Model Practices & Innovations
LSC's Model Practices & Innovations page offers numerous resources on providing and managing legal services, legal aid technology, and strategic planning.
Anishinabe Legal Services (ALS) Executive Director Cody Nelson shared the steps ALS took to raise funds for and build its new headquarters, from strategic planning to financing to community outreach. Click below to read more!
Learn how Legal Action of Wisconsin (LAW) works to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into its organization externally to serve its clients more effectively and internally to foster an inclusive workplace environment!
This Model Practices & Innovations article features Alaska Legal Services Corporation's Community Justice Worker (CJW) Program, which trains attorney-supervised allied legal professionals to provide legal services in their own remote and rural communities. Click below to read more about how CJWs are helping to close the justice gap in Alaska!
This new MPI info sheet explores the timeline and evolution of allied legal professionals (ALPs) in civil legal aid and the steps that states and LSC grantees have taken to allow more access to justice.
Explore new MPI resources and articles on legal aid topics like technology, management, bridging the digital divide, evictions, and more!
LSC's Office of Training and Technical Assistance demonstrates LSC's numerous technology resources for civil legal aid grantees in this short video. The video also showcases the LSC-funded Legal Services National Technical Assistance Program (LSNTAP) technology resources.
This Model Practices & Innovations article features two LSC grantees, Idaho Legal Aid Services and Legal Aid of Western Michigan, who helped clients navigate rapidly changing eviction laws during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this MPI article, Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota (LSNM) shares its tactics for assisting low-income individuals who lack access to technology through legal kiosks and Justice Buses. LSNM also provides valuable insights and replicable practices gained from their experiences.
Discover the latest MPI info sheets that provide comprehensive details about the free training offered by LSC and OCLC: "Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice" and "Navigating Civil Legal Issues after Natural Disasters." These training programs are specifically designed for public libraries to collaborate with LSC grantees. The aim is to enhance access to civil legal aid within their communities.
Read the new Model Practices & Innovations article featuring Legal Services of North Florida (LSNF)! LSNF uses a variety of strategies to successfully bridge the digital divide for victims of natural disasters and those isolated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Strategic planning is especially critical in times of limited resources when the demand for service continues to rise. Strategic planning starts with an assessment of the most pressing legal needs and covers internal management, organization mission growth, and relations with your local community.
Learn how to:
Conduct needs assessments and set priorities
Develop and implement strategic plans
Evaluate your organization's effectiveness and make adjustments
Legal aid organizations should treat those seeking assistance and clients accepted for services with dignity and compassion. Effective representation begins with a relationship of mutual trust and respect. Everyone at your legal aid organization should continually strive to maximize the effectiveness of legal services and achieve meaningful and lasting results on behalf of clients.
Learn how to:
- Provide client access and conduct intake
- Engage diverse populations
- Provide language access
- Represent clients effectively
- Manage and supervise legal work
- Engage volunteers
- Assist unrepresented people in your community
A well-run legal aid organization is governed by a committed and involved board of directors that exercises independent judgment in carrying out its fiduciary responsibility to the organization. Key leadership, starting with the executive director, sets the tone for excellence by establishing a shared vision and mission and managing efficiently and effectively so that resources are preserved and allocated to achieve the greatest impact in the community.
Learn how to:
- Achieve effective board governance
- Lead effectively
- Manage and administer the organization
- Use technology
- Establish responsible financial management
- Communicate effectively internally and externally
- Continue to grow resources
The use of technology in legal aid programs is constantly evolving in ways that increase efficiency and enhance service delivery for LSC grantees. The Best Practices Corner’s technology resources are designed to help grantees understand the current state of technology in legal aid offices, plan for future developments, and review successful projects and systems.
Visit this webpage to access resources shared by LSC grantees on topics such as needs assessments, strategic plans, technology solutions, and more.
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