Learning Lab



Join us in Columbia, Missouri for the

Appellate Defender Training!

NLADA is partnering with the Missouri Office of the State Public Defender to bring this renowned 

appellate skills program April 23-26, 2024.

The 2024 National Appellate Defender Training (ADT) offers an intensive four-day learning experience. ADT is designed specifically for attorneys who represent indigent defendants in criminal and delinquency appeals in the state and federal court systems. This national skills training brings together court and appellate public defenders at the state and federal levels, assigned counsel, contract defenders, and Criminal Justice Act private attorneys for a multi-day program.

Program content will include:

  • Client-Centered Representation
  • Developing a Theory and Brainstorming your Case
  • Storytelling
  • Litigating Racial Injustice
  • Persuasive Brief Writing
  • Creating an Editing and Review Process
  • Developing Balance and Well-Being in your Practice
  • Oral Advocacy



We sold out our spots in record time this year, but we will be holding this program again in January 2025. If you would like to be placed on our Waiting List in case of cancellations this year, or for consideration for the January 2025 program please click the link below.

Waiting List

Program Fee: $800 for NLADA Members; $900 for Non-Members


Payment arrangements and Hotel Information will be sent to registrants upon acceptance into the program.

CLE Reporting Information

NLADA (National Legal Aid & Defender Association) will diligently report attendance to the highlighted states. Course IDs will be added on a rolling basis as approvals are received.


Connecticut - Presumptively Approved; No Course ID

Ohio - Activity Code: 546189

Oklahoma - Course ID: 118267

Virginia - Pending

Washington - Activity ID: 2016616

Wisconsin - No Course ID