2019 TIG Awards - Project Descriptions

In 2019, LSC awarded Technology Initiative Grants (TIGs) to 30 legal services organizations totaling $4,230,718. LSC’s grant awards include projects that use technology to improve self-help resources, enhance internal efficiency, and improve access for vulnerable populations. All 2019 TIGs are listed below.

TIG Grant Purpose Grantee Email Contact Project Description
19003 Developing a Strong Foundation for Self-Represented Litigants Legal Aid of the Bluegrass Joshua B. Crabtree
jcrabtree@
lablaw.org
Funding of $176,966 will support improvements the Kentucky statewide legal information website, including a website redesign, content review and creation of new content such as legal information resources and guided templates targeted to help self-represented litigants.
19005 Technology Improvement Project Mississippi Center for Legal Services Sam Buchanan
shbuchanan@
mslegalservices.org
Mississippi Center for Legal Services (MCLSC) will use this $27,500 technology improvement grant to retain an outside consultant to undertake an internal comprehensive technology assessment of MCLSC's and North MS Rural Legal Services' (NMRLS) current technology capacity and develop a technology strategic plan for the two programs.
19006 Videoconferencing Northwest Justice Project Sue Encherman
Suee@
nwjustice.org
The project team will utilize a $51,330 grant to implement technologies that increase access to legal services for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and Deafblind individuals and build upon the work of CLEAR*ASL. This will connect field offices with a qualified video sign language interpreter service to allow reception and attorney staff to interact with Deaf clients on a walk-in or emergency basis without having to wait for an in-person interpreter.
19007 Developing a Strong Foundation for Self-Represented Litigants Legal Services Vermont Sam Abel-Palmer
SAbel-Palmer@
lawlinevt.org
Legal Services Vermont will receive $152,940 to create more online content for self-represented litigants. The organization will add tutorials for high-demand legal issues, including evictions cases and temporary restraining orders in domestic violence cases. The expanded library of online tutorials will feature a series of instructional videos, informing viewers how to fill out court forms or initiate certain legal actions.
19008 National Projects Philadelphia Legal Assistance Center Jonathan Pyle
jpyle@
philalegal.org
Philadelphia Legal Assistance Center will receive $298,500 to partner with Upsolve.org to develop artificial intelligence-enabled tools to help individuals filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. These tools will guide users throughout the bankruptcy process, translating court filings into plain language, setting appointment reminders, and monitoring court schedules for case activity. Users will be able to access these services through the national Upsolve.org platform.
19009 Mobile Technology Michigan Advocacy Program Angela Tripp
trippa@lsscm.org
Funding on this $114,300 TIG will support a new capacity to engage in simple, automated text conversations with users of the Michigan Legal Help statewide website, including exchanges focused on follow-up assistance and tracking user outcomes.
19014 Technology Improvement Project Neighborhood Legal Services Program of the District of Columbia Karen Newton Cole
KNewtonCole@
nlsp.org
Neighborhood Legal Services Program will receive $27,500 to conduct a full assessment of its current technology systems and identify areas for improvement and investment.
19016 Developing a Strong Foundation for Self-Represented Litigants Alaska Legal Services Corporation Nikole Nelson
nnelson@
alsc-law.org
Alaska Legal Services Corporation will receive $283,089 to create a web application, BeneFactor, to inform and assist individuals applying for social security disability benefits. Users will receive the knowledge and assistance necessary to take control of their disability application throughout the process, including during a reconsideration or appeal. If they need additional help, users will be able to submit their case file to a legal representative.
19017 Technology Improvement Project Legal Aid of Western Missouri Joseph Dandurand
jdandurand@
lawmo.org
Legal Aid of Western Missouri (LAWMO) will receive $27,500 to work with process improvement professionals to identify and address areas of opportunity for improvement in its intake workflow, staffing, and technology configurations to enable clients to connect more quickly and easily to the information and resources they need.
19021 Data Analysis/Data Standards Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. Jack Dailey
JackD@
lassd.org
The Legal Aid Society of San Diego will receive $90,000 to deploy an enhanced data migration system for the Health Consumer Alliance (HCA) of California. This will allow for HCA's seamless transmission of client health advocacy data to a new database and to HCA’s partners, including the state's nine other LSC grantees.
19022 Technology Improvement Project Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. Mike O'Connor
moconnor@
pslegal.org
This $27,500 technology improvement grant will support a comprehensive evaluation of Prairie State’s technological environment, including hardware, software, staffing, security, and support.
19023 Technology Improvement Project Northeast New Jersey Legal Services Corporation Jack Fitzgerald
jfitzgerald@
lsnj.org
Northeast New Jersey Legal Services Corporation will receive $27,500 to review the technology behind its client intake system and to develop a plan to improve intake efficiency. The plan will reduce wait times and assist people with the most pressing legal needs. The plan will also address the needs of people with limited English proficiency.
19025 Document Assembly Inland Counties Legal Services, Inc. Darrell Moore
dmoore@
icls.org
Inland Counties Legal Services will receive $97,464 to expand and modify its existing online legal help tools for litigants with consumer debt cases. The project will automate aspects of legal document preparation to improve efficiency for legal professionals, including through an integration with the program’s case management system. 
19027 Website Grants for Programs Legal Aid Chicago Vivian Hessel
vhessel@
legalaidchicago.org
Legal Aid Chicago will receive $184,200 to improve online legal content by coordinating with Illinois Legal Aid Online and legal experts. The project will employ a new content-organization model for delivering legal information that is accurate and up to date. Improved information distribution and sharing between different platforms will enhance accessibility for users.
19029 Online Intake Legal Aid of Wyoming, Inc. Ray Macchia
RMacchia@
lawyoming.org
This $105,000 grant will enhance Legal Aid of Wyoming's technology through creation of an end-to-end system for the entire client experience, which includes a triage function, online intake, and automated messaging via SMS.
19033 Online Intake North Penn Legal Services, Inc. Lori Molloy
lmolloy@
northpennlegal.org
North Penn Legal Services will receive $195,000 to create a statewide, online system for conducting quick intake and referrals. The system will connect low-income individuals to a legal aid provider or resource that can best meet their needs. It will take account of the case priorities of project partners, adding needed flexibility when directing users to an appropriate provider during intake.
19036 Technology Improvement Project Kentucky Legal Aid Amanda Young
jmoore@
klaid.org
Kentucky Legal Aid will receive $26,500 to retain an independent consultant to perform a technology assessment of the organization. The consultant will then help develop a technology improvement plan with Kentucky Legal Aid staff, including plan implementation priorities.
19038 Document Assembly Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. Steve McGarrity
smcgarrity@
community
legalaid.org
Community Legal Aid Services will receive $162,500 to partner with Ohio Legal Help to develop better functionality for the state’s legal information website and provide mobile access for users. Users will be able to create a personalized dashboard where they can save and retrieve assembled documents, articles, and other ongoing tasks. The new functionality will allow the system to send out text reminders to users about actions to take.
19039 National Projects Michigan Advocacy Program Angela Tripp
trippa@
lsscm.org
This $177,500 grant will increase the usability of the legal aid community’s guided interviews and other key client-facing applications by having a professional user experience (UX) reviewer provide feedback on individual applications, and by leading an in-depth user experience training. This project also includes efforts to enhance the widely-used National Subject Matter Index (NSMI).
19042 National Projects Ohio State Legal Services Joshua Goodwin
OSLSA-TIG@
oslsa.org
Ohio State Legal Services will receive $790,000 to continue growing the capability and reliability of LawHelp Interactive (LHI), a free online resource for drafting legal forms and documents in over 40 states. LHI is a partnership with Pro Bono Net, a nonprofit that uses technology to increase access to justice.
19043 Document Assembly Legal Advice & Referral Center, Inc. Breckie Hayes
bhayes@
larcnh.org
This $62,290 grant will support a pilot of the use of the open source Docassemble platform to create a set of legal document interviews for self-represented litigants facing housing, consumer and other legal issues in New Hampshire and Illinois.
19044 Program-Provided Training Georgia Legal Services Program Richard Rufolo
RRufolo@
glsp.org
Georgia Legal Services Program will receive $218,007 to build online, interactive tutorials on landlord-tenant law. The focus will be on teaching self-represented tenants their rights and the steps for proceeding with a case, as well as training pro bono attorneys and legal aid staff. The tutorials will require participants to answer multiple-choice questions to ensure understanding and to maximize effectiveness.
19048 Business Process Improvement Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota Dori Streit
dstreit@
lasnem.org
Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota will receive $177,500 to develop a large business improvement process project for the state’s regional client intake system. It will work with two LSC-funded technology improvement projects at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services and Legal Aid of Western Missouri. 
19052 Mobile Technology Legal Services of Eastern Michigan Jill Nylander
jnylander@
lsem-mi.org
Legal Services of Eastern Michigan will use this $180,838 to develop a mobile friendly web application that enhances the fair housing tester experience for both testers and fair housing centers across the country. It will partner with other legal aid providers to ensure the application provides a high-quality user experience.
19053 Program-Provided Training South Carolina Legal Services, Inc. Pat Muller
patmuller@
sclegal.org 
South Carolina Legal Services will receive $155,940 to expand the number of online "classrooms" they offer. Six new courses will focus on eviction, criminal records expungement, foreclosure, heir’s property, education rights, and debt collection. South Carolina Legal Services is partnering with the South Carolina Pro Bono Board on the project.
19055 Technology Improvement Project Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc. Lezlie Paulus
lezlie.paulus@
smrls.org
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services will receive $27,500 to improve its intake, workflow, staffing, and technology configurations. Better intake processes will enable clients to access information and resources they need quickly and easily.
19056 Developing a Strong Foundation for Self-Represented Litigants Central Minnesota Legal Services, Inc. Pat O'Neill
PONeill@
CentralMN
Legal.Org
Central Minnesota Legal Services will receive $102,478 to upgrade the statewide legal information website, LawHelpMN.org, with better interactive content to improve user learning. The new content will integrate short videos and tests within the site's existing fact sheets. This project will also incorporate real-time feedback for the online test-takers through live chat and other tools.
19058 Developing a Strong Foundation for Self-Represented Litigants Colorado Legal Services Molly French
mfrench@
colegalserv.org
Colorado Legal Services (CLS) will receive $100,200 to develop an augmented reality (AR) application to create a virtual courthouse tour and explainer videos for self-represented litigants (SRLs). These resources will help SRLs prepare for court, including what the courthouse looks like, how to locate the clerk’s office and self-help center, where to go for a hearing, and how to respectfully approach and interact with judges and other court personnel.
19061 LEP Resources and AoI – Projects That Develop a Strong Foundation of Technologies for Self-Represented Litigants Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. Kristin N. Verrill
knverrill@
atlantalegalaid.org
Atlanta Legal Aid Society will receive $90,650 to make AyudaLegalGeorgia.org, its Spanish-language, self-help website, more accessible to online visitors. The organization will also improve online intake for Spanish-speaking clients through its integrated case management system.
19062 Developing a Strong Foundation for Self-Represented Litigants American Samoa Legal Aid Fainuulelei
Ala'ilima-Utu
Fautu@
aslegalaid.org
American Samoa Legal Aid will receive $73,200 to upgrade the organization’s website. Improvements include adding more relevant legal information, creating interactive online tools for self-represented litigants with high-demand case types, and improving online accessibility for disabled and non-English speaking individuals.