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1 Administrative Illinois basketball tomorrow night, 6pm Illinois basketball tomorrow night, 6pm Against top ranked Wake Forest, first time a #1 ranked opponent has been hosted at Assembly hall since 1979 Against top ranked Wake Forest, first time a #1 ranked opponent has been hosted at Assembly hall since 1979 Please cheer on the Illini after class tomorrow for extra credit from Professor Staudt Please cheer on the Illini after class tomorrow for extra credit from Professor Staudt

2 Charity If you were the heir to the fortune of Bill Gates, what world problem would you like to solve? If you were the heir to the fortune of Bill Gates, what world problem would you like to solve?

3 Charity –Feed the hungry? –Shelter the Homeless? –Save the Environment? –World Peace?

4 What about children? I find myself troubled most when children are manipulated or affected I find myself troubled most when children are manipulated or affected Children should receive the most help from the government and charitable organizations. Children should receive the most help from the government and charitable organizations. They are not in control of their situation nor able to change it. They are not in control of their situation nor able to change it.

5 Pro-Se Divorce By spending money in this area, you will benefit the group most harmed by divorce: children By spending money in this area, you will benefit the group most harmed by divorce: children Many children’s behavioral and mental instability come from a troubled family life. Many children’s behavioral and mental instability come from a troubled family life. Clearly this will only help alleviate a small portion of the many problems faced by children (I can’t save the world with 25 pages) Clearly this will only help alleviate a small portion of the many problems faced by children (I can’t save the world with 25 pages)

6 What’s the Problem Too many couples are getting divorced without enough money to afford legal representation Too many couples are getting divorced without enough money to afford legal representation The divorce process can be extremely challenging for an individual The divorce process can be extremely challenging for an individual Pro-se Resources are hard to find, difficult to understand and nearly impossible to use Pro-se Resources are hard to find, difficult to understand and nearly impossible to use These factors increase the stress on an already tough situation These factors increase the stress on an already tough situation

7 Pro-se Litigants burden the Judicial System They slow down attorneys and judicial dockets They slow down attorneys and judicial dockets Paying clients foot the bill for inefficient pro-se litigants Paying clients foot the bill for inefficient pro-se litigants They argue less effectively making Justice harder to administer and make it harder for the judge to remain neutral They argue less effectively making Justice harder to administer and make it harder for the judge to remain neutral

8 The Current Internet Resources County Websites County Websites IL Law Help IL Law Help A2J Simulation A2J Simulation Private Websites Private Websites

9 County Websites –Forms and a brief guide –A fake government website –Only joint and simplified –nothing

10 Vast information, too much information Vast information, too much information Hard to know where to begin Hard to know where to begin Zip Code useful, hard to see Zip Code useful, hard to see More guidance needed More guidance needed Overall, a great site that would be very helpful with some guided direction Overall, a great site that would be very helpful with some guided direction How do we get here? Yahoo/Google? How do we get here? Yahoo/Google?

11 Access to Justice Simulation Narrow, only joint and simplified Narrow, only joint and simplified Good format and very simple to use Good format and very simple to use 40/index.cfm?fuseaction=Intro.screen1&mo d=2 40/index.cfm?fuseaction=Intro.screen1&mo d=2

12 What needs to be done With technology, we need to combine the aspects of the IL law help and the a2J site With technology, we need to combine the aspects of the IL law help and the a2J site The vast information in the IL site with easy to use format of the A2J site The vast information in the IL site with easy to use format of the A2J site Lots of time and money are obviously needed Lots of time and money are obviously needed There needs to be a central location and one place for all pro-se litigants to look for Illinois divorce There needs to be a central location and one place for all pro-se litigants to look for Illinois divorce

13 Self-Help Centers With this new technology above and a center staffed with both attorneys and law students to answer questions, any person should be able to file and complete a divorce in Illinois. With this new technology above and a center staffed with both attorneys and law students to answer questions, any person should be able to file and complete a divorce in Illinois. In a CA study, the most helpful resource to pro-se divorce litigants was a person to answer questions In a CA study, the most helpful resource to pro-se divorce litigants was a person to answer questions

14 How to pay for this? Increase the cost of filing Increase the cost of filing Progressively increase the cost of filing Progressively increase the cost of filing –Currently around $250 to file for divorce, which may be waived if you make very little money –Lower the initial fee to $100 with an increase of $1 for every $1000 in contention up to a maximum fee of $1,000

15 Thank You, and GO ILLINI GO ILLINI


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