Julie conducted a full day workshop for the Nova Scoria Barrister’s Society on November 12th on how lawyers might work with SRLs, either offering direct services as “legal coaches”, or working opposite a SRL on the other side of a matter. A coaching model would allow lawyers to offer unbundled services to equip SRLs to move forward on their own, perhaps with regular review and assistance from the “lawyer-coach”. NSBS is interested in promoting this model as part of [...]
There is an important role for law schools and other legal educators (including continuing legal education providers and judicial educators) in integrating new knowledge about SRL’s and debating changes in traditional legal services in order to relate to and to serve SRLs. During October, we shall be reaching out to legal educators in order to develop a list of emerging best practices that inform and prepare law students, practitioners and members of the Bench to work with SRLs. Our goal [...]
SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST NEEDED FOR THE NATIONAL SELF REPRESENTED LITIGANTS PROJECT (NSRLP) Are you a current U Windsor Law Student? Do you have a special interest and expertise in the use of social media – Facebook, Twitter, web design and maintenance (WordPress platform) – for social advocacy and mobilisation? Write a blog or a newsletter, run a website? Are you are interested in joining the team at the NSRLP, a high profile national A2J project based at the Faculty of Law (learn [...]
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Heather Hui-Litwin, our first Access to Justice All-Star is offering free orientation workshops to SRLs in the GTA. These sessions will draw on Heather’s knowledge and experience both as a SRL, and now as a lawyer! The workshops will cover a range of topics critical to SRLs including an overview of the litigation process, explaining motions processes, courtroom procedure and how to behave in court, and costs. To sign up, or to learn more, go to http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/cls/4562120946.html.
Following the announcement of funding for a US study of the SRL experience in five states (https://representingyourselfcanada.com/2014/06/27/canadian-national-study-to-be-replicated-in-the-us/) Julie and Sue have been working with the US research team at the University of Denver. The US study will follow the same research design as the Canadian study and will focus on collecting the stories and experiences of litigants in family courts. Interest is running high in the US – a number of state courts have already expressed enthusiasm about being part [...]
NSRLP is funded from 2013-14 by the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law and aligns with Windsor Law’s mandate to promote Access to Justice for all Canadians.
We are proud to introduce the first edition of our SRL Annotated Bibliography. The bibliography includes writing in academic journals, newsprint and on the web as well as government reports on the SRL Phenomenon. This edition builds on the bibliography we produced for participants at the Dialogue Event in May 2013 and has been significantly updated and expanded. The bibliography has two sections: Section A includes material from Canada and Section B from the US and other jurisdictions. Each entry is kited [...]