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LawHelp Interactive Resource Center

With funding from the LSC TIG program, OSLSA and Pro Bono Net offer in-person trainings on creating online forms for the LawHelp Interactive community twice a year. These trainings are free to participating legal aid programs and their eligible partners.

Next Training

The most recent training was held January 13-14, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida directly preceding the LSC TIG Conference. The next live training is currently planned for January 2015. In the meantime, in 2014 please join our monthly calls and our National Webinar in October--to continue improving your knowledge and skills and learn of new ways to use LHI. The calls happen the second Tuesday of each month at 2 pm ET.


This next training will have a beginner track as well as a management track if there's sufficient interest. The training will be taught by Pro Bono Net, Capstone Practice Systems and the Center for Access to Justice and Technology at Chicago-Kent. The beginner track will focus on the hands on creation of forms using A2J Author, HotDocs, and the LawHelp Interactive server to support the forms and users of forms. Class size will be kept at 12 trainees for an optimal learning experience in the beginners session and no more than 15 in the management track.

Registration will open in the fall of 2014. Check back for details.


Please do not make any travel arrangements until you get a registration confirmation email from Pro Bono Net staff. Participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and meal costs.

Training Location

The training location is still to be determined. Check back for details.


We will provide details on hotel options once a training location is determined. Check back for details.


Details to follow.

Agendas for trainees
A draft agenda for the beginners training is available here. The draft agenda for the management track 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 to bring a laptop with the A2J and HotDocs programs installed for the training. In addition, if you use a mouse when using your computer or laptop, please bring one to 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:

Please download HotDocs Developer (license required) and A2J Author 4.0 installed, so you can do your homework before the training.

For questions about the management track of this training, please contact Claudia Johnson, All other training-related questions can be directed to Mirenda Watkins at

Last updated 6/4/2014

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