A growing sentiment exists that plain language must be incorporated into the law. This includes not only legal resources intended for self-represented litigants, but also legal documents and forms submitted to or coming from the court and other justice system actors. In this session participants will learn what is an effective plain language resource, the landscape of tools to create those resources, and how the A2J Lab is embarking on empirical evaluation of created resources. During this session, participants will review actual samples of effective resources and create their own before and after samples.
Drawing on her knowledge of justice system operations and the pressures on the justice system, Ms. Danser joined the Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School to incorporate rigorous research into improving access to justice. Ms. Danser believes that for our research to be impactful, we must recognize the strengths and weaknesses of the communities reviewing and incorporating it. Using her court management and non-profit leadership experience, Ms. Danser encourages courts and the justice community to think about their needs and the needs of their users and how to successfully balance those interests. Reach Ms. Danser at firstname.lastname@example.org