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Saturday, November 12 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Smart Advocates Use Smart Forms: Better Advocacy through Document Automation

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More than 40 states have forms on Law Help Interactive (LHI), the national automated document server. But most of those forms are targeted for client self-help, not for advocates. Document automation has been around for more than 30 years, and yet most legal services advocates are still drafting pleadings by using search and replace or cut and paste. Evaluations of LSC TIG projects have shown that advocates can reduce the time it takes to prepare forms for their cases by more than 30 percent by using automated forms for the most common practice areas. Not only that, having automated forms ensures that changes in the law are immediately reflected in the forms of every advocate. These same forms can be provided to pro bono attorneys so that they can be more comfortable representing clients outside their usual areas of practice. This session will help you develop a strategy for introducing or expanding automated forms to support the work of the advocates and pro bono attorneys for your program.

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avatar for Joshua M. Goodwin

Joshua M. Goodwin

Managing Attorney, Southeastern Ohio Legal Services
Joshua Goodwin is the Managing Attorney of the Chillicothe office of Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS). He graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2006 and has been with SEOLS since 2008. Mr. Goodwin is a generalist attorney and handles family law, consumer, housing, and public benefits cases in Ohio’s state and federal courts. Additionally, Mr. Goodwin is a programmer and is constantly looking for ways to improve his... Read More →
avatar for Marc Lauritsen

Marc Lauritsen

President, Capstone Practice Systems
Marc Lauritsen, president of Capstone Practice Systems, practiced and supervised in legal aid offices for seven years, then served as an instructor, director of clinical programs, and a senior research associate at Harvard Law School. Marc directed Project PERICLES there, which focused on computer applications in legal services. He was "chief e-legal officer" at AmeriCounsel.com, which developed an online environment for low-cost, high-quality... Read More →
avatar for Glenn Rawdon

Glenn Rawdon

Senior Program Counsel for Technology, Legal Services Corporation
Glenn Rawdon is Program Counsel for Technology with the Legal Services Corporation. He is responsible for helping legal services programs with their technology efforts and with the administration of the Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) program. Since the program started in 2000, TIG has made over 640 grants totaling over $53 million, many of them in partnerships with SJI and the courts. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lincoln 2nd Level

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