2017 Holistic Defense and Leadership Conferences

Wednesday, June 07, 2017 (All day) to Friday, June 09, 2017 (All day)
Baltimore, Maryland

This year, NLADA brings together defenders, social workers, and community activists for three days of training, networking, and strategizing at the Holistic Defense and Leadership Conferences. 

June 7: The National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates and Mitigation Specialists (NASAMS) Conference will offer an opportunity for social workers and mitigation specialists who work on holistic defense teams to receive cutting edge training from experienced and nationally recognized experts.  CEUs will be provided.  

June 7: The American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD) Conference will convene a national community of public defense leaders dedicated to securing a fair justice system and ensuring high quality legal representation for people facing loss of life, freedom, or family.  This training is open to chiefs and deputy chiefs of diverse indigent defense programs, including public defender offices, assigned counsel systems, and contract systems. CLE will be provided.

June 8-9, 2017: The Community Oriented Defender (COD) Network Conference is the annual gathering of community defenders and activists that offers intensive training, networking, and unique learning opportunities aimed at energizing and strengthening holistic defense team work. CLE and CEU will be provided.

We encourage the defender community to take advantage of these three trainings that will be offered all in one location in Baltimore, MD, on June 7-9, 2017.

Registration Open

Registration for all three conferences is now open. You may register online or by faxing the registration form to 202-872-1031.

When you pay for NASAMS or ACCD conference registration, you can add the COD conference for only $25 (50% off the early registration fee). 



Early (until 4/30)

Regular (May 1-31)

Late (June 1-9)

NLADA Member $100 $125 $225
Non-Member* $225 $250 $350
ACCD + COD      
NLADA Member $125 $150 $250
Non-Member* $250 $275 $375
NLADA Member $125 $150 $250
Non-Member* $200 $225 $325
NASAMS + COD      
NLADA Member $150 $175 $275
Non-Member* $225 $250 $350
NLADA Member $50 $75 $175
Non-Member* $100 $125 $225
* All non-member fees include complimentary 1-year NLADA membership.



Members of NASAMS may apply for the Melissa Kupferberg Annual Training Scholarship, which covers the registration fees for the NASAMS and COD conferences, as well as travel, lodging, and CEUs. The scholarship recognizes Melissa's life work and commitment to providing indigent persons accused of criminal violations of state and federal law with zealous, client-centered advocacy through providing high quality training for all members of the defense team and promoting best practices for client representation in non-capital cases. Applications are due Friday, March 24, 2017 by 5pm EST