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Spring 2013

Chicago-Kent College of Law established the Center for Access to Justice & Technology (CAJT) to make justice more accessible to the public by promoting the use of the Internet in the teaching, practice and public access to the law.

April 22: Public Interest course-picking session

On Monday, the CAJT will host its once-a-semester Public Interest course-picking session where we'll discuss course offerings on the upcoming schedule and how best to balance graduation and certificate requirements with other electives. The event is attended by faculty, alumni and current students who will each offer perspectives and advice. The course-picking session will be held on Monday, April 22, at 11:30 a.m. in room 570. Lunch will be served.

For those of you in, or considering, the Certificate in Public Interest Law, this event can count as your Curriculum Planning Meeting with Prof. Staudt.

Also, don't forget to register for the Justice & Technology Practicum, scheduled in the Fall for Thursday's from 4 to 5:50 p.m. Prof. Staudt's award-winning course teaches students how to develop automated legal systems for use by self-represented litigants. This course is currently be adapted by faculty at six other law schools through CALI's A2J Clinic Project.

April 23: CAJT End-of-the-Year Party

The Center for Access to Justice & Technology will be hosting its End of the Year Party this Tuesday, April 23 at Dugan's on Halstead, starting at 5:30 p.m. This party is to celebrate the hard work of students at the Self-Help Web Center, in the Justice & Technology Practicum, the Public Interest Certificate Program, and other public interest programs. We will be ordering pizza, and the first round of drinks is on CAJT.

This will be a great chance to get to know some of the volunteers and managers at the Self-Help Web Center and the CAJT faculty and staff.

We hope to see you all there!

April 23: Training for summer Self-Help Web Center volunteers

We just scheduled a training session for new summer volunteers on Tuesday, April 23, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. in room 570. Those of you who are interested in working over the summer, please be sure to attend this session. Even if you're only free for a two-hour session each week, you should still attend if you still have interest in the SHWC.

Additionally, we'll be collecting everyone's availability for this summer so we can make a schedule.

If you have any questions, or if you can't make the session but you're interested in working over the summer, please feel free to email the new supervising managers, Phillip Litchfield and Megan Sippl at SHWC@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Standardized Court Forms come to Illinois!

On November 28, the Illinois Supreme Court promulgated Supreme Court Rule 10-101, "Standardized Forms." Paragraph (a) of the new rule reads as follows: "The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice shall establish a process to develop and approve standardized, legally sufficient forms for areas of law and practice where the Commission determines that there is a high volume of self-represented litigants and that standardized forms will enhance access to justice."
http://iln.isba.org/blog/2012/11/28/standardized-court-forms-come-illinois

CALI & CAJT unveil new course project

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI®) and the Center for Access to Justice & Technology (CAJT) at IIT Chicago-Kent unveiled the Access to Justice Clinical Course (A2J Clinic) Project to clinical professors on October 16. This new initiative exports clinical courses modeled off Professor Ronald W. Staudt's innovative Justice & Technology Practicum course to other law schools. The Justice & Technology Practicum teaches Chicago-Kent students how to develop document assembly tools for self-represented litigants using A2J Author® and explores access-to-justice issues, including the use of technology in law practice and legal services, alternative legal services delivery models, e-lawyering, unbundling and pro se litigant assistance.

Faculty members participating in the A2J Clinic Project will modify the curriculum to suit their school's needs, creating new course kits that CALI will offer to its member schools as a way of establishing A2J Clinics as a permanent part of the national law school curriculum. To learn more about the project and to view a model of Professor Staudt's Practicum course, visit a2jclinic.classcaster.net.

Looking for legal experience? Sign up now to get a position at the Self-Help Web Center.

Are you interested in directly interacting with people in need of legal assistance? The Self-Help Web Center (SHWC) is now recruiting student volunteers for this spring. Don't miss out on this valuable experience; sign up now! Even 1L students can gain real legal experience at the SHWC.

The Center for Access to Justice & Technology asks volunteers to donate a minimum of two hours of time per week at the Self-Help Web Center in the Cook County Clerk's Office for the Civil Division at the Daley Center. The SHWC is staffed by Chicago-Kent student volunteers who help pro se litigants complete online interviews resulting in completely assembled court documents. Volunteers also help litigants navigate the Daley Center and available public interest legal services around Chicago. Volunteering at the SHWC is a great way to learn about the Daley Center and the small claims legal process, and to get some experience interacting with people in need of legal help.

Please note: Students with federal work study awards may be compensated for this position if working a minimum of 4 hours per week.

More Information

For more information or to sign up for a shift, e-mail shwc@kentlaw.iit.edu or stop by room 775.


J.D. Certificate in Public Interest Law

Chicago-Kent's Public Interest Certificate Program is currently accepting Letters of Intent. The J.D. Certificate in Public Interest Law requires:

  1. Curriculum Planning Meeting
  2. Public Interest Career Planning Meeting
  3. Public Interest Law and Policy (3 credits)
  4. Legal Writing IV - Public Interest (3 credits)
  5. 6 additional credit hours of public interest-related course work, including a public interest clinic, public interest internship or public interest seminar
  6. Completion of the Dean's Certificate of Service (50 hours of community service)
  7. The Letter of Intent form is available on the Certificate in Public Interest Law section of the Chicago-Kent website and in the CAJT office in room 775.


More Information

For more information about any of our projects please email cajt@kentlaw.iit.edu, or visit www.kentlaw.iit.edu/cajt.

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