What we’re reading

  • The timeliness of early intervention

    As Stephen Wexler noted in 1979, “Poor people are not just rich people without money…. Poverty creates an abrasive interface with society; poor people are always bumping into sharp legal things.”

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  • Scarcely getting by

    Behavioural economists have recently found that “raising monetary concerns for the poor… erodes cognitive performance even more than being seriously sleep-deprived”.

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  • Rethinking accessibility

    The author argues that present approaches to web accessibility, although a good start, are flawed because they focus on what people with disabilities “lack” in ability. In her words, “We need to stop invoking the internal stereotypes we have about who is disabled…. We can reframe accessibility in terms of what we provide, not what other people lack.”

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  • The expansive effect of storytelling

    People identify with stories on a visceral and emotional level, which – in our view – can help them process and retain the information communicated through the stories.

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  • PLE by design

    “Design is about more than aesthetics. It is a problem-solving approach, just like law is. Design is a set of mindsets, tools, and process that anyone (trained formally in design or not — traditionally “creative” or not) can deploy when faced with a challenge. Just like law school teaches “thinking like a lawyer”, I would advocate we should also be learning how to “think (or better yet — act) like a designer.”

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  • What’s in a font?

    Whether you’re creating public legal education and information materials, or designing a poster to promote an event, it’s important to choose a font that is readable for your audience. But did you know your choice of font could also affect how credible your content seems?

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  • Community legal education made easy

    Are you embarking on a public legal education and information project for the first time? Or, looking for some ideas to refresh your approach to existing projects? Check out this series of information sheets produced by the Victoria Law Foundation in Australia.

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  • A fable for our times

    Health professionals, like legal service providers and community agencies, must often explain complex and life-altering concepts to the people they serve within very limited time constraints. And, as a recent discussion paper written in the style of a fable points out, this can be very challenging

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  • Finding a common language

    Several recent research reports in the access to justice sector highlight the need for collaboration between organizations that have different but equally valuable expertise.

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