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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. Two supplemental A2J Author 5.0 sessions being held in conjunction with the fall online developer training will be provided by Ms. Jessica Bolack Frank in October. To register for these two sessions please go here.

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


We will be offering two tracks for this training. One is the beginner track, 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.

We will also offer a management track if there’s sufficient interest. The management track will cover how to plan, implement, and support an online forms project. This track will be limited to 15 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. Management track faculty will be Claudia Johnson of Pro Bono Net and Marc Lauritsen.


You can register for the January live training here. Registration is open now through December 10, 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 Marriot Plaza San Antonio; within a few blocks of the city's famous River Walk.

Check back here for more details on hotel and travel in the coming weeks.

Syllabus/Agendas for Trainees

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

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 First Class
  • 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 Watkins at or Claudia Johnson,

Last updated 10/10/2014

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