Working Groups

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Working Groups Open to Justice System Professionals

Forms & Technology

Co-Chairs: Jane Ribadeneyra (DC), Imelda Ramirez (ID)

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

Chairs: Katherine Alteneder (VA), Erika Rickard (DC), Anna Carpenter (OK), Paula Hannaford (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. Find summary of call topics here.

Process Simplification

Co-Chairs: Danielle Hirsch (IL) & Stacey Marz (AK)

This Working Group explores methods to simplify court and administrative processes in order to serve the public more efficiently and in a manner which is simple and easily understood.  Actual examples of success and needs are showcased and rigorous information sharing and discussion occurs.  Members of this Working Group typically consist of individuals responsible for business process development in their organization as well as service delivery model exploration and implementation.

Self-Help Services

Co-Chairs: 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.

GIS for Justice

Chair: Alison Davis-Holland (VA)

Triage

Co-Chairs: Angela Tripp (MI) and Joyce Raby (FL)

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

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.

Administrative Proceedings

Chair: Judge Laura Bradley (WA)

Federal Courts

Chair: Janine Liebert (CA)

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 with Court Administration (limited membership)

Chair: Rochelle Klempner (NY)

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 (limited membership)

Facilitators: 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 is limited to only those representatives of a statewide Access to Justice Commission.