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First Time Attending?

Know the Value of Your Conference Attendance

Did you know that with ALA you get more for your registration fee compared to similar legal industry conferences? In fact, ALA offers you 70+ sessions, 75+ speakers, 15+ education hours and 17+ networking hours, all over four full days.

We Can't Wait to Meet You!

As a newcomer, you are cordially invited to join your ALA leaders in the Exhibit Hall for the Newcomers Connection Breakfast on Monday, April 15, 7–8 a.m. in Longhorn DEF. Join us for this popular event to connect with colleagues and ALA leadership!


Expo Guides

NEW this year!

Come meet an Expo Guide, an experienced conference attendee who will share with you their conference experiences and give you a tour of the Exhibit Hall.


Meet up with an Expo Guide on Sunday, April 14, at the Welcome Reception 5–7 p.m. outside the Exhibit Hall-Longhorn DEF. The Expo Guide will take you on a tour of the Exhibit Hall and show you where to meet with sponsors and business partners during the conference.

Unable to make it to the Welcome Reception? 

On Monday, April 15, after the keynote speaker session (CM10: Leading the Way: Inspiring Go-Getters and Game Changers at 8:30–9:45 a.m.) meet up with an Expo Guide outside the Exhibit Hall-Longhorn DEF for a tour. 


Planning for Conference

What Should I Bring?

Attire: Business casual attire and comfortable shoes. For the Awards Gala and VIP Finale on Wednesday, April 17, wear your best “denim and diamonds!” Boots, jeans, casual or formal dress.

Business Cards: You will be meeting a lot of sponsors, business partners and colleagues, so be prepared to help them remember you by handing out your business card.  

Chargers: Don't forget to bring your computer, phone, and notepad/tablet chargers with you.

A Plan: A written out schedule of sessions you want to attend, as well as any other events such as the Exhibit Hall tour.

Hotel & Travel

Before you head to ALA Annual Conference, be sure to view all the details for your travel to Grapevine, Texas including your hotel stay at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center.

Networking at Conference

Check out these 10 Tips for Maximizing Your Annual Conference Experience and explore the following options for some face-to-face networking.

Need ideas on how to comfortably start a conversation? Learn 15 Ways to Start a Conversation at a Conference — Without Feeling Weird, and you'll become a networking pro in Grapevine!

Idea Exchanges

Idea Exchanges are small round table discussions that specifically pertain to your job function(s) or market. They're a great way to get acquainted with other legal management professionals who face similar challenges and might be able to answer your questions. View the full list of Idea Exchanges.

Exhibit Hall

ALA’s expanding roster of business partners will be available in the Exhibit Hall to serve as your guide to streamlined operations. Take advantage of their subject matter expertise and discuss the latest legal management solutions, along with hands-on demonstrations of the management tools of the future.

View the Exhibit Hall hours and full list of Sponsors.

Certified Legal Manager Credits

Regardless of the stage in your career, certification adds a valuable dimension to your professional development. ALA’s Certified Legal Manager (CLM)® program provides the opportunity to demonstrate you have mastered the knowledge, skills and abilities to operate at a high level of expertise in the field of legal management.

Interested in earning the CLM credential? Attend conference to accumulate the necessary credits. Learn more. Just curious what it's all about? Bring your questions to the CLM Idea Exchange and get firsthand advice from experienced CLMs who will provide valuable tips on how to prepare for the certification exam. This is an ideal time for creating a network of support while preparing for the exam. You'll also hear how to develop focused study habits and overcome stumbling blocks.

In addition, members of the ALA Certification Committee will be available in the ALA booth in the Exhibit Hall to answer questions throughout the conference.

Conference Sessions

Choosing Conference Sessions
Sometimes selecting which of the several educational sessions you should attend can be difficult. Keep in mind that the conference schedule is very full and interesting activities can overlap, which will prevent you from not being able to attend all the sessions. However, several of the sessions will be recorded and will be available for purchase, to view at your convenience after the conference. The important thing is to avoid burn out by overscheduling yourself.

Keep in mind it is a good idea to go to session when:

  • You are facing a particular challenge at work and there is a session that appears to address that issue.
  • The session is about a specific topic you want to specialize in. Your manager has asked you to attend the particular session and share with the team when you return.

Attending Conference Sessions
Conference sessions are a great way to learn more about current professional trends and explore your particular interests. Look through the schedule early to pick out the most interesting sessions, so you can plan to attend a variety of topics. Not sure which sessions to attend? View a full list of educational sessions by categories.

Tips for First-Time ALA Annual Conference Attendees

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ALA members Ruth V. Fry and Eric L. Hightower, CLM, SPHR, share some great advice for first-time conference attendees. They discuss what to do before, during and after conference. Check out their great tips here.



We are offering a student rate of just $599. If you are a full-time student at a college or university, please scan and email a copy of your transcript to [email protected]. It will be reviewed and if approved, you will be sent a discount code to use to register and receive the lower price. We're excited to include the next generation of legal management professionals to our conference!

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