Drupal For Legal Aid Websites

OpenAdvocate is built using DLAW 3.0, an open source website management system for legal aid websites. DLAW is built using the Drupal content management framework. DLAW is developed and maintained by Urban Insight in collaboration with Legal Services National Technology Assistance Project (LSNTAP), Idaho Legal Aid Services (ILAS) and several legal aid organizations. Development of the DLAW was funded through a Legal Service Corporation (LSC) Technology Initiative Grant.


To get the latest DLAW 3.0 release, you will need to have svn and drush 5.x or greater.

Once Drush is installed, change to your web root directory, and run the following commands:

wget https://urbaninsight.svn.beanstalkapp.com/dlaw2public/branches/dlaw3/dlaw3.make drush make dlaw3.make

This will install the latest stable versions of Drupal core, required contributed modules, and DLAW modules. Now you can install it like any other Drupal site using DLAW installation profile. For more information on installing Drupal, check out the documentation.

First Steps After Installation

  1. Go to Components and Settings and select an appearance, either Cosmo, Readable or SpaceLab.
  2. Set the default theme to DLAW 3 theme.
  3. Enable the Reorder Blocks module.
  4. Go to the blocks administration page and assign these blocks to the following regions for the initial set up:

    Toolbar: Search form
    Navigation: Main Menu
    Content: Site Sections, Main page content, System help
    Footer: Footer Menu

  5. Assign additional blocks to the following regions once they are enabled:

    Toolbar: Social Media Links, Google Translate
    Home Top: Carousel
    Home Left: Introduction Text, Introduction Video, Latest News
    Home Right: Library Block, Upcoming Events, Apply for Help Online, Twitter Feed, Partners
    Site Bottom: Donate Button, Contact Us, Alternative Formats, Feedback Form

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