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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. From September to October 2019, an online training series will be offered using GoToWebinar. The next live training is going to be planned for Portland, in coordination with the LSC's Innovations in Technology Conference in January 2020.

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

Course Overview

The online 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 cover the equivalent of 2 days hands on training, in 8 sessions. The format is an inverted classroom, where the attendees will watch pre-recorded lessons and homework will be assigned. On the day of the calls, a volunteer student will lead a discussion on the assignment and share how they created the form and encourage others to share during the call. As you progress, the assignments will become harder. 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.

The recordings will vary in length, and the amount of time it takes to view one will vary, since some of you might replay or review a lesson more than once.We recommend you set aside 2 hours per week to view the lesson. For the assignment block out 3 hours per hour of instruction. We expect that the overall course will take approximately 20 to 25  hours to complete during the 8 week session, depending on level of familiarity and ability to focus on learning for periods o of time each week. 

A sample training agenda from the beginner's 2018 online training series can be found here (requires password).


Registration and Logistics

Please register using this form here.

Registration will continue through 8/31.

Classes will start on 9/11/2019 at 12 noon EST. and end 10/30/2019.

Legal nonprofits and their partners can register for free and there are no limits on attendees. Courts or other groups interested in joining the training should contact us at or 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 email will contain important instructions on what you need to complete before the first class. Part of those instructions installing the software that you will need to follow the class. There will be little or no time in class to help with set up. We will be available to assist before the class starts. 

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). If your organization is not listed in LHI, please email us and we will add it. 
  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  8/21/2019

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