Equal Justice Conference - Preconferences

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NLADA will be sponsoring two preconferences on Wednesday, May 3 at the upcoming Equal Justice Conference in Pittsburgh. More information will be provided as the sessions are developed.

NLADA Legal Aid Training Series: Federal Block, Formula and Discretionary Grants: Pursuing programs and building partnerships to serve clients and support state and local priorities                   
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

8:30 a.m. — 5:30 p.m.

This preconference is designed for civil legal aid managers and development professionals, and will focus on identifying and pursuing federal block and formula grants through state and local entities, as well as federal agencies' discretionary grant programs. The day of programming will merge with and include NLADA's preconference addressing challenges and strategies around LSC.

Federal block and formula grants to state and local governments and agency discretionary grants are valuable resources and an important federal complement to LSC funding. These programs support partnerships and enhance work that locally elevates civil legal aid’s critical role in accessing solutions for low-income individuals and communities.

A number of federal programs currently are administered through the block and formula grant model, and advocacy through this process often requires a tailored approach. This training will provide important tools for programs to pursue these resources and build strong, lasting partnerships to serve clients and communities.

Cost: $125 (includes breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks).

Registration for this session is closed.


Legal Aid Managers and Staff Preconference
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
12:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m

This preconference, designed for legal aid managers and staff, will focus on key developments in Washington and the field that will likely have a significant impact on legal aid programs now and in the future. An opening plenary will provide updates on prospects for LSC and non-LSC federal funding for FY 2017 and beyond, the educational efforts underway with the administration and Congress, and other issues of interest to legal aid providers. 

Following the opening, two sets of interactive workshops will provide in-depth opportunities to discuss critical issues currently affecting providers. The preliminary program tracks are as follows:

Problems Related to the Current Fiscal Challenges

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The mechanics of managing in difficult times
  • Preserving core values and clarity of the mission
  • Maintaining diversity
  • Taking care of ourselves as leaders in difficult times
  • New client needs/changing priorities
Planning for the Future

Topics to be discussed include:   

  • Current challenges facing the legal aid community
  • What are the factors that will shape/determine the future?
  • What are the revenue source contingencies going forward (LSC, non-LSC federal funding, Bank of America settlement funds; IOLTA, state funding, etc.)?
  • What are we trying to achieve? What products are we trying to produce?  How do we talk about those achievements and products effectively?
  • Planning for contingencies

Cost: $50 in addition to the basic conference fee (lunch and coffee break).

Registration for this session is closed.