Blog Posts by Natalie Anne Knowlton

Natalie Anne Knowlton
Dona Playton
The January 2017 edition of Family Court Review is dedicated to the Honoring Families Initiative’s Family Bar Summit: Shaping the System for the Families We Serve . The Summit, held in November 2015, brought together national thought leaders from diverse professional organizations to identify obstacles to serving...
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Brittany Kauffman
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) released a Request for Proposals to identify potential participants in a pilot project for implementing access to justice portals. The legal access portal concept emerged from the 2013 LSC Technology Summit as one of the key recommendations for achieving 100% access to justice...
Natalie Anne Knowlton
The National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) has launched a new resource in Canada. The National Database of Professionals Assisting SRLs contains contact information for attorneys offering unbundled legal services, and paralegals and other professionals willing to offer affordable services. NSRLP also...
Natalie Anne Knowlton
The Tennessee Supreme Court recently adopted statewide forms for parties in uncontested divorce cases with minor children. The plain-language forms and instructions will go into effect statewide January 1, 2017, and are available to spouses who: have minor children together; do not own real property; do not have any...
Natalie Anne Knowlton
Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice is implementing a new resource for self-represented litigants—the Colorado Equal Access Center. The Center supplements the Colorado Judicial Department’s ongoing efforts to respond to a substantial justice gap in Colorado courts (and in states around the country):...
Natalie Anne Knowlton
The American Bar Association recently launched a free, new resource for income-eligible users with civil law-related questions. The virtual legal advice clinic— ABAFreeLegalAnswers.org —is an online version of the walk-in advice clinic model and connects clients with brief but case-specific advice from a pro bono...
Natalie Anne Knowlton
The Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) recently released America’s Civil Courts: Whom Do We Serve? ­­ —a geospatial story map designed to help the tens of millions of Americans attempting to navigate the civil legal system without a lawyer. According to Richard Zorza , SRLN Coordinator Emeritus, this online...
Natalie Anne Knowlton
The Iowa Supreme Court Family Law Case Processing Reform Task Force recently submitted its final report to the Iowa Supreme Court, concluding a year-long study of the family law court system in Iowa. The Task Force report includes a comprehensive list of recommendations for the Iowa Supreme Court’s consideration, some...
Natalie Anne Knowlton
The National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) recently released Canadian data on case outcomes for self-represented litigants (SRLs) . These new figures come shortly after NSRLP published research showing that in cases where a self-represented litigant faces a motion for summary judgment brought by a...
Natalie Anne Knowlton
The June edition of 5280 Magazine highlights the reality of self-representation in Colorado’s civil courts . Referencing the first-hand experience of a litigant who navigated her way through the family court process without an attorney, the article discusses how more and more Coloradoans are without legal...

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