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.”