NLADA is the nation's oldest and largest national nonprofit membership
organization devoted to equal access to justice for the poor. Since 1911, it has
offered its members a wide range of benefits and services aimed at helping
them to achieve their primary mission: the provision of high quality,
effective legal aid and indigent defense for the poor. Among them are:
NLADA sounds the collective voice of its members to promote congressional,
executive branch, media and public support for high quality legal aid and
indigent defense for the poor. Playing a national leadership role, it works to
increase public support and to ensure adequate funds and other resources for
legal aid and indigent defense providers. It responds to requests from
legislators and their staffs for testimony and technical information,
mobilizes allies and supporters to advance equal justice goals, and provides
information to national and local media organizations.
For more information go
to Civil Government Relations and/or
Defender Government Relations
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the NLADA Insurance Program, member offices enjoy access to comprehensive
professional liability coverage at highly competitive rates. The program
offers a basic lawyers malpractice policy as well as special endorsements
covering management errors and omissions, employment practices liability,
criminal defense, punitive damages, pro bono programs and the outside practice
of law. The program is unique in the marketplace as the only member-controlled
insurance program serving the indigent defense and civil legal aid community.
For more information on the NLADA Insurance Program, click on the link on the left.
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Throughout the year, NLADA offers or co-sponsors training programs
to help participants represent poor clients more effectively. Drawing on
national experts, the training sessions teach participants the latest
developments in substantive law, management skills, trial techniques, service
delivery innovations, and many other subjects of vital interest to indigent
defenders and civil legal services providers. NLADA's annual Life in the Balance
training in death penalty defense and Substantive Law Conference on civil
poverty law are widely recognized as premier training events. Continuing Legal
Education (CLE) certification is available for training events, and members
receive substantial discounts.
For more information on Training and Conferences, click here.
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NLADA's annual conference also provides a wealth of training opportunities for civil and
defender members. Principal areas at past conferences include substantive law
(both criminal defense and civil), defender management, managing change,
developing strategic partnerships, legal skills, sentencing options, client
issues, information technology and ethical issues. The annual conference enables
members to share their expertise, experiences and insights with colleagues
from throughout the country.
The 2011 Centennial Conference offers scholarships to Client Members. To download the application, click
here: Client Scholarship Application
For more information on the Annual Conference, click here.
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Through the Association's civil and defender divisions and special initiatives such as the
Project for the Future of Equal Justice, technical assistance, support and capacity building are available to a broad
range of member programs.
For more information, go to Defender Technical
Assistance, or Civil Technical Support and Capacity
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NLADA offers a wide range of publications to member offices, including
selected evaluation reports, Amicus Curiae briefs, training materials,
management and administration resources, and analyses of Legal Services
Corporation regulations. Many publications are available free to members,
while others are available at special membership rates.
For a complete list of NLADA publications go to Publications.
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NLADA offers members the opportunity to join semi-autonomous groups which seek
to improve the quality of service to their clients in specialized legal
fields. At present, 14 sections operate at varying levels of activity. Several
sponsor publications, file amicus briefs and sponsor seminars and training
events. Section membership is open to individual members of NLADA.
For more information, go to Sections/Affinity Groups.
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New in 2009!
- Mutual of America is the preferred provider of pension and retirement savings plans for NLADA members and their employees.
Mutual of America has been working with nonprofit organizations since 1945 and has a solid reputation for
superior customer service. NLADA has offered our employees retirement planning through Mutual of America
for over 40 years. Today we continue to be impressed by their products and services and are pleased to offer
Mutual of America as a retirement plan service provider for our member programs. Through this relationship,
NLADA program members who meet certain criteria and who utilize Mutual of America's Hotline Plus Internet-based
system to administer their retirement plans are eligible for a waiver of certain plan-related administrative
charges attributable to Defined Contribution type plans. These waivers would apply to both existing and to
new Mutual of America clients. Potential savings from this program could allow more of the funds you have
budgeted for your retirement plan to be used to enhance other benefits for your program and employees.
For more information, please download Why Choose Mutual of America, go to www.mutualofamerica.com or call (800) 468-3785 for more details on what they offer.
- On-line Recruiting/HR Management Software from Lawmatch
NLADA has partnered with Lawmatch, a Web-based recruitment and human resources
management system, to provide a discounted offering to NLADA members. NLADA members
receive a 50 percent discount on Lawmatch services -- ten percent lower than other
non-profit organizations and Lawmatch’s lowest published rate for any customer.
No up-front purchase is required: Lawmatch charges a low monthly (or lower annual)
fee based on account usage. Packages start at $100/month ($1,020/year). For complete
pricing information please visit http://lawmatch.com/nlada,
or call (800) 529-6282 x1. Be sure to indicate that you are a member of NLADA to qualify for special member rates!
- On-line Fundraising Software with eTapestry
NLADA has partnered with eTapestry, a Web-based donor management database
system, to provide a discounted offering to members. NLADA members receive a 10% discount
on the eTapestry service.
eTapestry is the leading provider of Web-based software for managing donor, prospect, and member records. As a complete
fundraising application, eTapestry handles all giving and pledge records, manages mailing list functions, provides
detailed query capabilities, and produces numerous reports for managing fundraising activities.
Pricing for eTapestry is based on number of account records and number of concurrent users. There is no up-front
purchase with eTapestry. Instead users pay a low monthly fee (prices range from $30/month to $250/month). For
visit the eTapestry Web site or call 888-739-3827 for more information. Be sure to indicate that you are a
member of NLADA to receive a 10% discount off listed prices.
- Language Line Services (LLS) Over-the-Phone Interpretation
Justice Partnership, a joint initiative of the National Legal Aid & Defender
Association and Language Line Services, is a shared commitment to respond to the
need for immediate and effective representation and advocacy for clients who
speak a language other than English. This initiative supports, strengthens, and expands
the capacity of NLADA and its member organizations to provide access to
justice for its multi-lingual communities.
Language Line Services offers over-the-phone interpretation and document translation services from English into
more than 176 languages. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a
week, from any phone in the world. On average, it takes just 25 seconds or
less to be connected with a professional, legally certified, confidential interpreter. With the
Interpreting Justice Partnership, you will be able to provide immediate and
direct client services to an increasingly diverse client population, ensuring
that every client is granted access to open, fair and equal treatment in the
Language Line Services has developed special reduced pricing for its
Subscriber Interpretation (SI) services for NLADA members:
Enrollment Fee: Waived (normally $250)
Monthly Minimum: $0.00 For NLADA Members(standard minimum is $100.00)
Aggregated monthly volume discounts (all participating members receive
a prorated share of the volume discount)
Usage is billed in one-minute increments, based on the language requested and
the time of day. These per-minute rates decrease even further as the aggregate
usage of all NLADA member participants increases. There is no charge for
toll-free access to Language Line Services.
For more information on how this partnership can assist your organization,
please contact Jon Plotkin at 888-898-1382 or e-mail at email@example.com. Visit
the LLS Web site at www.languageline.com for a sample of the services offered.
- Online Legal Research through LEXIS Publishing Company
LEXIS Publishing Company has agreed to offer significant discounts to programs
that provide civil legal aid to the poor. LEXIS will provide four levels of
services, from "state law only" to full LEXIS with citation services at
reduced rates. Participants will be charged only a flat fee per attorney.
Paralegals at participating offices will receive a password to use the service
free of charge. Additionally, the discount will increase as the volume of
participation in each state increases.
In addition to the substantial flat-rate discount, LEXIS will provide, pro bono,
limited research time within other materials not included in the libraries
designated for a participant's particular level of service. Participants will
also receive discounts on any LEXIS Publishing Company product, including
print and CD-ROM subscriptions from Matthew-Bender, Shepard's and Michie.
Participants also will have access to free, unlimited training for the life of
The service is accessed through the Internet. It requires no software other than
an Internet browser, which allows users to conduct their research from any
Internet-connected computer. To get more information or to become a participant,
call LEXIS Publishing Company at 800-356-6548.
- Practising Law Institute (PLI) Interactive Courtroom CD-ROMs
PLI is offering NLADA members
incredible savings on their Interactive Courtroom CD-ROM training series. This
series of over a dozen CDs includes such topics as Direct Examination,
Cross-Examination, Client Interviewing, Taking Effective Depositions,
Mastering Motions, and Be Prepared For Your Deposition.
In the CD entitled You Be the Judge, you play the role of the
trial judge in a breach-of-contract dispute. You'll feel the pressures and
pace of a courtroom appearance as you actively participate in a trial. When
attorneys object during the direct and cross-examination of the plaintiff,
it's your duty to sustain or overrule each objection. You'll learn whether
your rulings are correct or incorrect and why, as a citation to the applicable
federal or state rule of evidence appears. At the end, your efficiency is
$295 per CD-ROM plus site license fee ($395-995)
NLADA Member price:
$50 per CD-ROM (site license fee waived) - a savings
of over $245 per CD-ROM.
To receive this special members-only price, request a special order form by
contacting Chandra Nicholson at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling
202-452-0620 ext 215. For more information about the services offered by PLI,
please visit their web site at www.pli.edu.
- Justice Federal Credit Union (JFCU) Membership
NLADA members and their immediate family members are eligible to join the Justice Federal Credit Union,
which offers highly
competitive rates for loans and returns on savings. Once you become a JFCU
member, you can be a member for life, provided you have active open accounts.
You can keep your membership status through retirement, relocation and changes
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S.
government, insures JFCU accounts to $100,000. Individual retirement accounts
are insured separately to an additional $100,000. To join JFCU, you simply
complete a membership application to open any deposit account with the
required minimum balance (shown below). A savings account must be established in
order to apply for a loan.
|Type of Account||
Minimum Balance to Open
Regular Share Savings
Certificate (Regular or IRA)
While most of the branch offices and ATMs are located in the Washington, DC,
Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and New York areas, location is not an
obstacle to joining JFCU. For more information, visit the JFCU web site at www.jfcu.org
or contact JFCU at 5175 Parkstone
Drive, Suite 200, Chantilly, VA 20151, phone (703) 480-5300 or 1 (800) 550-JFCU.
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