Excellent Training is a Hallmark of NLADA's Service to the Equal Justice
Understanding and meeting the training needs of equal justice advocates and
staff at every level of the legal aid system is an NLADA priority. NLADA offers
at least four national training conferences each year to the civil legal aid
community, and we support and promote state-based and regional training
But NLADA does more than just provide training. We are leading the
development of a national training infrastructure that will help to ensure
that advocates at all levels of experience obtain the skills and substantive
knowledge needed to provide the best possible service to their clients.
NLADA Civil Training Events
As part of its commitment to provide opportunities for equal justice advocates
and staff to continually learn from nationally recognized experts and from
each other NLADA offers several national training conferences. Often these
conferences are collaborative efforts with other leading national organizations.
- Each spring, the NLADA joins with the ABA to sponsor the
Equal Justice Conference for advocates from across the many sectors of the equal justice
- NLADA hosts the Substantive Law Conference, the legal aid community's premiere national
poverty law training.
- NLADA hosts the
Litigation and Advocacy Directors Conference for advocacy leaders and managers.
- The nation's leading summit and training conference for equal
justice advocates is the NLADA Annual Conference.
Web-based Training Opportunities
In addition to hosting conferences and
in-person training events, NLADA is exploring delivering training through
other mediums, like the internet. Through NLADA's partnership with the
Practicing Law Institute (PLI), NLADA has taken the first step toward making
the legal services community available on line. At the 2000 Substantive Law
Conference, NLADA taped a session entitled "Bridging the Digital Divide" which
can be viewed at PLI's Web site.
View the session
(Note: you will need to select the session entitled, "National Legal Aid & Defender Association.")
While at PLI's site, you may also want to review the session on the Homeless Advocacy Project of the Volunteer Legal
Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Please give us some feedback
on how we can best utilize this partnership with PLI and what kind of training is best suited to internet presentation.
Building a National Training Infrastructure
In 1997, NLADA and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) launched a joint
project, The Project for the Future of Equal Justice (the Project),
to expand and strengthen the
nationwide partnership of responsibility for equal justice and to promote the
development in every state of a comprehensive and integrated equal justice
system. Funded by the Open Society Institute and Ford Foundation, one of the
primary initiatives of the Project was to examine and rethink the role of
training in the legal services community. As part of this initiative, the
Project formed an advisory committee comprised of equal justice advocates,
funders and bar leaders from across the country who set priorities to promote
life long-learning, while highlighting the need to establish a national training
NLADA has adopted the priorities suggested by the Project's advisory
committee. (Read a summary of these recommended priorities). The Association is working with the equal justice community
to build a national training infrastructure by maintaining a national training calendar(click on the link on the left)
to promote and facilitate the ongoing training initiatives of the equal justice community;
partnering with several other national organizations to provide high-quality training opportunities; and supporting and
promoting state-based and regional training efforts and capacities.
For more information on the training infrastructure in legal services, you may
want to review the discussion paper, Training Infrastructure For The
Future Of Equal Justice.
Legal Services Training Report
During the summer of 1998, the Project produced a paper examining the current training
infrastructure in legal
services. The ideas developed by the paper are still very current and largely unrealized.
Follow this link to download the .pdf report:
Training Infrastructure for the Future of Equal Justice
(pdf, 227 Kb)