As you may know, the 2008 Equal Justice Conference will be held the first full week of May in Minneapolis. The Conference will include a special pre-conference dedicated to the Self-Represented Litigant Issues as well as a number of general conference sessions that relate to the topic. Here is some additional information on the Pre Conference.
The Tuesday May 6 all day pre-conference will focus on self-represented litigation issues, and particularly the experience of the Hennepin County Self-Represented Services Program, which is generally recognized as one of the national leaders in the field. The day will include an introduction by the Coordinator of the Self-Represented Litigation Network, describing recent national developments, including the rapid adoption of judicial training programs, the planned development and launch of the Court leadership and education materials, and research into cost effectiveness of innovation. There will be a detailed tour and review of the operations and insights of the Hennepin program, and afternoon panels on Discrete Task Representation (Unbundling), Funding Approaches, Law Library Services, and Statewide and Distance Services. This program is highly recommended for all interested in the launch and enhancement of programs for the self-represented.
The Pre-conference fee of $65 will include food. Participants will walk from the conference hotel to the courthouse. Transportation available if needed. Registration for the main conference is required (See link at bottom).
The detailed Agenda for the Pre-Conference is as follows:
8:00-8:15 Welcome and introductions at Conference Hotel (Susan Ledray)
8:15-8:45 Update on Self-Represented Litigant Innovation and SRLN Working Group Activities (Richard Zorza)
8:45-9:15 Walk to Hennepin County District Court SHC: (Car available if needed)
9:15-11:15 Tour one Self Help Center and the Housing Court Project, then go to a conference room for Q&A with SHC staff and partners and a judge
11:15-12:15 Return to Hotel and eat lunch (provided in meeting room)
12:15-1:15 Law Library Programs for SRLs (lead: Sara Galligan)
1:15-2:15 Unbundling (lead: Sue Talia)
2:30-3:30 Satewide and Diststance Services/Technology for SRLs (lead: Katrina Zabinski)
3:30-4:30 Funding Approaches and Issues (lead: Bonnie Hough and Susan Ledray)
Registration For registration go to: