Working Groups

If you are a justice system professional, you may request membership through our sign-up page. Please note, some groups limit their listserv to individuals working in a specific area. However, limited membership groups often host webinars and teleconferences that are available to the broader community. In order to receive these announcements, you must join the general listserv by completing the sign-up page.

Working Groups Open to Justice System Professionals

Forms & Technology (main listserv only and open to all qualified applicants)

Chairs: Jane Ribadeneyra (DC)

This Working Group is devoted to exploring innovative technologies used to deliver access to justice with a specific focus on forms design and delivery in legal services, courts and self-help centers. Members of this group are typically involved in technology initiatives in the access to justice community or are responsible for understanding and implementing technology solutions in their organization or for the community served.

Research (main listserv only and open to all qualified applicants)

Chair: Katherine Alteneder (VA)

This Working Group discusses current research ongoing and initiating in the Access to Justice community. Participants are encouraged to share research undertaken and outcomes. Members of this Working Group are typically involved in research efforts or seek to understand outcomes for program development and information.

Unbundled Services (sub-listerv membership limited to those providing unbundled services or working to develop projects connected to courts or legal aid)

Co-Chairs: Jessica Bednarz (IL) and Samira Nazem (IL)

This Working Group explores how practitioners, organizations and communities can work together to increase access to legal help through unbundled services.  This group provides a forum for sharing ideas, best practices and resources on building stakeholder support, drafting ethics rules, recruiting and training attorneys to unbundle, expanding the delivery of unbundled services through integration with portals and platforms, and connecting legal consumers to unbundled services.  Members of this group are involved in efforts to increase the use of unbundled services among attorneys and/or efforts to better connect the public to unbundled services.

Navigators (sub-listserv membership limited to those working on developing or managing navigator projects)

Facilitated by Mary McClymont (DC)

This Working Group was launched in response to a recommendation made in Non-Lawyer Navigators in State Courts: An Emerging Consensus (McClymont 2019). The group focuses on how to advance and expand the use of navigators in state courts, and addresses specific models and strategies.

Justice Tech Entrpreneurs (sub-listserv membership limited to justice tech entrepreneurs)

Faciltated by Eduardo Gonzalez (DC)

The Justice Tech Working Group was launched to give justice tech entrepreneurs access to information and resources about how courts, legal aid and the private bar function in serving self-represented litigants, develop networking opportunities within the civil justice sector with other SRLN members, and to create a community for problem solving around creating sustainable solutions.

Self-Help Center Managment (sub-listserv membership limited to Self-Help Center Managers)

Co-Chairs: Melanie Snider (CA), Deborah Hughes (MI), Sheri Lankheet (MI)

This Group explores the developments, changes, challenges and opportunities that entities encounter in providing services to people representing themselves. Once self-help services are established and mature, such issues as funding, staffing, political climate, growing and changing needs of the populations helped, triage, case management, and technological tools shape and influence the way services continue to function. This Group provides: a forum for meaningful and informed discussion for individuals grappling with these issues; the sharing of best practices and problem solving in dealing with changes and challenges; and, the opportunity to collaborate on the development and distribution of resource materials. Members of this Working Group typically consist of self-help professionals and those responsible for implementing self-help programs and services.

Triage

Co-Chairs: Angela Tripp (MI) and Joyce Raby (FL) (sub-listserv membership limited to those working on triage projects)

This Working Group explores triage systems and program design for legal services and court operations with a goal of efficient and effective client service. Members of this working group typically are responsible for triage system design, program management and business process development or serve in a leadership and/or technology role in their organization.

Law Libraries (sub-listserv membership limited to law librarians)

Chair: Amanda Horton (FL) and Miriam Childs (LA)

This Working Group explores the important role libraries and librarians play in providing access to justice. Members of this working group typically consist of librarians and those that are responsible for exploring partnerships with libraries for service delivery.

Federal Courts (sub-listserv membership limited to those working in Federal Courts)

Chair: Greg Linhares (MO)

This Working Group is devoted to understanding best practices and innovations in delivering self-help services in Federal Courts. Members of this Working Group primarily work in or have an expertise in the operations of the Federal Court system.

Access to Justice Coordinators within Court Administration (sub-listserv membership only to people working within court administration on ATJ issues)

Chair: Maura Kelly (MA)

Membership in this Working Group is by invitation only. Members typically consist of leadership in Access to Justice initiatives initiated by the Administrative Office of Courts for a State. This Working Group explores the programs and infrastructure developed by state AOCs to deliver access to justice with a goal of creating shared resources among the states for purposes of replicating best practices and successes.

Access to Justice Commissions Self-Help Services (sub-listserv membership limited to staff and members of ATJ Commissions)

Facilitator: Katherine Alteneder (VA)

This Working Group explores self-help services and courtroom innovations with members of statewide Access to Justice Commissions. Membership to this Working Group is by invitation only and limited to representatives of statewide Access to Justice Commissions.