During the two days before the NLADA Annual Conference, we will offer preconference courses to enhance your skills. Space is limited, so don't delay and register.

NLADA presents
Emerging Leaders: A Path to Leadership in Legal Services
Wednesday, December 6, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Legal services programs across the country will need senior leadership. More than 68 percent of LSC litigation directors have been in legal services for 30 years or more. What does it take to become a senior leader in your legal services program? Explore the path to leadership with experienced legal services executive directors and learn the skills you’ll need for these leadership roles. Not sure you want to take a senior leadership role? Join the conversation to learn more about why legal services needs all kinds of leadership.

This pre-conference training program will cover the critical skills you'll need to be a senior leader, how to create your own opportunities to build your leadership skills in your program, and how to maintain balance. This program is designed to stimulate the creation of on-going mentoring and support circles aimed to generate a network of emerging leaders and mentors throughout the country.

This program is limited to 20 participants. Register early as presenters will be working to craft the exact curriculum of this program with feedback from participants.

Colleen Cotter, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Nalani Fujimori Kaina, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i
Nikole Nelson, Executive Director, Alaska Lega lservices Corporation
Kimberley Sanchez, Executive Director, Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida

Members: $100
Non-Members: $125

Click here to register for the Emerging Leaders pre-conference.
Click here to see the AGENDA for Emerging Leaders.

NLADA presents
Train the Trainers: Creating and Conducting Training Programs in Defender and Civil Organizations
Tuesday, December 5, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, December 6, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This program is specifically designed for new and experienced training directors and trainers responsible for developing and implementing training. There is something for everyone across all organizations, regardless of their size. The training will be conducted by a team of training professionals from a variety of perspectives and cultures. The training faculty is diverse, representing different regions of the country, and with experience in training within statewide, county, and nonprofit systems. The format of the program will include plenary sessions and breakout groups for participants to focus on individual goals for themselves and their organizations.

What will be covered?

  • Planning curricula around client-centered values.
  • Developing learning objectives.
  • Making the best use of limited resources and working creatively within budgetary guidelines.
  • Discovering and exploring how training can deliver and shape the culture of the organization.
  • Understanding adult learning principles and training methods that work for defenders.
  • Evaluating and assessing the take-aways from programs and individual presentations.

This pre-conference training is filled to capacity, and we are not accepting and more registrations.

Click here to see the AGENDA for the Train the Trainer program.

New Executive Director Training
Tuesday, December 5 and Wednesday, December 6
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day

This two-day training is newly updated and more relevant than ever to the challenges facing the legal aid executive director today. It is designed for the new directors of LSC-funded, IOLTA-funded, elder law, pro bono, and protection and advocacy programs.

The intent of the New Executive Director training is to help new directors, who typically learn on-the-job, to more quickly achieve deeper insight into their work. The training stresses both 1. knowing what should be done to lead an effective program, and 2. actually doing what needs to be done.

Trainers will include MIE Board Members Jan May, executive director, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly; and Jacquelynne Bowman, executive director, Greater Boston Legal Services; and Patricia Pap, MIE executive director.

To register for this preconference, visit www.mielegalaid.org or contact Patricia Pap, MIE executive director at [email protected] or 617-556-0288.


Emerging Leaders: A Path to Leadership in Legal Services

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.           Welcome and Introductions
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.         Critical Leadership Skills

  • Vision/Strategy/Systemic Focus
  • Managing Change
  • Creating the Narrative
  • Staff Development/Personnel Management
  • Resource Development and Financials

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.          Lunch and Mentoring Circles
(Based on your leadership interests and current positions, you will be placed in a lunch group to talk with other participants and at least one mentor)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.            Creating Opportunities to Build Your Leadership Skills

  • How can we introduce people to the ED job when there’s no time? (e.g., no one wants to look at financials, but it is important)
  • How can they build their skills while still doing their job?
  • How do you step into a bigger role and broaden your perspective instead of just representing the voice of your team? Becoming a manager.
  • How do you become ok with being the “bad guy"?

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.            Break
3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.            Fun Activity
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.            Understanding What Lifts You
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.            Maintaining Connections and Support


Train the Trainers: Creating and Conducting Training Programs in Defender and Civil Organizations

Tuesday, December 5, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, December 6, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.          Welcome and Introductions
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.        Large Group: The Principles of Adult Learning (Melinda Pendergraph)
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.      Large Group: Creating Learning Objectives (Shawna Geiger)
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.        Lunch (on your own)
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.         Small Groups: Participants Share Their Training Challenges and Write Learning Objectives
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.          Group One: How to Effectively PowerPoint (for presenters) (Travis Stearns)
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.          Group Two: Developing, Designing, and Delivering Effective Training Programs (for program directors) (Shawna Geiger & Gina Pruski)

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.        Large Group: Facilitating Small Groups and Giving Feedback (Gina Pruski)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon     Small Groups: Facilitating Small Groups and Giving Feedback
12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.       Lunch (on your own)
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.          Large Group: Reaching Your Audience (Travis Stearns)
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.         Small Groups: Reaching Your Audience
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.         Presentations to Large Group
5:00 p.m.                            ADJOURN


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