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2015 Annual Conference
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Credit: New Orleans CVB

NLADA’s 2015 Annual Conference – “Advancing Justice Together” – is the leading national training event of the year for the civil legal aid, public defense, and public interest law communities. Taking place November 4 through 7 at the Sheraton New Orleans, the conference will offer advocates substantive information and professional skills training, recognition of excellence among our peers, and a unique networking opportunity.

Get ready for this unparalleled event in a range of ways:

Join 700 of your equal justice colleagues this November in one of the great cities of the world.

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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