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Thursday, January 11 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Open and Collaborative Methods of Legal Services Program Administration in the Age of Automation

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Technology improvements have enabled the automation of more and more tasks in the legal services office, such as preparing reports for funders and conducting factual research in cases. But has efficiency reduced transparency? How can everyone in an organization be on the same page when the details of important processes are encoded in computer code or exist only in the brains of irreplaceable technical staff? Can managers assure quality without learning to code? This presentation will describe methods and tools that bridge the gap between non-techie managers and the computer systems that automate important tasks. For example, Behavior Driven Development (BDD) software allows managers and techies to collaboratively design and validate computerized processes such as Legal Server customizations. Another example is Reproducible Research (RR), a method of preparing reports in which the transformation of data from the original database into final results is fully specified in a single document. This allows the report to be re-run for a different time period at the touch of a button, in a transparent way.

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Jonathan Pyle

Contract Performance Officer, Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Jonathan Pyle is the Contract Performance Officer at Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA), where he is responsible for LSC compliance, reporting, and implementing new uses of technology to analyze, streamline, and expand service delivery. Before joining PLA, he practiced law in the... Read More →

Nate Vogel

Director of Law & Technology, Community Legal Services
Nate Vogel (github.com/natev) is Director of Law and Technology at Community Legal Services (CLS) in Philadelphia. His work focuses on integrating data and technology into CLS's legal and policy advocacy. His favorite languages are python, R, and javascript. He joined CLS after serving... Read More →

Thursday January 11, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm CST
Muses - 8th Floor