Florida Justice Technology Center set to launch

Under the terms of its $6 million loan to The Florida Bar Foundation, The Florida Bar Board of Governors stipulated that a third of the loan be used, “primarily for the creation of an independent statewide nonprofit technology entity.” The Florida Justice Technology Center will increase access to justice through the use of innovative technology and train and support legal aid providers and pro bono attorneys in its use. Foundation consultants Joyce Raby and John Graecen are preparing for the center’s launch later this year. Graecen has consulted to courts in 40 states and facilitated the 2013 national Summit on Legal Aid Technology for the federal Legal Services Corporation. The former legal aid technology coordinator for the Washington State Bar Association, Raby co-founded the national LSC Technology Innovations Grant Program. Raby and Graecen have been holding listening sessions around Florida involving legal aid grantees, the private bar, the courts, law firms, law schools and others. Before going to Florida Bar and Foundation leadership, a draft business plan, which includes strategies for the center’s long term sustainability, will be reviewed by volunteers from the Business Law Section’s pro bono committee, who will also handle all incorporation-related activities.