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This is also an old page from my sketchbook — it must have been from a session at the d.school, and notes I took about how we can review our concept designs for more feasibility. I have been going back through all my old notes on the design process, and compiling them into a short
I had written earlier on this site about Kanan Dhru’s excellent visual law project LawForMe in India, to democratize legal knowledge and education through straightforward, delightful visuals about the law. The LawForMe site is live and full of great visuals. Here is a peek: combining short text explanations, comically-tinged scenarios about legal problems, and colorful,
Co/Counsel is a project to systematically map what the law is, and do it with a mix of experts and the crowds. It’s done by Kimball Parker, from the law firm Quinn Emmanuel. The only public-facing one right now is Patent Law, which is viewable either in column mode or in mind map. Related posts:
Today I had the pleasure of hearing LSC President Jim Sandman speak to a conference hall full of Legal Service Providers from Floria, at the Florida 2015 Legal Aid Summit. He reinforced one big message at the end: the civil legal system in the US is dysfunctional. We need to reform it, because access to
Some insights from Ben Barton at the UCHastings Equal Access to Justice conference, about the convergence of the same massive problem in the US legal and medical systems. Related posts: Getting beyond Lawyers vs Non-lawyers Getting to 100% Access to Justice A new generation of legal aid lawyers What would you spend $10 million
A thought in the room, at the conference at UCHastings on equal access to justice. Justice Goodwin Liu made a comment along these lines, seconded by other speakers. Related posts: A new generation of legal aid lawyers Getting to 100% Access to Justice Access to justice, the problem Thinking macro on Access to Justice
Darrell Steinberg speaking at UCHastings about how we in the access to justice movement can be more strategic, more impactful, and more politically savvy. Related posts: Is there a coherent Access to Justice Movement? What’s going wrong with the Access to Justice movement? What would you spend $10 million on for Access to Justice?
Julia Wilson of OneJustice spoke at the UCHastings equal access to justice conference about the coming leadership shift in leadership of legal aid nonprofits. This can have big costs but also can be a great catalyst for more leadership training of lawyers who may be interested in executive tracks, and also to start reimagining
A vision from the Judicial Council’s Bonnie Hough at the UCHastings conference on equal access to justice. Related posts: Getting beyond Lawyers vs Non-lawyers Thinking macro on Access to Justice strategy What would you spend $10 million on for Access to Justice? A new generation of legal aid lawyers Regulation of Law & Access
For Expunge Design Day this past weekend, when we led a participatory design session on what better expungement/sealing-record procedures & tools would be, I created these 3 infographics. They were to help me learn the basics of the (COMPLICATED!) California law, and to convey it to the young people, designers, and developers working at the
A colleague working on improving the legal system in New Zealand from a user-centered design perspective mentioned this phrase to me in a recent email: Simple at the Front, Smart at the Back. Now it’s my constant refrain. What does it mean? That when we build tools, guides, explainers, or anything else for laypeople to
Here is a small sketch I made while listening to talks at the Legal Service Corporation’s 40th Anniversary celebration in downtown San Francisco last month. It was from Justice Jonathan Lippman, the Chief Judge of NY’s Court of Appeals. The conversation was about the growing momentum from courts and lawyers to invest in new ways
I’ve been thinking systematically over the past few months, as I’ve been looking back over design work and initiatives going on in the world of legal innovation, and bringing design into law. Here’s one of the schematics I’ve created, to make sense of what I’ve been observing. These 6 Orders are the categories of interventions
I was excited to discover the OpenJustice Initiative, a move from the California DOJ to make its data more open, and provide a basis for more usable tools, interfaces, and processes for people who interact with the DOJ. See it in action: State of California Department of Justice – OpenJustice OpenJustice is a transparency initiative
Talking to Bonnie Hough of the California Judicial Council last week, she recommended checking out several great projects coming out of Canada — specifically British Columbia — for inspiration about how courts can be more user-friendly. Many of them are efforts of the Justice Education Society, which is a public-oriented organization that is developing new
How can we develop new solutions in agile, responsive ways? So that if we see a problem or hear a user need — that we take action, try something in a lightweight way, small way — a hack, rather than a huge undertaking? This is the idea that is coming out of the world of
I’m excited to be speaking at the Code For America Summit this week in Oakland — and trying to make the bridge between the robust & big-energy civic tech world, and the world of legal innovation. Very excited to see a small subset of people interested in making the government better (more accessible, more user-friendly,
How can we help people on-ramp into the legal system in much easier & accessible ways? This is the solution that’s been growing in my mind (but still obviously a little rough) over the last few months. We need to invest in several layers at once: 1) The especially hard one: Building a central repository