|Lead a Workshop at the 2015 NLADA Annual Conference|
NLADA’s 2015 Annual Conference – “Advancing Justice Together” – is the leading national training event of the year for the civil legal aid, indigent 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.
Share your expertise with the equal justice community by submitting a proposal now to lead a workshop. The deadline is July 17.
|New Report: Public Service Loan Forgiveness Critical to Access to Justice|
NLADA has just released a 2,000-person survey showing that dramatically reducing student loan forgiveness for lawyers working in the public interest would profoundly diminish access to justice for low-income people. The Obama Administration has proposed capping payments for those participating in the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, and some in Congress have recommended completely eliminating the program.
The survey -- "The Critical Role of Public Service Loan Forgiveness in Access to Counsel and Equal Justice" -- makes it clear that cutting PSLF would force many with substantial loans from law school to take jobs in private practice rather than in public service, and the people who would suffer most are community members with limited incomes who rely on these attorneys.
|U.S. Senator Cory A. Booker, New Jersey, to Receive NLADA Justice Through Government Service Award|
At its Leadership Appreciation Luncheon, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association will present U.S. Senator Cory A. Booker, New Jersey, with the Justice Through Government Service Award. He will be honored for his leadership in reforming the country’s criminal justice system and his promotion of public policies that benefit underserved populations throughout the nation. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., and is by invitation only.
“The Justice Through Government Service Award recognizes the principle that America was founded on the promise of justice and that the responsibility of achieving justice requires work across all disciplines and sectors of society,” said Jo-Ann Wallace, NLADA President and CEO. “We are proud to honor Senator Booker for his exemplary commitment to the principal of equal justice for all.”