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by Jackeline Granados, Feb 28, 2017
Illinoislegalaid.org/es has finally launched: yay!This is something that we have been working on since the launch of the English website in August 2016. You can read about the official launch in our recent press release (also available in Spanish). Some people may not understand why it has tak... More
by Samantha Kyrkostas, Dec 07, 2016
In our 2nd Undercover Volunteer spotlight, we’re going even deeper into the brain trust of our tech-support network to introduce you to Alessandra Swanson, Associate at Winston & Strawn LLP. Since August 2015, Alessandra has counseled ILAO on privacy- and data security-related issues and... More
by Anonymous, Nov 21, 2016
Join us in congratulating our first LiveHelp volunteer of the month, Oleksandr Tatarynstev! Not only has he exemplified what it means to be a LiveHelp Operator by assisting over 200 visitors to IllinoisLegalAid.org since June 2016, but in doing so, garnered the attention of our next Board Pres... More
by Teri Ross, Oct 18, 2016
Increasing Access to Legal Advice and Making Pro Bono Easy Today, Illinois Legal Aid Online launches a new service called Legal Answers. We at ILAO are both super excited and somewhat anxious about this launch. We are super excited because this is the first time ILAO will provide direct repres... More
by Andrew Sharp, Aug 09, 2016
Are you looking for an internship that will expose you to cutting edge technology, a large variety of areas of substantive law, and the access to justice movement? Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) is currently accepting applications for our fall legal internship program. Our law student intern... More
by Samantha Kyrkostas, Sep 28, 2016
For years, we've honored the many, many people who help Illinois Legal Aid Online keep its legal resources up to date and accurate for the 3+ million users who turn to us for help. You've seen their names on rosters and contributor lists. You may have even run into them at a Volunteer Apprecia... More
by Lisa Colpoys, Jul 26, 2016
Readers of this blog have been very patient for the past 20 months, since ILAO announced that it was completely transforming its technology platform, websites and mobile apps. Well, your patience is soon to be rewarded! ILAO is in the final stretch of this big project, and will launch its bran... More
by Samantha Kyrkostas, Jul 26, 2016
One of the other projects I've been working on is the Drupal community technology initiative grant (TIG) that started in January and was awarded to Idaho Legal Aid Services as part of the Legal Services Corporation's Technology Initiative Grant program (thank you LSC!). If you are on the LSNT... More
by Anonymous, Jul 27, 2016
Illinois Legal Aid Online celebrates its 15th birthday on March 8, 2016 with a free CLE program, happy hour and more. Since its launch in 2001, ILAO has logged nearly 17 million visits to its websites, making it by far the most accessed legal aid resource in the state. Through the innovative... More
by Gwen Daniels, Jul 27, 2016
Just before the start of this sprint, Lisa (ILAO's Executive Director), Teri (IllinoisLegalAid.org Product Owner/ILAO's Program Director), and I sat down to discuss the website rebuild, our scrum process and reality. Like so many tech projects, we are behind schedule and over budget (or likely... More

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