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Forms Camp 2022 Sessions Part 1
Gather in the mess hall to hear stories and tips from counselors on how to improve your court forms!

June 29 - Using Design to Improve Court Forms

In this session, counselor Margaret Hagan of Stanford’s Legal Design Lab will show you how design impacts communication and understanding of court forms. She will cover:
• How to choose the right visual elements
• Form composition
• Decluttering
• Using color and font choices to enhance understanding

July 13 - Using Plain Language Writing to Improve Court Forms

In this session, camp counselor Rochelle Klempner will talk about plain language writing. She will cover:
• What is plain language?
• Before you write: keep it conversational, choose your words carefully
• Dos and Don’ts
• Forms glossary

July 27 - Forms Accessibility: Supporting Litigants with Special Needs

In this session, camp counselors Paula Couselo-Findikoglu and Peggy Cadwell will teach you how to increase forms accessibility to reduce barriers for individuals with disabilities, low literacy, and limited English proficiency. Learn about forms translation, multilingual forms, processing non-English filings, and providing scribing services for self-represented litigants. The session will include demonstrations and testimonials that illustrate the community impact of increasing access to court forms.

June 9 - Using Design to Improve Court Forms

July 13 - Using Plain Language Writing to Improve Court Forms

July 27 - Forms Accessibility: Supporting Litigants with Special Needs
You can choose to attend one or more of the following webinars.



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Speakers

Margaret Hagan
Margaret Hagan directs the Legal Design Lab (http://legaltechdesign.com), an R&D lab for more accessible, intuitive, and engaging legal services at Stanford Law School. She is a lecturer at the Law School and the Stanford Institute of Design (the d.school). She is a lawyer with a JD from Stanford, and a PhD in Politics from Queen’s University Belfast. Her blog on legal innovation is http://openlawlab.com. Margaret works on public interest technology -- teaching classes in partnership with courts and self help centers and leading R&D around new applications, visuals, policies, and artificial intelligence to improve access to justice. She's originally from Pittsburgh.
Rochelle Klempner
Rochelle Klempner is an attorney in New York State Unified Court System's Office of Court Administration. She primarily works on access to justice-related initiatives and projects. Over the past three decades she has authored numerous plain language forms, webpages, and publications; she contends that she is still learning how to write in plain language. Rochelle serves as staff counsel to the New York State Permanent Commission on Access to Justice, and the Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law. She is a member of the court system's Committees on Plain Language, Translation (Chair), Forms, Family Court E-filing, and Signage.
Paula Couselo-Findikoglu
Paula Couselo-Findikoglu serves as the Court Services Deputy Division Director at the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts. She served as the Language Access Senior Statewide Program Manager until 2021 and created the Diversity and Inclusion Department within the Court Services Division of the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts.
Peggy Cadwell
Peggy Cadwell is the Certified ADA Title II Coordinator for the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts and a Court Certified Spanish Interpreter for the State of New Mexico.