Legal Aid Technology Summit

The Annual Legal Aid Technology Summit is a conference dedicated to discussing the use of technology for advancing access to justice. Whether you are a leader or decision-maker at your organization, the resident technology expert (official or unofficial), or you are just interested in how to better use technology to serve your organization or your clients, there will be something for you at the Tech Summit. This year the summit will focus on usability of legal aid websites and technology for the delivery of legal services. The 2019 Summit will be held at the State Bar of California, Los Angeles, on Friday, April 19, 2019. Please check back here for updates. Registration opening soon! 

Are you responsible for technology upkeep or decision-making at your legal aid organization? Would you like a way to communicate with others regarding best practices, referrals, emerging issues, and more? Join LAAC’s Legal Aid Technology Google Group.

For more information, please contact Program Associate, Safia Kartoum at or 510-893-3000, ext 102. 

Pathways to Justice

Registration for Pathways to Justice 2019 will be opening soon! The conference will be held at the Judicial Council in San Francisco from June 3 – 5, 2019. The Request for Proposals (RFP) application period is now closed. If you submitted a proposal for consideration you will be hearing a determination from the P2J team soon. For more information, please contact Program Attorney, Lauren Lofton at or 510-893-3000 x 101.

The Pathways to Justice Conference is a statewide conference convened every three years by the State Bar of California, in partnership with its co-sponsors, the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) and the Equal Access Project of the Judicial Council (EAP/JC). LAAC and the State Bar of California work with a network of nearly 100 legal services nonprofits funded by the State Bar. Pathways is the only statewide legal services conference in California that allows legal services organizations, pro bono organizations, and court-based programs; private law firm attorneys; judges; law school faculty and pro bono administrators; law students; court interpreters and others in California an opportunity to come together for two days of substantive trainings on issues that affect the state’s low-income communities. The next Pathways to Justice Conference will be held in 2019.

Above: Jith Meganathan of Central California Legal Services, Todd Thompson of the First District Court of Appeal, and Hon. Erica Yew of the Santa Clara County Superior Court speak on a panel at the 2012 Pathways to Justice Conference in San Francisco.


The Self-Help and Family Law Conference

The 2018 Self-Help and Family Law Conference was held from August 22 – 24, 2018 in San Francisco, CA. 

The goal of this training is to meet the most pressing educational and practice needs of a wide range of lawyers, paralegals, self-help providers, facilitators, advocates and volunteers providing family law assistance to low-income people in California. The training generally covers complex and recurrent topics including the substantive law areas of real property, pensions, military, and domestic violence/custody. Participants will be able to attend sessions addressing ethical issues in self-help assistance, effective case assessment, recruitment and management of volunteers and fund development to support family law assistance. At the Family Law Conference, LAAC’s Family Law Awards are presented.

Lorrina and Ji-Lan at 2013 FLSHC
Lorrina Duffy and Ji-Lan Zang presenting on litigating batterer retaliation cases at the 2013 Family Law Conference.

Traveling Trainings

Traveling Training 2018 was held in Sacramento, CA on November 8, 2018.

Developed after participants in the 2001 Statewide Stakeholders meeting identified a need for legal services trainings outside urban centers, LAAC’s Traveling Trainings serve the dual objective of providing affordable and accessible training to advocates in rural areas, and helping advocates build connections to California’s Support Center resources. Held annually, Traveling Trainings features a myriad of workshops facilitated by advocates from a diverse range of legal aid support centers. Trainers present comprehensive MCLE sessions on diverse substantive issues in Sacramento, Fresno, Riverside, and the San Diego area.

prescott cole at 2009 traveling training in fresno
Above: Prescott Cole of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform presents at the 2009 LAAC Traveling Training in Fresno.


Civil Rights for People and Families Impacted by Incarceration

This training focused on the legal aid community’s response to issues around incarceration, detention, and re-entry. Find out more about the training here. All materials can be accessed here.


The Directors of Litigation and Advocacy and Support Center Meetings

The Directors of Litigation and Advocacy and Support Center Meetings are bi-annual meetings in San Francisco and Los Angeles. These meetings are an opportunity for Support Center staff and Directors of Litigation and Advocacy to meet separately and then together to network, hear policy updates, share best practices, and learn substantive material. The Support Center meeting is open to all staff at Support Centers, whereas the DoLA meeting is open to any Directors of Litigation, Advocacy, and Training, as well as Directing/Managing Attorneys at programs that do not have a position with the title of Director of Litigation, Advocacy or Training.