Affirmative Litigation Training

Affirmative Litigation Training (ALT), offered through a combination of online and in-person learning activities, provides a comprehensive introduction to the process of prosecuting a complex affirmative case in federal or state court. It includes a mix of interactive sessions, webinars and multi-media lectures on the substantive law of claim justiciability, as well as practical exercises on discovery, complaint drafting, motion practice and emergency relief. Together, these elements, and the course as a whole, provide a solid foundation for strengthening legal aid practice and moving our community toward a renewed focus on high impact, change-oriented advocacy. ALT includes three weeks of online activities plus three days in-person in Pittsburgh.

The September 2016 Affirmative Litigation Training is made possible with generous support of the Committee on Regional Training.



September 6-23 (Online), September 27-29 (Onsite).

CORT Members: Register here

Non-CORT Members: Register here

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Causes of Action for Affirmative Litigation - Section 1983
  • Complaint Drafting
  • Complex Case Analysis and Planning
  • Damages
  • Discovery Planning and Practice in Complex Litigation
  • Exhaustion and Preclusion
  • Motion to Dismiss Practice and Surviving a Motion to Dismiss
  • Non-Monetary Relief
  • Nuts and Bolts of Federal Practice
  • Seeking Broad Based Relief
  • Includes alternatives to class actions for LSC programs
  • Seeking Emergency Relief
  • Sovereign Immunity
  • Standing and Mootness
  • State Action and Color of Law
  • The Clerk's Perspective
  • The Judge's Perspective
  • TRO Motion Practice

This course has it all: expert faculty who've fought in the trenches,
comprehensive reading material, 
and teaching tools to fit any learning style.
I cannot imagine a better training course to prepare you for impact litigation.

- Claudia M. Cano, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas