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2015 Client Contribution Awards

Recipients from the LA Community Action Network

TimeBanks USA and the Client Policy Group of NLADA presented the 2015 Client Contribution Awards. They celebrate the contribution that clients -- as individuals or in groups -- have made to addressing injustice, transforming the lives of others in their community, restoring faith in communities in the rule of law, and battling for the survival, integrity and growth of legal services programs.

These awards are funded though the generous support of the Public Welfare Foundation for 2014 and 2015. The 2015 awards were presented at the NLADA Annual Conference in New Orleans this November.

Nature of the Awards

Awards are for past contributions with demonstrated impact. The awards recognize:

  • efforts that have successfully supported and promoted legal services (civil or criminal) undertaken by legal service programs serving poor people at the local, regional, state or national level
  • contributions by a client or clients that have changed the lives of others in the community
  • efforts promoting client involvement and client leadership 
2016 National Appellate Defense Training

French Market in New OrleansThe National Appellate Defense Training (ADT) offers an intensive, four-day learning experience designed specifically for attorneys who represent indigent defendants in criminal and delinquency appeals in the state and federal court systems. The 2016 training takes place in New Orleans, January 21-24
This national skills training brings together court and appellate public defenders at the state and federal levels, assigned counsel, contract defenders, and Criminal Justice Act private attorneys for a multi-day program. ADT uses a "learning-by-doing" teaching methodology: participants will bring their own case files to work on during the program, and they will be asked to apply to their case the practice methods presented through ADT plenary presentations and materials.
With the assistance of expert faculty, participants will analyze fact and law issues, develop case theories and themes, and incorporate them into their motion, brief, or writ drafting. ADT is the only national trial and appellate defender conference where participants work on their own cases, not just hypothetical problems
$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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