ABA Journal: Small businesses have COVID-19 questions, and the legal profession is working to answer them

ABA Journal: Small businesses have COVID-19 questions, and the legal profession is working to answer them . “Through its Lowcountry COVID-19 Small Business/Non-Profit Legal Clinic, Charleston Legal Access works with Am Law 100 firms Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and Jackson Lewis as well as fellow nonprofit Lowcountry Local First to provide free legal advice to local businesses with 25 or fewer employees during 45-minute telephone or video calls. They also assist other nonprofit organizations. The clinic is one of eight launched and supported by the Lawyers for Good Government Foundation, a nonprofit network of more than 125,000 legal advocates, throughout the country starting in New York City and extending as far as Washington state. It provides the clinic framework, client intake form templates and an online database, which is used to assign client matters to volunteer attorneys and track the outcome of those matters.”

RD News Now: COVID pandemic prompts initiative to offer free legal aid to anyone in Canada

RD News Now: COVID pandemic prompts initiative to offer free legal aid to anyone in Canada. “The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a group of young lawyers to launch a project to offer free legal advice remotely to anyone in the country. Dubbed the National Canadian Lawyers Initiative, the aim is to connect people in need with professionals who can offer help and direction.”

Public Radio Tulsa: New Pro Bono Portal Aims to Connect Legal Services Organizations with Clients

Public Radio Tulsa: New Pro Bono Portal Aims to Connect Legal Services Organizations with Clients. “A new website will help organizations offering free legal services connect with clients in need of civil representation. The Oklahoma Pro Bono Opportunity Portal launched Monday. It’s a partnership between justice tech company Paladin and the Oklahoma Access to Justice Foundation.”

Vulture: Patriot Act Returns to Terrify You About an Eviction Crisis

Vulture: Patriot Act Returns to Terrify You About an Eviction Crisis . “The show has set up a website… where you can find out whether your building is covered in the federal moratorium and get access to other tenant resources. It’s not exactly a happy ending or solution, but it’s certainly more help and guidance than the housing court will give you.”

ABC 11: Free legal clinic aids NC small businesses, nonprofits affected by COVID-19

ABC 11: Free legal clinic aids NC small businesses, nonprofits affected by COVID-19. “The N.C. Pro Bono Resource Center has partnered with law firms across the state and the nonprofit group, Lawyers for Good Government Foundation, to offer a remote legal clinic for pro bono legal consultations. Businesses are matched with an attorney who provides 45 minutes of free, confidential legal advice for issues dealing with the coronavirus crisis and small business.”

WENY: NYS Bar Association to offer free legal aid for denied unemployment insurance applicants

WENY: NYS Bar Association to offer free legal aid for denied unemployment insurance applicants. “The Bar Association is helping people who have applied for unemployment insurance but were denied. The Bar Association President says people have a much better case to make while challenging that denial if they have an attorney in their corner, but as you can imagine, someone without a job may not be able to afford one. If you’re denied an unemployment insurance claim with New York, you can challenge it and get a hearing, if the ruling stands, you can then appeal it.”

KELO: Low-income South Dakotans can seek legal help on many issues through new website

KELO: Low-income South Dakotans can seek legal help on many issues through new website. “A new online tool that links lower-income South Dakotans and lawyers seems to be much faster than the old way, where legal-aid staff directly took people’s initial information…. What previously took up to an hour or longer can now be done in as little five to 10 minutes by computer.”

Fast Company: There’s now a chatbot to give refugees instant legal advice

Fast Company: There’s now a chatbot to give refugees instant legal advice. “For a Syrian refugee in Lebanon who is trying to navigate the legal path to resettlement, it can be difficult to find answers—and overstretched humanitarian organizations can take as long as three months to respond to an email when the demand for help is highest. A new chatbot called Mona, designed for Facebook Messenger and Telegram, can help more quickly.”

Business Journal Daily: Community Legal Aid Launches Free Resource Site

Business Journal Daily: Community Legal Aid Launches Free Resource Site. “Community Legal Aid has partnered with the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation to launch … a website created justice system by providing free information on the state’s civil justice system. Information on common legal issues, details about court and other legal forms and referrals to legal aid and bar association referral programs are available on the website. Ohio Legal Help also provides plain-language legal information, interactive self-help tools and connections to local legal and community resources.”

American Bar Association: New online platform connects lawyers with immigrant children facing deportation

American Bar Association: New online platform connects lawyers with immigrant children facing deportation . “Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation provides a way for pro bono lawyers across the nation to search for cases posted by civil legal aid providers to address legal relief for unaccompanied children who have crossed into the United States from Mexico. Attorneys can search for cases by geographic location, case type and posting organization. Cases will be provided by legal aid and pro bono programs nationwide and include mentoring support.”

Herald-Tribune: Bringing the law to your fingertips

Herald-Tribune: Bringing the law to your fingertips. “According to the Legal Services Commission, 86 percent of legal problems reported by low-income Americans in the past year were handled with ‘inadequate or no legal help.’ About 71 percent of low-income households experienced at least one civil problem with health care, housing, disability access, veterans’ benefits and domestic violence. That caused an estimated 1.7 million low-income Americans to seek support from legal aid groups, the commission said. Most legal information is available free online, but it’s difficult to navigate without law training. My Law, which is accessible as a website or an app for Apple devices, organizes state statutes and rules for traffic, criminal, family, appellate, juvenile, small-claims and civil court, among others under icons such as ‘Law Online’ and ‘Rule Library.’ They are searchable using keywords.”

TechCrunch: HelpSelf uses simple AI to help those in legal trouble

TechCrunch: HelpSelf uses simple AI to help those in legal trouble. “HelpSelf is a AI-assisted legal app that helps you deal with simple issues. Need protection against debt collectors? Need an expungement? Want to deal with domestic violence? This robot can help. The project is an “automated legal technology company” that automates simple legal procedures. They currently work in the above areas but are moving into housing, family law, certain immigration tasks, and employment law, said Dorna Moini, co-founder of the project.”