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Thursday, January 11 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
The Science of Where: Why Location Matters and How Mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) Technology Are Providing Insight for Access to Justice

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How does geography influence accessibility to civil legal aid and civil courts? Research is showing that distance to services is a significant factor. Demographics and technology access also vary across a state, so it is crucial to understand the needs of your court users and the distribution of resources. In this session, you will see the latest Geographic Information System (GIS) applications being developed at a national and state scale by staff at the Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) and the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). You will learn how LSC is using GIS analysis to map drive-time areas 30- and 60-minutes out from its grantees’ office locations, and infusing those areas with demographic characteristics of income eligible populations. The session will also showcase SRLN projects in support of state strategic planning, process simplification, and courts’ understanding of the diverse needs of court users. The session will provided a demonstration on how to access spatial datasets, find resources to develop your own GIS map applications, connect with others in the GIS for Justice community, and join initiatives to develop a Civil Legal GIS Data Infrastructure.

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Alison Davis-Holland

GIS/Data Manager, Self-Represented Litigation Network
Alison Davis-Holland is the GIS/Data Manager for SRLN. She is a veteran cartographer and geographer with over 20 years of experience thinking through problems, analyzing data, and optimizing solutions using geographic information systems (GIS) technology. By considering location... Read More →

Michelle Oh

Research Analyst II, Legal Services Corporation
Michelle is a Research Analyst in the Office of Data Governance and Analysis (ODGA) at LSC. She prepares data-related documents through creating visualizations and providing statistical analysis. She is a recent graduate, holding a Master's degree in Applied Quantitative Research... Read More →
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Kris Reinertson

Grants Coordinator & GIS Specialist, LSC
Kris Reinertson is a grants coordinator and geographic information system (GIS) specialist at LSC. He develops maps of service delivery for use in strategic planning and program quality visits; disaster maps that provide poverty estimates in flood zones and hurricane paths for use... Read More →

Thursday January 11, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm CST
Orleans/Rosalie/St. Claude 3rd Floor