Thinkers and Visionaries
JWC Summer Associate positions
provide law students the opportunity to explore Access to Justice
issues, including the use of technology in legal services, alternative
legal services delivery models, e-lawyering and pro se litigant assistance.
The JWC will be hiring 6-8 law students to work full time for the
summer of 2002 on the following JWC Projects:
Illinois Technology Center for Law & the Public Interest (ITC)
Students work with the ITC, a statewide collaboration of legal services providers, whose mission is to provide low-income individuals with greater access to the legal system through the use of technology. JWC Summer Associates will assist in the development, maintenance and upgrading of innovative web resources for legal aid and pro bono attorneys, pro se litigants and the public. Specific activities include the following:
For more information, please contact Lisa Colpoys, Interim Executive Director, Illinois Technology Center for Law and the Public Interest at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.906.5321.
the Needs of Self-Represented Litigants
Chicago-Kent College of Law and Illinois Institute of Technology's Institute of Design are collaborating to examine court processes and recommend modifications to eliminate or reduce procedural barriers to access for self-represented litigants. This project represents a bold attempt to harness the most advanced process design technologies and the power of the Internet in order to fundamentally reengineer civil court processes in which self-represented litigants seek to access judicial services. In the first phase of the project, graduate students in law and design fanned out across the U.S. to gather customer observation of self represented litigants. Students and faculty traveled to Colorado, Delaware California and two counties in Illinois to study existing innovations and to interview members of the judiciary. In the second phase, the research teams fed this data into the latest in system design methods, to redesign civil court processes from a consumer's prospective.
For more information or to sign up to participate in this innovative project, please contact Todd Pedwell, Manager, Justice Web Collaboratory at email@example.com or 312.906.5328.
Academic Research Assistants
Work with faculty to research and prepare articles and other publications regarding Access to Justice. This is an exciting opportunity to explore the use of the Internet as a support mechanism for unrepresented pro-se litigants and in the practice of law. Research and evaluate E-Lawyering practices currently in use and examine the ethical issues facing those lawyers practicing law on the Internet!
To discuss getting involved
in this cutting-edge research project, please contact Professor Ronald
Staudt via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact his assistant, Gail Fialek, at email@example.com
or 312.906.5319 to set up an appointment to meet with Professor Staudt.