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Kirsten Jacobson

2016, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Kirsten Jacobson

Kirsten Jacobson

Name of Host Organization: Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services
City, State: Nashville, Tennessee
Issue area: Pro se and other legal representation systems
Sponsors: International Paper Company

The Project

Expand access to justice in Tennessee through technology, making some form of civil legal help available to the 1.2 million Tennesseans living in poverty.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Nearly 50% of low-income Tennesseans have email addresses; 60% of low-income households in Tennessee have internet access; and most low-income Tennesseans are willing to seek and receive legal help via online and telephonic communications. Growing internet access among low-income communities in Tennessee creates an important opportunity to use new technologies to tackle the state’s inter-connected problems of poverty and barriers to civil legal aid.
The Right Person For This Project
Kirsten is the right person for the project because:
• She has experience working with TALS on various projects and is familiar with the current TALS legal services platforms
• She has designed and facilitated pro bono projects as the student director of pro bono at University of Tennessee College of Law
• She is familiar with the local community and understands the needs of TALS’ client population