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Annual Conference & Expo Committee

Description: Works with ALA headquarters staff to select educational topics and identify presenters for the Annual Conference. Also, identifies a mix of education and networking events that meet the needs and interests of ALA members.

Committee Size: 10

Term: Approximately 18 months, renewable for additional terms

Appointments per year: 6-9

In-Person Meetings / Expectations: Three per term (winter before prior Annual Conference, prior Annual Conference, Annual Conference). Service involves an initial planning meeting about 18 months in advance of the Conference, two meetings at the Conference 12 months prior, plus frequent (at least monthly) conference call meetings and individual committee member assignments.

Call for volunteers: Fall.

Selections made: Winter

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Law Firm Financial and Practice Management Conference Planning Committee

Description: Works with ALA headquarters staff to select educational topics and identify presenters for the Law Firm Financial and Practice Management Conference. Also, identifies a mix of education and networking events that meet the needs and interests of ALA members.

Committee Size: 5

Term: 1 year

Appointments per year: Varies

In-Person Meetings / Expectations: Attendance at the conference. Committee work will be accomplished through conference calls and other electronic exchange of information.

  1. Participate in planning via regular conference calls. The initial calls will concentrate on education selection and will be weekly or bi-weekly for the first two or three months, and then reduce to monthly calls covering all aspects of the conference.
  2. Provide important input on high-level topics, trends, issues, developments and challenges in financial and practice management that should be addressed in the conference education.
  3. Provide input on particular educational sessions, including researching topics and speakers.
  4. Make initial speaker contact to discuss the presentation and determine if he/she is the right speaker for the session. Collect and review session description prior to the speaker confirmation.
  5. Be available to talk with confirmed speakers to answer their questions about the industry and contribute to the effectiveness of their presentations in addressing member needs.
  6. Provide input on strategies for increasing participant engagement and value in all aspects of the conference.
  7. Refer potential business partner sponsors to the Manager of Business Development. Be available to contact a potential business partner, if requested.
  8. Onsite at the conference, committee members meet and greet attendees, speakers and business partners as representatives of the committee and ALA.

Call for volunteers: Fall

Selections made: Winter

ALA Headquarters Liaison:

Large Firm Retreat Planning Committee

Description: This committee plans the educational content for the annual Large Firm Administrators Retreat.

Committee Size: 5

Term: 1 year, renewable

Appointments per year: Varies

Expectations / In-Person Meetings: One per year (LFA Retreat). Committee work may be accomplished through conference calling and other electronic exchange of information.

Call for volunteers: Spring/Summer. Eligibility: Must be a member of the LFA Caucus (principal administrators of firms with 100+ lawyers) and attend the previous year’s retreat.

Selections made: Summer, at LFA Retreat

ALA Headquarters Liaison:

Regional Legal Management Conference Planning Committee

Description: The group is responsible for planning the Regional Legal Management Conferences. Responsible for selecting educational topics and speakers for the conferences. Also works with ALA headquarters staff to put together the right mix of education and networking events to meet the needs and interests of ALA members.

Committee Size: 8

Term: Approximately 14 months, renewable for additional terms

Appointments per year: Varies

Expectations / In-Person Meetings: Attendance at the conference. Committee work will be accomplished through conference calls and/or at conference locations and other electronic exchange of information.

Call for volunteers: Fall

Selections made: Winter

ALA Headquarters Liaison:

Human Resources Conference Planning Committee

Description: This committee plans the educational content for the annual Human Resources Conference for Legal Professionals.

Committee Size: 6

Term: 1 year

Appointments per year: 6

Expectations / In-Person Meetings: One per year (Human Resources Conference for Legal Professionals). Committee work may be accomplished through conference calling and other electronic exchange of information.

Call for volunteers: Winter

Selections made: Winter

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IP Conference for Legal Professionals Planning Committee

Description: This committee plans the educational content for the annual IP Conference for Legal Professionals.

Committee Size: Varies

Term: 1 year

Appointments per year: Varies

Expectations / In-Person Meetings: One per year (IP Retreat). Committee work may be accomplished through conference calling and other electronic exchange of information.

Call for volunteers: Fall

Selections made: Winter

Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Participate in planning via monthly conference calls.
  2. Provide important input on topics, trends, issues, developments, challenges, etc. in IP management that should be addressed in the conference education.
  3. Help assure a balanced perspective in education programming, so that the conference serves the needs of the target constituencies in ALA.
  4. Provide input on particular educational program speakers, including researching topics and speakers as needed, and providing evaluations and recommendations.
  5. Make initial speaker contact to discuss the presentation and determine if he/she is the right speaker for the session. Collect and review session description prior to the speaker confirmation.
  6. Be available to talk or meet with confirmed speakers to answer their questions about the industry and contribute to the effectiveness of their presentations in addressing member needs.
  7. Refer potential business partner sponsors to the Manager of Business Development. Be available to contact a potential business partner, if requested.
  8. Onsite at the Conference:
    1. Committee members will receive complimentary conference registration.
    2. Meet and Greet speakers and business partners as representatives of the IP Conference and ALA.
    3. Help with onsite logistics as needed, representing “official ALA” — such as assisting with registration, introducing speakers, moderating the Idea Exchange(s), alerting staff to any problems in session rooms etc.

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