Event Snapshots for Speakers

Regional Legal Management Conferences - Fall 2007

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ALA’s Regional Legal Management Conferences offer broad-based, legal management education and networking opportunities in four convenient locations across the US. These three-day events offer cutting-edge educational sessions representing all core areas of interest to individuals engaged in the business of law, including management of human resources, facilities, communications, finance, technology and overall operations. Each conference, held in a hotel meeting space setting, typically draws between 200 and 350 attendees, with most (up to 90 percent) working as principal administrators in private law firms, and others working in that capacity in corporate and government legal departments and legal aid agencies. Others have executive roles, or are functional specialists (such as Human Resources Manager, Director of Finance, etc.). Many but not all attendees will come from locations within driving distance or a short plane flight of the conference, as they are designed to offer education and networking  “closer to home” in relatively short time frames during which attendees can more easily manage being away from their places of work.

Accompanying the educational sessions during the three-day events are table-top expositions featuring business partners that are suppliers of products and services to the legal profession. Also featured are relevant keynote addresses and networking events during which attendees engage with speakers, business partners and each other.

For the Regional Legal Management Conferences, ALA welcomes presentations that are broad in scope, but still made specific and applicable to the legal profession, with actionable takeaways for attendees. Relevance and resonance are critical. In addition, ALA encourages speakers with a relevant presentation to apply to speak at all four Regional Legal Management Conferences, as we prefer to deliver top-notch, resonant, relevant education in all locations. Audiences will likely not overlap outside of a few in ALA leader volunteers. The event often attracts legal professionals with highly varied levels of experience, so articulating that a proposed session is designed for beginning, intermediate and/or advanced learners is helpful.

ALA's 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland, May 3-6

The Annual Conference & Exposition delivers broad-based legal management education and networking opportunities. This four-day spring event offers educational sessions representing all core areas of interest to individuals engaged in the business of law, including management of human resources, facilities, communications, finance, technology and overall operations. The Annual Conference, held principally in a convention center setting, typically draws between 1,000 and 1,400 attendees, with most (up to 90 percent) working as principal administrators in private law firms, and others working in that capacity in corporate and government legal departments and legal aid agencies. Others have executive roles, or are functional specialists (such as Human Resources Manager, Director of Finance, etc.). The event attracts legal professionals from around the world with highly varied levels of experience, so articulating if your proposed session is designed for beginners, intermediate and/or advanced learners is helpful.

Accompanying the educational sessions during the conference is the Exhibit Hall, a large, three- day trade show featuring 150-200 business partners that are suppliers of products and services to the legal profession. Also featured are relevant keynote addresses and several networking events during which attendees engage with speakers, business partners and each other.

For the Annual Conference & Exposition, ALA welcomes presentations of varying lengths of time, including those with multiple parts or segments. Sessions may be broad in scope, but they still should be specific and applicable to the legal profession, with actionable takeaways for attendees. Relevance and resonance are critical, and audience interactive elements are encouraged.