The Capacity Building Academy is a free 12-week online course dedicated to empowering legal services staff with vital program management skills.

The Academy delivers training through a combination of webinars, peer coaching, and individualized consultations in two tracks:

Nonprofit Management for Legal Services

October to December 2018
  • Assessing Financial Stability
  • Budgeting
  • Innovation
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning

Pro Bono Program Management for Legal Services

January to March 2019
  • Pro Bono Program Design
  • Recruiting and Placing Volunteers
  • Training Volunteers to Work with Clients
  • Developing Resources for Pro Bono Volunteers
  • Measuring Pro Bono Program Impact

Eligible Organizations

The Academy is currently accepting applications from nonprofit legal services organizations that have offices located, or serve clients residing, in the following counties:

  • Marin
  • Merced
  • Monterey
  • Napa
  • San Benito
  • San Joaquin
  • Santa Cruz
  • Sonoma
  • Solano
  • Stanislaus
Academy Overview
Time Commitment

One hour a week for 12 weeks.

Online Sessions

Weekly online sessions on topics specifically tailored for legal services organizations, taught by expert OneJustice faculty.

GoToWebinar

The Academy will use GoToWebinar, which is easy for anyone to use from a computer. No technical experience needed!

Peer Coaching Calls

Facilitated peer coaching calls give participants a safe space to share and receive feedback.

Individual Coaching Calls

Participants will have access to individualized coaching with OneJustice faculty.

Online Academy Library

The Academy will feature an online library of resources for further learning.

Pro Bono Transactional Support

Participants will be connected to corporate law firms for pro bono transactional support (e.g., real estate or intellectual property).

Cost of Attendance

Free!

Nonprofit Management for Legal Services
Session Dates

10-11 AM on the following Thursdays:

  • October 4, 11, 18, 25
  • November 1, 8, 29
  • December 6, 13, 20
Curriculum
  1. Leading Within Your Organization
  2. Managing Your Legal Services Project
  3. Managing Your Legal Services Team
  4. Peer Coaching Session 1
  5. Assessing Financial Health in Legal Services
  6. Legal Services Budgeting
  7. Innovating Legal Services
  8. Planning Legal Services Strategically
  9. Measuring the Impact of Your Services
  10. Peer Coaching Session 2 and Ending Reflections

November 12-21: Individual one-hour coaching calls with OneJustice Faculty

We ask that all participants commit to fully engaging in the Capacity Building Academy. Participants that attend at least 8 sessions will be eligible for an additional 45-minute coaching call from OneJustice staff.

Faculty

Chris McConkey

OneJustice Senior Staff Attorney

Chris advocates for public policies that foster the growth of legal nonprofits and—through them—meaningful access to justice for all Californians. He also provides consulting and technical support to legal services organizations on matters of nonprofit law and management. Learn more about Chris here!

Pro Bono Program Management for Legal Services
Session Dates

10-11 AM on the following Thursdays:

  • January 10, 17, 24, 31
  • February 7, 14, 21, 28
  • March 14, 21, 28
Curriculum
  1. Overview of Pro Bono and Volunteerism
  2. Designing a Pro Bono Program Part I - Human Centered Design
  3. Managing Your Pro Bono Program and Team
  4. Peer Coaching Session 1
  5. Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers
  6. Training Volunteers
  7. Volunteer Placement
  8. Supervising Volunteers
  9. Measuring the Impact of Your Pro Bono Program
  10. Peer Coaching Session 2 and Ending Reflections

February 22 — March 13: Individual one-hour coaching calls with OneJustice Faculty

We ask that all participants commit to fully engaging in the Capacity Building Academy. Participants that attend at least 8 sessions will be eligible for an additional 45-minute coaching call from OneJustice staff.

Faculty

Joel Kim

OneJustice Staff Attorney

Joel facilitates and teaches pro bono project design and supports networks that connect pro bono volunteers with legal services organizations. Learn more about Joel here!

Admissions
Staff Level

Enrollment in the Capacity Building Academy is open to nonprofit legal services staff of all levels and job areas (from administrative to legal staff and beyond) who want a crash course on program management skills.

We strongly encourage (but do not require) that you form a team of 2-4 people for the course. Have each member of your team submit a separate application.

Application Deadline

Applications for the Pro Bono Program Management for Legal Services Track are due on December 14, 2018. Enrollees will be notified by December 21, 2018.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Potential participants are encouraged to apply early.

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Want a deeper dive into Nonprofit Management?
The Academy is designed for staff of all levels who work in either organizational administration or programs who want a crash course on program management skills.  Looking for a deeper dive into Nonprofit Management? Check out the Executive Fellowship program! The Executive Fellowship is a 10-month program that provides comprehensive in-person training for rising legal aid leaders in core nonprofit leadership and management skills.

Questions?

Email Semhal Gessesse at sgessesse@one-justice.org