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Self-Represented Litigation Network

Washington, United States
Joined August 2017

Network of justice system professionals who believe all people should have access to the legal help they need, when they need it, in a format they can use.

Presence in: United States
Focus: Generalist Legal Services, Other, Right to Information

The Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN), a managed 501c(3) project of The New Venture Fund, supports justice system professionals focused on the question of how best to reform and re-align ALL aspects of the legal system (courts, legal aid, the private bar, non-lawyer partners and social service providers) so that SRLs experience the courts (and indeed the legal system) as a consumer oriented environment guided by the principles of equal protection and due process.

We provide peer networking and training, as well as serve as a resource center and knowledge hub.

Our vision is that every person gets the legal help they need, when they need it, in a format they can use.

Our mission is to foster access to justice leadership and facilitate the adoption of consumer oriented best practices among court, advocacy and service partners to create a fair, efficient and effective civil justice system for all and, through reform, close the justice gap.

To accomplish this we provide the civil justice sector:

  • a neutral forum to facilitate networking among reform minded leaders throughout the country and to identify and promote evidence based best practices to create a 100% access to justice ecosystem;
  • resources to support thought leadership, training, evaluation, implementation of self-help services and reforms[1] and optimized use of technology; and
  • a geospatial data and analysis hub for the civil justice space.


People Associated With This Organization

April Merrill

United States  
Self-Represented Litigation Network (Unverified)
Joined August 2019
Interests: Generalist Legal Services
I am a long time Legal aid attorney turned access to justice advocate. I am particularly interested in how we can use data to intervene in the least traumatic way, in peoples lives, when they are facing a legal problem. I am a researcher and consummate learner. I am interested in joining this network to learn from others about what has worked for them, what they are trying and sharing ideas. I really enjoy systems thinking and dreaming of ways to improve upon what we are doing today.

Danielle Hirsch

United States  
Self-Represented Litigation Network (Unverified)
Joined January 2018
Interests: Family, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Right to Information
I work for the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts, helping to staff the Civil Justice as well as the Illinoian Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice. Our office helps certify Court interpreters, develop standardized forms, collect and analyze data on the numbers of people without lawyers and limited English proficient litigants in Illinois’ courts and is developing Court and volunteer based resources to make Court houses more hospitable and welcoming.

Eduardo Gonzalez

United States  
Self-Represented Litigation Network (Unverified)
Joined February 2018
Interests: Generalist Legal Services, Livelihoods, Right to Information
As a recent addition to the US Legal Profession I am committed to making lasting changes to systemic and social norms that exclude and isolate diverse communities of innovators. When I describe my professional skill set, I focus on my experiences working in Access to Justice, Legal Design, and Technology. I am also drawn to entrepreneurship and innovation. I hope to direct my career towards expanding both access to civil justice and access to entrepreneurship by leveraging my personal experience in a family of entrepreneurs and educational focus on intellectual property law.

Katherine Alteneder

United States  
Self-Represented Litigation Network
Joined August 2017
Interests: Generalist Legal Services, Livelihoods, Other, Right to Information
With a deep background in designing and implementing access to justice initiatives for legal aid, the courts and private practice lawyers, Katherine’s philosophy throughout her career has been to build common sense, consumer oriented solutions by learning, innovating and sharing. An early member of Self-Represented Litigation Network, she has led the SRLN since August 2013. Katherine is particularly interested in building delivery systems for rural and vulnerable populations and creating community based legal information, empowerment and assistance environments that prioritize judicial engagement and leadership to re-imagine services and approaches used by the private bar, legal aid, court and community service providers to better serve the public. Katherine, a graduate of Northwestern University and Seattle University School of Law, resides in Virginia.
Katherine Alteneder is the network champion (main point of contact) for Self-Represented Litigation Network.

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