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On Legal Services Corporation’s “Talk Justice” podcast, legal experts come together to discuss their key takeaways from the Innovations in Technology conference.

The discussion moderator was Jason Tashea, member of LSC’s Emerging Leaders Council; Quinten Steenhuis, clinical researcher at Suffolk University of Law; Vivian Hessel, director of information at Legal Aid Chicago; and Teri Ross, executive director of Illinois Legal Aid Online. The conversation focused on legal technology topics such as data security, user-centric design, cross-jurisdictional collaboration and the digital divide, which were the topics of this year’s conference.

Nearly two years after many legal proceedings began online, lawyers and legal aid providers continue to grapple with the growing need to support digital literacy and create accessible platforms.

Steenhuis said he was worried things could go backwards after early strides in integrating technology into law, but he was pleased the growth held. While it seemed like the technology had been onboarded overnight, many systems had already been quietly worked on and were ready to go.

Now that many technology tools have been deployed or scaled, legal providers are thinking about how to improve the user experience.

Hessel suggested that suppliers learn to think like technologists.

“People who work with technology are used to seeing things fail and everything going well because there’s so much to learn from that, but lawyers aren’t necessarily trained to think that way. “, did he declare. “It’s important that we actually try different things – and let them fail when they fail – and then learn from those experiences.”

Ross believes that aside from the obvious technological changes to court processes, the fundamental vision of the courts is changing for the better.

“The justice system is designed for lawyers and judges. I think we are seeing this very gradual change, and many courts are realizing that their client is not the lawyer or the judge, the client is the person trying to access justice,” he said. -he declares.

Upcoming episodes of the podcast will cover emerging tech trade associations that will support access to justice and provide insight into the impact of the pandemic on pro bono legal services.

Talk Justice episodes are available online on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple and other popular podcast apps. The podcast is sponsored by the LSC Council of Leaders.


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