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On a Roll!

By JohnnyZ on June 20, 2014//Leave a comment

Here is the latest from the State Bar Civil Justice Strategies Task Force:   After several months of hearing testimony by a great many experts from academia, the courts, professionals from a range of practices, public agencies, and the public, the task force broke into sub-groups and began its work.   As a reminder, the…

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NOW, NEW, OR DEBT? Take your pick

By JohnnyZ on May 15, 2014//Leave a comment

UPDATE: Members of the Civil Justice Strategies Task Force have been separated into three working groups: “Now Group” –  What is working now and is scalable and can be replicated    “New Group”  – What is being considered, discussed, but not necessarily being done   “Student Death Group” – Oops. I meant student debt To prepare…

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It’s nothing new

By JohnnyZ on May 08, 2014//Leave a comment

Speaking about the Civil Justice Strategies Task Force to some folks with long memories and a lot more knowledge than I have:   “It’s nothing new.”    Me: True, the Court and the Bar have wrestled wth these important issues before: how to help those who self represent? what kind of self-help can we provide?…

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Beyond legal aid: Incubating low and pro bonos in a civil Gideon kind of way

By JohnnyZ on May 02, 2014//Leave a comment

This is my second report about my tenure as an appointee to the State Bar’s task force on civil justice strategies.   The task force wants to find a way to do two things:  address the crushing debt load of law graduates who cannot find jobs, while at the same time connecting them with the…

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Collaboration & Fairness: Chief Justice Speaks Truth to Power

By JohnnyZ on March 20, 2014//Leave a comment

I get all shivery inside thinking about Big Legal Concepts spelled with capital letters, like Fairness, Equality and Justice.  I have a new one that I think deserves regard as (at least) a sisterly adjunct. Let “Collaboration” be that newly-capitalized legal concept.   As part of her 2014 State of the Judiciary speech, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye spoke eloquently…

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Summiteers Broke New Ground!

By JohnnyZ on February 21, 2014//Leave a comment

 The premise was simple: if our legal community is committed to a “we” culture — if we are truly a community — then any one segment of the community that is hit with a financial crisis makes the whole community weaker.    This Legal Futures Summit was a rousing success.  Co-sponsored by the law library professionals…

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Futures Summit 2.0 — Monday February 24

By JohnnyZ on February 14, 2014//Leave a comment

Legal Futures Summit 2.0 is co-sponsored by SANDALL, our local chapter of law libraries in San Diego!     It will be held during the lunch hour on Monday February 24.  You must rsvp for this event to jadkins@sdlawlibrary.org   We are excited to be partnering with SANDALL on Legal Futures Summit 2.0!  We will look…

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On Tap! FutureSHOCK Meets National Imperative!

By JohnnyZ on August 13, 2013//Leave a comment

  Along the lines of the Law Library’s FutureSHOCK! Legal Assistance Providers Forum that we held recently, there is a new national task force of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) looking at the ways that law librarians can be more involved in practice-oriented education.   The interesting thing from my perspective is that…

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On Tap! FutureShock Legal Help – a new paradigm for maximizing delivery [Part I]

By JohnnyZ on June 18, 2013//Leave a comment

The Amazing Richard Zorza gives us the following peek into a presentation by international legal aid scholar Prof. Maurits Barendrecht of HiiL/Tilburg University whose presentation 5 Observations about the future of legal aid  is recounted at the Zorza blog Access to Justice : Observation 1: Right now, traditional services eat up most of the budgets…

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Say what? Your grandmother wears army boots & access to justice

By JohnnyZ on April 18, 2013//Leave a comment

I love that NPR show A Way With Words.  I have been listening to it since the original hosts Richard Lederer and Charles Harrington Elster were zinging callers and each other about slang, grammar, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, and speaking and writing well. Listening to all that intelligence gives me goose…

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