Legal Services Observes Law Day on May 1
The Arkansas Legal Services Partnership, two years after its formation, launched the Justice Technology Project with the creation of www.arlegalservices.org. Today, along with the Access to Justice Commission, Center for Arkansas Legal Services, Legal Aid of Arkansas, and various justice partners, it continues to work toward its mission of "equal access to justice for all."
The ALSP website provides clear, concise, and relevant legal information for low-income Arkansans. By guiding individuals through the Arkansas state court system, the site has become a critical resource for those who must help themselves. Some of the resources provided include: automated legal documents written and edited by Arkansas attorneys, fact sheets about a broad range of civil legal matters and written in plain language so the information can be quickly and easily disseminated, streaming video, streaming audio, Poverty Law Manuals, and live chat assistance.
The site also serves as an important tool for the legal advocates helping low-income Arkansans, and to aid in those efforts, attorneys are provided form letters, pleadings, and automated documents that they can customize for use in pro bono and private practice.
When the site launched, it received more than 185,000 page views. Six years later, that figure has jumped to more than 1 million page views. The high level of traffic to the site reflects the problems that low-income Arkansans face in acquiring access to justice. One in five Arkansans is eligible for free civil legal aid; however, due to a lack of funding, the Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Arkansas can't help all those in need.
By providing these resources through justice technology, ALSP, the pro bono community, and the Access to Justice Commission are attempting to provide assistance to the state.
You can learn more about ALSP, pro bono opportunities, and technology and justice projects by visiting www.arlegalservices.org.
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