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With funding from the Legal Services Corporation, (LSC), Pro Bono Net (PBN) and Ohio State Legal Services (OSLSA) offer online form developer training each year. In January 2019, an in-person training will be offered in New Orleans, in coordination with the LSC's Innovations in Technology Conference. The 2019 training will be  Jan 7, Jan 8,  2019 in New Orleans.

The trainers include Capstone Practice Systems,  Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), and PBN's LawHelp Interactive (LHI) staff

Course Overview

The beginner training covers how to use HotDocs and A2J Author 6.0 to create basic online forms and the new DAT feature of A2J Author. It will be in the Rosalie/St.Cloud room (3rd Floor). You will learn the core skills you need to create a simple form. We will use a divorce form as the example and for homework.We will also cover the new DAT capacity of A2J Author. 


The advanced training is offered for 1 day, on Tuesday January 8, 2019 is in the Orleans room (3rd floor). The training covers advance developer topics and also goes in depth over other LHI features that are not covered in the begiing training due to lack of time. We help groups set up and LHI Connect work flows,  demo e-filing and how to use LHI interviews and become certified to submit pleadings electronically to the courts, go over how to do LHI integrations with legal aid case management systems, creating multilingual forms.. We also will do a walk through of all the elements of a forms project that go beyond form automation, and will highlight existing samples and resources that relate to areas other than building a form.

 The topics will be selected based on the registration form feedback, based on interest. We will post the final agenda for both days here by Mid December. If there are topics that you want us to cover please let us know. We are open to suggestions on technical topics/techniques to review and also non technical best practice topics.


A sample training agenda from the beginner's 2016 training is available here:

Registration and Logistics

Registration is now closed. 


Please note that the trainings are mutually exclusive. Please do not register for both. 

Staff of legal non-profits and LSC-funded groups attend the training for free. Courts or other groups interested in joining the training should contact us if they are interested in joining before signing up. Because for the beginner's training we can only accept maximum of 15 students--the registration will be limited. Please fill out the form if you want to reserve your seat. 

After registration, you will receive an email from Pro Bono Net staff that confirms you are enrolled in the training.

The materials and homework will be posted on this website (link will be provided)  1 week before the training start.

Once your registration is confirmed, you will need to do the following:

  1. Enroll as a 'Developer' in LawHelp Interactive here (Sign up, choose 'Developer' as your account type, be sure you pick your organization, developer group, and state)
  2. Download a copy of the Montana Petition for Divorce from here (This is a document we will automate as a group during the training).
  3. Download a copy of New York Consumer Debt Answer Form from here (This is a second document we will automate during the training).
  4. Register for A2J Author 6.0 by visiting and signing up (You'll get an email with further instructions once you have been authenticated).
  5. Obtain a copy of HotDocs (HD) Developer from the HotDocs Corporation (Version 11) and make sure you have it installed in the computer you will use to create your forms. To see if you qualify for a discount, please contact Scott Myers at 801-615-2201 or
  6. Join the document assembly listservs and this LHI Resource Center

We appreciate your interest in our training! For questions about the training, please contact Claudia Johnson, or Mirenda Meghelli at

Last updated 1/3/2019

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