-friendly design expert and A2J Hero Nicole Bradick and her team at Theory and Principle held what I hope will be the first of many Justice Tech & Design Cross-Community Gatherings. Bradick […]…
This year, I’ve had the opportunity to sample and attend numerous virtual conferences, webinars, classes, and events. Without a doubt, Clio Cloud 2020 was the best. Not to say there weren’t glitches, like no sound on the core platform on the first day for several minutes, while Clio’s energetic emcee continued despite dozens of attendees […]…
On my first visit to the Supreme Court, I was doing the normal touristy things. While gawking at the majesty of it all and marveling at the spiral staircases, I caught a glimpse of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she walked through a hall just past where us tourists were roped off from the off-limits […]…