For the past 16 years, the Legal Services Corporation has run a special grant program devoted to leveraging technology to more effectively meet the civil legal needs of low-income individuals. Over that time, these so-called Technology Initiative Grants have awarded $53.2 million to more than 640 projects.

Now, the LSC has announced its latest round of TIG grants — 34 grants totalling $4.2 million to 27 legal services organizations in 20 states and one territory. As I write in my column this week at Above the Law, these grants provide tangible, real-world examples of how technology is being used to enhance access to justice and narrow the justice gap.

I’ve heard a number of lawyers question the efficacy of technology in enhancing A2J. The programs funded this year and over the last 16 years offer evidence that technology can indeed be an important tool to this end.

Read my full column here: This Week In Legal Tech: Real-World Examples Of Using Tech To Narrow The Justice Gap.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.