2023 Pre-Conference Trainings

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Pre-Conference Training Sessions

Are you a civil or defender trainer, manager or leader in training? Are your materials and motivation in need of renewal? Or are you a new leader in civil legal aid?

Just before the NLADA Annual Conference, we will offer pre-conference courses to enhance your skills. Whether a civil or defender trainer or a new leader, you are going to want to take one of these intensive to update your training plan, provide a new course, learn what it takes to be a leader in your field and make connections with people like you. Learn more about these special sessions and make sure to register today. Space is limited, so don't delay!


American Council of Chief Defenders Pre-Conference 

Tuesday, November 7, 9:00 am- 4:00 pmReception 4:00- 6:00 pm

Wednesday, November 8, 9:00 am-12:00 pm 


Rural Summit and ACCD: $275

The American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD) is 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.  A practice section of NLADA, ACCD draws from NLADA’s network of defenders to bring together chief and deputy chiefs of diverse indigent defense programs, including public defender offices, assigned counsel systems, and contract systems. The ACCD pre-conference event will offer chief public defenders the chance to discuss new issues facing public defenders nationwide and exchange ideas on effective approaches to public defense leadership. Attendance at ACCD is restricted to Chief Public Defenders and Deputy Chief Public Defenders. If you are not certain about your eligibility to participate, please email Alison Bloomquist, [email protected].  

Rural Defense Summit 

Wednesday, November 8, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm   

General: $150

Rural Summit and ACCD: $275

In rural areas, where remote population centers are scattered across large geographic expanses, public defenders often face challenges of access to their clients, courts, jails, and social services.  There is often a scarcity of attorneys, and limited funding sources. Approaches used in larger, more populous jurisdictions are simply not transferable.  This summit is designed to bring together defenders working in and managing rural public defender systems to discuss and strategize some of these challenges.  We will share innovative ideas that are taking shape in rural spaces across the country and talk with experts about how to leverage the strategies, data and resources we have in order to best serve our clients.  


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

Tuesday & Wednesday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, with a pre-event gathering on Monday evening!  

Members: $275

Non Members $325 

During this time of civil unrest and a global pandemic, defender and legal services agencies are exploring ways to help their staff be innovative and effective in serving their clients. Trainers are being asked to train in new ways, and to be purposeful about including principles of racial justice and cultural humility. NLADA and NAIDE are offering Train the Trainer to provide tools, tips, and guidance to meet both old and new demands of training. 

This program is specifically designed for new and experienced trainers as well as managers and upcoming leaders responsible for planning and providing training in their organizations. This program is conducted by a team of training professionals from a variety of perspectives and cultures, representing different regions of the country and with experience in training within statewide, county, and nonprofit systems. The format of the program will include both plenary sessions and breakout groups for participants to focus on individual goals for themselves and their agencies. Learn how to deliver engaging and effective training using the latest concepts in adult learning methods, all through a race-equity lens. 

Topics include: 

  • Training with cultural humility and through a racial justice lens. 
  • Applying adult learning principles and learning objectives. 
  • Facilitating large and small groups. 
  • Exploring how training can deliver and shape the agency culture. 
  • Cultural humility for trainers. 

MIE New Executive Director Training  

Tuesday, November 7, and Wednesday, November 8
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day

MIE subscribers: $465
Non-subscribers: $565

This MIE New Executive Director Training will help you thrive as a new legal aid Executive Director. Multiple challenges of this moment (e.g. pandemic, racism, remote work, and economy) require us to evaluate and adjust the ways we advance our mission and develop new leadership approaches. At the same time, the ongoing demands of funding and running a complex program require skills and attention. In this training, you will engage with peers, hear from experienced leaders, and gain diverse perspectives from colleagues who also face these challenges. Given all the demands on your time right now, this training is a worthwhile investment, providing assistance with specific issues you will be dealing with for the short term and relationship building with other new executive directors who can form a support base for the long term. 
MIE New Executive Director Training is designed for the challenges facing the legal aid executive director today. Join us if you are a new director of an LSC-funded, IOLTA-funded, elder law, pro bono, or protection and advocacy program. 

Training Topics:

  • The Role of the Executive Director
  • Working with the Board of Directors
  • Leadership, Management, and Implementing Change
  • Executive Director Communications
  • Culture Change
  • Financial Leadership and Management
  • Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity
  • Building Trust Among Teams
  • MIE Roundtable

*For more information and to join the waitlist, visit the MIE website

Client Leadership Summit in Conjunction with Train the Trainers

Tuesday, November 7th, 8:30 - 5 pm, and Wednesday, November 8th, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm 

NLADA Client Members: $0

Non Client Members $100 

This year, our Client Leadership Summit is a “Train the Trainers.”  In this program we define “Training” very broadly: from traditional workshops and presentations, to conversations with the community, to effective speeches for legislators and policymakers. NLADA’s Train the Trainers is conducted by a team of training professionals from a variety of perspectives and cultures, representing different regions of the country and with experience training in statewide, county, and nonprofit systems. The format of the program will include both plenary sessions and breakout groups for participants to focus on learning how to communicate their message effectively in order to teach and impact behavior. Participants will include members of all three of our communities and the shared learning experience will be rich!

Topics include: 

· Understanding adult learning principles, and how to reach people across differences.

· Creating learning objectives, or goals for your workshop/program/message. 

· Facilitating conversations and addressing barriers. 

· Exploring how training can shape organizational culture. 

· Cultural humility for trainers.