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April 17, 2014
What's New at Pro Bono Net

Matthew Burnett, Director, Immigration Advocates Network
On March 27th, the Immigration Advocates Network received the James I. Keane Award for Excellence in eLawyering from the American Bar Association eLawyering Task Force. IAN was recognized for its exemplary work in using technology to broaden access to justice and reduce barriers faced by vulnerable communities. You can see the full press release here.

A partnership between South Carolina Legal Services, the SC Center for Fathers and Families from the Office of Child Support Enforcement and Pro Bono Net is helping parents quickly start or modify child support orders, improving access to justice for parents who otherwise could not afford an attorney.  The partnership leverages Pro Bono Net's LawHelp Interactive platform to standardize and automate court documents.  LawHelp Interactive (LHI) is a national online document-assembly solution focused on increasing access to justice. See the full press release or download a case study about this initiative for more details on the impact it is having.

Over the past few years, the proliferation of smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices has revolutionized the way Americans access the Internet, receive information, and interact with the world. These changes have just reached the legal community, but offer the opportunity to dramatically alter the provision of services – on both the advocate and litigant sides. As low-income communities increasingly access the Internet through their mobile devices, providers must tailor their content and services to utilize the platform’s unique functionality. In response to these trends, Pro Bono Net and our partners have invested in several mobile initiatives. For example, Pro Bono Net has developed a mobile platform for This spring, leveraged this platform to launch a new mobile-friendly website to provide information about free civil legal aid programs, legal issues, self-help tools and courthouse self-help centers. For more information, read the full press release. We also launched Pocket DACA to help immigrants eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals access information on the go. The app has already been downloaded over 22,000 times.

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