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Just Added: Conference Workshop Descriptions

The 2015 Annual Conference will feature more than 90 focused, engaging workshops organized into five tracks:

  • Participants at the 2014 Annual ConferenceCivil Track – workshops to address traditional and emerging trends in the delivery of civil legal aid
  • Client & Board Track – board and client leadership training 
  • Defender Track – workshops covering a range of topics to help defender programs meet their clients’ needs
  • Fundraising Track  – workshops covering the range from the nuts and bolts of development work and relationship building to the best social media platforms to reach donors
  • Joint Civil & Defender Track – workshops addressing topics that are of interest to more than one of the above categories or are generally applicable to many audiences, including communications, risk management, and technology
New White Paper on Risk and Needs Assessments

NLADA and the American Council of Chief Defenders are proud to share the new white paper, “Risk & Needs Assessments: What Defenders and Chief Defenders Need to Know.”

This paper responds to the growing use of actuarial risk assessments and needs assessments to make decisions about persons at various stages of the criminal justice system. As the use of these assessments increases, particularly in pretrial detention determinations, clients will benefit from defenders who understand the science behind assessments, can advocate effectively for their use, and know how to argue for fidelity of the risk assessment tool.

$106 Million JPMorgan Chase Settlement Provides Legal Aid Funding Opportunity

Civil legal aid programs across the country have a great opportunity for new funding thanks to a settlement reached earlier this month.

As a result of investigations into JP Morgan Chase's practices of selling "zombie debt" and robo-signing court documents, the firm will pay $106 million to attorneys general in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Chase also will pay $50 million in consumer refunds and $30 million to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as well as­ $30 million to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in a related action. 

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