Training Programs Provided by BPDA

Litigating in Color

Sponsored by: New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA), National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), Black Public Defender Association (BPDA)


This program is intended for those who engage in family court adult representation and members of their legal team, including attorneys, social workers, parent advocates, and Investigators. Sessions include Examination of Racial Bias, Challenging Racial Bias, and Anti-Racism Litigation Skills.

MCLE Accreditation

NYSDA has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of Continuing Legal Education in the State of New York (2019–2022) in traditional and non-traditional formats. This transitional/nontransitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board for experienced attorneys–a maximum of 6.0 credit hours, of which 2 credit hours can be applied towards Ethics and Professionalism. No CLE credit may be earned for repeat attendance at any accredited CLE activity.


  • Zamir Ben-Dan, Staff Attorney, Community Justice Unit, Legal Aid Society
  • Michelle Bonner, Consultant, NLADA
  • Ali Bloomquest, Director of Training and Education, Connecticut Office of the Chief Public Defender
  • Ieshaah Murphy, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Maryland
  • Heather Pinckney, Partner, Harden & Pinckney, PLLC
  • Gina Pruski, Director of Training and Development, Wisconsin State Public Defender

Train the Trainers: Creating Training Programs and Culture in Defender and Civil Organizations

Sponsored by: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), the National Alliance of Indigent Defense Educators (NAIDE), Black Public Defender Association (BPDA)


During this time of civil unrest and a global pandemic, defender and legal services agencies are exploring ways to help their staff be innovative and effective in serving their clients. Trainers are being asked to train in new ways, and to be purposeful about including principles of racial justice and cultural humility. NLADA and NAIDE offer Train the Trainer programs to provide tools, tips, and guidance to meet both old and new demands of training.

This program is specifically designed for new and experienced trainers as well as managers and upcoming leaders responsible for planning and providing training in their organizations. This program is conducted by a team of training professionals from a variety of perspectives and cultures, representing different regions of the country and with experience in training within statewide, county, and nonprofit systems. The faculty includes trainers certified by the Black Public Defender Association (BPDA). The format of the program will include both plenary sessions and breakout groups for participants to focus on individual goals for themselves and their agencies.

The program has two tracks for participants to choose from: