Legal justice technology assists during Covid-19 response

The Covid-19 crisis may have brought many things to a near standstill, but legal service organizations (LSOs) are seeing the need for their services accelerate. Whether it is because of an increase in domestic violence due to shelter in place orders or more evictions because renters can no longer afford their rent, LSOs are being asked to do more with the same resources they had before the crisis. Thanks to a TechBridge Technology Assessment, some legal organizations have been aided with enhanced technology to help them maintain their service delivery standards.

Legal Services Alabama (LSA) is an example of a LSO efficiently delivering services after improving their technology. From 2018 to 2019, Legal Services Alabama worked with TechBridge to complete a technology assessment thanks to a Technology Innovation Fund Grant (TIG) from the Legal Services Corporation.

The TechBridge-guided assessment enabled LSA to build the IT staffing capacity necessary to accomplish their goal of becoming the IT center for legal aid delivery in Alabama. Legal Services Alabama now has the information, resources, and plan to strengthen its technology capacity and connect with more families in need of legal services assistance, like those who might lose their much-needed Covid-19 stimulus check to outstanding debt.

“Technology plays an important role in how legal service organizations can respond to the Covid-19 crisis. As needs arise, we look to TechBridge as a technology nonprofit to help us strategize.”
– Christopher Jones, IT Director of Legal Services Alabama.

TechBridge offers multiple justice-focused technology products and services to LSOs and other nonprofits working on issues ranging from wrongful evictions, homelessness, to legal volunteerism. TechBridge assesses the LSO’s current business plan and creates a road map for efficient technology infrastructure going forward.

Organizations like Legal Services Alabama are using technologies implemented by TechBridge to continue delivering vital services to families in need during this unprecedented time in our nation’s history as we continue to face this global pandemic.

To learn more about the TechBridge’s Justice Technology products and services or to sign up for a technology assessment, contact Samantha Sanchez at ssanchez@techbridge.org.

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