Call for Presentations

The next open Call for Presentations for our Annual Conference will be following our 2020 Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, expected May 2020.


ALA’s Call for Presentations for our Fall 2020 Master Classes will open on 1/15/2020 and close at midnight Pacific Time on 1/28/2020

We are looking for submissions for our TWO, DEEP-DIVE Master Classes where each session is approximately 2.5 hours and filled with hands-on, interactive activities that answer the “How?”.


1. Master Class: Pricing and Profitability for Law Firms

October 28–30, 2020, San Diego, California

Possible topics include:

  • Understanding financial reports and teaching how to interpret and present data to effect change
  • How much data is enough data
  • Individual attorney profitability (systems, trends, best practices)
  • Methodologies for computing attorney compensation
  • Adjusting attorney compensation with new variables
  • Succession planning
  • Where does finance and profitability intersect (matter and client, firm and practice, revenue and cost
  • Buy outs and capital requirements
  • Taking on low margin revenue


2. Master Class: Critical Skills for Legal Management Success

September 23-25, 2020, Nashville, Tennessee

Possible topics include:

  • Delegation based on strengths
  • Public speaking
  • Time management
  • Stress management
  • Dealing with conflict/managing toxic employees
  • Flexibility
  • Building influential relationships
  • Empathy
  • Effective business communication
  • Building high-performance teams
  • Decision-making, decisiveness and problem solving, prioritizing
  • Motivate and engage teams; unity, collaboration and continuous improvement
  • Supporting organizational culture and change
  • Emotional Intelligence — people centered
  • Coaching
  • Risk taking
  • Accountability/ownership
  • Dealing with workplace interruptions and still being efficient
  • Successfully making the transition to leadership
  • Managing today's virtual workforce
  • Succession planning
  • Email manners: how to quickly get your point across in an email
  • Leading with authority and respect
  • Find out how to lead staff instead of managing them


ALA’s conferences fuel the development and advancement of legal industry professionals by providing both proven solutions and innovative thinking in an inviting and exciting environment.

Conference attendees connect with talented, diverse and engaged presenters and colleagues who share their experience and expertise generously. Attendees include business management professionals in private law firms, corporate and government legal departments, and non-profit legal aid agencies.

We are seeking your creative participation in designing conferences that optimize learning by providing the very best, high-level, relevant and thought-provoking ideas pertinent to the legal administration profession. This call is not for any specific conference, but may be considered for any number of our live, in-person or virtual learning events.

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Is the quality topic content current, relevant, pragmatic and concise?
  • Will the session answer the "how" to legal management issues?
  • Has the presenter(s) received positive ratings in the past?
  • Will the session appeal to seasoned administrators and managing partners?
  • Is the session well organized and designed to meet the needs of this particular audience?
  • All speakers at ALA conferences are required to agree to ALA’s educational content policy. (See Submission and Selection Process.)

The Process:

  • Learn about the submission and selection process.
  • Create an account.
  • Add your bio.
  • Add your co-presenters.
  • Submit your presentations for proposal.
  • Wait for an answer.

Please Note

  • Presentations cannot be sales pitches.
  • We purposely strive to present conference education that is diverse in nature so that it enriches the learning experience for our members.
  • All speakers at ALA conferences are required to agree to ALA’s educational content policy. The policy makes clear that educational content presented by the speaker at an ALA conference becomes the property of ALA. Speakers will grant ALA a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide license to capture, live stream, record, use and archive speaker’s presentation and handout materials (collectively “Speaker Property”) in any manner ALA deems appropriate including, but not limited to, the reproduction, translation, distribution, creation of derivative works, and display on the internet of all or any excerpt of Speaker Property, with ALA retaining the proceeds derived from such distribution and use of Speaker Property. The speaker also agrees to work directly with the company performing these services for ALA, if any, and understands that the sale of Speaker Property by ALA is primarily for the educational benefit of ALA’s membership and not for monetary gain; and therefore, there is no royalty arrangement between Speaker and ALA.


Get Started