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Self-Represented Litigation Curriculum, January 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST


This webinar discusses the updated Ensuring the Right to Be heard for Self-Represented Litigants: Judicial Curriculum modules. Judge Karen Adam of the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County and Justice Laurie Zelon of the California Court of Appeal will be presenting. The 2013 curriculum is based on a 2008 judicial curriculum, developed by the Self-Represented Litigation Network with funding from the State Justice Institute and launched at a Conference at Harvard Law School. It integrates the Presentation, Bench Guide, Handbook of Resource Materials and Handbook of Optional Activities. The 2013 version, developed by the National Center for State Courts’ Center for Court Access to Justice for All with funding from the Public Welfare Foundation, includes updated information, case law and an updated list of resources and is divided into easy to use modules. Both versions of the curriculum are grounded in courtroom research and utilize the experiences of hundreds of judges who have shared their perspectives, ideas, and suggestions. 


Procedural Fairness and Self-Represented Litigants, December 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. EST  


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Judge Kevin Burke, a Minneapolis trial judge since 1984 and a national leader in court reform presented this webinar. He coauthored the American Judges Association’s white paper on procedural fairness in 2007 and has been a regular speaker on the topic. Studies on procedural fairness point to the fact that litigant satisfaction is more closely correlated to the perception of being treated fairly and understanding the process than the actual outcome of the case. This is a particularly important concept for the self-represented litigant. Similarly, compliance with court orders is dependant in large part upon the litigant actually understanding the order. Judge Burke will describe the basic components of procedural fairness and the importance of using these techniques when handling cases with self-represented litigants.


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90-minute Forms Development webinar, October 16th, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.

The webinar begins with an overview of forms development including the benefits of a program, plain language and design issues, and management of forms projects presented by Susan Ledray, Senior Manager Pro Se Services, Minnesota Fourth Judicial District. Trish McAllister, Executive Director, Texas Access to Justice Commission will follow with information on implementing a new forms project, focusing on lessons learned from her experience, how to move forward, and strategies for building relationships and dealing with political issues. Bonnie Rose Hough, Managing Attorney for the Center for Families, Children & the Courts, California Administrative Office of the Courts will also discuss her experience with a long-term initiative to address forms, including strategic planning, vetting of forms, turning a legislative statute into a workable form, and taking a reading on where you are in the process.