This year’s conference includes a special focus on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Programming. Workshops that will address this overarching theme include [RJ] after the session title.
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Friday, November 2 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
So You’re Interested in Form Automation-Now What? A Document Assembly Overview

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The use of automated forms has become an important tool in the fight for access to justice. Whether by guiding the pro se litigant through a complex legal form that will produce a document ready for filing, or providing a streamlined and efficient system of forms for legal aid and pro bono attorneys, any legal aid organization can benefit from document assembly. This session will cover:
* How document assembly is being used in legal aid
* Overview of document assembly tools
* How to get started
* Best practices


Chanita Chantaplin-McLelland

Practice Area Manager / Managing Attorney, Texas Legal Services Center
Chanita Chantaplin-McLelland is a managing attorney in Texas Legal Services Center's Self Represented Litigants Program/TexasLawHelp and the Client Empowerment practice area manager. She previously worked as a staff attorney at Disability Rights Texas. She received her JD from the... Read More →
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Jessica Frank

A2J Author Project Manager, Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)
Jessica Frank is the A2J Author Project Manager for the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). She oversees the development team for A2J Author and provides community outreach, technical support, and training resources to the automated document development community... Read More →

Michael Hofrichter

Executive Director, Houston Volunteer Lawyers
Michael Hofrichter’s current title at Houston Volunteer Lawyers is the Operations and Compliance Director, however his responsibilities go beyond that. In his Director role, he oversees the Program’s support staff; updates HVL training/policy/template libraries; manages the IT... Read More →
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Aaron Varner

Staff Attorney, Texas Legal Services Center / TexasLawHelp
Aaron Varner is a staff attorney in Texas Legal Services Center’s Self Represented Litigants Program, which administers TexasLawHelp.org. He has a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Wisconsin, where he focused on tech policy, and he received his JD from Chicago-Kent... Read More →

Friday November 2, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm CDT
Monarch Westin Galleria, 24th Level