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John Mayer pioneered a new way to make up for lack of legal aid lawyers

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Published on Sep 10, 2013

The problem? The vast majority of those who qualify for legal aid, don't get legal services because there aren't enough legal aid lawyers to go around.

A solution: A2J, a TurboTax-type software developed by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, to help legal aid lawyers help indigent clients fill out forms to begin their representation pro se.

There is a perception that low-income people have ways through legal aid channels to get the legal services they need. But John Mayer learned that, "Eighty percent of people eligible for legal aid are unable to get in the door. There aren't enough legal aid lawyers in the world."

So he and his Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction have developed A2J Author, a software program that helps lawyers, not programmers, help indigent litigants get started on their cases pro se.

Mayer was featured as part of the ABA Journal's 2013 Legal Rebels project. Read his full profile here: http://www.abajournal.com/legalrebels...

Find more info about the Legal Rebels project on lawyers and innovation here: http://www.abajournal.com/legalrebels/

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