Pro bono managers frequently need to find out about technology that can help them in their mission. There are a lot of places to look for information about technology on the internet, but there are a few that are particularly rewarding and helpful. Some are general in their audience while others are specifically geared towards the legal community.
Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN)
NTEN provides very good tech information of interest to all non-profit organizations. One might subscribe to their free quarterly journal or look to their blog and newsletters. With membership comes free or reduced-fee webinars and trainings. The NTEN community is large and is noted for having local technology clubs, called 501 Tech clubs.
Legal Services National Technology Assistance Project (NTAP)
NTAP primarily assists legal aid programs. NTAP provides frequent free online trainings, roundtables, a tech blog and the robust LSTech discussion list. There is also a growing technology library. The website has an online chat feature, should you wish to ask a question, or one can email info(at)lsntap.org instead.
TechSoup is the doorway for non-profits to obtain discounted hardware and software from major providers–their website indicates that “once qualified with TechSoup, organizations can access almost 450 products and services.” TechSoup also offers a blog, forums, a learning center and other free resources.
ABA Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC)
The American Bar Association’s LTRC provides technology overviews, tech trainings, articles written by LTRC staff as well as a search utility that allows searching “full-text of over 400 online law reviews and law journals.” LTRC also publishes the extensive annual Legal Technology Survey Report.
Discounts on Software/Hardware for ABA Members
ABA membership comes with a package of discounts for travel, goods and services. As far as software/hardware resources go, the ABA is currently providing discounts for these products and services: HP, Lenovo, Norton, Carbonite, Mozy, Vocalocity (VOIP provider), Reputation.com, Clio and AbacusLaw.
~ Bill Jones