NLADA sections are comprised of persons with common interests seeking to improve
the quality of services rendered to clients in a specialized legal area, improve
specialized skills of the group, enhance communications and information
sharing and strengthen advocacy and client communities.
All individual members of NLADA are eligible to join sections, and program members may designate one
person to each section's membership. Dues for section membership range from $5
to $15 per year. For more information on individual sections, see the Civil
Resources and Defender Resources areas of this Web site.
To become an individual member and/or to join a section as a program member
representative, click on the "Become a Member" link on the left.
Civil Legal Services Sections
- Advocacy & Support
The Advocacy and Support Section brings together advocates working in national
support and advocacy centers, state support centers, state-level access to
justice programs and state-level advocacy organizations. The Section provides
a national forum for members to develop collective strategies for
strengthening advocacy, communications, funding and training. Section members
meet at least once a year at the NLADA Annual Conference and communicate
throughout the year through conference calls and email lists. For more
information, contact Don Saunders at email@example.com.
- Farmworker Law
This Section supports the efforts of migrant farmworker advocates and legal
services programs serving seasonal farmworkers. It seeks to increase awareness
of legal problems and the rights of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and to
advance the cause of justice for migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Working
closely with the Farmworker Project Group, the Section provides technical
assistance to migrant farmworker advocates and legal services programs, meets at
the NLADA Annual Conference and sponsors a biannual training conference for
migrant advocates across the country. For more information, contact Don
Saunders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Native American
The Native American Section focuses on the unique cultural problems affecting
the delivery of legal services to Native American Indians. The Section,
working closely with the National Association of Indian Legal Services
(NAILS), develops systems to provide effective civil and criminal
representation to Native Americans living on and off reservations. In addition,
the Section provides technical assistance to offices that deliver legal services
to Native Americans and helps plan an annual Native American training at NLADA's
Substantive Law Conference. For more information, contact Don Saunders at
- Rural Advocacy
The Rural Advocacy Section supports the efforts of civil legal services programs
in addressing the legal needs of rural low-income clients. The Section maintains
a list serve connecting rural advocates, provides training and technical
assistance for rural advocates, promotes pro bono in rural areas and develops
models for effective rural delivery. For more information, contact Don
Saunders at email@example.com.
For more information on any of these sections, go to Civil
Defender Legal Sections
- American Council of Chief Defenders
The American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD) was created to support indigent
defense leaders, and thereby their systems and programs, through training,
information and technical assistance and to maximize the defense perspective and
impact on criminal justice policy. Membership is open to chief and deputy
chief defenders of indigent defense systems and programs in all United States
jurisdictions including federal districts, the states, the District of Columbia,
Puerto Rico and all territories. For more information, contact Ed Burnette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- National Alliance of Sentencing and Mitigation Specialists
The National Alliance of Sentencing and Mitigation Specialists (NASAMS) is a section of NLADA dedicated to the promotion of
fair, humane and equitable sentencing and confinement decisions for all people in America. NASAMS is designed to
advance the field of sentencing advocacy by fostering the professional development of its members and upholding the ethical
standards of practice of the organization. NASAMS members regularly teach at NLADA's national conferences, conduct a Death Penalty Mitigation Institute and Annual Conference,
and work on the Mitigation Track at NLADA's Life in the Balance. For more information, contact Lynnae Johnson at email@example.com.
The purpose of the Client Section is to promote the
mission of NLADA by providing a forum for clients of legal aid and indigent
defense programs to voice their interests and concerns as members of NLADA, as
program board members, as customers of legal aid and as advocates for
For more information, go to the Client Section page.