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ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Expo


ALA's 2024 Annual Conference & Expo Agenda

As of February 22, 2024. Subject to Change.

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SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2024
7:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
8 a.m.–noon
Member Value Committee Meeting
8 a.m.–noon
Membership Ambassador Committee Meeting
9–11 a.m.
Standards Review Committee Meeting
9–11 a.m.
ALA Foundation Meeting
9 a.m.–noon
Certification Committee Meeting
9:30 a.m.–noon
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Committee Meeting
10:30–11:30 a.m.
Product and Service Review Committee Meeting
10:30 a.m.–noon
Professional Development Advisory Committee Meeting
noon–1:30 p.m.
Committees Lunch
12:30–3:30 p.m.
Meeting of Minds: Personal Injury Plaintiff
12:30–3:30 p.m.
FirstFive Live!
12:30–3:30 p.m.
Meeting of Minds: Small Firm (1-30 attorneys)
2–3:30 p.m.
CLM Recognition Event*
3:30–4 p.m.
Session Managers Meet & Greet*
4–5 p.m.

ALA Ambassadors Mixer

Currently serving as an ALA Membership Ambassador? Interested in participating in this program? ALA is calling you to attend this mixer. Jump-start your Annual Conference networking by joining the Membership Ambassador Committee on Sunday afternoon for a celebration of ALA’s Membership Ambassadors Program. The Committee will share program highlights and explain how easy — and rewarding — participation can be.

5–6 p.m.

Newcomers Connection

Is it your first time attending the Annual Conference? Get acclimated and introduced to ALA leadership and staff at the Newcomers Connection. It is also your opportunity to connect with other first-time attendees at this fun, informal event.

6–9 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Located on the Front Range Lawn overlooking the majestic Rocky Mountains, the Welcome Reception offers an entertaining evening of live music, good food and drinks, and the opportunity to connect and reunite with your fellow attendees. With ample space to mingle or convene in quieter areas, this reception offers something for everyone!

Sponsored in part by:

*by invitation only
MONDAY, MAY 20, 2024
6–7 a.m.
Morning Energizer| Trainer TBA

Discover the difference 30 minutes makes: Wake up with Innovative Computing Systems and iManage in a light-impact, high-energy workout session that knocks the cobwebs off and energizes you before your ALA sessions start!

Sponsored by:
7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
7:30–8:30 a.m.
Networking Continental Breakfast
8:30–9 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
9–10 a.m.
Keynote: Transforming Lives and Reimagining Mental Health: We ARE the Difference

Sponsored by:

10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Hours
10–11:30 a.m.
Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
10:30–11 a.m.
Business Matters! Sessions
11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Navigating People Management in an Era of Unprecedented Distractions: A Self-Coaching Approach for Today’s Legal Professionals

Law Firm Finance for the Nonfinance Professional

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Workflow Innovation: How AI Will Impact Law Firm Operations and Significantly Reduce Costs

Midsize Law Firm Priorities: 2024 Results Administrators Can Act On

6 Mistakes That Erode Engagement

Convening with a Cause: Infusing Sustainability and DEIA into Meetings and Events

12:30–1:45 p.m.
Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
12:45–1:15 p.m.
Business Matters! Sessions
2–3 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Enough Old Hat! Freshen up Your Approach, Deliver Greater Value to Your Firm and Advance your Career

Neurodiversity 101

Brevity in Business Communication

Rethinking Your Firm’s Workplace Design: An Intimidation-free Guide to Office Renovations and Relocations

The New Law Firm Model: How a People-First Strategy Will Increase Innovation, Collaboration, Profits and Firm Loyalty

Meeting of Minds: Mental Health/Wellness

3–4 p.m.
Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:15–3:45 p.m.
Business Matters! Sessions
4–5 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Procrastinate Now: How to Use the Behavior of “Doing Nothing” to Get Everything Done in Your Firm

From Traditional to Transformational: Lead the Way by Unleashing the Power of Authentic Leadership

Law Firm Operations: A Return to Basics to Achieve Real-World Success

How Law Firms Get Hacked (and What You Can Do About It)

Cash Is King: Strategic Cash Flow Management for Small Firms

Meeting of Minds: Human Resource Management

5:15–6:45 p.m.

ALA’s 2024 Awards Reception

ALA’s Awards celebrate outstanding projects, initiatives and individuals that have inspired the legal community. Help recognize your industry colleagues during this high-energy event. hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2024
6–7 a.m.

Led by:

Andrea D. Everage, CLM, MHR, PHR, SHRM-CP
Director of Human Resources
Meyers Nave
AFAA-Certified Fitness Professional

8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
8–9 a.m.
Continental Breakfast Available in Exhibit Hall
9–10:30 a.m.
David W. Brezina Memorial Session: From Homeless to Harvard

Sponsored by:

10:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Hours
10:30–11:30 a.m.
Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
10:45–11:15 a.m.
Business Matters! Sessions
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Navigating the Next Normal: Practical Strategies for Cultivating Resilience in the Age of Uncertainty

Rest — Not Sleep — Is What You Actually Need to Avoid Burnout

Finding Common Ground: The Language of De-escalation and Conflict Resolution

Reimagining Law Firm Operations

CFO Perspectives: Exploring Profitability Improvement Opportunities at Your Firm Part 1
(Note: This presentation is part one of a two-part series. Feel free to attend one or both.)

How to Become an Insta Social Animal Without Getting Ethically ‘X’d

12:45–2 p.m.
Association Luncheon

Refuel while staying up to date on the latest ALA happenings with a dynamic presentation from ALA’s Executive Committee.
2:15–3:15 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Building a Diverse Candidate Pipeline

Super-Charged Productivity with Legal Document Automation + AI: Critical Steps in Beginning Your Journey

Unleashing Potential: Revolutionizing Employee Experience and Retention in the Legal Business Landscape

CFO Perspectives: Implementing Profitability Improvement Opportunities at Your Firm Part 2
(Note: This presentation is part two of a two-part series. Feel free to attend one or both.)

Tales from the Trenches: Our Thorniest Legal Management Experiences

Meetings of Minds: Benefits/Employee Assistance Programs

3:15–4:15 p.m.
Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:30–4 p.m.
Business Matters! Sessions
4:15–5:15 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Improving Team Dynamics to Create Greater Efficiency

Substance Use Disorders and Brain Neurobiology: How Can You Help?
Powering Your Success: Leveraging Technology to Drive Your Firm’s Potential

Families and the Future of Work: Supporting Parents Creates a Talent Advantage

Client Experience Surveys: Creating a Competitive Advantage

Meetings of Minds: Legal Support Staff

5:15–6:30 p.m.

Game On! Exhibit Hall Reception

Take part in the tradition! Relax at the end a full day of education while you explore the products and services from our valued ALA business partners.

8 a.m.–4 p.m.
8–9 a.m.
Continental Breakfast Available in the Exhibit Hall
8 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Hours
9–10 a.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Knowing Your Crowd: How to Adapt to Different and Ever-Changing Firm Cultures

How to Retain Attorneys and Staff in the ‘Job-Hopping’ Era

How To Reenergize Your Firm’s Mentorship Program

Stay Ahead of the Game: E-Billing Is Here. Is Your Firm Ready?

Nonequity Partners and the Law Firm Structure

Meeting of Minds: (31-99 attorneys)

10–11 a.m.
Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
10:15–10:45 a.m.
Business Matters! Sessions
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Succession Planning: The Key to Law firm Stability and Sustainability

Strategies for Effectively Hiring, Managing Performance and Terminating Employees

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Session details to be confirmed
Cracking the Code of Human Connection

Meeting of Minds: Branch Office

12:30–1:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch
12:45–1:15 p.m.
Business Matters! Sessions
1:30–2:30 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Unlocking Effective Communication with Attorneys: Building Bridges for Productive Conversations

From Chaos to Control: Navigating Interruptions, Distractions and Delegation

Legal Research Negotiation Tips That Can Win Your Firm Six-Figure Savings (or More)

Breaking the Mold: Tackling Tokenism in Law Firm DEI Strategies

2:30–3 p.m.
Refreshment Break
3–4 p.m.
Closing General Session: REIGNclass® “The Answer”

6:00–9 p.m.

Closing Networking Event