Access to Justice Foundation Meeting

February 3rd at Noon via Zoom

Agenda & Materials

  1. Welcome and Introductions – Mr. McKinney
    • Edith Chavez-Program Coordinator
      • Edith will be filling in for Abby while Abby is deployed.
  2. Business Items
  3. Executive Director’s Report–Mr. Bates-Rogers (for information)
    • Pro Bono Portal Updates
    • Courthouse Kiosk Grant
      • The Administrative Office of the Courts assisted in getting a $252,660.10 grant to place public access kiosks in courthouses across the state.
      • We have taken delivery of all of the kiosks and some of the printers.
      • We’re now working on building the kiosk homepage. Check out the beta here and send us your feedback. (Note:While in beta, some features may not work or may change.)
      • We’ll then move into a pilot phase. Sherwood District Court and the Pulaski County Circuit Court have agreed to be our pilot sites.
      • After the pilot, we’ll coordinate with the Circuit Clerks’ Association and the District Court Clerks to install the remaining kiosks over the next year.
    • Bank Fee Rule Change
  4. IOLTA Report-Ms. Parker (for information)
    • IOLTA Trends
    • Preferred IOLTA Banks
      • Total of 32 out of 87 banks are now Preferred IOLTA Banks
  5. Project Reports–Ms. Chavez (for information)
    • January CLE Report
      • Record Sealing CLE, 252 attendees
      • Estate Planning CLE, 266 attendees
    • Language Access Survey
      • Feedback received from the AOC’s Office of Court Interpreter Services
      • Feedback received from panel of 3 law students from both law schools.
      • The survey will go live in the next few days.
    • Unlawful Detainer Forms
      • 8 Judges have agreed to provide feedback.
      • We’re also coordinating to get the forms presented to Judicial Council for approval.
    • Upcoming CLEs
      • March 17 CLE -Evictions- presented by Kendall Lewellen, Center for Arkansas Legal Services
    • Free Legal Answers
      • Free Legal Answers 2022 by the Numbers
        • 688 clients helped
        • 34 new volunteer attorneys
        • 21 FLA virtual clinics
        • 84% of users were matched with an attorney.
      • Latest FLA clinic volunteers: 10 law students and 4 attorneys
      • To date, there are 59 unanswered questions. In the top categories we have 25 questions on family law, 18 on other, 5 on constitutional law or civil litigation, 4 on housing, and 2 on work or unemployment.
  6. Partner Organization Updates (for information)
  7. Next Meeting Date: Please respond to Zoom poll.
  8. Meeting Adjourned