About Erin's List The mission of Erin's List is to empower and engage process servers with a free, integrated toolset focused on their personal safety while further providing awareness to the dangers of our profession.
The purpose of Erin's List is to provide process servers with relevant information about the addresses of their assignments. Knowledge of any dangerous incidents reported allows process servers to be prepared and make better choices about their safety. Attempt times, alerting authorities of your assignment, which neighbors to avoid or possibly even accepting the assignment could be influenced with the information learned from Erin's List. Erin's List provides a way for users to make record of addresses where dangerous activities or threatening statements were encountered while attempting to serve civil process. Accessing Erin's List as part of any preparation routine for assignments will reveal potentially lifesaving information.
Erin's List provides financial assistance to process servers impacted from catastrophic events or injury preventing your ability to make a living. Offering support during challenging times helps the process server sustain our important contributions to the judicial process.
Erin's List brings more awareness to the dangers and obstacles facing a process server while protecting the right to due process of named litigants. Heightened awareness promotes an opportunity to improve and offer further protection measures for our profession.
How Erin's List Started
Our profession fell to its knees upon learning of the fatal dog attack of one of our own. On June 15, 2016, Erin McCleskey, a process server attempting to serve process at an address in Austin, was viciously and fatally attacked by a group of dogs. Her senseless death caused new focus on the existing dangers of process serving and the inadequate measures currently existing to help protect our servers.
The consequences of returning to this address not knowing of this horrific event were too great. The need to record and share dangerous addresses was exemplified by the tragic loss of Erin.
Erin had a big heart and cared for others. Offering protection and assistance through Erin's List is fitting of her legacy.
A process server completed delivery of a notice in an emotionally charged custody matter to an individual who, still incensed with rage, threatened the server with bodily harm if he or anyone "like" him returned. It's very possible another notice in the ongoing custody matter will require delivery. It's also very possible an unrelated notice is intended for one of the surrounding neighbors. Either way the record of the previous threatening occurrence is important to the process server to know. Knowing of an address where a threatening event was recorded either as the location named in your assignment or near your assignment is the best defense to ensure your safety.
How to Use
After becoming a member you can login to Erin's List to both search and report addresses. As a member you can search and learn of addresses within a 1000-foot radius of the target addresses. Your search results will include the address, date and notes explaining the incident reported by another member. Reporting an incident to Erin's List as a member is accomplished by providing the address, date and the details about the incident. You will receive an email from the Erin's List service asking you to confirm your intent to flag the address as potentially dangerous. By selecting to confirm the address has been successfully added to Erin's List!
Searches and reporting addresses are also supported via our API. If you use a process serving desktop application or mobile application speak with your provider about becoming an Erin's List Partner to streamline the interaction and customize any alerts.
Where is it going?
Erin's List was designed with every process server in mind. Regardless of the type of work you do, whether you are full time or part time or what area you operate Erin's List can be utilized by you. Erin's List is only as powerful as the user base supporting it. Promoting participation of members and inclusion of processes is key to its success in becoming an industry-wide tool that links the common dangers of our industry with a way to prepare for them.
Erin's List came together as an effort to bring light to a dark time for our family. Its importance continues to grow for the industry with each dangerous occurrence reported. Success for Erin's List is hinged on the participation and direction of the industry; placement of Board Members and Committee Members from within our professional is needed.
Participation of the industry and sharing information adds awareness to the challenges of our profession. Erin's List offers a platform to further support relevant discussion and promotion of process server safety legislative measures. We are encouraging our clients to include searching Erin's List to identify addresses of concern.
How to Support
Erin's List is a free service. The development and marketing of the service has been donated entirely through endowments of time and money. The goal is to continue supporting the service and offering upgrades at no cost to you. A donation option exists to support the future of Erin's List to assist process servers that have encountered hardship or dangerous situation. Please become a member and help make others in our industry aware.