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Tiny Chats are bite-sized annotated videos that touch on specific access to justice topics and court operations.

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Tiny Chat 105: A2J Data Elements Guide

Welcome aboard the Starship Tiny Chat, where we are boldly using court data. In this voyage, we talk with Andrea Miller, NCSC's Senior Court Research Associate, about how courts can use data to increase civil access to justice. Star Trek fans will recognize Seven of Nine. Access to justice fans will get answers to five key questions about how data can increase access to justice, as well as everything you need to know to establish an access to justice data framework at your court.

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Data to Promote Civil Access to Justice: 5 Key Questions

Data Framework for Promoting Civil Access to Justice

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Tiny Chat 104: Creating a Shared Language in State Courts

Lawyers like to be precise in their language. How can you and your court take this practice to the next level? By coming to a shared understanding of certain words. Creating a shared language is the first step in having productive conversations around complex issues where emotions can run high, like race and gender. Join Chief Justice Gonzalez of Washington and Chief Justice Robinson of Connecticut in a conversation about a new tool to help you frame those challenging conversations.

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Tiny Chat 103: Judges in Lawyerless Courts

The typical trial court is lawyerless. That is, most of the people appearing represent themselves. This puts judges in a tough spot. They have to maintain neutrality, but for those lawyerless participants they also need to offer accommodations and information. And, of course, judges can and should engage in legal reform efforts.  So how do judges balance those demands? How do they actually behave in those courts, and what can this tell us about reform efforts and access to justice? Join Zach and Danielle as they discuss with Alyx Mark from Wesleyan University and Anna Carpenter from the University of Utah School of Law as they break down their paper on this very topic: Judges in Lawyerless Courts. Also, hats. Lots of hats.

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