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November 27, 2000

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Justice Web Collaboratory: Public Access to Justice Systems and Systematic Design Workshop (ID 589) offered in conjunction with the Institute of Design

The course is taught by Professor Charles Owen of the Institute of Design and Professor Ronald Staudt and is worth 4 semester hours. Law students may audit this course or take it for credit as approved by the assistant dean and Professor Staudt. Chicago-Kent and the National Center for State Courts are partners in the Justice Web Collaboratory -- a national Internet project designed to support judges use of the web and improve access to justice using the tools of the Internet.

For 18 months beginning in Fall, 2000 the Law School, the Institute of Design and the National Center for State Courts will study and propose a redesign of the complex civil court processes. The target of this study and design project is the construction of a consumer-based model for public access to justice. In Phase 2 of the project, interdisciplinary teams of graduate students from the Institute of Design and law students from Chicago-Kent will continue the research begun in the Fall 2000 Justice Web Collaboratory IPRO.

This course introduces students to the application of Structured Planning methods in relation to complex design problems at the system level. Teams investigate the pro se litigation process in the courts of several states and will develop proposals for improving the quality of the process for litigants and the courts. Team techniques are emphasized, and formatted information handling and computer-supported structuring processes are used at appropriate stages of project definition, information development, structuring, concept development and communication.

An emphasis will be placed on the integration of new information and communication technologies. This represents a bold attempt to harness the power of the Internet and the most advanced process design technologies in order to fundamentally re-engineer civil court processes in which self-represented litigants seek to access judicial services. The consumer-based approach will better meet the needs of not only self-represented litigants, but also the needs of lawyers, judges, court staff and others involved in the judicial process.

Classes are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Institute of Design, located at 350 N. LaSalle. Scholarships are available. Students are encouraged to also enroll in ID 529 Structured Planning, either for credit or audit.

Human Resources hours at the Downtown Campus

A Human Resources staff member is available at the following times in room 447 of the Downtown Campus:

  • Tuesdays, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Fridays, 8:30 a.m. - 11:15 p.m.
The schedule of which a HR staff member will be available on a given date is posted on the bulletin board outside the staff lounge on the third floor. Feel free to stop by room 447 for answers to any questions and to pick up or drop off benefits forms. If you prefer, call ext. 7-3318 to set up an appointment in advance.

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