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With funding from the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) program, Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA) and Pro Bono Net (PBN) offer in-person trainings on creating online forms for the LawHelp Interactive community. These trainings are free to participating legal aid programs and their eligible partners.

Next Training

The first-ever LHI online developer training was completed this October. To access the recordings from these sessions visit here.  Two supplemental A2J Author 5.0 sessions also held in conjunction with the fall online developer training and were taught by Ms. Jessica Bolack Frank. The recordings from these sessions are available as follows: Day 1: and Day 2:

Our next live training will take place January 12-13th in San Antonio, TX at the Marriott Plaza San Antonio directly preceding the LSC TIG Conference.


We will be offering a beginner track only this January, where emphasis will be on HotDocs template development, but A2J Author will also be covered. For an optimal learning experience, the beginner track will be limited to about twelve registrants.

The beginner track training faculty include trainers from Capstone Practice Systems as well as Alex Rabanal of the Center for Access to Justice & Technology at Chicago-Kent College of Law.


You can register for the January live training here. Registration is open now through January 9, 2014.  Registration will occur on a first-come, first-served basis. You are not registered until you receive a registration confirmation email from Pro Bono Net.

Registration is free to legal aid organizations and their eligible partners. Participants are responsible for their hotel and travel costs.

Hotel/ Travel Information

The training will take place in the same hotel as the LSC TIG Conference, the Marriott Plaza San Antonio; within a few blocks of the city's famous River Walk.

The TIG conference planners have negotiated a discounted hotel rate of $115 that can be used for live training attendees. If  you'd like to take advantage of this rate and LSC is not providing any lodging, you can make your reservation at the Marriott Plaza San Antonio's Reservation Page for the TIG Conference. You may also call 1-800-228-9290 and give the code "TIG" and the property, Marriott Plaza – San Antonio or the group name, Legal Services Corp.

If you have been approved for any TIG Conference travel covered by LSC, Bernie Brady, Travel Coordinator for Legal Services Corporation, will contact you after you register for the TIG Conference to coordinate your travel arrangements. All travel arrangements covered by LSC must to be coordinated with Bernie.

Please note: if LSC is providing any of your lodging (even one or two nights) for the TIG Conference as a presenter or TIG award recipient, LSC will reserve a room for your entire stay at the conference hotel, based on the dates you indicated when registering. Therefore, you must let TIG staff know if you plan on attending this training before the conference, and indicate the appropriate arrival day on your registration form. Please do not make your own reservation as this will result in duplication.  Payment for any additional room nights in the hotel beyond those offered to you as a presenter or TIG award recipient is your responsibility.

Syllabus/Agendas for Trainees

A sample syllabus for the beginner training is available here. Please note the syllabus is subject to change.

Technical Requirements

Download HotDocs Developer 11 and register for A2J Author 5.0 for the training. You will need to bring a laptop with A2J Author and HotDocs programs on it for the training. In addition, if you use a mouse when using your computer or laptop, please use one for the training.

Homework to be Completed before the Training
  • Install HotDocs Developer 11: if your program needs to purchase a HotDocs Developer license from the HotDocs Corporation, please read this before purchasing a license.
  • Go through HotDocs Developer Tutorial Chapter 1, lessons 1 – 4.
  • Think about project; be prepared to talk
  • Register for the LHI listservs and the LHI Resource Center (also known as "DAsupport")
  • Register as a Template Provider (Choose account type "Template Provider." Enter and submit the appropriate information. You will receive an e-mail when you have been approved.)
  • Download a copy of the Montana Petition for Divorce from here (This is a document we will create as a group)
  • Download a copy of New York Consumer Debt Answer Form from here (This is a second document we will create during the live training)
  • Register for A2J Author 5.0 by visiting and signing up (You'll get an email with further instructions once you have been authenticated)

For questions about the training, please contact Mirenda Meghelli at or Claudia Johnson,

Last updated 12/16/2014

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