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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 and remote trainings on creating online forms for the LawHelp Interactive community. These are free to participating legal aid programs and their eligible partners.

Next Training

Our next remote training will start the week of September 11, 2017. The training will be every Tuesday at 12 noon ET--for a total of 8 sessions, through October. The first 6 sessions will include orientation, review of committment and handing out the materials and assignments, and the the last two sessions will be focus on authoring with A2J Author 6.0.

Our most recent training was in-person and scheduled directly preceding the LSC TIG Conference.  A live training will be offered next year in January. More details will be posted here by November 2017. A sample syllabus is available here.

Training Overview

For the beginner training, emphasis is on HotDocs 11 template development and A2J Author 6 Guided Interview development is also covered. The beginner track training faculty are from Capstone Practice Systems as well as of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction. The beginner training cover minimal project project planning and management guidance but the focus is on creating a form and going over the basic skills a developer needs to get started. There will be a brief overview of recently added LHI functionality. We encourage those interested in learning more about project planning, management, fundraising, and evaluation to join the LHI email lists and join the LHI monthly calls and attend the Annual LHI National Webinar. 


Registration and Logistics

To register please use this google form to indicate interest in doing the training here

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Training is free to LSC grantees and their access to justice partners.  Attendance to class is mandatory. This is an inverted class training, where class time will be dedicated to review of core concepts shared during the video training, and student led conversation on the homework and form development techniques and questions.

9/12 is the orientation class and videos and materials for the full course will be shared and session leaders will be picked for each coming week. Students will be asked a little about the type of form they are looking to automate after the training and provide a short description of their prior background with document assembly or similar software. Two students will lead each class discussion. 


We estimate that to complete the course successfully students will need to set aside from 3 to 6 hours a week during the duration of the course. 

After you enroll:

1)   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).

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 HD 11 Developer from the HotDocs Corporation (version 11) and make sure you have it installed in the computer you will use to create your forms. 


For questions about the training, please contact Mirenda Meghelli at or Claudia Johnson,

Last updated  9/5/2017

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