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Joint paper with the American Civil Liberties Union published in the Journal of Open Access to Law

Updated: Aug 1, 2022

Check out the special edition of the Journal of Open Access to Law, "Communicating the law and public information to vulnerable audiences" [JOAL Vol. 9 No. 1 (2021)] for a special paper from Barbra and Amreeta S. Mathai of the American Civil Liberties Union.


In this paper "Giving Notice": The Divergence Between Legal and Practical Assessments of How Well Government Notices Provide Information to Vulnerable Audiences, they discuss the practice of "revoking or suspending the driver’s licenses for failure to pay traffic tickets without first providing them adequate notice of how to prevent or contest the suspension..."


For more of Dr. Barbra Kingsley's writings on this topic, refer to her declaration in an ACLU case in South Carolina.





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Similar to the mistake on page 11 noted earlier, near the top of page 7, I find another incomplete, garbled sentence:

“If government agencies were to adopt a set of standards to evaluate the efficacy and intelligibility of their communications from a user perspective, it could significantly improve peoples’ experiences with such agencies and reduce unnecessarily detrimental and inefficient.”


Does a more recent edition of your article correct these mistakes? If so, where may I find it?


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On page 11, under "Criterion 1," an incomplete sentence trails off with these words:

"and often give up after" .

The sentence is unfinished. Can you supply the rest of the sentence?

I thank you and the J.O.A.L. for making the lion's share of your article readily available.

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