Civil legal assistance programs are critical to the functioning of the justice system, especially for middle-class families that cannot afford to hire an expensive attorney. Moreover, these services help make sure that all Americans receive fair treatment in the court system. These programs help individuals of all backgrounds and ages, as well as those facing the most difficult legal challenges, such as disability and domestic violence. There are various types of civil legal assistance programs, including online resources and court-based self-help centers.
NLADA’s Civil Legal Services Division
NLADA’s Civil Legal Services Division supports a range of organizations, advocates, and law schools that provide civil legal assistance. Through its grants, the division supports the work of legal aid providers, advocates, and educators, and provides direct funding to programs. In addition to its grants, the division funds research and educational activities, and promotes the importance of funding for legal aid programs. Through these efforts, NLADA is helping increase access to civil legal assistance across the country.
The NLADA’s annual conference is the nation’s premier training event for indigent defense professionals. It includes professional development workshops, substantive information, and recognition of peer excellence. The Conference also convenes a diverse group of advocates and civil legal aid professionals and includes a job bank. NLADA also sponsors 13 awards annually to recognize exceptional service and achievement. The Association also lists organizations that provide civil legal assistance and support services to low-income individuals.
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