Events and Training Calendar

Specific yet diverse trainings from NLADA will inform, inspire, and empower you to carry the torch of equal justice in your community and nationwide. We offer opportunities for professional and leadership development, for developing substantive legal practice, and for skills buildingNLADA sets the standard for up-to-date innovative, interactive, faculty-intensive training programs and conferences. 

  • 2016 NLADA Annual Conference (November 9-12, 2016 - Indianapolis, IN)
    More information coming soon
  • 2015 NLADA Annual Conference (November 4-7, 2015 - New Orleans, LA)
    Theme: Advancing Justice Together -- Learn more

Civil Training Opportunities

Understanding and meeting the training needs of equal justice advocates and staff at every level of the legal aid system is an NLADA priority. NLADA offers at least two national training conferences each year to the civil legal aid community, and we support and promote state-based and regional training opportunities.

  • Advancing Your Work Through Federal Funding Workshops 2016 (May 11 - Chicago, IL; July 8 – Park City, UT; December 1-2 – Baltimore, MD)
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  • ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference (May 12-14, 2016 - Chicago, IL)
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  • Litigation and Advocacy Leaders' Conference (July 9-11, 2016 - Park City, UT)
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Defender Training Opportunities

Training is a key component of NLADA's mission to seek justice for all by providing high-quality, cost-efficient legal representation to low-income persons accused of crimes. An experienced and dynamic faculty, carefully selected for each program because of their professional expertise, conducts all of NLADA's trainings. Conferences offer innovations in technology and management techniques and strategies plus opportunities to sharpen trial, appellate, and training skills.

  • Life in the Balance (March 10-12, 2016 - Houston, TX)
    Learn more about this just-completed conference
  • American Council of Chief Defenders Summer Conference (June 8, 2016 - Washington, DC)
    Registration opening soon
  • Community-Oriented Defender Network Annual Conference (June 9-10, 2016 - Washington, DC)
    Registration opening soon


NLADA hosts webinars that strengthen the work of the civil legal aid and public defender communities. Recordings of previous NLADA-hosted webinars are available here to make the ideas and expertise those sessions offer available to a broader audience.

  • Civil Rights Enforcement Actions to Dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline
    March 23, 2016 -- Register now

Join this free webinar to learn how the Civil Rights Division and Office of Justice Programs of the U.S. Departments of Justice  and  the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education have effectively used enforcement tools to eliminate practices that have led to the creation and perpetuation of the school-to-prison pipeline. 

For more information on the NLADA Annual Conference, please contact Brian Peterkin-Vertanesian, Conference and Planning Event Consultant. Any other inquiries should be directed to Robin Khan, Director, Communications and Marketing.