2007 Statewide Conference on Self-Represented Litigants

California Conference on Self-Represented Litigants

In conjunction with the AB1058 Family Law Facilitator Program Midyear Training
May 14-18, 2007, Milton Marks Conference Center and Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, CA

This web site contains information and resource materials from the California Conference on Self-Represented Litigants

For further information, please contact Joseph Nguyen at 415-865-7533 or at joseph.nguyen@jud.ca.gov.


 

I. Conference Agenda

II. Biographies of Speakers, Moderators and Presenters

 

III. Conference Materials

 

Preconference and AB1058 Family Law Facilitator Program Midyear Training

Monday and Tuesday, May 14-15, 2007

Conservatorships and Probate of Small Estates
Consumer and Small Claims Law and Updates
Developing an Evaluation Strategy for Your Self-Help Center
Ethics
Expungements and Traffic
Guardianships
Landlord/Tenant Basics
Law Librarians Roundtable Discussion
Law Librarians Strategizing for Partnerships
Self-Help Center and Small Claims Attorneys Roundtable Discussion


Main Conference

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Decisionmaking and Solutions for Unintended Bias
Distance Services - Using Hotlines, E-mail, Videoconferencing and the Web to Provide Services
Getting Support Services in the Courtroom
Helping Litigants with Mental Health Problems
Helping Self-Represented Litigants With Appeals
How to Create Plain Language Forms and Instructions
How to Help Prepare Litigants for Hearings and Trials
How to Start a Self-Help Center
Operation and Expansion of Self-Help Center Services
Plenary: Speaker Richard Zorza - Rethinking the Courts
Providing Services to Limited-English-Speaking Litigants
Self-Help is Not for Everybody: Planning with Local Bars, Lawyer Referral Services and Legal Services Programs to Provide a Continuum of Service
Staffing and Personnel Issues Including Volunteers (How to Get and Retain the Right People)
The Impact of Self-Help Centers on Caseflow Management
The Latest on Limited Scope Representation and How You Can Work With Your Bar to Encourage It

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Collaborations Between Self-Help Centers and Law Libraries
Effective Communication: Improving Comprehension and Compliance by Self-Represented Litigants
Effective Workshops
Ethical Issues for Judges in Handling Cases With Self-Represented Litigants
Expanding Family Law--Moving Beyond Child Support
From Their First Step Into the Courthouse- Making the Courthouse Work More Effectively for Self-Represented Litigants
Funding--How Other Courts Have Done It
Managing Pro Per Cases in the Courtroom
Mediation of Cases With Self-Represented Litigants
Providing Neutral Services
Reaching Out--Outreach and Education Services in the Community--Issues and Successes
Self-Help Assistance: Research Findings and What They Tell Us About Good Practice
Triage--Getting Self-Represented Litigants to the Right Service
Using Volunteers Effectively

 


National Conference on Self-Represented Litgants

Friday, May 18, 2007

Opening Plenary--Overview and Future Directions of the National Self-Represented Litigation Network
Case Management and Self-Represented Litigants

Developing Strategies to Increase Compliance With Court Orders
Education and Guidance for Court and Self-Help Center Staff
Forms and Plain Language Development and Promotion
Judicial Education
Overall Direction of the National Self-Represented Litigation Network
Partnerships and Increasing Resources
Problem Assessment/Triage
Research Directions
System Change
Unbundling/Limited Scope Representation

 



Conference Materials

 

 

Preconference and AB1058 Family Law Facilitator Program Midyear Training

 

Monday and Tuesday, May 14 & 15, 2007

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Conservatorships and Probate of Small Estates

Conservatorship Clinic Materials

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Consumer and Small Claims Law and Updates

Workshop Packet
Workshop Agenda
Updates to California Tenants Booklet
Initial Inspection Before Tenant Moves Out

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Developing an Evaluation Strategy for Your Self-Help Center

Evaluation Planning Workbook (without Survey Pamphlet)
Workshop Powerpoint Presentation

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Ethics

Ethics for Facilitators

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Expungements and Traffic

 

Norton Rabbit Gets a Ticket
Clearing Your Adult Criminal Record in California, a Step-By-Step Guide
Clearing Your Adult Criminal Record in California - Intake Form

 

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Guardianships

Guardianships Workshop Packet
Powerpoint Presentation from Workshop

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Landlord/Tenant Basics

Workshop Packet

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Law Librarian Roundtable Discussion

Questions and Notes from Discussion

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Law Librarians Strategizing for Partnerships

Report of the Statewide Law Library/Self-Help Center Project Advisory Workgroup

 

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Self-Help Center and Small Claims Attorney Roundtable Discussion

Basic Rules for Working in the Self-Help Center
How to Draw the Line Between Legal Advice and Legal Information

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Main Conference

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Decisionmaking and Solutions for Unintended Bias

Avoiding Unintended Bias, a chapter from the California Benchguide on Self-Represented Litigants

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Distance Services - Using Hotlines, E-mail, Videoconferencing and the Web to Provide Services

Distance Services Workshop Handout Overview
Notes on Distance Services from Placer County's Self-Help Center
Handout from Collaborations Between Law Libraries and Self-Help Centers workshop
Sacramento Superior Court brochure "Meeting Your Minimum Continuting Education Requirements"

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Getting Support Services in the Courtroom

 

Roadmap to Success: Petitioner's Step-by-Step Guide to Completing Your Divorce
Roadmap to Success: Respondent's step-by-Step Guide to Completing Your Divorce
Improving Efficiency and Service in Family Courts

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Helping Litigants with Mental Health Problems

 

Addressing Litigant Mental Health Issues in the Courtroom, a chapter from the California Benchguide on Self-Represented Litigants

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Helping Self-Represented Litigants With Appeals

 

Basic Civil Appellate Practice in the Court of Appeal for the Second District
Table of Contents from "Step by Step to Appeals" manual
Introduction to "Step by Step to Appeals" manual
Modified Court of Appeal notice to pro per litigants
Resources for Handling Appeals in California
Draft proposal to change superior court appellate rules
Information on Appeal Procedures for Limited Civil Cases
Information on Proceedings for Writs in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court

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How to Create Plain Language Forms and Instructions

 

Transcend website

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How to Help Prepare Litigants for Hearings and Trials

 

Powerpoint handout from workshop
Alaska Court System Family Law Self-Help Center resource links

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How to Start a Self-Help Center

Advertisement for Lassen County Self-Help Center
Brochure for Lassen County Self-Help Center
Eviction information packet for tenants
Clearing Your Adult Criminal Record in California, a step-by-step guide
Checklist for Filing an Uncontested Dissolution
Starting a Self-Help Center: 12 Core Resources

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Operation and Expansion of Self-Help Center Services

Presentation:Operation & Expansion of Self-Help Services

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Plenary: Speaker Richard Zorza - Rethinking the Courts

Plenary Powerpoint presentation

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Providing Services to Limited-English-Speaking Litigants

Tools for Dealing With Cross-Cultural Communication Issues
Expanding Legal Services: Serving Limited English Proficient Asians and Pacific Islanders
Imperial County Spanish/English Glossary
Resources for Providing Services to LEP Litigants
Comparisons between two legal systems
Cultural Competence in a Hotline
Providing Services to Non-English Speaking Asian American Litigants

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Self-Help is Not for Everybody: Planning with Local Bars, Lawyer Referral Services and Legal Services Programs to Provide a Continuum of Service

Limited Scope Representation in Family Law Cases
Representacion Limitada en Casos De Familia
Referral & Coordination Plan Template
Services Chart

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Staffing and Personnel Issues Including Volunteers (How to Get and Retain the Right People)

Staffing Workshop Packet

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The Impact of Self-Help Centers on Caseflow Management

Draft Rule For Status Conferences for Self-Represented Litigants

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The Latest on Limited Scope Representation and How You Can Work With Your Bar to Encourage It

General Civil Limited Scope Representation - Risk Management Materials
Limited Scope Representation in Family Law Cases
Representacion Limitada en Casos De Familia

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Collaborations Between Self-Help Centers and Law Libraries

Workshop materials packet
Sacramento Superior Court brochure, Meeting Your Minimum Continuing Education Requirements

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Effective Communication: Improving Comprehension and Compliance by Self-Represented Litigants

Communication Tools chapter from the California Benchguide on Self-Represented Litigants

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Effective Workshops

Sutter County Sample Forms Packet (ZIP, 46MB) Note: this is a large file

 

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Ethical Issues for Judges in Handling Cases With Self-Represented Litigants

California Law Applicable to a Judge's Ethical Duties in Dealing with Self-Represented Litigants
Ethical Issues for Judges in Handling Cases with Self-Represented Litigants

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Expanding Family Law--Moving Beyond Child Support

Workshop materials packet

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From Their First Step Into the Courthouse- Making the Courthouse Work More Effectively for Self-Represented Litigants

Becoming a Culturally Competent Court
Borderland Justice: Working With Culture in Courts Along the US/Mexico Border
Tour Guide
Family Court: Models for Practice and Design

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Funding--How Other Courts Have Done It

2007-2008 Annual Grant Program application
Partnership General Information Flyer
SJI Grant Descriptions

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Managing Pro Per Cases in the Courtroom

Top 10 Tips for Dealing with Self-Represented Litigants

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Mediation of Cases With Self-Represented Litigants

RECOURSE Mediation Services flyer
Also see Sonoma Superior Court's Alternative Dispute Resolution Page

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Providing Neutral Services

Flyer: Very Important Information for Respondents (22 KB)
Neutrality Powerpoint presentation (PPT, 58 KB)

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Reaching Out--Outreach and Education Services in the Community--Issues and Successes

Workshop outline
Domestic Violence Information & Resources Workshop brochure
Information Workshop Regarding Domestic Abuse brochure
Evaluation Form
Fresno Self-Help Center Flyer in English and Spanish
Public Legal Forum information sheets

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Self-Help Assistance: Research Findings and What They Tell Us About Good Practice

Los Angeles County Superior Court JusticeCorps Focus Groups Report - Executive Summary
Los Angeles County Superior Court JusticeCorps Focus Groups Report (full report)
Evaluation of 5 Model Self-Help Pilot Programs (courtinfo.ca.gov)
Equal Access Program evaluation page

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Triage--Getting Self-Represented Litigants to the Right Service

Workshop Powerpoint presentation
Intake Assessment/Triage in Unlawful Detainer Cases
Legal Reasons Why I Should Not Be Evicted (Affirmative Defenses)
Guardianship Workshop Script
Helping People Before the Court: Effective Triage as a Critical First Step

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Using Volunteers Effectively

Program Management Volunteer Resources
Sample Excerpts from JusticeCorps Member Contract
Making the Most of Internship Opportunities

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National Conference on Self-Represented Litigation

 

Friday, May 18, 2007

Opening Plenary--Overview and Future Directions of the National Self-Represented Litigation Network

National Self-Represented Litigation Network Materials

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Case Management and Self-Represented Litigants

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Developing Strategies to Increase Compliance With Court Orders

Workshop Powerpoint presentation
Changing the System So That Self-Represented Litigants Receive Compliance with Judgments and Orders: Where We Are and Where We Should Be Going

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Education and Guidance for Court and Self-Help Center Staff

Practical Suggestions for Helping Self-Help Center (SHC) Staff Engage with Customers Appropriately
The Caution for Helpline
Intake Process - Asset Assessment
Rule 110. Self-Help Programs (Minnesota General Rules of Practice for District Courts
Screening Questions
Some important things to remember with every call (Updated 8/11/06)

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Forms and Plain Language Development and Promotion

A2J Author Highlights
Workshop Powerpoint presentation - XML Court Forms

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Judicial Education

Chapter 4: Solutions for Evidentiary Challenges, from the Handling Cases Involving Self-Represented Litigants

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Overall Direction of the National Self-Represented Litigation Network

Project List for 2007-2008
Planning for Changes in the Working Groups

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Partnerships and Increasing Resources

Legal Needs of Low Income Households in Montana (2005 Executive Summary)
Equal Access Partnership Grant general information flyer

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Problem Assessment/Triage

Intake Assessment/Triage in Unlawful Detainer Cases
Legal Reasons Why I Should Not Be Evicted (Affirmative Defenses)
Guardianship Workshop Script
Helping People Before the Court: Effective Triage as a Critical First Step

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Research Directions

Best Practices Checklist
A Summary of Ethical Guidelines for Conducting Interviews and Data Collection
Guideline for the Use of Focus Groups
Tour Guide

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System Change

Civil Legal Assistance for All Americans

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Unbundling/Limited Scope Representation

Roadmap for Implementing a Successful Unbundling Program
General Civil Limited Scope Representation - Risk Management Materials

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