September 9, 2015

Small Steps towards Big Goals

We are excited to introduce a new regular feature to our E-blasts: documenting the most interesting and encouraging developments impacting Access to Justice for SRLs as we come across them. With a goal as big as Access to Justice, all incremental steps should be promoted as widely as possible. NuLawLab at Northeastern University is in the final stages of developing a SRL Game that will give SRLs the chance to practice courtroom appearances and be guided through the most effective and [...]


Pro Bono Students Canada Begins SRL Family Law Coaching Project at Windsor Law

The Family Law Coaching Project is a partnership among the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) Windsor, and the National Self-Represented Litigants Project. The Family Law Coaching pilot program will match local self-represented litigants with Windsor Law students, who will provide one-on-one legal information, moral support, and community referrals where appropriate. By focusing on self-represented litigants, the Family Law Coaching Project differs from the traditional legal clinic setting in a number of ways. Rather than [...]


SRL Experience “the same” both sides of the border: Preliminary Results from the US SRL Study

The first US research to focus on the experiences of self-represented litigants in American family courts – conducted by IAALS at the University of Denver – has just released its preliminary findings. “Cases Without Counsel” is modeled on the Canadian study and uses the same methodology: qualitative interviews with SRLs and court and other service providers. Julie and Sue were in Denver two weeks ago with the US research team to hear the initial findings discussed by their Advisory Board [...]

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