Access to Justice

Legal Services Fundraising Training Program

The American Bar Association Section of Litigation is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2020 Legal Services Fundraising Training Program. The Program is designed to offer intensive development training, at no cost, to staff responsible for, and Board members engaged in, fundraising at legal services organizations.

This training is available ONLY to those organizations that provide their services free of charge to clients. The program will be held in Washington, D.C., May 7-8, 2020.

Training Cost
The program is free to those who register in advance. A small stipend may be provided on an application basis, for select approved attendees from legal aid organizations, particularly those based outside the New York City area.

Legal aid organizations that have Development operations in place for at least one year may apply for a stipend to help defray out-of-pocket costs of attendance. Submission of a timely application is required. In order for the applicants to qualify, their sponsoring organization must issue a press release and add to their web page, or through social media, an announcement about their upcoming participation in the 2020 Legal Services Fundraising Training Program sponsored by the ABA Section of Litigation.

May 7-8, 2020

Goodwin Procter LLP
1900 N St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Certain legal aid organizations will each receive a $500 stipend will be offered to defray transportation and lodging costs. Please indicate on your application whether you are requesting a stipend.

Approximately 8 legal services programs will be offered stipends; up to three staff members and one private attorney per program may attend the Legal Services Fundraising Training. Applications from organizations that are not requesting a stipend will also be considered, subject to program size availability.

All applications are due by February 14, 2020. Preference will be given to those programs where a private bar attorney commits to attend the training along with the Executive Director or Development Director responsible for fundraising.

Apply Here

Deadline: February 14, 2020

 Please contact Corey Irion at with any questions.  

2019 Program Materials

The Access to Justice Committee would like to congratulate the following organizations on receiving Legal Service Training Grants and attending the Legal Service Private Bar Training Campaign in New York in 2019.

2018-2019 Fundraising Training Grantees

  1. Disability Law Center
  2. Laurel Legal Services
  3. Northeast New Jersey Legal Services
  4. Philadelphia Legal Assistance
  5. The Legal Clinic for the Disabled

2017-2018 Fundraising Training Grantees

  1. Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino
  2. Equal Access to Justice (EAJ)
  3. Coalition of Welfare Rights Organizations
  4. Legal Aid Society of Lubbock, Inc.
  5. Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice
  6. South Carolina Legal Services
  7. California Indian Legal Services
  8. Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
  9. Legal Aid Society of Orange County-Community Legal Services

2016-2017 Fundraising Training Grantees

  1. Asian Law Alliance
  2. Capital District Women’s Bar Association
  3. Contra Costa Senior Legal Services
  4. Lawyers’ Campaign for Equal Justice
  5. Legal Services for Children
  6. Legal Services of New York
  7. Mississippi Center for Legal Services
  8. Prairie State Legal Services

2015-2016 Fundraising Training Grantees

  1. Alaska Legal Services Corporation
  2. Casa Cornelia Law Center
  3. Legal Aid of Nebraska
  4. Legal Services of Northern Virginia
  5. Oklahoma Bar Foundation
  6. Public Justice Center
  7. North Carolina Legal Services

2014-2015 Fundraising Training Grantees

  1. Beacon Law
  2. Dicosesan Migrant and Refugee Services
  3. DNA People’s Legal Services
  4. East River Legal Services
  5. Equal Access to Justic
  6. Florida Rural Legal Services
  7. Legal Services of Northern California
  8. Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
  9. New Mexico Legal Aid

2013-2014 Fundraising Training Grantees

  1. Asian Americans Advancing Justice- L.A.
  2. Casa Cornelia Law Center
  3. Legal Aid of Manasota, Inc.
  4. Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.
  5. Mississippi Center for Legal Services Corporation
  6. New Mexico Legal Aid
  7. Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc.
  8. SeniorLAW Center
  9. Tennessee Justice Center

2012-2013 Fundraising Training Grantees

  1. Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center
  2. Georgia Legal Services
  3. Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
  4. Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
  5. Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota
  6. Mazzoni Center Legal Services
  7. South Coastal Legal Services<
  8. Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

2011-2012 Advanced Fundraising Training Grantees

  1. Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
  2. Community Legal Aid (serving western and central Massachusetts
  3. Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (serving metro Detroit)
  4. Legal Aid of East Tennessee
  5. Legal Aid of North Carolina
  6. Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
  7. Legal Services of Greater Miami
  8. Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.
  9. MidPenn Legal Services