Overview

Videos from LSC’s Innovation in Technology Conference are now available online

The Legal Services ITC is one of the most comprehensive legal tech conferences in the US and now all of the presentations are viewable online with incorporated slides.  If you were unable to attend, the videos are certainly worth taking a look at. 


Reducing Barriers to Reintegration

The Collateral Consequences Resource Center has released a report documenting the laws passed in 2018 across all 50 states that are aimed at reducing barriers to successful reintegration of individuals with criminal records. The Florida ballot initiative to restore voting rights to individuals with criminal records was the "most consequential single new law" according to the report.  


FLACP 2018 Session Report

The Florida Alliance for Consumer Protection has published their 2018 Legislative Session Report on consumer and tenant issues.  They also have a well designed website dedicated to serving the consumer protection community.  


LSNTAP Webinar:  Quick Access Toolbars

In LSNTAP's latest webinar offering Sandy Rylander talks about the various quick access toolbars that can be found in the office suite.  Learn what a quick access toolbar is and what are the benefits it provides.  Why might you want to include some things on your toolbar?  Focus is mostly on Word and Excel but there is also some Outlook towards the end.  You can also download the handout.  Checkout all of LSNTAP's upcoming free trainings for 2018 and their library of resources.


Clean Slate Clearinghouse

has a website to help people with juvenile and adult criminal record clearance.  Their work is funded by DOL and DOJ.  


LaunchtoThrive

Is a microwebsite created by Carlton Fields that provides free business and legal resources for entrepreneurs and startups.  It features both English and Spanish settings.  

 

 

 

We Thought You Should Know...

Solitary Confinement: Inhumane, Ineffective and Wasteful

A new Southern Poverty Law Center report finds that  "solitary confinement in Florida...doesn't improve safety, [and] disproportionately affects vulnerable groups.  Solitary Confinement: Inhumane, Ineffective, and Wasteful - examines the growing consensus that solitary confinement provides little to no carceral benefit and, at worst, is torture. Yet the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) holds approximately 10,000 people - more than 10 percent of its population - in solitary on any given day. The nationwide average was 4.5 percent in 2018." Download the report here. 

Senator José Javier Rodríguez & Rep. Carlos G. Smith  File Groundbreaking Renters Rights Legislation

Joining forces with community organizations across the state, lawmakers have introduced a comprehensive renters rights legislation to address Florida’s acute affordable housing crisis and the exploitation of vulnerable renters.


Turning18.org Has Launched!

Turning18 is an amazing tool to help parents of teens with developmental disabilities prepare for caring for their child after they turn 18.  Michelle Kenney, a founding member of GAPS Legal, PLLC, and Brandon Thomas, Developer at Florida Justice Technology Center co-presented on guardianship, guardian advocacy and other alternatives as well as how this new website, Turning18, will help the community.  A link to the recording of their presentation can be found here and you can also download the handout for the presentation.  

 


LawTech Partners' Free Weekly Training

Every week LawTech Partners will be providing free weekly technology training webinars to legal aid attorneys and staff.  Webinars will be recorded and some will provide CLE.

 


Fulfill the Florida Bar's 3 CLE Technology Requirement

PLI offers courses that will fulfill the new requirement of technology CLE mandated by the Florida Supreme Court.  If you work for a non-profit see below for how to get these credits for free!


PLI Online Training

If you're affiliated with a non-profit organization, FJTC can assist you in accessing free PLI trainings. Please contact Alison for more information.  To find out more about the training opportunities that PLI offers click here.


Need to Market Your Message?


Are you a legal aid, pro bono or access to justice organization that's looking for better ways to market your message, manage your content and expand your reach?

Then you should join our group - Legal Aid Marketing Society

Practice Area Developments

The Housing library has several new resources-- particular various landlord-tenant forms for advocates and pro-se.  Please take a look and download anything that you need. 


The organizations page in the Veterans practice area has been updated and now has several new organizations and contacts listed for various veterans legal services.