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Éducaloi conference: Plain language: How does it concern you?

Éducaloi held a conference on Explaining the law to others : Message received… and understood ! on 21st and 22nd October 2010 in Montreal in Canada.

16 November 2010

USA passes Plain Writing Act 2010

On 13th October, President Barack Obama signed the Plain Writing Act 2010, which will require the federal government to write all new publications, forms, and publicly distributed documents in a ‘clear, concise, well-organised’ manner that follows the best practice of plain language writing.

16 October 2010

Paul Nguyen

60 second interview with Paul Nguyen

Paul Nguyen, founder of Jane-Finch.com, uses the power of the internet and social media to combat negative stereotypes of the marginalized community of Jane-Finch in Toronto, Canada

22 July 2010

Lord Bach

60 second interview with Lord Bach

Lord Bach was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice in October 2008 having previously served as a Minister in the Whips’ office, the former Lord Chancellor’s Department, the Ministry of Defence and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Prior to joining the government, he served as a barrister, having been called to the bar in 1972.

30 March 2010

Picture of Myles Kunzli

60 second interview with Myles Kunzli

Myles has been development consultant with the Law Centres Federation (LCF). He has a background in the Australian legal aid system having managed a Law Centre and acted as a PLE coordinator and development worker.

22 March 2010

Plenet on legal capability – discussion

Since publishing a legal capability discussion paper Capability Paper (220 KB) at the end of 2009 we have had some interesting and helpful feedback. The first and most serious comment has come from two colleagues who separately expressed concerns that the notion of legal capability appears to shift responsibility for dealing with law-related problems to the individual.

12 March 2010

Plenet legal empowerment conference – February 2010

Plenet’s second annual Legal Empowerment Conference brought together participants from statutory bodies, NGO’s, academics and researchers, legal and education professionals to share their ideas and perspectives on the question: How does PLE contribute to a culture of civil and social justice?

10 February 2010

Sarah Mccoubrey

60 second interview with Sarah McCoubrey

Sarah McCoubrey is Executive Director of Ontario Justice Education Network. She uses her legal skills and experience in the community to deliver justice education programmes that promote an understanding of the people and processes involved, as well as developing trust in the various sources of assistance.

22 January 2010

Atul Sharda

60 second interview with Atul Sharda

Atul Sharda led on the development of Public Legal Education within the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). Working in a job centre helped Atul to get real frontline experience of the problems people experience when their lives suddenly change.

30 December 2009

George Arkless

60 second interview with George Arkless

George Arkless is chair of Haddonhall Residents’ Tenants Management Organisation (TMO) in the London Borough of Southwark. A TMO is a means by which council or housing association tenants and leaseholders can collectively take on responsibility for managing the homes they live in. Part of George’s role is to provide training for volunteer TMO board members.

30 October 2009

What do we mean by legal capability?

Empowerment stands at the centre of what we want to achieve with PLE. Our aim is to equip people to deal better with the law related issues that we know they are likely to encounter in the course of the lives. But what does that mean in practice?

12 October 2009

Karen Kirkwood

60 second interview with Karen Kirkwood

Theatre ADAD uses interactive drama to engage young people at risk or excluded from mainstream education to promote personal and social responsibility and citizenship. Karen Kirkwood is their Artistic Director.

30 September 2009

Richard Grimes

60 second interview with Richard Grimes

Richard Grimes is an independent consultant with Talking Law, working on a variety of capacity-building projects. He has published widely on clinical legal education and in the legal skills field.

30 July 2009

Immigration and Nationality Information Deficit

Ongoing research to maintain Advice Services Alliance’s Advicenow website has revealed that there is far less information available to the public on immigration and nationality than there was in 2006.

13 July 2009

Towards a baseline for legal capability

The IARS report ‘Measuring Young People’s Legal Capability’ highlights the difficulties that many young people face in dealing with law-related problems due to a lack of knowledge of civil law and of the skills needed to deal with law-related issues.

12 July 2009

Dragica Felja

60 second interview with Dragica Felja

Dragica Felja is the Mentoring Project Worker at the Roma Support Group, a community organisation working with East European Roma refugees and migrants in London. Her role is to support and mentor Roma children and youth.

24 May 2009

Richard Leong

60 second interview with Richard Leong

Richard Leong is a discrimination lawyer at the London Discrimination Unit, Lambeth Law Centre. He has given legal training to employment advisers through accredited training courses, dealing with discrimination at work. The delegates have been case workers in the voluntary sector.

30 April 2009

Why is Public Legal Education still a Cinderella issue?

Both the financial and health sectors recognise the need to reach out to people to help them avoid problems and to equip them to mange problems better. They are investing significant sums of money in this work. In contrast, Public Legal Education is still very much the poor relation. Why is PLE still a Cinderella issue?

13 June 2008

Discussion – Why so bland?

Rights information is almost unique with its over-reliance on plain discursive text. We wouldn’t accept such a dry approach in almost any other context – so why is it seen as acceptable for rights and legal information?

13 May 2007

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