How Can Technology Facilitate Pro Bono?
Thursday, February 02, 2012
- ABA Center for Pro Bono Exchange
I recently read Stephanie Kimbro’s blog post, Connecting the Dots Between E-Laywering and Legal Services, and found her discussion of technology in the provision of pro bono services both insightful and thought-provoking. My personal sense is that for many pro bono programs, a lack of resources – including technical knowledge and/or support, funding, and personnel/time – prevents them from making greater use of technology in serving clients and volunteers.
The irony of course is that technology can save time and free up resources for other tasks. Electronic referral of cases and reporting of status frees the staff time currently devoted to these tasks. A mobile application such as Public Counsel’s makes these tasks even easier by putting them at the volunteer’s fingertips.
But it doesn’t have to be as fancy as an application. As I read Ms. Kimbro’s list of what her colleagues would like to see, a few jumped out at me as being the proverbial low-hanging fruit:
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