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Friday, January 12 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Using Technology Tools to Address Financial Injustice

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As consumers of financial products, legal aid clients are frequently targeted by unscrupulous businesses and predatory credit offers. When low-income consumers default on mortgages, credit card debt, payday loans, auto loans and student loans, the debt collectors start calling. And then they sue. Innovative use of technology holds tremendous potential to increase the assistance available to self-represented litigants and legal aid clients facing these issues. Technology can also enhance legal service providers’ capacity to serve them. In this session, participants will learn about how online forms, mobile technology and other tech tools are being used across the country to expand services for low-income people who have to navigate consumer debt cases. Participants will leave the session with practical tips and ideas on how to implement similar projects in their local communities. Panelists will also address how these technologies and innovative service delivery models can help individuals with consumer issues who have limited English proficiency (LEP) as well as geographical barriers to accessing traditional legal assistance.

Speakers
avatar for Mirenda Meghelli

Mirenda Meghelli

Partnerships Manager, Pro Bono Net
Mirenda Meghelli joined Pro Bono Net in 2012. Her responsibilities include managing projects related to LawHelp Interactive, a national document assembly platform that allows Courts and legal aid organizations to provide free, high quality forms online. She previously worked as the... Read More →
avatar for Claire Johnson Raba

Claire Johnson Raba

Consumer Rights Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
Claire Johnson Raba is a staff attorney and the consumer law unit coordinator at Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Consumer law attorneys at BayLegal serve clients through a combination of full representation, affirmative and impact litigation, and a robust... Read More →
avatar for Anna Steele

Anna Steele

Director of Consulting, Just-Tech
As Just-Tech Director of Consulting, Anna works with legal service providers to develop and implement strategic technologies that are in line with their unique needs. A former legal services technologist, Anna values the strong connection between technology and access to justice and... Read More →


Friday January 12, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am
Rex - 8th Floor

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