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Legal Services Corporation’s 2015 TIG Conference
San Antonio, TX
January 14-16, 2015 
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Thursday, January 15 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
WriteClearly & ReadClearly: Plain Language Tools for Legal Services Websites

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Over the past decade, members of the legal services community have become more aware of the importance of using plain language in client correspondence and self help materials. Innovation in technology has allowed for the development of a variety of resources to assist advocates in ensuring the materials that are created are easy to read. The panel will unveil the new and improved ReadClearly and WriteClearly tools that have been enhanced to provide easy access to free plain language tools. In addition to demonstrating the tools, panelists will discuss the development process, the integration of the tools into websites, and the future of plain language tools

Speakers
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Abhijeet Chavan

Urban Insight, Inc., CTO
Abhijeet Chavan is the chief technology officer of Urban Insight. He has over 21 years of technology consulting experience working with government, higher education, and non-profit clients. His areas of interest include content management systems, user experience design, data visualization and data science. Abhijeet is the creator of OpenAdvocate which provides web solutions for legal services. He also created the GuideClearly, WriteClearly... Read More →
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Maria Mindlin

Readability Expert, Transcend
Maria Mindlin is a Readability and Plain Language expert at Transcend, a small company providing various language services, including certified translations to courts and legal service agencies. Her proudest accomplishments include: | Drafted 1st plain language court forms in the U.S. for the California Courts in 2001. | 1st Comparative Readability Study of Plain Language Court Forms, published in Scribes Journal of Legal Writing, 2005... Read More →
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Anna Hineline Steele

Technology Coordinator, Legal Assistance of Western New York
Anna Steele is the Technology Coordinator at Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® She has assisted in the administration of a variety of innovative technology related initiatives including LSC TIG funded projects. She works with the LawNY® staff to ensure that they have access to and understand the technology that is available to better serve clients and effectively collaborate with others in the organization. This is her sixth year with... Read More →
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Mary Zimmerman

Director of Finance and Administration, Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc.
Mary Zimmerman has been with Idaho Legal Aid Services for the past 25 years. ILAS is a statewide organization and has been the only poverty law agency in Idaho for over forty years. As the Director of Finance and Administration she is responsible for all accounting, budgeting and financial reporting and processes. She also handles most of the human resources responsibilities and is currently the Project Manager for several TIGs and a Pro Bono... Read More →


Thursday January 15, 2015 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Conference Center: Salon E, Marriott Plaza San Antonio 555 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205

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