Inclusion, accessibility, usability, privacy, openness, and sharing best practices are some of the technological values that make up the Washington State Access to Justice Technology Principles. These principles were created to ensure that technology in the justice system reduces barriers, promotes better decision-making, and enables equal and fair access to our courts. Learn how these principles were developed and see how the digital inclusion folks in the Communities Connect network and the technology wizards at the Northwest Justice Project have applied them in innovative, cost-saving ways to connect people to the legal resources they need.
Takeaway 1: Participants will understand the Access to Justice (ATJ) Technology Principles, their potential impact on equitable and meaningful access to the justice system, and the essential role law librarians can play in making these principles real in the lives of all who are subject to the law.
Takeaway 2: Participants will be able to concretely apply the principles in their own libraries and legal communities to improve access to and the usability of legal information and services.
Takeaway 3: Participants will gain practical low-cost technology tips to creatively share their services and improve communications with their constituents.
Who should attend: Law librarians whose personal or professional interests include keeping abreast of standards for the accessibility and delivery of legal information; specifically, law librarians who are responsible for promoting their library's services to internal and external clients, who are interested in finding affordable and supportable ways to improve communications with their constituents, and who need to learn how to leverage community partnerships
Track(s): Library Management, Information Technology, Teaching, Reference, Research and Client Services
Rick Stroup, currently the Assistant Director at the Public Law Library of King County (PLLKC) in Seattle, Washington, has spent his entire professional career in public law librarianship. A 1988 graduate of the University of Washington Library School--now known as the Information School--Rick has been active in the American Association of Law Libraries and in the Law Librarians of Puget Sound, the Washington chapter of AALL. While at PLLKC, Rick has worked on numerous projects whose ultimate goal has been to promote and improve law library services to the local bar and to the general public, to improve the latter's understanding and appreciation for our justice system, and to work with other court operations to increase the accessiblity and usability of court services.
David Keyes directs the City of Seattle’s Community Technology Program and was the first community technology planner in the country. He helped found the WA state Communities Connect Network and serves on the Seattle Public Schools technology advisory council, Washington State Access to Justice Board’s Technology Committee, and the City of Seattle’s Race & Social Justice Initiative public engagement committee.
David was also on the working group for the development of the national IMLS Digital Inclusion Framework and has served on WA State broadband advisory boards and a variety of other local and national groups. David is originally from Milwaukee, WI, and is a graduate of Antioch College and the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs.
Professor and techie working at Northwest Justice Project at the National Technology Assistance Project Coordinator, and teaching at the University of Washington and Seattle University. He also contributes to Digital Rights Northwest.
Brian has worked at several nonprofits including Public Knowledge, as a Google Public Policy Fellow, working on copyright and FCC issues and at Creative Commons as a legal clerk on a public interest law foundation grant, working on public domain and noncommercial use in copyright.