Paul Seeman, a former Alameda County Superior Court judge, amassed more than three decades of legal experience before retiring in 2013. Throughout his time with Alameda County, Paul Seeman held a number of positions, including roles as vice-chair of the California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) Juvenile Law Education Committee and as faculty at the CJER Continuing Judicial Studies Program. Judge Seeman was also took part as faculty in the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) Annual Conference in 2009.
Held each November, the NLADA annual conference serves as a “skills-building and knowledge-sharing event” for professionals in the fields of legal aid, public defense, and public interest law. The 2015 installment of the event, entitled “Advancing Justice Together,” took place in New Orleans.
At the four-day event, a variety of workshops and training sessions were made available to participants. These offerings were divided into categories to simplify individual program selection. Board-related meetings included an information session on LSC (legal services corporation) restrictions and a talk on how to recruit, retain, and engage board members.
Civil legal aid programs accounted for much of the conference schedule, which included sessions about developing positive working relationships with journalists, and unaccompanied minor immigrants. The NLADA event also accommodated clients who have received assistance from legal aid organizations in the past. These individuals could attend sessions about the NLADA website and client voice.
Sessions geared toward legal defenders encompassed diverse topics such as efforts in the realm of human sex trafficking and improving language access. Finally, the event offered a selection of fundraising-related sessions about accessing federal funding,and legal services for survivors of crime.