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Specific yet diverse trainings from NLADA inform, inspire, and empower a wide range of professionals to carry the torch of equal justice in communities nationwide. They provide opportunities for professional and leadership development, for developing substantive legal practice, for skills building, and for obtaining CLE credit. NLADA excels at offering innovative, interactive, faculty-intensive training programs and conferences.


2020 Life in the Balance Conference Biloxi, MS

Life in the Balance is a death penalty and juvenile life without parole training for attorneys and mitigation specialists. Co-Sponsored by: Mississippi Office of State Public Defender; In conjunction with The Deep South Capital Defense Conference; In affiliation with The National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates & Mitigation Specialists. Registration is now open. Learn more here.

2020 Equal Justice Conference Atlanta, GA

The Equal Justice Conference rings together all components of the legal community to discuss equal justice issues as they relate to the delivery of legal services to the poor and low-income individuals in need of legal assistance. Learn more and register at the EJC website.

2020 Holistic Defense & Leadership Conferences Baltimore, Maryland

This year's Holistic Defense & Leadership Conferences will be held at the Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. It will consist of three events: 1) The American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD) Summer Conference; 2) The Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network Annual Conference; and 3) The Black Public Defender Association (BPDA) Conference. Click here to learn more about the Holistic Defense & Leadership Conferences.

2020 Litigation & Advocacy Leaders Conference Charleston, South Carolina

This conference is designed for those who participate in setting the advocacy agenda and leading its implementation, as well as those taking on new leadership roles, in their civil legal aid or civil rights organization. Learn more about the conference here!

2020 National Farmworker Law Conference Arlington, Virginia

The 2020 National Farmworker Law Conference (NFLC), co-hosted by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) and Farmworker Justice will take place in Arlington, Virginia. Learn more about NFLC.

2020 Annual Conference Arlington, Virginia

This year's Annual Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City (2799 Richmond Hwy), in Arlington, Virginia. Learn more about the 2020 Annual Conference!



NLADA hosts webinars that strengthen the work of the civil legal aid and public defender communities.

NLADA records the webinars we host so that people from across our community can take advantage of the ideas and expertise those sessions offer. Most be watched, along with other videos, on our YouTube channel; the sessions on budget advocacy organized in collaboration with American University are hosted on its site.

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Is VISTA Right for Your Office? An Informational Call With the Santa Barbara Public Defender

Maria and Amanda, the host site supervisor and VISTA member in Santa Barbara, CA, share their exp

Is VISTA Right for Your Office? An Informational Call With the New York Office of the Appellate Defender

Stephen and Grace, the host site supervisor and VISTA member at the New York Office of the Appell