Below are links to our catalog of technology resources to help achieve the development, distribution, and awareness of justice technologies and to assist teams participating in the Hackathon + ABA TECHSHOW. These resources are also available on DevPost at http://techforjustice-aba-techshow.devpost.com/.
A2J Author® is 4.1.5
Access to Justice Author (A2J Author®) is a cloud based software tool that delivers greater access to justice for self-represented litigants by enabling non-technical authors to rapidly build and implement user friendly web-based interfaces for document assembly. These interfaces, called A2J Guided Interviews, take complex legal information from legal forms and present it in a straightforward way to self-represented litigants. A2J Guided Interviews remove many of the barriers faced by self-represented litigants, allowing them to easily complete and print court documents that are ready to be filed with the court system. Those robust features have led to proven results – 3 million A2J Guided Interviews run and 1.8 million documents assembled since 2005.
LINK (download A2J Author® is 4.1.5): http://www.a2jauthor.org/content/a2j-author-4x-maintenance
DirectLaw/ Rapidocs Authoring System
You can sign up for a free version of directlaw.com – a leading virtual law firm platform. This free version is a fully functional version of DirectLaw, except that it is not ecommerce enabled -which means that you can’t sell legal services on-line. This version includes a free version of the Rapidocs Authoring System which enables you to create applications that automate documents that can be created from completing a questionnaire that appear within the web browser. This free version of Rapidocs also includes detailed documentation on how to use the Rapidocs Authoring system.
HotDocs (Document Assembly Software):
HotDocs allows you to transform your frequently used documents and forms into intelligent templates that enable super fast production of custom documentation.
LINK (trial download): http://www.hotdocs.com/contact/try-free
Drupal (Open Advocate):
DLAW is a Drupal distribution for building public information websites. DLAW is developed and maintained by Urban Insight, Inc. Development of the DLAW has been supported by Legal Service Corporation (LSC) Technology Initiative Grants. For more information about DLAW see OpenAdvocate Websites service which includes DLAW hosting and technical support.
Order of Protection Information Checklist (Illinois Legal Aid Online)
Use this checklist when getting ready complete the Order of Protection interview
Order of Protection HOTDOCS (Illinois Legal Aid Online)
A program to help you complete the forms to ask the court to order someone to stop harming or threatening harm to you and/or other household members. Not for use in Cook County.
Request for Time off from Work Due to Domestic Violence A2J (Illinois Legal Aid Online)
A program to help you complete the forms to request time off of work to deal with problems caused by domestic violence or sexual violence.
Buoy is a private, enhanced 9-1-1 for your website and community. It is a community-driven emergency dispatch system because everything about it’s design is based on the idea that in situations where traditional emergency services are not available, reliable, trustworthy, or sufficient, communities can come together to aid each other in times of need.
This app was built to help you feel secure traversing from one place to another (think: dark parking lot, college campus), though it does have a side benefit for domestic violence situations. Simply hold down a button on the screen when feeling unsafe. If released, 911 is contacted for you and police are dispatched. To cancel the call, you must enter a four-digit pin. We could see this working for anyone who feels unsafe and need a stealthy way to call for help.
This app allows you to record a video, then automatically uploads your video to the cloud, keeping it secure and prohibiting anyone from deleting it, while also sending the footage to your ICE, or in case of emergency, contacts.
The iMatter app has been developed to help young women understand the warning signs of abusive and controlling behavior in relationships as well as promote healthy self-esteem.
The Sojourner Family Peace Center
Sojourner Family Peace Center, a non-profit agency in Milwaukee, WI, provides domestic violence prevention and intervention services. The mission of Sojourner is to transform lives impacted by domestic violence. The App also includes the following Safety features to protect users:
- Disguised icon on the user’s smartphone.
- Security Code requirement to access the App.
- Hide App button on every screen that takes the user to a web browser with no agency content.
The Aurora domestic and family violence app is for people experiencing domestic and family violence or for those worried about their relationship. It is also a valuable resource for those worried that a friend or family member is experiencing domestic and family violence.
This app allows you to reach out to a pre-selected list of emergency contacts in case of an emergency. In less than 5 seconds, the app will alert your safety circle of your emergency and exact location. It can be used for any kind of emergency ranging from a physical attack to a medical emergency.
Red Panic Button
By pressing the red panic button, you can alert your loved ones of your emergency. This app allows you to either type or voice record your emergency. Your contacts then receive an alert by SMS and email.
Works in conjunction with your social media accounts to trace your location in case of an emergency and alerts family and friends in case of an emergency with the touch of a button. It also allows you to send a pre-written text message to your circle with a countdown timer when you don’t trust your surroundings.
RU Safe? Includes quizzes that explore abuse within their relationships, information about the different types of abuse, how keep themselves safe and how to help a friend. It also includes details of helplines and websites that can offer further help.
R3, the app created by Harbor House of Central Florida for its Project Courage initiative, empowers healthcare professionals, those at risk and their friends and families to Recognize, Respond to, and Refer -Recognize the signs of abuse, Respond to it correctly and effectively and Refer survivors to appropriate assistance.
The app is designed to easily deliver life-saving information when it is needed. Making accessible 20 years of research on female victims of relationship violence conducted by Johns Hopkins researchers, Dr. Jackie Campbell and Dr. Nancy Glass, My Plan walks female survivors and their friends step by step to safety.
Td411 is a mobile app developed to provide teenagers with information on dating and teen dating violence. Through this mobile app, developed by Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), teenagers will obtain valuable information on healthy and unhealthy relationships, safety planning and available resources for getting help. CCADV is a membership organization composed of Connecticut’s 18 domestic violence service organizations.
bSafe is a personal safety app designed to keep you and your friends safer 24/7. It’s packed with features for both everyday safety and real emergencies, making it the ultimate safety tool for you and everyone you love. bSafe puts safety in YOUR hand – for FREE! Set up your own personal social safety network today.
Circle of 6
This is a personal safety app for everyone. Winner of the 2011 White House and HHS “Apps Against Abuse” Technology Challenge and Winner of Avon Foundation for Women/Institute of Medicine “Ending Violence @Home”
Love is Not Abuse
Liz Claiborne Inc.’s Love Is Not Abuse (LINA) application provides a rare insight for parents of what it feels like for their teen to be a victim of digital dating abuse. Teen dating abuse comes in many forms, making it difficult for parents to recognize. Dating abuse does not always leaves scratches or bruises, so parents need also to be aware of subtle signs that their teen may be under attack through technology, including cell phones, online and social networking.
Hollaback! is a movement to end street harassment around the world. We envision a world where we all enjoy equal access to public spaces, and the explosion of mobile technology has given us an unprecedented opportunity to end street harassment.
People who want to help those in need of safe shelter download the SafeNight app and set up a profile. They receive an alert when someone needs a safe place to stay and there is no available space in a shelter. The app lets them make an immediate donation to pay for a hotel room for the person in need.
VINEmobile is the mobile app version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network. The app allows victims to register for timely and reliable information regarding the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day. Victims and concerned citizens can register to be notified by phone, email, text message (where applicable) or TTY device when an offender’s custody status changes. Users can also register through their participating state or county toll-free number.
Empower yourself to stop being a victim, and take action against a stalker. Collect information, collate it, and report to authorities in a simple app made for victims of stalking. Made in conjunction with leading criminologists and victim support forums, StopaStalker is your tool to start fighting back.
The application Document It is designed by Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention to help women document their incidents and references of an event. Gather as much detail as possible using a mobile application and submit the evidence to law enforcement officers or to an attorney with a click of a button.
The GWEN Alert, is a personal safety App to get immediate help in an emergency.
Free end-to-end encrypted text, video, picture and voice messenger with full sender control. Trusted by world leaders, executives, journalists, human rights activists, celebrities, and your closest friends
Detective Video Recorder for Android
This is a stealth app that helps you record video in the background, even when the phone’s screen is locked. This is a very handy tool in situations that require you to capture footage without the knowledge of the party in question.
Document the Abuse
Intimate Partner Violence is a growing epidemic in the U.S. and around the world. The Evidence Abuse Affidavit created by Susan Murphy Milano gives those in threatening relationship a way to take control of their life.
An app for undocumented youth that supplies legal info in a great way “Pocket DACA can help you to:
CameraV – Documenting photos securely
CameraV is the easiest way to capture and share verifiable photos and video proof on a smartphone or tablet, all the while keeping it entirely secure and private. This is the official app from the InformaCam project, a partnership between the Guardian Project and WITNESS.
Predator Alert Tool (Facebook)
The Predator Alert Tool for Facebook is designed for survivors of sexual assault and rape. It allows you to share information about people in your social network who may be dangerous without having to reveal your identity.
API (application program interface) is a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building software applications. The API specifies how software components should interact and APIs are used when programming graphical user interface (GUI) components.
Below are links to APIs and directories of specific APIs that may be useful in the development of justice technologies.
Programmable Web (World’s largest API repository)
API DIRECTORY (LAW): http://www.programmableweb.com/category/law/apis?category=20269
Free Law Project
The Free Law Project provides free access to primary legal materials, developing legal research tools, and supporting academic research on legal corporations. The Free Law Project joined the Free Access to Law Movement in 2013. They are an API provider for certain initiatives.
API Provider: https://free.law/
CourtListener is a legal database which has collected nearly 2.5M (and growing) legal opinions with rich meta-data and citation network. The Opinions in the site’s archives date back to the 1700s, making this a deep, rich source of data for many research projects. The CourtListener API allows users to access the legal data using REST calls. Users can make queries to get opinions, citations, citations by user, cites, jurisdiction, search, and coverage. An account is required with service.
API Provider: https://www.courtlistener.com/api/rest-info/
Juriscraper is a scraper library started several years ago that gathers judicial opinions and oral arguments in the American court system. It is currently able to scrape:
- opinions from all major appellate Federal courts
- opinions from all state courts of last resort (typically their “Supreme Court”)
- oral arguments from all appellate federal courts that offer them
Juriscraper is part of a two-part system. The second part is your code, which calls Juriscraper. We created Juriscraper to create a unified scraper framework that any organization can use to get the latest content from the hundreds of courts in the US.
API Provider: https://free.law/juriscraper/
The DoSomething API allows developers to interact with its campaigns for social change programmatically. Campaigns tackle a variety of issues, including poverty, violence, and environmental degradation. DoSomething is active globally, but the campaigns are usually local. DoSomething provides young people with volunteer opportunities and scholarships.
API Provider: https://www.dosomething.org/
API Homepage: https://github.com/DoSomething/dosomething/wiki/API
Jailbase is an informational site about arrested persons. With the site, users can search arrested persons with mug shots included if available, lookup recent arrests and be notified if someone they know is arrested. The API lets users search for arrested and booked individuals in county jails. It uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.
API Provider: http://www.jailbase.com
API Homepage: https://developer.jailbase.com/tos
The PACER Drainage Project
API Provider: https://free.law/pacer-drainage-instructions/
Supreme Court Data in Bulk and Via a REST API
Providing free access to primary legal materials, developing legal research tools, and supporting academic research on legal corporations
API Provider: https://free.law/supreme-court-data/
Docket Alarm API
Docket Alarm is a litigation activity alert service that notifies the user whenever a change happens to a court case that they are following. The service brings all active cases to one place online where the user will receive notices when filings happen, when deadlines are approaching, or when court appearances have been moved. The service uses REST calls and will return JSON or PDF.
API Provider: http://www.docketalarm.com
NHXS is a provider of contract compliance and point-of-service adjudication workflow automation. The API is a RESTful web service, allowing companies to utilize it from any platform or programming language that can submit a web request. The data is returned in standard JSON or CSV format and can be integrated into third-party applications allowing practice management system vendors, clearinghouses, data aggregators, and healthcare delivery systems to have real time adjudication, contract compliance, and contract modeling into their value stream.
API Provider: http://www.nhxs.com
State Decoded API
State Decoded is an online platform that displays and interprets codes, laws, legislation, and court decisions by state to make them more understandable. The State Decoded API allows developers to access and integrate the data and functionality of State Decoded with other applications and to create new applications
API Provider: http://www.statedecoded.com/
Doxpop provides a range of subscription levels, from no-cost access for individual citizens to full-featured plans designed to help legal professionals and researchers excel at their work. It provides over 25,244,159 cases from 348 courts in 88 Indiana counties.
API Provider: http://www.doxpop.com/prod/
Better Access to Public Court Records
RECAP is a free extension for Firefox and Chrome that improves the experience of using PACER, the electronic public access system for the U.S. Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts. It:
API Provider: https://www.recapthelaw.org/
City of Chicago Data Portal
Datasets hosted on the Data Portal platform are readily accessible to programmers. The Data Portal Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are open and standards based, facilitating the development of original applications. Check out the City of Chicago Data Portal API console, which allows you to experiment with API calls.
LINK (Domestic Violence): https://data.cityofchicago.org/browse?q=domestic%20violence&sortBy=relevance&utf8=%E2%9C%93
Supreme Court Citation Networks
With this free tool you can analyze and study lines of Supreme Court cases by creating citation networks. You can quickly access the full text of all the opinions in your citation network as well as examine all the associated case data from Supreme Court Database (Spaeth). Citation networks are visualized graphically and underlying data is also presented in sortable tables. You can save your networks, edit and comment upon them, and share them too. You can even embed interactive network visualizations in your website or blog. Learn more by looking below at our gallery of shared networks or by making one yourself.
United States Census Bureau
US DOE Student Report on Bullying (2013)
Bullying and Cyber-Bullying (2001-present)
University of Chicago Crime Trends (2011-15)
Teen Births 15-19 (1999-2009)
Underlying Causes of Death in Chicago (Selected)
Chicago Women’s Health Risk Study (1995-98 Women’s Health)
Homicides in Chicago (1965-95 Homicides)
Civil Legal Services (2008-2009)
Domestic Violence Agencies by City (2016)
Helpful Domestic Violence Resources