NLADA Messenger
January 2021
Recommendations to the
Biden-Harris Administration

As we approach the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden, NLADA would like to highlight some of the key actions that we recommend the Biden-Harris Administration should take within its first 100 days. We believe these actions would help address the current racial discrimination and injustice in the criminal legal system. The recommendation document contains the following actions among others:

  • Include Civil Legal Aid and Public Defense Perspectives in Justice System Policymaking
  • Promote the Right to Counsel in Civil and Criminal Matters
  • Increase Federal Resources for the Provision of Civil Legal Aid and Public Defense
  • Lift Rules and Limitations on Federal Programs and Funds that Harm Access to Justice
  • Fix the Department of Education-administered Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

You can view the entire document of recommended actions here.
New NLADA Council Members

During the December Special Meeting of the Members, we announced the results of our 2020 governance elections. Please join us in congratulating these newly elected individuals:

  1. Board of Directors - Aaron Sontz
  2. Defender Council - Tina Luongo
  3. Civil Council - Marylin Harp
  4. Civil Council - Maria Thomas-Jones
  5. Civil Council - Suzanne Small
  6. Client Council - Margarita Wise Jones
From the Global to the Local: Leveraging International Engagement to Advance Justice at Home

NLADA’s Corporate Advisory Committee was profiled in a recent policy paper published by New York University's Center on International Cooperation.

Written by our consultant and senior fellow, Maha Jweied, the policy paper, "From the Global to the Local: Leveraging International Engagement to Advance Justice at Home," describes how the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice leveraged international mechanisms and processes to advance its domestic mission. The paper also highlights the benefits to that strategy for government and other stakeholders (civil society, the public and the private sector). It concludes with recommendations to the incoming administration on access to justice, the SDGs and the broader use of this global-to-local strategy.
Just Research Newsletter

Just Research, a co-authored monthly newsletter by NLADA’s Civil Legal Aid Initiative and The Justice in Government Project at American University, presents studies on how legal aid improves outcomes for in people and communities and provides useful data sources, legislative updates, and sources of federal funding that can support legal aid. Each newsletter highlights a different topic – past editions include reentryveterans, people with opioid use disorder and their families, foster care and more. To subscribe to Just Research, complete this form.
ICYMI: How Video Changes the Conversation

This report explores several important aspects of the debate surrounding the long term use of videoconferencing for justice proceedings including: the importance of non-verbal cues to in-person communication, how non-verbal cues change over video, common personal and interpersonal factors influencing perception and more. The report also includes case studies on its effectiveness. Access the report here.
2021 Lifelong Learning Opportunities

Mark your calendars for all of the in-person and virtual lifelong opportunities we have in store for you this year.

Remember to keep an eye out for updates regarding the 2021 Equal Justice Conference. Registration for the nation's premiere civil legal aid event as registration is opening soon!
Resource Center

As the COVID-19 pandemic still rages on, NLADA is dedicated to providing you with the most up-to-date information in an easy to access format. Access all of our resources at our COVID-19 Updates and Resources page.
Member's Corner
Be sure to renew your membership and start off 2021 with the best tools, support and resources!
NLADA members benefit from a number of exclusive resources to boost your advocacy efforts including our listserv communities, access to conference discounts and discounts with our affinity partners, the NLADA Insurance program, Mutual of America, Justice Federal Credit Union and much more.

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from all of us at NLADA

As a new year starts, NLADA would like to thank everyone who supported and engaged in our work in 2020. Your contributions and encouragement helped NLADA support and advocate for front-line legal heroes as they navigated uncharted terrain, while also collaborating with them to establish more equitable justice systems. With your continued support, we will help more people and communities not just survive, but thrive in 2021. 
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