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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

Pro Bono Net will offer its fall basic training for LawHelp Interactive developers in online mode this year. We expect it will consist of five two-hour sessions, probably at noon Eastern on Tuesdays, starting September 9th. 

The next live training is currently planned for January 2015 directly before the LSC TIG Conference.


Emphasis will be on HotDocs template development, but A2J Author will also be covered, both in the main class and optional auxiliary classes.

Active trainees will be limited to about a dozen, and are expected to attend all sessions and devote at least a similar amount of time outside of class on hands-on exercises. 

The online sessions will be open to a broader audience of observers, and parts will be recorded for later review.  Supplemental problem-solving sessions may be scheduled for the active trainees. Training will be done by Bart Earle and Marc Lauritsen of Capstone Practice Systems and Jessica Bolack Frank of the Center for Access to Justice & Technology at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Registration will open early August. Please check back here for details.

Agendas for trainees
A sample agenda for the beginner training is available here.

Technical Requirements

Download HotDocs Developer 11 and A2J Author 4.0, so you can do the homework (see section below). You will need access to a laptop or desktop with A2J and HotDocs programs installed for the training. You will need a reliable internet connection and the course will be taught via GoToMeting/ GoToWebinar software. 

In addition, if you use a mouse when using your computer or laptop, please use one for the training.

Homework to Complete Before Training

HotDocs Tutorial: Go through at least the first 10 Lessons in Chapter 2 of the HotDocs 10.2 Developer Installation Guide and Tutorial available at: These lessons can be done one at a time or in one sitting, and should take a couple of hours.

It is very important that you do your 'homework' for this class and that you register to LHI BEFORE the training, as well as to the lists.

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.
  • Install A2J Author 4.0. Find the installation link here.
  • HotDocs Licenses -- If your program needs to purchase a HotDocs Developer license from the HotDocs Corporation, please read this before purchasing a license:

Again, please download HotDocs Developer (license required) and A2J Author 4.0 on the computer you will be using, so you can do your homework before the training.

For questions about the training, please contact Mirenda Watkins at

Last updated 7/25/2014

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