Affirmative Litigation Training
Affirmative Litigation Training (ALT), offered through a combination of online and in-person learning activities, provides a comprehensive introduction to the process of prosecuting a complex affirmative case in federal or state court. It includes a mix of interactive sessions, webinars and multi-media lectures on the substantive law of claim justiciability, as well as practical exercises on discovery, complaint drafting, motion practice and emergency relief. Together, these elements, and the course as a whole, provide a solid foundation for strengthening legal aid practice and moving our community toward a renewed focus on high impact, change-oriented advocacy. ALT includes three weeks of online activities plus three days in-person.
The next delivery of this training is Co-sponsored with the Committee on Regional Training (CORT).
|Register Now for:|
|March 10-28, (online) and April 1-3, 2014 (in person), Ann Arbor, MI delivery.|
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Topics covered in this course include:
- Causes of Action for Affirmative Litigation - Section 1983
- Complaint Drafting
- Complex Case Analysis and Planning
- Discovery Planning and Practice in Complex Litigation
- Exhaustion and Preclusion
- Motion to Dismiss Practice and Surviving a Motion to Dismiss
- Non-Monetary Relief
- Nuts and Bolts of Federal Practice
- Seeking Broad Based Relief
- Includes alternatives to class actions for LSC programs
- Seeking Emergency Relief
- Sovereign Immunity
- Standing and Mootness
- State Action and Color of Law
- The Clerk's Perspective
- The Judge's Perspective
- TRO Motion Practice
Carol Ashley is the Vice President of Advocacy of the Shriver Center’s Advocacy Program, which actively pursues justice and opportunity on a range of issues. She has a distinguished record in court and extensive experience representing community-based organizations and solving tough policy and systemic problems. As the president of Futterman, Howard & Ashley, she headed the firm’s civil rights and school equity practice and oversaw corporate and personnel matters. Her broad experience includes serving as lead counsel in federal education equity class action lawsuits and as an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor at Loyola University School of Law, Child Law and Education Institute.
Greg Bass has been the Litigation Director since 1997 at Greater Hartford Legal Aid in Connecticut, coordinating and co-counseling in federal and state class actions and individual litigation in trial and appellate courts, advocating in legislative and administrative forums, and providing in-house training. After working for the Office of Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Commerce, he has been both a staff and managing attorney in legal services programs in Alabama, Washington, California and Connecticut, since 1981. Greg has worked across a wide spectrum of practice areas, including public benefits, housing, health, family, senior, consumer, education, employment, and civil rights.He has been a frequent faculty member at ALT, and enjoys learning each time from the participants. In his leisure time, he enjoys sports, music, read-ing, and travel, which has recently included visiting his son, who plays professional baseball in Europe and Australia. A Seattle expatriate, Greg lives in Connecticut with his wife Barbara and assorted dogs and cats.
Anne Louise Blanchard is the Litigation Director at Connecticut Legal Services. She participated in the Affirmative Litigation course as a new lawyer and later ‘graduated’ to serving as a trainer for the course many times. Anne Louise practices in state and federal court on individual and systemic cases. She has been lead or co-counsel in a variety of class actions, involving the provision of special education by the state’s juvenile justices system, the provision of mental health services by the state’s child welfare agency and access to dental care overseen by the state’s social service agency. Anne Louise was a member of the state legislative committee studying open juvenile courts in Connecticut and is currently appointed by Connecticut’s senators to their Federal Advisory Council, which screens and recommends candidates for federal judges and the U.S. attorney position in the state.
Daniela Dwyer is the Managing Attorney of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.'s (TRLA) Farmworker Project. TRLA is the nation's third-largest LSC-funded civil legal aid organization. The farmworker project provides free, civil legal services to farmworkers through-out Texas as well as to farmworkers in six southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Daniela is a second-generation Mexican-American immigrant. She grew up in El Paso, Texas, on the Texas-Mexico border. She is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin where she received B.A.S. in Government and Sociology with a Minor in Spanish. She went to law school at the University of Chicago School of Law where she was active in the criminal justice reform movement. She is presently in her ninth year of legal practice, all of which she's gladly spent as a legal aid advocate. She is licensed in Texas, Maryland, and Florida and enjoys collaborating with advocates all across the country.
Hannah Lieberman joined Neighborhood Legal Services Program in late March, 2012, as Executive Director, bringing extensive experience as a litigator, advocate for low-income persons and legal services manager to the position. In 1992, she left her position as a litigation Partner at the Washington, DC law firm of Shaw Pittman Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman) to become the Director of Advocacy for Community Legal Services (CLS) in Arizona, a multi-county civil legal services program. She left CLS in 1998 to become the Director of Advocacy (and later Deputy Executive Director) of the Legal Aid Bureau (Legal Aid), Maryland’s statewide civil legal services program. At Legal Aid, she supervised delivery of the program’s wide range of legal services, led teams of lawyers in complex state and federal cases, supervised an active appellate practice and spearheaded community listening and other strategic efforts. After 10 years at Legal Aid, Hannah started her own consulting firm, working with legal services organizations across the country on strengthening strategic advocacy, evaluation, planning and training. She has practiced in virtually all of the areas of a traditional legal services practice, including housing, consumer, public benefits, health, family, juvenile rights, education and employment law.
Alice K. Nelson has practiced with Southern Legal Counsel (SLC) (a public interest law firm) since 1988 and was Executive Director from 1988 to 2004. She received her B.A. from City College of New York in 1965, a M.S.W. from the University of Georgia in 1967, and a J.D. from Stetson College of Law in 1976. Ms. Nelson worked for the Developmental Disabilities Law Project at the University of Maryland and Bay Area Legal Services. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Clark (dec.) when he was on the old Fifth Circuit (now the Eleventh Circuit). She is a member of The Florida Bar; the Middle, Southern and Northern Districts of Florida; the Fifth, Eleventh, and District of Columbia Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. For the 2009/10 academic year Ms. Nelson was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Turkey teaching a graduate course in the United States Constitution’s First Amendment at Ankara University Law School.
Abigail Turner is Of Counsel to Legal Aid Justice Center in Central Virginia presently litigating housing and prison condition cases. She is recently retired as the Litigation Director at Legal Aid. In that role she served as counsel and consulted in complex litigation and other initiatives. Her expertise includes litigating complex poverty law and civil rights cases; representing clients in policy advocacy; and training lawyers. Abigail’s recent work has been an appeal to the Fourth Circuit challenging the parole system in Virginia and a campaign to reduce the use of solitary confinement in Virginia, especially for prisoners with mental illness.
She worked as Litigation Director in trying and supervising complex litigation in New Hampshire with New Hampshire Legal Assistance and then at Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance in Minneapolis. She practiced plaintiffs’ civil rights law with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in her first lawyer job and then with the Legal Services Corporation of Alabama for 11 years. A graduate of George Washington University Law School, she also has an MA degree in economics. In 2012 she was named the winner of the Kutak Dodds prize in civil practice by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. She also received the Virginia Bar Legal Aid Award in 2013.
Richard P. Weishaupt has worked at Community Legal Services for more than 30 years, where he is currently a Senior Attorney for Health and Human Services. He specializes in public benefits and health law and has written extensively in the field and litigated more than 50 class actions, including successfully arguing Sullivan v. Zebley in the Supreme Court. Currently he is working on expanding health care for all Pennsylvanians and is working on the latest variation of welfare to work policies in the TANF program. He has designed and taught substantive law and legal skills programs for lawyers, paralegals, and lay people. These include programs for: Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, Legal Services Corporation, National Health Law Project, Children’s Defense Fund, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, various City agencies and numerous colleges and law schools in the area. Mr. Weishaupt has received a shared NLADA Reginald Heber Smith Award given to the outstanding civil legal aid attorney. He is also the recipient of a visiting Wasserstein Fellowship in public interest law at Harvard in 2007 and a Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Striving for Excellence award in 2008. Mr. Weishaupt earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in Economics.
This course has it all: expert faculty who've fought in the trenches,
comprehensive reading material, and teaching tools to fit any learning style.
I cannot imagine a better training course to prepare you for impact litigation.
- Claudia M. Cano, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas