The Capacity Building Academy is a free 3-month 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

April to June 2019
  • Assessing Financial Stability
  • Budgeting
  • Innovation
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning

Pro Bono Program Management for Legal Services

July to September 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

All legal services organizations are eligible to apply. Special consideration will be given to organizations serving non-urban communities. We particularly encourage staff to apply from organizations with 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 and a half every week for 3 months.

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

10-11:30 AM on the following Thursdays:

  • April 18, 25
  • May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • June 6, 13, 20, 27
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

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

10-11:30 AM every Tuesday:

  • July 9, 16, 23, 30
  • August 6, 13, 20, 17
  • September 10, 17, 24
  • August 28 - September 9: Individual one-hour coaching calls with OneJustice Faculty.
Curriculum
  1. Overview of Pro Bono and Volunteerism
  2. Designing a Pro Bono Program - Human Centered Design
  3. Pro Bono Standards and Models
  4. Project Management
  5. Peer Coaching Session 1
  6. Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers
  7. Training Volunteers
  8. Volunteer Placement
  9. Supervising Volunteers
  10. Measuring the Impact of Your Pro Bono Program
  11. Peer Coaching Session 2 and Ending Reflections

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

Patrick Fodell

OneJustice Training Institute Senior Manager

Patrick facilitates and teaches pro bono project design and supports networks that connect pro bono volunteers with legal services organizations. Learn more about Patrick 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 April 2019 Nonprofit Management Track have now closed.

Applications for the July 2019 Pro Bono Program Management Track are not open yet. Please submit a form below to indicate interest.

Click the Buttons Below to Apply!

Nonprofit Management Track

Pro Bono Program Management Track

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 Patrick Fodell at pfodell@one-justice.org