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Equal Justice Excellence

Our Mission

Because the quality of justice in America should not depend on how much money a person has, NLADA leads a broad network of advocates on the frontlines to advance justice and expand opportunity for all by promoting excellence in the delivery of legal services for people who cannot afford counsel.

Our Work

Effective local advocacy requires a strong national advocate. NLADA is America’s oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. We provide advocacy, guidance, information, training and technical assistance for members of the equal justice community, especially those working in public defense and civil legal aid. For more than a century, we have connected and supported people across the country committed to justice for all.

Our Values

  • Diversity
  • Engagement
  • Equality
  • Excellence
  • Fairness
  • Human Dignity
  • Inclusion
  • Opportunity
  • Responsiveness
  • Self-determination

"I believe in our collective power to create the change we want to see in this world.  I believe that we should never dim our vision for the future or be discouraged when facing daily realities that are starkly different from the goals we hope to achieve.  We must have the audacity and courage to believe that we can create a more equitable society."

April Frazier Camara, Esq.
NLADA President and CEO