Nuts & Bolts of Leadership & Management

The most basic of NDLI’s training programs is Nuts & Bolts of Leadership & Management, designed for those making the transition to a leadership position, whether as a supervisor, manager, or head of a defender program.

Emphasis is on the managerial aspects that are internal to the operation of any defender program, such as: supervision, coaching, and evaluation of staff; recruitment, retention, and dismissal of staff; time management; preparing and managing budgets; grant writing; conflict mediation; use of information technology; acquiring, allocating, and managing resources; developing and providing training; strategic planning and implementation; and more.

Programs are typically 2 ½ days of interactive educational sessions and skills-training workshops on selected topics.

Upcoming Opportunities

Past Seminars

Cincinnati, Ohio
Friday, September 24, 2010 - Sunday, September 26, 2010

Odds are that you became a supervisor of others because you were an excellent trial attorney.  Yet helping other attorneys to achieve the best outcomes for their clients requires different and additional skills -- skills you were not taught in law school.  And, as you move into management levels in your public defense system, you are called on to engage with the public, administrators, and other criminal justice stakeholders in seeking the overall improvement of our criminal justice systems.  This requires using different abilities, those of negotiation and compromise, in contrast to advocacy.  This program offers a unique opportunity for defender leaders to step away from their offices, learn these skills, and apply them to their individual management challenges in a supportive learning environment.  Our expert faculty will help each participant translate advocacy skills into effective management techniques.