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ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Expo


ALA's 2024 Annual Conference & Expo Agenda

As of March 26, 2024. Subject to Change.

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SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2024
7:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
9 a.m.–noon
Member Experience Committee Meeting*
9–11:30 a.m.
Member Ambassador Committee Meeting*
9–11 a.m.
Standards Review Committee Meeting*
9 a.m.–noon
Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators 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 Development 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 connect with other first-time attendees at this fun, informal event. It is also your opportunity to be introduced to ALA leadership and staff.

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 refreshing drinks, and the opportunity to connect and reunite with your fellow attendees. The Welcome Reception theme is Prospecting in the Wild West. Get ready to saddle up — dust off your cowboy boots, don your best denim and top it off with a cowboy hat as we embark on a journey reminiscent of the rugged charm of the Old West. 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
6:15–6:45 a.m.
Morning Energizer

Sponsored by:
7–7:30 a.m.
Morning Run
7–7:30 a.m.
Walk and Talk
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 Session: 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

Hub 1: Unlocking Potential: Select the Right GenAI Tools to Revolutionize Your Firm’s Practice
Led By: NetDocuments

Hub 2: How To Use AI Without Losing Your Mind
Led By: Clio
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

From Data to Action: Understanding Law Firms’ 2024 Priorities to Unlock Opportunities and Strategies

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

Hub 1: Lessons from the Frontline: Using Data to Evidence the Value of Your Teams on Law Firm Profits and Service Levels
Led By: BigHand

Hub 2: Automation: A Necessity for Modern Law Firms
Led By: Lawmatics
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

Hub 1: Building the Hybrid Office of the Future with Services and Technology
Led By: Maptician

Hub 2: Transforming the Legal Landscape: Leveraging Best-in-Class Platforms Through Targeted Automation to Capitalize on Future Innovation
Led By: LeanLaw
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.
7–7:30 a.m.
Morning Run
7–7:30 a.m.
Walk and Talk
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

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Presented by:

10:30 a.m.–6:30 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

Hub 1: AI-Powered Law: Insights from Our 2024 Industry Report
Led By: LawPay

Hub 2: Life in the Clouds: Can It Really Be This Easy (and Secure) — Even for Law Firms?
Led By: Innovative Computing Systems
10:45–11 a.m.
Guided Meditation. Join a short, guided practice called, “Taking in the Good”, led by Psychotherapist,
Stacey P. Dougan, JD, LLM, MS, LPC, NCC
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

Meeting of Minds: Large Firm (100+ attorneys)

3:15–4:15 p.m.
Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:30–4 p.m.
Business Matters! Sessions

Hub 1: Calendaring, Copilot, DMS and Billing: Together Inside Microsoft 365
Led By: LawToolBox

Hub 2: Streamlining Success: Integrating AI into Your Law Practice With PatternBuilder MAX
Led By: NetDocuments
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

Meetings of Minds: Legal Support Staff — Large Firm

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 — Medium/Small Firm

5:15–6:30 p.m.

Game On! Exhibit Hall Reception

This Exhibit Hall extravaganza is where business meets fun. Put on your game face, smile and step into a realm of fun and friendly competition. Whether you’re testing your strategic prowess in a game of giant Jenga, showcasing your precision with a round of cornhole or simply enjoying some classic card games, there’s a game for everyone to enjoy. Let loose, make connections and let the games begin!

7–7:30 a.m.
Morning Run
7–7:30 a.m.
Walk and Talk
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 - Medium Firm (31-99 attorneys)

10–11 a.m.
Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
10:15–10:45 a.m.
Business Matters! Sessions

Hub 1: Elevating Your Benefit Strategy: The Power of Family-Building Benefits
Led By: Win

Hub 2: 7 Things You Can Do Today to Protect Your Firm From the Latest Cyber Threats
Led By: LMT Technology Solutions
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
Crisis Communications: First-Hand Experiences with Responding to People During World and Social Events
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

Hub 1: The Changemakers Report: New Insights to Empower Catalysts for Firm Innovation
Led By: CaretLegal

Hub 2: Grow Your Law Firm and Improve Profitability with These 4 Financial Metrics
Led By: Summit Virtual CFO By Anders
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)

Meeting of Minds: Crisis Communications

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

6–9 p.m.

Closing Networking Event: Colorado Casino Celebration

Double down on your Annual Conference experience at the casino where you’re guaranteed to hit the jackpot!

We’re closing out the 2024 Annual Conference with a Colorado Casino Celebration. Win big as you unwind with your peers and develop relationships that will last long beyond our time in Colorado.
Play along at the blackjack, roulette or craps tables or cheer from the side lines — and don’t forget your dancing shoes, as it wouldn’t be an ALA closing event without a dance floor!