Schedule Overview


NEW! Three hours of BONUS education!

To give you an opportunity to get comfortable with the virtual conference platform, we're going to have a session on each of the three days leading up to ALA Today: The Virtual Conference.

  • Monday, June 22, at 1 p.m. Central: Check out Denise Gaskin, PhD, presenting OM01: Managing Multiple Offices Just Got Very Complex: How to Manage Both Physical and Remote Offices in Our New Normal.
  • Tuesday, June 23, at Noon Central: You can learn from Dr. Nance Roy during HR01: Promoting Mental Health in the Workplace: The Fundamentals of the Systems-Wide Comprehensive Approach.
  • Wednesday, June 24, at 11 a.m. Central: Watch Jeffrey Nicolet share FM01: Accounts Receivable: Persistent, Ethical and Careful Collection of Law Firm AR in the COVID-19 Era.

Please see the Schedule and Education page for complete descriptions of these sessions.


          IMPORTANT: Please note ALL times listed are in Central time

8:30 AMVirtual conference platform officially opens. Log in, grab a cup of coffee and engage with others as a group in chat or in video one-on-ones: browse the Exhibit Hall
9:45 AMWelcome from ALA President Debra Elsbury, CLM, and ALA Interim Executive Director, April Campbell, JD
10:10-11:10 AMKeynote speaker, Danelle Umstead, presents CM10: Living the Impossible
10:55 AMSession speakers will be online and chat with any early arrivals
11:10 AM

Three concurrent sessions begin:

  • CM11: Leadership in the Next Normal — Jennifer Hill
  • HR10: Onboarding and Offboarding Team Members in a Remote Work World — Drew Amoroso
  • LI10: Viral Change: The Evolution of Law Firms in a Post-COVID-19 World — Blane Prescott
  • HR14: Bias and Discrimination During Times of Crisis - Sharon Jones, Sandra S. Yamate
12:10 PM

Breakouts wrap up and Engagement Hour begins, including time with business partners, Meetings of Minds and video one-on-ones or small group discussions

Meeting of Minds Topics will cover:

  • Change Management
  • Disaster Planning
  • Discussion on PTO Policies and Potential Changes to Them
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Institutional Racism
  • Keeping Employees Engaged and Maintaining the Firm Culture in a Virtual Workplace
  • Keeping Your Law Firm Staff Safe, with an Emphasis on COVID-19
  • Legal Industry Landscape and Emerging Trends
  • Mental Health and Stress
  • Operations During a Pandemic
  • Remote Working — Is It Here to Stay?
  • Remote Working Policies and Practices
  • Returning to the Workplace
  • Strategic Planning
  • Unconscious Bias


12:55 PMSession speakers will be online and chat with early arrivals
1:10 PM

Three concurrent sessions begin:

  • HR11: Managing During the Pandemic When There Is No Solution — Brenda Neckvatal, PHR, SHRM-CP, CHRS
  • HR12: Promoting Mental Health in the Workplace: The Implementation of the Comprehensive Approach — Dr. Nance Roy
  • HR13: A Dream Deferred: How the Legal Community Can, and Must, Respond to Police Brutality — Benjamin Wilson
  • OM10: Law Firm Space: Strategies for Returning to the Office — Erik Hodgetts, AIA, LEEP, AP; Russell Manthy; Mark Santiago, CMC, CPA
2:10 PMClosing Session LI11: Current Issues, Trends and Challenges Facing the Next Normal in the Business of Law — Stuart Dodds, Jennifer Hill, Brenda Neckvatal, PHR, SHRM-CP, CHRS, Blane Prescott and David Skinner, moderated by Judith Hissong, CLM, PCC 
3:30 PMHang out with colleagues and business partners after the education ends; the platform will stay open until 4 p.m. for further engagement, chat and Exhibit Hall browsing