Call for Presentations

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.

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Is the topic innovative and relevant?
  • 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?
  • Is the learning format new? Does it involve participants in meaningful application activities?
  • 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
  

Conferences
2018 Finance Workshop:  at the Palmer House, Chicago, IL

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 8:00 - 11:00 am

2018 Finance Workshop:  at the Hilton, Austin, TX

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 8:00 - 11:00 am

2018 Regional Legal Management Conferences

East: Regions 1,2,3 — September 13-15, 2018, Palmer House, Chicago, IL

West: Regions 4,5,6 - October 18-20, 2018, Hilton, Austin, TX

2018 Intellectual Property Conference for Legal Professionals

TBD 

2019 Annual Conference & Expo

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine, TX, April 14-17, 2019

Learn more about the ALA conferences listed above by reading the Event Snapshots for Speakers
 

  
 
Submission and Selection Process

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. 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 business of running a law firm.

Deadline to submit for consideration at the 2018 Fall Conferences or the 2019 Annual Conference & Expo is December 31, 2017.

A legal administrator is the business manager of a law firm. 90% of the audience will be administrators of law firms, while 5% will be legal administrators of a corporate or government law department. Most of our members are NOT lawyers.

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Is the topic innovative and relevant?
  • 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?
  • Is the learning format new? Does it involve participants in meaningful application activities?
  • All speakers at ALA conferences are required to agree to ALA’s educational content policy. * 

Selection Process

Give us your best presentation. You are limited to submitting a maximum of three different session proposals for each conference. Please note that in most cases we limit presenters to being involved in no more than two sessions per conference. We suggest that you first develop your submission proposal in Word and then copy and paste the information into the appropriate sections online. The online form does not have spell check so editing your information in advance will ensure greater accuracy.

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.

When submitting a presentation for ALA's 2018 Regional Legal Management Conferences or the 2018 Finance Workshops, please be aware that the content will be the same in each city, and presented by the same, top-notch speakers. Check your calendar to make sure you are available for all dates. Submissions are accepted between October 15, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Each submission is being reviewed by the conference committees and staff. You will be notified in late spring of 2018  regarding the status of your submission(s) for the 2018 fall conferences and in early fall for the 2019 Annual Conference & Expo regarding the status of your submission(s).

Honorarium and reimbursement policy:

All speakers will receive complimentary conference registration on the day of their presentation

Hotel: ALA staff will arrange hotel accommodations which will be billed to the ALA Master Account for the night before a speaker's presentation. An additional night may be pre-approved for exceptional circumstances.

Honorarium, if requested: will include all other (non-hotel) expenses. Honorarium amounts will be based by policy per the length of the session and multiplied by each location.

  • 60-90 Minutes
  • Up to 3 hours
  • Over 3 hours 

2018 Finance Workshop Dates

East: September 12, 2018 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm and September 13, 2018 from 8:00 - 11:00 am at the Palmer House, Chicago, IL

West: Ooctober 17, 2018 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm and Octobr 18, 2018 from 8:00 - 11:00 am at the Hilton, Austin, TX

2018 Regional Legal Management Conference Dates

East, Regions 1,2,3 - September 13-15, 2018 at the Palmer House, Chicago, IL

West, Regions 4,5,6 - October 18-20, 2018 at the Hilton, Austin, TX 

2018 Intellectual Property Conference for Legal Professionals

TBD - Washington, DC 

2019 Annual Conference & Expo
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine, TX on Sunday, April 14 - Wednesday, April 17, 2019

2019 Annual Conference - Submissions are accepted between October 15, 2017 and December 31, 2017. Each submission is being reviewed by the conference committees and staff. You will be notified in the fall of 2018 regarding the status of your submission for the 2019 Annual Conference & Expo regarding the status of your submission(s).


Learn more about the ALA conferences listed above by reading the Event Snapshots for Speakers.

Our Mutual Commitment:

  • We expect presenters to acknowledge they are available to speak during any time frame of the conference and as such will not request a change to the session time frame assigned.
  • We expect presenters to work closely with the conference committee to meet all deadlines.
  • We expect presenters to not make substantial changes in content, or format without approval from the conference committee.
  • We expect presenters to provide high-quality presentation materials in electronic format, by the communicated deadline.
  • We expect presenters to recognize that a conference presentation is an opportunity to share information and is not a platform for the promotion of business, practice, service or product.
  • We expect all presenters to agree to ALA’s education content policy. * 
  • We expect presenters to be available for interviews, blog posts, podcasts or other conference activities associated with their expertise as mutually agreed upon.

In turn ALA will:

  • Provide you with your evaluation scores after the conference.
  • Provide you with expense/honorariums per event policy (As a non-for-profit organization, we appreciate contributors who are willing to share their expertise without expectation of an honorarium. We guarantee that you will receive valuable professional exposure.)
  • Provide complimentary registration for the conference on the day of your presentation, including admission to the Business Solutions Marketplace (exposition hall), educational programs and social events. Pre-Conference workshops and Certificate Programs are the exceptions.

Limit: 3 submissions per conference

Have Questions?

If you have a question or problem with your submission, please contact us.