About

Legal Services National Technology Assistance Project (LSNTAP) is part of the Michigan Advocacy Program, a legal aid organization that provides access to the justice system for those who need it the most through direct legal help and statewide advocacy. LSNTAP helps nonprofit legal aid organizations improve client services through effective and innovative use of technology. To do this, we provide technology training, maintain information, create online tools, and host community forums.


About the LSNTAP Team

Program Manager 

Shellie Reid is the Manager of the Legal Services National Technology Assistance Project (LSNTAP). Before attending law school, Shellie worked in local government and was a recognized subject matter expert for software used across the country. Her non-traditional career path gained clarity when she became an ATJ Tech Fellow and learned of the many career options available to students who love the law and embrace technology. While still in law school, Shellie became a founding member of a research group that developed the Delta Model of Lawyer Competency which focused on the skills necessary for lawyers to be successful in today's market and the future.

Shellie’s writing has been featured in Legal Business World, ABA’s Law Practice Today, and on the blog Frontier of the Law. Shellie is a strong believer in the benefits of building a personal brand and network through social media and funds a social media challenge at Michigan State University College of Law each year. In 2024, she introduced a Build Your Brand challenge for summer law clerks and interns working at legal aid and nonprofit organizations across the country with the goal of helping the students polish their LinkedIn profiles to tell a more complete story than the traditional one page legal resume pushed by many law schools. 

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee is made up of leaders in the legal tech and public interest spheres. They provide valuable input on many topics related to legal technology, helping LSNTAP better serve the legal aid community. 

Compiled photo of all board members

 

Mission, Vision, Values

In 2021-2022, LSNTAP undersent a strategic planning process, which helped define our Mission, Vision, Values, and strategic goals for the upcoming years.

LSNTAP's Mission is: Empowering the legal aid community to improve client services and build capacity through effective and innovative use of technology.

LSNTAP's Vision is: All legal aid organizations have access to curated information about technology which they use to deliver effective legal services.

LSNTAP's Values are:

  • Collaboration: we bring people together to gather and share expertise and create economies of scale
  • Innovation: we cultivate curiosity, experimentation, and creativity
  • Community: we support each other and share and learn from our successes and failures
  • Vision: we keep our fingers on the pulse of what’s next

Partnerships 

LSNTAP is excited to be working with Just-Tech to help advance the use of technology by legal aid programs across the country. Working closely with MAP/LSNTAP through the end of 2024, Just-Tech will be providing technical assistance, webinars, and technology-focused toolkits to help legal aid programs leverage technology to increase access to justice for disadvantaged communities.

Just-Tech, LLC is a mission-driven technology firm dedicated to advancing and supporting the use of technology by public interest, legal aid, and public defender organizations to increase access to and delivery of justice for disadvantaged communities across the United States. 

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